Wednesday, 4 July 2018

EC launches cVIGIL App to Report Poll Code Violations

Election Commission of India has officially launched Android based app by which a person can secretly send to it geo-tagged videos and photos of illegal money being distributed or a hate speech being made during polls.

cVIGIL is the EC's online App
which stands "citizens' vigil". This was launched ahead of assembly polls in states such as Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh are held later this year. It will be made available on the Google Play app store.

EC said " hide the complainant's phone number and identity so as to encourage information against high and mighty without any risk of subsequent possible backlash."

Chief Election Commissioner O. P. Rawat said the poll panel is bringing out this tool as there have been instances when vested interests have misled surveillance teams and directed them to a place away from the scene of poll code violation.

CEC told " The photos and videos will be automatically tagged by the geographical information system, and hence the surveillance teams will be directed to the correct place of incident where the poll code is being violated. This app will ensure prompt reporting of MCC violation with proper evidence and in a time-bound manner. This is an initiative where the EC can be seen walking the talk.If the complaint is correct, the person who sent the photo or the video clip will be intimated within 100 minutes"

EC said in an advisory as "The app requires an Android smartphone equipped with a camera, good Internet connection and GPS access. The operating system should be Android jellybean and above, each reported incident is tracked and scrutinised from the beginning to the end, thus bringing accountability into the system."

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