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EC launches app for citizens to report violation of law

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MUMBAI: A day of polling has already gone by and with many more to follow, politicians will leave nothing, to not only catch voter’s attention but also to demean their counterparts.

In a proposition to avoid any flouting of rules or law breach, the Election Commission of India has launched an app called Election Watch Reporter. The app allows citizens to become a watchdog and report any wrongdoings.

“If you have an android cell phone, you could be an observer of the Election Commission,” said Election Commissioner HS while launching the new software. “Citizens can be the eyes of the Election Commission of India,” he added.



Election Watch Reporter (EWR) enables citizens to send complaints about violations of electoral law or over expenditure by candidates during their election campaigns.



Each complaint includes

1) Picture

2) Google Map with exact location (GPS automatically picks this)

3) Category (from a list of categories)

4) Brief Description

The eight categories under which the complaints or reports can be filed are

1. Media Advertising

2. Posters and Hoardings

3. Liquor or Drugs Distribution

4. Cash, Gifts or Coupons Distribution

5. Election Rally

6. Misuse of Official Vehicles

7. Non Deposit of Firearms

8. Others

However, the app isn’t available on apple products, Kindle or other non-android devices.

The app is managed by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and National Election Watch (NEW).

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