Send Malpractices Video During Polls, Identity Will Not Be Exposed: CEC

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Kolkata: To organise a free and fair election, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) O P Rawat on Saturday said that from now anyone can send violence video during polls.

Further, he assured that the identity of those exposing electoral malpractices through the commission’s mobile app will be protected.

The mobile app introduced by the Election Commission (EC) on a pilot basis in the recently held Karnataka assembly elections received 780 video complaints of electoral malpractices, he said.

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“We will take steps not to disclose the identity of persons who are sending such videos to the Commission. The mobile app empowers the common man to send complaints with evidences,” Rawat said at an interaction organised by MCCI here.

Shri Rawat said that tampering of election results is fake news as there is 100 p.c. matching of hard copy of voter slips with electronic records. Since July 2017, all elections including those in Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka and Gujarat have used EVMs and there can be no doubt about the integrity of results due to complete matching. Criminalisation of politics is an issue of concern and in case of punishment of two years of imprisonment or more, the person should be barred from politics for life.

He further added that if any voter sees anything untoward at a voting station, they can report the matter to the Election Commission for immediate action, through a video app designed for the purpose. The latitude, longitude, identity of election officials will be known to the Election Commission. The identity of the complainer will not be known to anybody. About 780 videos were received by the Commission from the Karnataka polls and it plans to roll out the video system on a national basis.

The process starts with a notice to the political party and if a suitable response is not received over a period of time extending upto two years, then the Election Commission is able to de-list. The Commission has already de-listed more than 1,000 political parties.

During Karnataka Elections, the app, Chunavana, which was downloaded from Google Play Store, provided information on the candidates contesting from their constituency. Some of its other features include a GIS view of the whole state, 56,696 polling stations, navigation to the polling station by entering EPIC details, information on queue status at the polling station, contact details of election officials, nearest police station and health centre.

Population and elector details, trends witnessed during previous polls, candidates, winning margins and comparisons have also been provided so that voters can make an informed decision.

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