KARNATAKA

School goes in for computerised elections

LESSONS IN DEMOCRACY: A student of St. Joseph Higher Secondary School in the city registers his vote in computer for their parliamentary election on Friday.

LESSONS IN DEMOCRACY: A student of St. Joseph Higher Secondary School in the city registers his vote in computer for their parliamentary election on Friday.  

Step to create awareness about the actual election process To create awareness about actual election process

Staff Reporter

KOZHIKODE: Students of St. Joseph's Boys HSS, Kozhikode, on Friday arranged a `computerised election process' for the school parliament elections. The authorities had arranged five computerised polling booths in the school ground.

Presiding officers and polling officers were appointed as well as seating arrangements for polling agents of candidates were arranged. Student voters from standard 5 to 12 queued up outside the booths to choose their class leaders from about 154 candidates. They were called one by one to cast their vote.

The computer provides a list of the name of candidates and their corresponding numbers. There were four green spots on top of the name of the candidate on the computer screen. Voters should type the number of the candidate of their choice. A beep sound is heard. Now the name of the candidate is displayed in green colour on the screen.

The top four spots are now changed to red. The student informs the presiding officer that he had voted and then just walks away. Counting of votes in the presence of the candidates and their polling agents were taken up next. The winners were then declared at the school assembly, which was convened later. The respective class teachers congratulated them by handing over a flower. Certificates were also handed over to these elected leaders.

The winners then took oath. The candidates for chairman and school leader posts then submit their candidature. The persons for the two posts were elected from the class leaders through the computerised voting process.

The school authorities had arranged `meet-the-candidate' session during lunch interval on Friday where all the contesting candidates for school chairman and school leader posts participated and interacted with the students. Arjun R., a Plus One humanities group student was elected as school leader and Danish Ismail, a Plus Two humanities group student was elected as school chairman.

As the two took oath in the presence of Principal M.J. Augustine, the whole election process for the year came to an end.

The school authorities said that they had gone for computerised election process so as to create awareness among the students of the actual election process in the country.

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