The Office of the Chief Electoral Officer in Karnataka has decided to use new information technology (IT) applications to ensure free and fair elections to the Lok Sabha on April 18 and 23.
A toll-free number — 1950 — is operational in all districts. It would provide information and receive feedback, suggestions, and complaints. Citizens can register complaints by calling the toll-free number from anywhere in the country.
A single-window system for giving election-related permissions and clearances within 24 hours — Suvidha — has been created. In this system, candidates and political parties can apply for permission for meetings, rallies, vehicles, temporary election office, and use of loudspeakers, at a single location.
That model code of conduct violations could be effectively reported by citizens through the mobile application cVIGIL. Citizens can register complaints in the form of photos and videos, and the Election Commission would ensure action within 100 minutes of the registration of the complaint.
The complaints would be geo-tagged and time-stamped, and complainant can be anonymous too.
Chunavana — a one-stop mobile application will help in all kinds of services rendered to citizens. They can check for the constituency, their names in the electoral rolls, how to navigate to the polling station, facilities at the polling station, contact details of the officers at the polling station, etc.