Election Commission working groups present draft changes to ECI

New Delhi: Nine working groups of ECI officials and over 20 Chief Electoral Officers met over a two-day long conference in New Delhi to deliberate on the learnings from the General Elections to Lok Sabha and other elections held recently.

In his message to members of the working groups and CEOs, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora complimented the officers of the nine working groups for their pithy and cogent recommendations, stated a Press communication from PIB. Arora said that the ECI will look into the recommendations of the working group and after consideration and acceptance, the recommendations will be put up in the public domain for getting views of the stakeholders.

Addressing the officers, Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa advised them to make implementable recommendations. He said that “while submitting their reports to the Commission, the groups should draw short term, medium-term and long term categorised actions for suggesting procedural, rule, or law amending requirements.

Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra said the ultimate aim of the exercise has to be making the registration and voting experience pleasant for the voters. Chandra said that while the groups have laboured to identify the existing gaps and way forward in electoral processes, CEOs should take due help of technology to streamline procedures for future, and cited the example of the recent Delhi elections where the Booth App and QR code slips facilitated the polling experience for all users.

The Commission had formed nine working groups of CEOs and Commission Officers covering various facets of the election process including electoral roll issues, polling stations management, MCC, voting processes & materials inventory, capacity building, IT applications, expenditure management, SVEEP, and media interface as also electoral reforms.

The Commission thanked and congratulated all CEOs and ECI officers for the in-depth deliberation and effort put in over months to arrive at these recommendations and action points.

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