Indian state to ensure fair elections through GIS

Indian state to ensure fair elections through GIS

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Karnataka, India: Office of the Chief Electoral Officer (OCEO), Karnataka, has initiated steps to rationalise polling stations and their voter lists across all assembly constituencies in the state. The OCEO has been fixing proper boundaries for all polling stations using GIS maps.

The boundaries are being fixed based on definite geographical landmarks like roads and drains of a particular locality and voter lists is being prepared accordingly.

The rationalistion will make it easier for citizens to locate their polling stations and verify details in the voters’ list, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) C S Suranjan said.

The rationalisation work has been completed in all the 28 assembly constituencies of Bangalore Urban district. It is currently on in 18 constituencies – two each in Gulbarga, Davangere, Dharwad and Bellary districts and four each in Dakshina Kannada and Mysore districts.

The plan is to cover all 224 constituencies by the end of January, 2013.

Once done, the OCEO is planning to superimpose the polling stations on GIS maps and upload them on its website (ceokarnataka.kar.nic.in). GIS maps of polling stations of assembly constituencies of Bangalore Urban district will be uploaded in a few days.
The OCEO had implemented the project on a pilot basis in Shantinagar Assembly constituency a couple of months ago, he added.

Currently, polling stations are in disarray in many assembly constituencies. They do not have fixed boundary. Polling stations are not tallying with voters’ list, leading to a lot of confusion among people. This has been one of the major complaints from citizens during every election.

Source: Deccan Herald