Gujarat mulls over SMS, internet voting in local body polls

The State Election Commission (SEC), a watchdog for elections in local bodies, is working on introducing voting through SMS or internet in municipal and panchayat elections, Election Commissioner (Gujarat) K C Kapoor said.

"We have suggested the concept of voting by SMS and through internet to the state government," Kapoor said.

"Though it is at a discussion stage, but once we get the go ahead signal, a task force comprising experts from the state and outside would be set up to deliberate on the details of this concept and the IT infrastructure needed for the online voting system. We have also suggested some names for the task force," Kapoor said.

"Some local body elections are to be held by 2010 end and we hope the system could be implemented by that time," he said.

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