Bihar to hold panchayat elections through biometric to curb phoney voters, the first such in the country.

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A first of its kind drive in the country’s rural local bodies elections, Bihar is set to conduct the upcoming panchayat election through biometric. State Election Commission is contemplating using biometric voting technology to curb fraudulent voting. A proposal in this regard has been sent to the panchayat raj department for approval and clearance by the state cabinet.

The State Election Commission is expected to complete the panchayat election by November and it plans to hold in ten phases. Each district will see the election in its 2-3 blocks in each phase. The notification for the panchayat elections is scheduled to be released by the end of August.

A public sector enterprise named Broadcast Engineering Consultants India Limited (BECIL) has been entrusted to execute the biometric arrangements in the state. A sum of 28 crores is said to be spent on the biometric project by the government of Bihar.

Each booth in Bihar would be quipped with biometric devices plus tabs and authentication mechanism and the voters would be requested to furnish their thumb impression.

A photograph of every voter would be taken at the booth and the real-time data would be stored in the cloud and the same be accessible to all the booths in real-time. This central database will help in the quick detection of any malpractices like multiple attempts or proxy voting in any of the locations in Bihar.

Bihar has around 2.58 lakh posts in its three-tier local rural bodies and this time EVMs (Electronic Voting Machine) will be deployed for the four posts in panchayat bodies whereas the election will be conducted through ballot papers for the two posts of gram Kutcheries.

The biometric system will further smoothen the verification process of the voters and can work with little hindrance. The biometric device can function at a lower speed and consume relatively lesser data.

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