ECI launches voter verification and information programme for upcoming General Elections 2019


New Delhi, The Election Commission on Friday launched a Voter Verification and Information Programme (VVIP) for citizens for verification of their names, new registrations, changes in the voter details and corrections in the Voter Id Cards for the upcoming General Elections 2019. The Commission has enabled various channels for this VVIP programme and also set up contact centers in all districts across India.The voter helpline number is 1950. The contact centres are equipped with latest information and telecom infrastructure to help the callers, an official release said. The VVIP Programme was launched during the 2-day intensive Training-cum-Workshop on the use of Information and Communication Technology for the conduct of General Elections 2019.The Training-cum-Workshop was attended by Additional Chief Electoral Officers, in-charge of IT, Nodal Officers, State Level Master Trainers and technical resource persons from all States and Union Territories. Speaking on the occasion, Chief Election Commissioner, Sunil Arora said that technology is indeed a major game changer. “The purpose at training workshops should be to listen, learn, absorb and apply”, he said and added that little time is now left before elections and intense consolidation of all learning should be ensured to actually facilitate the voter. Addressing the gathering, Election Commissioner, Ashok Lavasa said that the strength of technology is to make it easy for use by all. Mr Lavasa reminded the participants that the central theme of Commission’s endeavors are to make elections more inclusive. “With use of Apps, prompt responses should be ensured as citizens demand better quality of services”, he said. Use of the latest technologies by ECI has led to the spread of novel election activities, in addition to enhancing the existing election system, the release said.