The Election Commission Launched cVIGIL Mobile App To Help Voters Complaint Election Violations. The Chief EC Shri. O.P. Rawat, along with the Election Commissioners Shri Sunil Arora and Shri Ashok Lavasa launched a mobile app, called “cVIGIL”, on July 3, 2018, for citizens to report any violation of the model code of conduct during elections.
“cVIGIL” is a user-friendly and easy to operate Android application. It will be operational only where elections are announced. However, the beta version of the app will be made available for the public and election staff to download so that they can acquaint themselves with its features and also try sending dummy data.
“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. 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 cVIGIL Mobile 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 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 is to be uploaded on the app. The automated location mapping will be done by the app using the Geographic Information System.