Google has celebrated the onset of the largest festival of democracy anywhere in the world with a characteristic Google Doodle on April 11, as voters in 20 states across India set out to cast their votes in the first phase of 2019 Lok Sabha elections entailing 91 seats.
The Google Doodle comprises an inked finger, and when clicked on, leads the user to a page containing information about how ot go about in the much-anticipated 17th General Elections. Right from 'How to Vote' to 'Find Polling Booth,' it has divided its FAQ into several sections.
People can only vote if their name appears in the Voter List (also known as Electoral roll) It provides avenues to help you find out information regarding the same. It also includes details regarding the names of the candidates, of where the polling booth is, how to use EVM i.e. Electronic Voting Machine and VVPAT i.e. Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail. And provides links to videos to make it easier for people to understand the usage of these.
In addition to this, it has also included information recognised ID cards that voters must carry. Lastly, it has listed out the election dates for different phases.
Lok Sabha elections have commenced on April 11 and will continue till May 19. It will be conducted in seven phases and the results will be announced on May 23.
On April 11, polling is taking place for a total of 91 seats out of 543 constituencies spread over 20 States and Union Territories, including in Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Odisha, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Telangana, among others.
To help the voters, Google has laid down the specifics of the voting process: