ECI Launches “Know Your Candidate” App for Criminal History Candidates

After making it mandatory for political parties to publish why a candidate with a criminal record is selected for election, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has launched a “Know Your Candidate” mobile app to let voters know the details. and the criminal history of any applicant.

S Karuna Raju, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Punjab, on Saturday urged voters to download the app. Raju said the app was developed to provide wide publicity and greater awareness of the criminal backgrounds of contesting candidates to ensure a transparent election. “This app can be downloaded from Google Play Store and Apple Store and the link is also available on the commission’s website,” he said. Asking Returning Officers (ROs) to ensure the correct document is uploaded to the app, the CEO instructed them to tick the “Yes” or “No” box for the candidate’s criminal history and upload the scanned document submitted by the candidate in the Encore offline nomination. . Criminal backgrounds, like these, get public visibility through the KYC (Know Your Candidate) app. The Returning Officer should also double check and ensure that the checkbox is correctly checked as “Yes” or “No” depending on the details submitted by the candidate.

Elaborating on other initiatives, Raju said that one of the applications launched by ECI is Suvidha App, a one-stop-shop system for candidates and political parties to apply for permissions before organizing meetings, rallies, etc. . This can also be done through the Android app. . Another important application is cVIGIL which provides time-stamped, evidence-based proof of code of conduct/spending violation pattern, with live photos/videos with automatic location data. Any citizen can file a complaint via the mobile application. The flying squads then investigate the matter and the DS makes a decision within 100 minutes.

A new Android-based mobile application called “Vote Helpline” has also been launched, the CEO said, adding that this application allows all citizens to find their name on the voters list, submit online forms, check the application status, lodge complaints and receive response on their mobile application in addition to knowing the contact details of booth level officers, voter registration officers and district election officers, using the mobile application of the voter helpline or through the portal or by calling 1950 Helpline number.

The CEO added that the “PwD App” has also been launched to enable Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) to apply for new registration, change of address, change of other details and to mark themselves as PwD through the use of the mobile application was also launched. By simply entering their details, the agent at the stand is responsible for providing an in-home installation. Persons with disabilities can also request a wheelchair during the ballot.

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