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EC to launch app to help voters share proof of malpractice in election

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The Election Commission of India will be launching the multi-lingual mobile application empowering people across the country to share evidence of malpractice by political parties, their candidates and activists.

The app titled Model Code of Conduct Violation Reporting App, which will be launched ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Chief Election Commissioner O.P. Rawat, App was already made available for the first time in Bengaluru in the run-up to the recently concluded Karnataka Assembly polls.

He noted, ‘The application registered a total of 780 downloads and complaints were received from the users. Accordingly, action was taken by the officials concerned in all the cases. Through this mechanism, we intend to encourage larger public participation in checking corrupt practices and ensuring a free and fair election process. Geo-location of the reported incidents will also get recorded and the officials concerned will immediately receive the alerts. This will ensure an effective response’.

The application, part of the steps taken by the Commission to prevent abuse of money and muscle power, allows for sharing of photos and short audio and video clips from the spot itself.

As part of the implementation, the application will also be made operational in the coming Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh.

 

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