Digital transformation of India comes of age, with the major part of elections, the fundamental ritual of the world’s largest democracy, going virtual this time. The Election Commission of India (ECI) while announcing the schedule for the legislative assembly polls in five states on Saturday, directed the political parties contesting the elections to take the digital route for most of their activities in view of the ever rising Covid variant cases. Amidst a frightening surge of COVID-19 cases in the third wave, ECI announced dates for Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Manipur, Punjab, and Uttarakhand. Polling will be held over seven phases starting in UP on February 10, with counting of votes in all states scheduled for March 10. Technology at play throughout election process Thanks to Covid again, 2022 Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa are going to witness major role for technology. Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra while releasing the poll schedule announced that online nominations will be allowed for Assembly elections in all five states. “Candidates contesting elections will be given an option for online nomination,” said the CEC. For the first time in election history in India, filing of nominations will… Read full this story
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