GUWAHATI, Jan 11 - In the first such initiative in the State, the Kaliabor subdivisional administration has launched online submission of nomination papers by candidates at all levels of Panchayat constituencies for the forthcoming Panchayat election 2017-18.
Titled OPENSys, the innovative initiative has facilitated online submission of nomination papers by the candidates from his/her home, or from any place having Internet access, doing away with the need to visit the office and the official concerned.
The online nomination is being facilitated in full conformity with Digital India and Digital Assam initiatives and is expected to give a boost to the efforts of both the Central and State governments in making the country and the State digitally literate, especially at the grassroots level.
Under the Smart Kaliabor initiative of the administration, a number of Internet kiosks had already been designated as Online Sewa Kendras to facilitate online registration of new voters during the summary revision of the electoral roll-2018. The same Sewa Kendras will be used for facilitating the candidates to submit their nominations online.
“It has also been proposed that in case of online filing of nomination, a candidate may swear and sign these affidavits before a magistrate or a notary public who will then attest these affidavits and then the candidate will scan and upload them. The authorised officer will attest the same in the original copy when presented before him/her by the candidate at the time of scrutiny,” Pankaj Chakravarty, ADC and SDO (Civil) in-charge Kaliabor, told The Assam Tribune.
The online submission will help save considerable time as candidates will be spared the inconvenience of coming all the way to the designated place and wait anxiously for their turn to file nomination.
“The authorised officers also will be free from dealing with a large number of candidates at a time. This will help create an ambience of ease and reduce time stress which, in turn, will help the candidate as well as the authorised officer to complete the nomination process smoothly without any mistakes, as in the traditional system, time pressure and rush of candidates tend to cause inadvertent errors through oversight during filing of nomination,” he said.
As Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) play a key role in bringing about positive transformation in society through development, and as development and digitization have to go hand in hand today, online submission of nomination will provide the prospective PRI representatives an opportunity to acquaint themselves with a digital tool right at the beginning of their journey. This will make them confident to spread digital literacy in rural areas,” he said.
A database of information relating to candidates and their nomination papers will be created automatically during the process of online submission of nomination papers. So, optionally, the data of nomination papers submitted offline may also be entered in the database to make it a complete one.