Alok Shukla

Deputy Election Commissioner
Election Commission of India
Focus Area(s): 
Elections
Critical Tasks: 
Election security
Securing elections
Interviewers: 
Michael Scharff
Country of Reform: 
India
Town/City: 
New Delhi
Country: 
India
Date of Interview: 
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Abstract 
Alok Shukla discusses his work with the Election Commission of India. He talks about the importance of election safety and sheds light on the police deployment strategy that surrounds Indian elections. He opens his discussion with an explanation of the monitoring systems used to keep election violence to a minimum. He continues by speaking of other accountability measures like web-cameras with a direct line to the Election Commission placed in to polling stations in order to ensure proper practice. He then explains the system of vulnerability mapping in order to concentrate the most resources to the most vulnerable polling states. Shukla adds a detailed story about enfranchising communities that had been subject to voter intimidation. He concludes his discussion with the monitoring structures in place to ensure the impartiality of the Election Commission.
 
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At the time of the interview,  Alok Shukla had served as a deputy election commissioner in the Election Commission of India for around two years. He had previously served as the chief electoral officer for the state of Chhattisgarh. 

Language: 
English
Nationality of Interviewee: 
Indian
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Keywords 
codes of conduct
communications
dispute resolution
Election Management Body
election security
Election Violence
enfranchising marginalized groups
monitoring
vote fraud