Mobile app to report model code violations launched

The Election Commission on Tuesday launched a mobile app for citizens to report any violation of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) during elections.

The app, called “cVIGIL”, launched by Chief Election Commissioner O.P. Rawat, is set to be used in the forthcoming assembly elections in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram and Rajasthan on a pilot basis before it is put to extensive use during the next Lok Sabha elections.

“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. The application supports all the latest Android smartphones,” the poll panel said in a press note.

To report a violation, one would need to click a picture or record a video of up to two minutes’ duration of the scene of violation of the model code. The photo or video is to be uploaded on the app. The automated location mapping will be done by the app, using the Geographic Information System.

To prevent any misuse, the app will not allow uploading of the pre-recorded or old images and videos. The app will not facilitate saving of the photos or videos recorded using the ‘cVIGIL’ app into the phone gallery either.

After its successful submission, the user gets a unique ID to track and receive the follow-up on their mobile. The identity of the complainant will be kept confidential.

“The app will allow anyone in the election-bound state to report violations of MCC that comes into effect from the date of announcement of elections and goes on till a day after the polls. By using this app, citizens can immediately report on incidents of misconduct within minutes of having witnessed them and without having to rush to the office of the returning officer to lodge a complaint,” the EC said.

The app will be operational only in the states/ regions where elections are announced. The moment a citizen exits an election-bound state, the app will become inactive, the EC said.IANS

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