Voting booth details available on SMS in Kerala

The Kerala government, in association with a private IT company, on Tuesday introduced a new service to enable citizens to check their voting place details by sending an SMS.

Last Updated: Mar 29, 2011, 18:47 PM IST

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government, in association with a private IT company, on Tuesday introduced a new service to enable citizens to check their voting place details by sending an SMS.

The facility is offered by MobME Wireless Solutions, based in Technopark here, through the mobile governance project of the Kerala State IT Mission, department of information technology.

To use the service, a voter needs to send the message "ELEVoter ID number" to 537252. In reply to the SMS, the sender would get details regarding his or her voter details and the polling booth at which the vote has to be cast.

The service is available to over 22 million voters in 140 constituencies ahead of the April 13 assembly election. The facility covers all telecom service providers in the state.

The facility will help end voters` dependence on agents of political parties to issue voters` slips that mention details about their polling centre and booth.

"The chief electoral office here, the Alappuzha collectorate and the Kozhikode collectorate have been provided access to the m-governance platform for sending election related messages to key officials," said MobME CEO Sanjay Vijayakumar.

He said the project won the prestigious NASSCOM Innovation Award for Market Facing Innovation for 2011.

MobME is a key player in the mobile value added services space with live systems across the length and breadth of the country.

IANS