Earlier, the 2 hourly voter turnout used to be captured by Returning Officers from Polling Station, thereafter the report used to be sent to District and then to Chief Electoral Officers. The CEO would then compile and send the report to ECI. The media, however, would get the voter turnout only at the end of the day.
Voter Turnout was launched mid-way during the Parliamentary Elections of 2019 and it completely transformed the way the voter turnout was shared with the media and citizens.
With the launch of the Voter turnout, the turnout is auto-compiled as and when the Returning Officers enter the data. During the day, only percentage voter turnout is entered by the respective Returning Officers. Once the polling party reaches back to the reception centre, a detailed voter turnout consisting of male, female and others are then entered into the system. The Voter turnout app is available both as an android mobile app and also on the desktop.
The Desktop link is here: https://encore.eci.gov.in/
It also helps the officers to analyze the voting trends and take action if any exceptional behaviour is noticed.
The mechanism involves simple entry of estimated cumulative percentage turnout through the web or mobile app during the currency of the poll. These entries are to be done without fail in a designated time slot by the Returning Officer /Assistant Returning Officers int he ENCORE Portal.
After the end of the Poll, System allows entry of detailed turnout reports - Constituency wise and Polling Station wise which includes Male, Female, Others gender number against the total number of electors.
This new mechanism simplifies the data entry of two-hourly voter turnout and helps in timely dissemination of the information on a real-time basis.
To ensure timely entries for each Constituency, Returning officers are provided with the option to enter the Poll percentage through ENCORE Web Portal or ENCORE Admin App.
The entries to be made
- Estimated Voter Turnout 2 hourly
- Detailed Voter Turnout after End of Poll
Following are the roles and responsibilities
|Returning Officer/ Assistant Returning Officer||Data entry as per the time slot|
|District Election Officer||Ensuring data entry on allotted time slot And Generation of Report|
|Chief Electoral Officer||Monitoring and Generation of Reports|
|Election Commission of India||Monitoring and Generation of Reports|
Each Returning Officer is required to make the entries of estimated Voter Turnout in the following time slots
|Poll Turnout Report Timings||Data entry time slot||End Time of Allowed time slot (Entry is frozen after this time)|
|9 AM Report||7.30 AM to 9.30 AM||9.30 AM|
|11 AM Report||9.30 AM to 11.30 AM||11.30 AM|
|1 PM Report||11.30 AM to 1.30 PM||1.30 PM|
|3 PM Report||01.30 PM to 3.30 PM||03.30 PM|
|5 PM Report||04.30 PM to 5.30 PM||05.30 PM|
|CLOSE OF POLL||Anytime after 3 PM||Not Frozen|
This simple and time-bound mechanism of Voter turnout entries by Returning Officers ensures error-free and real-time dissemination of Voter Turnout trends to Election officers and Citizens directly through ECI website and Voter Turnout App. The Process is incorporated in the workflow of the Returning officers and the alert system of the application itself ensures 100% entries to be done on time.
The media houses get the turnout result in real-time and are now officially used by the News Portal to display the voter turnout. This has removed the guesstimates and has established a single-source of truth.
Similarly, nobody has to wait to know the turnout results until the end of the day.