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Use of Technology for election

Facts for Prelims (FFP)

Source: ECI


Context: ECI will use IT measures for election to the Legislative Assembly of Karnataka.


New technology being used:

  • cVIGIL Application (for filing Model Code of Conduct Violation)
  • Suvidha Portal (allows online nomination, Permission etc for political parties and candidates)
  • GARUDA (Geographical Asset Reconnaissance Unified Digital App)—It helps in coordination between Booth Level officers (BLOs)


Other Proposed technological Reforms

  • Using blockchain technology to enable remote/e-voting
  • Linking of Aadhaar with voter ID
  • Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballot System (ETPBS)
  • A voter verification systemthat uses biometric software, such as facial recognition

About ECI 

The Election Commission of India (formed 25th January 1950; HQ: New Delhi) is a 3-member constitutional autonomous body to conduct and regulate elections to the offices of the President and Vice-President of India, Parliament, State Legislative Assemblies and Legislative councils

Prelims Links

Consider the following statements: (UPSC 2017)

  1. The Election Commission of India is a five-member body.
  2. Union Ministry of Home Affairs decides the election schedule for the conduct of both general elections and bye-elections.
  3. Election Commission resolves the disputes relating to splits/mergers of recognised political parties.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

A. 1 and 2 only
B. 2 only
C. 2 and 3 only
D. 3 only


Ans: D