Guwahati, February 2, 2019
The state election department in Meghalaya has come up with a Citizens Vigilance app to help curb any violation of the model code of conduct by political parties and candidates during the elections.
As per the Meghalaya Electoral Officer FR Khargongkor, the application allows the common man an opportunity to click pictures and take videos of violations and send it to concerned election officers. The application which has an in-built geotag can capture the exact location of the complaint and also will be able to identify if the pictures are old or actual video of the illegal activities.
The Electoral Officer has further informed that once the video is uploaded the returning officer will verify the video and accordingly take legal action.
While talking about the malfunctioning of the EVM and VVPAT machines, Khargongkor added that in 2017, Meghalaya had a relatively lesser malfunction of the EVMs in comparison to the entire country as it was 5 per cent in India while only 0.71 per cent in Meghalaya. Similarly, the malfunction of the VVPAT in India was 5-6 per cent against Meghalaya with 2.23 per cent.
The EO further informed that in Meghalaya M2 variety of VVPATs are used in the elections as ballot voting led to wastage of paper and manpower.