In these Covid-challenged assembly polls, election rooms with information technology (IT) have emerged as an even greater aid to different parties than ever before.
The fourth phase of the UP assembly elections is being voted on and now the focus has shifted from Western Uttar Pradesh (UP) to Central UP. In these Covid-challenged assembly polls, election rooms with information technology (IT) have emerged as an even greater aid to different parties than ever before. The IT war rooms have helped parties reach their voters through virtual meetings. The technicians who handle their IT cells on behalf of the offices of political parties; also help grassroots party candidates by exposing the possible voting biases of voters in constituencies at even the hyperlocal level. To reveal the true depth of this information, you need to know that political parties can actually know how many seats they are going to win in a specific constituency. And that means that candidates can estimate their chances of winning in the elections in advance.
Speaking of how a political party can claim to have gained winning momentum even when the polls are still ongoing; Amber Swami, IT Cell, Convener, BJP West UP said: “It’s because of artificial intelligence. IT-enabled war rooms help us assess the voting pattern and propensity of different constituencies at a hyperlocal level. So, by looking at their past records, poll turnout and some other information, we estimate the constituencies we support and lead in. This helps us estimate how many seats we win where the polls are done.”
When asked about the error rate in this assessment, Swami said this margin of error would be about 5-8%. He said that IT-enabled election rooms also help parties better understand the aspirations of voters who will vote at different stages of the election. Parties therefore change their line of attack on their political rivals at various stages.
Elections in 5 states – Manipur, Punjab, Goa, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand are underway. Out of these 5 states, the voting on all assembly seats in Uttarakhand, Goa and Punjab has been completed while Manipur will vote on February 28 and March 5, 2022. The poll in UP will be completed in 7 stages and 3 stages have already been completed.