Telangana has created India’s first smartphone-based eVoting

Telangana developed India's first  smartphone-based eVoting: Check details

Telangana on Wednesday said it has created the country’s first smartphone-based ‘e-voting’ app with the Kovid-1 pandemic epidemic in mind. The government says the app has been successfully created and to test it, a ‘dummy’ (fake) election is being conducted in Khammam district.

The initiative is being run by the Telangana State Election Commission (TSEC) with the support of the Department of Information Technology, Electronics and Communications, the Emerging Technology Branch of the Telangana Government and the Center for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC).

An expert committee comprising Professor Rajat Muna, Director, IIT Villai and Technical Adviser, ECI, and professors from IIT Bombay and IIT Delhi also conducted the technical development.

The initiative ranges from the State Election Commission’s plan to reach out to certain sections of the electorate such as ‘persons with disabilities (PWDs), senior citizens, citizens engaged in notified vital services, sick people, polling staff, IT professionals, etc.’

TSEC has partnered with the Emerging Technologies Wing, whose mandate is to support Gowtech projects, to develop and deploy projects on a pilot basis using emerging technologies so that it meets the strict requirements of the voting process.

The solution has been successfully developed and tested and in the form of dummy selection it is being conducted dryly with registration in application for opening from 8 to 1 October and dummy voting on 20 October. Although preliminary officials said Wednesday that the opportunity was limited to a subset of citizens, the dry run is open to all citizens of the district.

The solution uses artificial intelligence to identify valid voter names that match Aadhaar, identify the person’s survival, and match the image with the Epic database (including 15-20 year old records).

Further, blockchain (distributed laser) technology has been used to secure de-marked and encrypted votes so that they are maintained as unalterable records. The smartphone app follows a minimal design approach and supports both English and Telugu and has a detailed help section with tutorial videos and helpline numbers to help citizens.

The ‘TSEC eVote’ Android app, which will be used to run dry, is a security hardened mobile application that can be used to prevent camouflage and bind a device ID and phone number to a specific citizen registration process, such as the same device. The vote, which increased security by design, said an official from the IT, E&C department.

The admin can monitor and control the whole process using a web portal, where the results generation / access is more secure with the requirement of physical security token based decryption. In addition, complete data is being stored in State Date Centers (SDCs) for a complete security consideration.

“Artificial intelligence and blockchain are two multifaceted emerging technologies that have already empowered our various government projects. The Telangana State Election Commission is a solution for our citizens and especially those who may face challenges to the physical franchise with or without the Kovid-1 pandemic epidemic. “We are happy to have the support. The support and confidence of the Election Commission in such technologies is a testament to India’s growing strength in this area,” said Jayesh Ranjan, chief secretary to the Telangana government.

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