Karnataka

IT applications to be used widely to ensure free and fair elections

Toll-free number to file plaints operational; single-window system to give poll-related permissions

The Office of the Chief Electoral Officer in Karnataka has decided to use new information technology (IT) applications to ensure free and fair elections to the Lok Sabha on April 18 and 23.

A toll-free number — 1950 — is operational in all districts. It would provide information and receive feedback, suggestions, and complaints. Citizens can register complaints by calling the toll-free number from anywhere in the country.

A single-window system for giving election-related permissions and clearances within 24 hours — Suvidha — has been created. In this system, candidates and political parties can apply for permission for meetings, rallies, vehicles, temporary election office, and use of loudspeakers, at a single location.

cVIGIL

Chief Electoral Officer Sanjiv Kumar on Sunday said that model code of conduct violations could be effectively reported by citizens through the mobile application cVIGIL. Citizens can register complaints in the form of photos and videos, and the Election Commission would ensure action within 100 minutes of the registration of the complaint.

The complaints would be geo-tagged and time-stamped, and complainant can be anonymous too.

Chunavana — a one-stop mobile application will help in all kinds of services rendered to citizens. They can check for the constituency, their names in the electoral rolls, how to navigate to the polling station, facilities at the polling station, contact details of the officers at the polling station, etc. For any other details visit www. ceokarnataka.kar.nic. in

A total of 58,176 polling stations would be established in the State, an increase of 7% over 2014 elections. A total of 600 polling stations would be manned by women, including police personnel. Transport facility would be provided from residence to the polling station to persons with physical disability.

VVPATs

The CEO said voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) units would be used along with electronic voting machines (EVMs) in all the polling stations of all the 28 constituencies. Photographs of the candidates would be displayed on the EVMs.

The CEO said deputy commissioners and superintendents of police of all districts had been told to ensure strict implementation of the model code of conduct.

Ministers start using private cars

The model code of conduct for the Lok Sabha elections came into effect in the State from 5 p.m. on Sunday, preventing the government from making any new policy announcements.

Soon after the announcement of the elections schedule, Ministers started using private cars for attending party and election-related programmes. Perhaps in anticipation of the declaration of the election dates, the government hastened announcement of various schemes in the last few weeks.

Similarly, the process of either removing or covering all kinds of government advertisements and pictures of elected representatives on material related to government schemes has been started throughout the State by election officers of respective districts.

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