“This (downloadable ballot papers) is actually a suggestion, which we are right now looking at seriously for the defence personnel,” Chief Election Commissioner V S Sampath said, adding that such a move would reduce the one way travel time of postal ballots during the elections.
Sampath said the para military forces including CRPF and BSF have taken the initiative in this regard.
“Most likely we are to experiment that in the parliamentary elections for these people. Their number may be one million or so. That would give us a good experimental experience. Perhaps if it succeeds, we should be able to think about expanding this for others also,” Sampath said.
These paramilitary forces, he said, have got a data base where they have all the addresses and registered voters. “Once we succeed in that, we would be able to extend it to other sections also,” he added. Sampath also said that he is looking for a fool-proof and non-tamperable technology for internet voting. “We are very cautious when it comes to internet voting. Some of you should come and tell us how we could get us a totally fool-proof, non-tamperable internet voting,” he said when asked about the option for internet voting by NRIs. “As it is (currently), we have difficulties even in convincing the doubting people about our stand alone machine. This is not to say, we have any doubts. Please tell us how safely we can introduce internet voting,” he said. (PTI)