Andhra Pradesh

Citizens can now directly report model code of conduct violations

Smartphone users can now instantly upload pictures or videos of violations of the model code of conduct during the general elections.

Taking civil vigilantism to a new level, the Election Commission of India is now using the power of mobile connectivity to keep a tight leash on political parties/individuals using false means to influence voters.

All that people need to do is instal the cVIGIL app on their android mobile phones and instantly upload pictures or videos of acts which they find are against the letter and spirit of the model code of conduct.

Collector and District Election Officer Kona Sasidhar said, while addressing a training session for all officers on Monday, that people should be made aware of the mobile application and wide publicity should be given so that people could themselves report any violations.

‘cVIGIL’ stands for Vigilant Citizen and has been designed by the Election Commission of India to allow citizens to play a proactive and responsible role in the conduct of free and fair elections.

One can click a picture or a two-minute video of the activity violating MCC and describe it shortly, before registering the complaint. The information which is captured with the complaint is automatically flagged to the concerned District Control Room, permitting flying squads to be routed to the spot within a few minutes. Citizens using the app will be given a unique ID and can create a password. They will be getting instant updates.

‘Remove posters’

The Collector said all officers drafted for election duty should conduct themselves in an impartial manner.

The photos of Ministers and MLAs on all public properties should be immediately removed.

Those erecting banners on private properties should take prior permission from the owner before using their premises.

Superintendents of Police S.V. Rajasekhara Babu (Guntur Rural), Ch. Vijaya Rao (Guntur Urban), Municipal Commissioner Srikesh B. Latkar and Joint Collector Himanshu Shukla were present.


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