C-Vigil app

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Overview:

Since the announcement of General Elections 2024, over 79,000 complaints have been received on the C-Vigil app.

About C-Vigil App

  • It is a mobile application developed by the Election Commission of India (ECI) to enable citizens to report violations of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) during elections.
  • Features of the app
    • It is a user-friendly and easy to operate application, which connects vigilant citizens with the District Control Room, Returning Officer and Flying Squads Teams.
    • By using this app, the citizens can immediately report on incidents of political misconduct within minutes and without having to rush to the office of the returning officer.
    • As soon as the complaint is sent on the cVigil app, the complainant will receive a unique ID through which the person will be able to track the complaint on their mobile.
    • Users capture audios, photos or videos in real-time, and a “100-minute” countdown for time-bound response to complaints is ensured.
    • The app automatically enables a geo-tagging feature as soon as the user switches on their camera in the cVIGIL to report a violation. This means that flying squads could know the precise location of a reported violation, and the image captured by citizens could be used as evidence in the court of law.
    • It uses GPS to track the location of the violation.It allows users to capture the live incidents only. It has a feature to report the case of MCC violation anonymously. It can be used to track the progress of the complaint in this app.

Q1) What is Geotagging?

It is the process of appending geographic coordinates to media based on the location of a mobile device. Geotags can be applied to photos, videos, websites, text messages, and QR codes, and could also include time stamps or other contextual information.

Source: ECI’s C-Vigil app a big hit with voters: over 79,000 violations reported so far through the complaints app since announcement of General Elections; 99 % cases disposed off