Election Commission Current Affairs - 2019
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The Election Commission of India (EC) has tied-up with US-based internet heavyweight, Google, to assist it manage online voter registration and facilitation services ahead of the India’s General Election 2014. Google will provide EC its resources, including its search engine, to facilitate voters to check their enrolment status online and locate their polling station, complete with directions using Google Maps. In this exercise, Google will put its global network and resources at the EC’s disposal until June 2014 to help it manage online registration of new voters and enable the enrolled ones to check the address at which they are registered, and get directions to the polling station. With the new rolls with reference to January 1, 2014, slated to be out by January 6, 2014, the voters’ queries on the Commission website are expected to be managed by Google for the next 6 months.
How much would Google charge for these services?
Zero. Google will not charge the EC for these services, estimated to cost $50,000 (over Rs 30 lakh), and fund the same from its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) budget.
How would Google’s services to EC help voters?
The EC intends to use Google’s technological expertise to manage online enrolment of voters and help voters search their name in electoral rolls along with the polling station. If any voter wants to know about his enrolment and poll station, he will only have to type his/her name/EPIC no and address on the Google Search engine, which will quickly generate results matching the voters’ name with his assembly/Lok Sabha constituency, and pinpointing the location of his polling station. Besides, Google Maps will show exact directions to the voter on how to reach the right polling station on the polling day.
EC is also considering the option of using the global network and servers of Google for airing of results for the 2014 general election expected to be held in May 2014. In the recently held Assembly Polls in the five states also, EC had joined hands with US-based IT company Akamai for putting out results.
The top-most leader of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Arvind Kejriwal, sworn-in as the new Chief Minister of Delhi. He was administered the oath by the Lieutenant Governor of the capital Najeeb Jung.
Along with Kejriwal, six others: Manish Sisodia, Girish Soni, Rakhi Birla, Satyendra Jain, Saurabh Bharadwaj and Somnath Bharti, took oath as ministers. The AAP has come to power after winning 28 seats out of 70 in the recently held assembly polls in Delhi. Although it didn’t have the majority, the Congress party extended its unconditional support to AAP for forming government. Now, Kejriwal government has the task to deliver on the promises they have made which include cutting down electricity tarriff and improve water supply to all parts of the national capital.
The new government has to prove majority in the assembly on January 2, 2014.
Born: August 16, 1968 in Siwani in Haryana
- Education: Graduated in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Kharagpur
- Worked for the Indian Revenue Service (IRS) as a Joint Commissioner in the Income Tax Department.
- Instrumental in drafting a proposed Jan Lokpal Bill and his efforts to bring and implement the Right to Information (RTI) Act at grassroots level.
- 2012: Launched Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) which ousted the Shiela Dixit’s regime of Congress after winning 2013 Assembly polls.
- In the assembly elections he defeated his rival Shiela Dixit by a huge margin of 25, 864 votes.
- Became the second youngest Chief Minister of Delhi. Chaudhry Brahm Prakash was the youngest Chief Minsiter at 34 when he took over in 1952.