IIT Bhilai organized a webinar on “Technologies and Equipment for Remote Voting Systems” in collaboration with the Election Commission of India. The Webinar was attended by people from the industry, academia, PSUs, startups, officials from Election Commission of India and IIT Bhilai. Secretary General of ECI, Shri Umesh Sinha, Deputy Election Commissioner, Shri Ashish Kundra and Director, IIT Bhilai Prof. Rajat Moona were also present.
In his inaugural speech, the Deputy Election Commissioner, Shri Ashish Kundra said "the Election Commission of India wishes to address those voters who are currently unable to exercise their franchise because they are residing somewhere other than the places where their name has been registered, such as those working, studying or availing healthcare facilities outside of their constituencies, and perhaps also Indian overseas due to their work.”
In his keynote address, Prof. Rajat Moona, Director of IIT Bhilai introduced the subject of remote voting and mentioned that it is a supervised voting for distant voters. He also highlighted enhanced privacy and security issues in the context of remote voting systems.
In the concluding session, the secretary general of Election Commission of India, Shri Umesh Sinha mentioned that ECI has incorporated many IT innovations in the past including online electoral roll services for the voters, national electoral roll search, ETPBS for service voters, Electoral Roll management etc. and shall continue in this direction include remote voting.
There were two panel discussions in the webinar coordinated by Shri V N Shukla from ECI and Prof. G Siva Kumar of IIT Bombay. The panel discussions addressed the possible technological solutions for Remote Voting Systems. The consensus was that whatever solutions are adopted for remote voting systems must be straightforward, easily understood by voters and must draw public trust and support.