India has yet to witness the broadband revolution, but Internet will continue to being used as a tool that demolishes boundaries and democratizes the citizen participation. Gujarat is the first state in the country to use Internet voting using technology provided by Scytl, a Spain based firm that has recently started India operations.
The State of Gujarat is using Scytl’s Internet voting technology with the aim to boost voter participation and avoid traditional long queues. The first binding trial was carried out in September 2010 and online voting was successfully used for the second time last month, during Gandhinagar’s Municipal Corporation elections, where 77,16% of registered evoters cast their vote electronically – either from home or from e-voting booths.
Scytl‘s internet voting solution, Pnyx.Government, has been specially designed for public elections, carrying out of all kind of electoral processes (elections, referendums, surveys, citizen consultations, etc.), ensuring the highest levels of security in terms of voter privacy, vote integrity and transparency. The solution supports multiple languages and can be used remotely from any place connected to Internet or from supervised locations (polling stations).
Will we ever see general elections voting being conducted over Internet? Lets hope so.