Voting is not just a precious right, it is the first duty of democracy. But during the
election many people are negligent about this supreme duty. Many people don't
care to vote for the wastage of time in the long queue in front of the voting center.
People who are far away form the voting center, face difficulty to find any
convenient transportation. Also, in the countries where the political situation is
unstable, people are afraid to go to the voting centers. Considering voting as a
citizen's national right, the Telephone Controlled Voting System has been designed
at the minimum possible cost with the maximum utility. This system supports
remote voting from far distances using a phone line only. The televoting device is
connected to the phone line and interfaced with PC via parallel port. A voter calls
the given phone number and enters his/her voter ID and password via the
telephone keypad. After authentication, a list of candidates is read out to the user.
User selects the desired choice and inputs the number through telephone digits.
Upon user confirmation, the vote is accepted and saved to database.
Developing countries may not have strong internet backbone, but, almost every country has telephone connections in the most rural areas. This system provides support for an easy way of voting maintaining appropriate security. This system can be a perfect replacement of the postal ballot system for the citizens who are abroad. Also, this system facilitates the visually impaired persons to cast their vote without the help of others.
3rd Prize, Project Show for Future Engineers
World Engineers' Convention, November 2 - 6, 2004
2nd Prize, Tech Fair
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology
1st Prize, Stamford IT Fair
February 26 - 27, 2004
Stamford University, Dhaka
One of the Top Ten Innovative Projects of Bangladesh
Selected for IT Entrepreneurship Development Program
Basis SoftExpo 2004, Dhaka
imranul AT gmail DOT com
soniajahid AT gmail DOT com
[Developers are currently Lecturers of Department of CSE, BUET. At the time of development they were students of the same department.]
Posted on: [2006-06-27]