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Webcasting to be implemented in all polling booths in Bengal this election

The Election Commission of India has decided to conduct webcasting in each polling booth in West Bengal for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls to be held from April 19 to June 1. Sources in the office of the state Chief Electoral Officer mentioned that Artificial Intelligence (AI) will also be utilized to prevent election malpractices.

The poll panel has announced the deployment of 920 companies of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) personnel in West Bengal, the highest among all Indian states. Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Rajiv Kumar had hinted at ensuring maximum webcasting coverage for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls in the state during his visit before the election dates were announced.

During the 2021 Assembly elections in West Bengal, around 51 per cent of the polling stations were covered under webcasting. The total number of polling booths in West Bengal this time is 80,453, higher than the figures of 79,501 in the last elections. The use of webcasting and AI is aimed at ensuring fair and transparent elections in the state.

The decision to employ advanced technology like webcasting and Artificial Intelligence showcases the Election Commission’s commitment to conducting free and fair elections in West Bengal. With the high deployment of CAPF personnel and increased webcasting coverage, the commission aims to prevent any malpractices and ensure the smooth conduct of the upcoming Lok Sabha polls in the state.


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