More Than A Doodle: Google's Celebration Of India's Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Is Also A Guide

Indian General Elections

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. 

Written By Aliza Noor | Mumbai | Updated On:

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.

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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:

  • First polling official will check your name on the voter list and check your ID proof
  • Second polling official will ink your finger, give you a slip and take your signature on a register (Form 17A)
  • You will have to deposit the slip at the third polling official and show your inked finger and then proceed to the polling booth
  • Record your vote by pressing the ballot button opposite the symbol of the candidate of your choice on the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM); You will hear a beep sound
  • Check the slip that appears in the transparent window of the VVPAT machine. The slip with the Candidate serial No., Name and Symbol shall be visible for 7 seconds before it drops in the sealed VVPAT box
  • You can press NOTA, None of the Above if you don't like any candidate; it's the last button on the EVM
  • For more information, please see the Voter Guide on http://ecisveep.nic.in/
  • Mobile phones, cameras or any other gadget is not allowed inside a polling booth.
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