Election Commission ropes in citizens to curb electoral malpractices
Citizens may upload video and audio clips of hate speeches, or distribution of cash or liquor among voters, to the Commission’s website
- Women at the forefront of anti-Sterlite protests
- Kerala: Chengannur bypoll today, CPM, Congress gear up to thwart BJP
- Why Palghar bypoll is important for BJP in Maharashtra
- Chandrababu Naidu sounds poll bugle for 2019 elections, tears into BJP
- Kerala bypoll: CPM will win comfortably in Chengannur, says party leader
New Delhi: To curb electoral malpractices, the Election Commission has come up with a new measure which allows citizens to upload video and audio clips of inflammatory speeches, or distribution of cash or liquor among voters, to the Commission’s website.
The EC has also deployed a unique Android-based software which automatically generates the geographical location, coordinates, date and time of a clip uploaded to it’s website. This will help to weed out fake video and audio clips, and thus avoid confusion among voters and election officials.
“All that a common man needs to do now is to use an Android phone for recording a political meeting, or an instance of illegal distribution of cash or liquor, or any other electoral malpractice in his or her area,” a senior official said.
“The software will automatically find out the coordinates of the area, time and date, thereby reducing instances of fake videos going viral during election time,” he explained.
Sources said that the EC had been in need of such a software due to several instances of inflammatory speeches during elections and it was essential to differentiate between authentic and fake ones.
Once a video or an audio clip gets technical authentication, the EC can take action against the guilty or a candidate under the Representation of the People Act.
The new facility has been set up at the offices of all the Chief Electoral Officers (CEOs) across the country, and instructions have been issued to them to keep the name and identity of such whistle-blowers a secret.
Editor's Picks »
- Motherson Sumi continues to face margin pressure in foreign markets
- What the Warren Buffett indicator tells us about market valuations today
- Jet Airways lands with a thud in Q4 as fuel costs increase
- IBC amendments: Some dilutions, and a lot more speed
- Patanjali’s gambit is paying off in toothpaste wars