The Election Commission of India is introducing a unique internet based mobile app ‘cVigil’ in the upcoming assembly polls. The app, which stands for ‘citizens’ vigil’, will be operationalised for the first time as a pilot project. The Android-based mobile application was launched by Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat, along with the Election Commissioners Sunil Arora and Ashok Lavasa, on July 3, 2018, for citizens to report any violation of the model code of conduct during elections. The app will help voters to share malpractice proof with the authorities.
Key Highlights of “cVigil App”:-
1. The app will be operational only where the elections will be announced.
2. cVIGIL will allow anyone in the election-bound state to report violations of Model Code of Conduct (MCC) that comes into effect from the date of announcement of elections and goes on till a day after the polls.
3. The mobile application facilitates sharing of geo-tagged photographic and video evidence without disclosing the identity of the sender.
4. The vigilant citizen has to click a picture or record a video of up to two minutes’ duration of the scene of violations of the model code. The photo or video then has to be uploaded on the app.
5. Once a voter shares the proof, the uploaded information will be transmitted to the control room, from where the field units or flying squads mapped on a Geographic Information System will be immediately alerted for further action.
6. Each Field Unit will have a GIS-based mobile application called ‘cVIGIL Dispatcher’, which allows the unit to directly reach the location through navigation technology and take action.
7. The app requires an Android smartphone equipped with a camera, good internet connection and GPS access.
8. The application will be made available for general use by all during the forthcoming Assembly elections in the States of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram and Rajasthan, later in 2018.