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Digital Time Voucher System

Digital Time Voucher System upsc notes
Source: PIB
Election Commission of India (ECI)
Introduces digital time voucher system
For political parties
To access government-owned electronic media
Example: Doordarshan and All India Radio
During elections
What is the Digital time voucher system?
Serves as permissions or allocations
Of specific time slots
For political parties
To broadcast or telecast campaign messages
On media platforms
Streamlines the process
Eliminates the need for physical collection
Enhances accessibility and convenience
For political parties
Participating in election campaigns
Significance
Reflects ECI’s commitment
To leveraging technology
For a smoother electoral process
Scheme aims
To provide equitable access
To electronic media for campaigning
With base time allotted
To each national and state party
Additional time based on poll performance
Rules
Governing political parties’ access
To government-owned electronic media
Example: Doordarshan and All India Radio
Governed by
Election Commission of India (ECI)
Prasar Bharati Act
Allotment of Airtime
During elections
ECI mandates
Doordarshan and All India Radio
To allocate a certain amount of free airtime
To recognized political parties
For broadcasting their messages
Time Slots
ECI determines the time slots
For political parties
Based on factors
Previous electoral performance
Representation in the legislature
Parties are allocated fixed time slots
For their broadcasts
Other aspects of rules
Mandated under the Representation of the People Act, 1951

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