Puducherry electoral office sets online example

May 13th, 2009 - 10:09 pm ICT by IANS  

Chennai, May 13 (IANS) Chief electoral officers across the country can learn from their counterpart in Puducherry in using information technology (IT) for disseminating data more or less on a real time basis.
Politicians and others who are interested in tracking the elections in Puducherry can log on to www.pon.nic.in to know the polling trend nearly on real time basis.

“The programme was developed by National Informatics Centre (NIC) and we have been using it for the past three elections - 2004 and 2009 general elections and the assembly elections in 2006,” P.T. Rudra Goud, joint chief electoral officer told IANS.

The site shares data like constituency and sex wise total votes and votes polled.

The page was refreshed automatically every minute.

Asked about the modality of collecting the data from polling stations, he said: “There are 12 assistant returning officers who would get the voting data. Data would be fed into the system at Taluk (sub-district) level.”

He does not expect any problem in other states following such a system.

“Other states are bigger than Puducherry. But I am sure there are ways to meet any challenge,” he said.

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