System for electronically Deploying Randomly Officers for Polling
The superintendence, direction and control of preparation of voters list and conduct of election to the Local Self Government Institution vest with the Kerala State Election Commission.
Kerala is the acknowledged leader in the country in empowerment of Panchayati Raj and Nagar Palika Institutions. In accordance with the letter and spirit of the 73rd and 74th amendments to the Indian Constitution, it has devolved substantial responsibilities to its local government along with the funds and functionaries required to discharge them. The hallmark of Kerala's decentralization is participatory planning, by which people decide their own priorities locally which are then transformed into projects by the local governments and implemented by them.
Naturally, in such a context the State has strengthened independent institutions of which the State Election Commission is the best example. The State Election Commissioner has several unique powers including powers to conduct local government elections including disciplinary powers over staff, who are on election duty.
eDROP is an acronym for electronically Deploying Randomly Officers for Polling duty. eDROP is the official software solution of Kerala State Election Commission for deploying officers for polling duty with the technical help of NIC. The project provides a web based solution for all matters related to posting of officials for election duty. The System randomly mixes all data and assigns the officials for polling duty against each polling station. Nearly four lakhs employees were posted for election to local self government during 2015 using eDROP.