Election Commission’s cVigil app already receiving complaints

ST CORRESPONDENT
Monday, 18 March 2019

While the District Administration Department is all set to deploy their flying squads from Monday to take action on complaints lodged on cVigil (Vigilant Citizen) mobile application, the department has already received 24 complaints and has initiated action against them. 

Pune: While the District Administration Department is all set to deploy their flying squads from Monday to take action on complaints lodged on cVigil (Vigilant Citizen) mobile application, the department has already received 24 complaints and has initiated action against them. 

The Android-based mobile application designed by the Election Commission of India helps voters register complaints related to the conduct of the Lok Sabha polls. Citizens can lodge their complaints related to threatening of voters, causing enmity between voters on caste and religious lines, character assassination of candidates, exhibition of banners, flags and boards on the premises of private persons, obstructing public meetings of candidates, use of weapons to threaten voters, liquor or cash distribution to voters and other such complaints about violation of model code of conduct.

Speaking about the number of cases filed, an official from District Administration Department said that around 35 complaints were received on the application, of which 11 had to be dropped, as it appeared to be false complaints. 

“The application works on geo-tagging method and if the complainant tries to put fake pictures or provides false information, we just drop the complaint and submit our report. We are supposed to reach the spot in 20 minutes and take action in 100 minutes. The complainant also has to be kept in the loop about the progress of the complaint. If the complaint is genuine, we can take action or can escalate the same for future action,” added the officials.

Speaking about misuse of the application, as there were some cases reported in Nashik where people were found uploading their selfies on the application, officials said that the application is meant for people and strengthening the democracy and people should refrain from filing such false complaints as it will consume time of the workforce working on the application.

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