March 13, 2019
The Election Commission (EC) of India launched cVIGIL (Citizens Vigil), an android based mobile application last year. The EC stated that the app hides the complainant’s phone number and identity as to encourage information against high and mighty without any risk of subsequent possible backlash. This application received positive feedback from all over the country at the times of polls. This app enabled citizens to file reports against parties or candidates who are acting against the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) stipulated by the EC in a poll-bound state.
Numerous cases were filed through this application last year at the time of legislative and by-elections and necessary measures have been taken by the EC officials in many states.
The EC announced the date of parliamentary elections and legislative elections for 21 constituencies in Tamil Nadu, last Sunday.
Following this, the Covai Post team received several complaints that this cVigil app was not responsive, even after 78 hours of the Election Commission’s announcement.
We verified the information, and noted that the One Time Password sent to the personal mobile number at the registration process was not received and we were unable to use the application in the desktop version of the application. In mobile application we were able to login but unable to upload any photos and videos.
The Covai Post tried contacting the local EC officials in duty to receive comments on this issue but in vain..