Lucknow, India: The Election Commission (EC) announced to map all 80 parliamentary constituencies, 403 Assembly constituencies and 1.33 lakh polling booths of the state with highest population in India, Uttar Pradesh.
With the target to complete the exercise within one year, the Commission will use GIS images for identifying vulnerable polling booths and ensure necessary arrangements for conducing free, fair and peaceful polling in the next Parliament elections.
The EC had used this technology in Lucknow district on pilot basis in the recently-held Assembly elections. The commission had provided GIS images of polling booths on the voter slips to guide the voters about the location of polling booths and their approach route.
“The GIS technology was used in Lucknow on pilot basis. Some other districts like Faizabad and Ramabai Nagar had done the same on their own initiative. Now the EC is going to get GIS images of all the polling booths across the state,” said Chief Electoral Officer of the state Umesh Sinha.
The National Informatics Centre (NIC) will provide the GIS images of the polling booths and the constituencies to the EC.
Till now, election observers and district officials had been provided ordinary maps of Assembly constituencies and the polling booths during the elections. Officials said that GIS maps will show the precise location of every polling booth with latitudinal and longitudinal coordinates, its location in village or hamlet, distance from the district headquarters, from the main road, the nearest polling station and size of the building.
Speaking to an India daily, an election official said, “The GIS image will help in assessing gravity of problems related to polling booths. For example, a polling booth was reported to be 4 km away from the residence of voters in Assembly elections.”
The CEO said that these details received through GIS images will help in rationalisation of the polling booths and make their approach convenient for the voters. The exercise of rationalisation of polling booths will take six months after receiving GIS maps.
Officials will use the GIS images to plan and prepare route map images for every polling booth, which will enable the authorities to send security forces there via the shortest and most convenient route in an emergency situation on poll day. Traffic management during polls will also become easy.
GIS maps of polling booths will be provided on voter slips and will also be put on EC website. That will help voters locate their polling booths.
Source: Indian Express