Google and India's public broadcaster partner up to live stream the results of the world’s largest democratic exercise

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  • Users will now be able to watch the Lok Sabha Election results live streamed on Google via DD News.
  • Prasar Bharati, the Indian government’s broadcasting channel, has partnered with the global tech giant to increase the visibility of the election results.
  • Prasar Bharati’s CEO asserts that this increase the credibility of the electoral process in light of recent events.
  • The live stream will broadcast in 14 different languages across DD’s regional stations.
The world’s largest democratic exercise will be live streamed on Google on the day of the results, May 23. In partnership with Prasar Bharati — India’s government-owned broadcasting agency — users will be able to log onto YouTube and watch the news stream from DD News.

And, the live stream will be broadcast in 14 different regional languages across DD’s regional stations.

CEO of Prasar Bharati, Shashi Shekhar Vempati, told PTI, “What is going to happen is whenever anybody accesses YouTube from anywhere in India either through the website of YouTube or through the YouTube App, the first thing that they will see on top will be a news stream from DD News updating the results.”

Vempati asserts that not only will broadcasting the results of the election on Google increase visibility but will also add to the credibility of the process, which has recently been called into question.

Tussle with the Election Commission

The credibility of the Election Commission (EC) in India is being called into question after a video of electronic voting machines (EVMs) being transported in private vehicles went viral.

The commission maintains that the EVMs seen in the video aren’t ones that were used during the Lok Sabha Election.

The allegations against India’s apex electoral body come in just two days after the exit polls predicted a comfortable win for the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), anticipate the second-term for the incumbent Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.
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