telangana: Telangana launches test of country’s first smartphone-based e-voting solution


HYDERABAD: The country’s first electronic smartphone voting solution was developed by the Telangana government and the simulation was launched in Khammam district. The installation of “electronic voting” helps some voters such as the elderly, the disabled (PWD), citizens employed in notified essential services, polling staff and patients who cannot physically come to vote for various reasons. during the elections.
“The solution has been successfully developed and tested. It is a simulation in the form of a mock election that will take place in Khammam district with registration on the application open from October 8 to 18, and the mock vote will take place on October 20. Although the initial reach was limited to a subset of citizens, the running is open to all citizens of the district, ”said the Telangana IT department.
According to officials, the initiative was taken by the Telangana State Election Commission (TSEC) which partnered with the Department of Information Technology, Electronics and Communications (ITE & C) of the Emerging Technologies Wing, Telangana.
To explain this, officials said the solution relies on artificial intelligence (AI) for three-factor authentication of able-bodied voters. They include name matching with Aadhaar, individual liveliness detection, and image matching with the EPIC database (with up to 15-20 years of records).
Additionally, Blockchain (Distributed Ledger) technology has been used to secure anonymized and encrypted votes so that they are kept as immutable records. The smartphone app follows a minimalist design approach and supports both English and Telugu, and also has a detailed help section with video tutorials and a hotline number to help out. citizens.
The Android app ‘TSEC e-Vote’, to be used for the dry draw, is an enhanced security mobile app to prevent tampering and also links a device ID and phone number to a citizen registration process specific so that only the same device can be used during voting, improving security by design itself. The whole process can be monitored and controlled by the administrator using a web portal, in which the generation / access to the results is further protected by the requirement of a token-based decryption physical security. Additionally, all data is stored in state data centers (SDCs) as an added security consideration.
For this project, technical support was provided by the Center for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC). The technical development was also guided by an expert committee composed of Professor Rajat Moona, Director of IIT Bhilai and Technical Advisor of ECI, and Professors of IIT Bombay and IIT Delhi.
Senior IT Department Secretary Jayesh Ranjan said, “Artificial intelligence and blockchain are two of the most versatile emerging technologies that are already enabling various of our GovTech projects. We are pleased to have supported TSEC in this initiative to build an electronic voting solution for our citizens and in particular those who may face challenges with physical voting with or without the Covid-19 pandemic. ” he said.


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