The Election Commission of India (ECI) has developed an in-house software named ‘ENCORE,’ which stands for Enabling Communications on Real-time Environment. ENCORE is a comprehensive software suite designed for efficient candidate and election management, offering a range of features for smooth operations during the electoral process.
Seamless Candidate and Election Management
ENCORE provides a seamless and integrated platform for Returning Officers to manage various election-related tasks, from candidate nomination to voter turnout tracking, counting of votes, result compilation, and data management.
Here are some key functionalities offered by ENCORE:
1. Candidate Nomination Processing
- Streamlining the candidate nomination process for electoral candidates.
- Digitizing the nomination and affidavit submission for efficient data management.
2. Real-Time Voter Turnout Tracking
- Keeping track of voter turnout during the election process.
3. ENCORE Counting Application
- An end-to-end application for Returning Officers to digitize and tabulate votes polled.
- Generating essential statutory reports of the counting process.
4. ENCORE Scrutiny Application
- Allowing Returning Officers to conduct online scrutiny of candidate nominations.
- Verifying nominations and marking them as Accepted, Rejected, or Withdrawn.
- Assisting in the preparation of the final list of contesting candidates and symbol assignment.
5. Online Nomination and Affidavit Portal
- Providing candidates with the convenience of online nomination and affidavit submission.
- Candidates can create accounts, fill nomination forms, deposit the required security, and plan visits to the Returning Officer.
- Enhancing ease and accuracy in the filing process.
- Candidates need to print and notarize the application before submitting it to the Returning Officer in person (optional).
6. Candidate Affidavit Portal
- Displaying detailed information about a candidate’s financial assets and liabilities.
- Promoting transparency in candidates’ financial disclosures.
7. ENCORE Nodal App
- Facilitating coordination with various departments, including fire, education, police, environment, and CPWD.
- Departments provide ‘no objection’ certificates for permissions requested by political parties and candidates to hold rallies, road shows, and meetings.
- Streamlining the approval process for campaign-related activities.