Ahead Of 2019 Elections, Central Govt Certifies Online Voting Startup Right2Vote
Right2Vote is a mobile-based voting platform that allows users to vote online
This will allow NRI, people living in away from their state to participate in the elections
The platform has been designed in a way to help illiterate, old people to cast their vote easily
The central government certified online voting technology developed by a Mumbai-based startup called Right2Vote. With this technology, Indian voters staying out of the country or who are living away from their homes will be able to cast their votes online.
With the country going into polls next month, the online voting service is expected to make it possible for the nearly 20 Mn Non-Resident Indians to cast their votes.
The initiative will also allow about enable about 300 Mn eligible voters to participate in the Lok Sabha elections. These include people living away from their homes for various reason such as studies, job, marriage etc as well as sick and disabled people.
Right2Vote Infotech Pvt. Ltd was founded in 2015 by Neeraj Gutgutia. It is a mobile-based voting platform that allows users to vote online. Currently, the startup is aimed at ensuring that users leverage Right2Vote's mobile voting platform including soldiers, NRIs, migrants and other sections who are denied the right to vote due to India's current booth-based voting model.
According to the startup, it has already filed 7 patents for various voting-related technological innovations they have done over the last few years. Some of the features offered by the platform are secret ballot, audit trail, server confirmation, vote record, voter receipt, double authentication, Aadhaar based authentication, personalized notification and reminders to voters, voting via the website, Android and iOS app, geo-tagging and geo-fencing.
In 2014, the Government of India had also made it compulsory under The New Companies Act 2013 for all listed companies to provide eVoting facility to shareholders. Recently, the government has mandated provision of eVoting facility to creditors under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code 2016.
Right2Vote: Making Voting Fair And Easier
Right2Vote claims to provide a highly secured and user-friendly platform and has been designed to ensure that illiterate, old and physically challenged people are also able to use the platform with ease.
Currently, over 100 companies are using Right2Vote's online voting technology on a regular basis. Apart from companies, organizations like colleges, housing societies, clubs, professional associations regularly use Right2Vote's online voting technology to empower their members. Well known institutions such as Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Indore, Indian Society for Particle Accelerators (ISPA), Lavasa property owner's association have already moved to efficient online voting technology of Right2Vote.
The startup also said that the Maharashtra State Election Commission is running a pilot project with Right2Vote for panchayat elections. The company also mentioned how using online technology for voting will not only be effective for the consumers but will also save a lot of expenses.
It is estimated that India would spend $7 Bn on General Election 2019. Online voting can help to save 90% of the money which can be used for other key election issues such as bailing out the farmers and buying advanced fighter jets for the country.
A shift to online voting will also benefit the working ecosystem. It is not uncommon to see that the country stands still during voting days. Several schools remain closed during voting days and essential government services get delayed due to the elections. Also, more than 10 Lakh booths would be setup across the country in schools and other important building leading to the suspension of work.
Apart from Right2Vote, three other companies, namely, CDSL, NSDL and Karvy working in the same space have also been certified by Government of India.