The Election Commission of India has released a cVIGIL app at pan India level through which citizens can record any violation of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) on their mobiles and send it to the election authorities for appropriate action.
“By using the cVIGIL app, citizens can record on his Android mobile and promptly to election authorities report any violation of Model Code of Conduct, any incident of intimidation or inducement within minutes of having witnessed them and without having to go to the office of the returning officer,” said Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora.
cVIGIL is simple to use Android-based app which is user-friendly and easily operable. All a user has to do is to click a picture or record a video and write a short description of what is happening in the picture or the video before uploading it on the cVIGIL mobile application. Users can also remain anonymous if they choose to. The app can be downloaded here.
The District Control Room allocates cVIGIL cases to the Flying Squads etc. through GIS-based platform.
“The authorities and officials are duty bound to take action on it within 100 minutes,” said Arora.
Moreover, in order to have the electors identify the candidates, the Commission has added a provision for printing the photograph of the candidate also on the ballot paper to be displayed on the EVM (Ballot Unit) and on Postal Ballot Papers.
This will help users to avoid any confusion which may arise when electors come across candidates with the same name from the same constituency. To make this possible, candidates are required to submit their recent Stamp Size photograph to the Returning Officer, as per the specifications laid down by the Commission.
“As an additional measure to eliminate confusion in the minds of voters where you press the button in front of that there is a photograph of the candidate so that you make a conscious choice,” said the CEC.
General Elections are slated for April-May this year that would spread on Seven Phases starting from April 11 to May 19. Election Commission had on Sunday declared schedule for General Elections 2019. Results for the crucial Lok Sabha Polls will be announced on May 23 four days after the 7th phase of voting.