Voter Verification and Information Programme Launched

• The Election Commission of India has launched a Voter Verification and Information Programme (VVIP) for citizens for verifications of their names, new registrations, changes in the voter details and corrections in the Voter Id Cards for the upcoming General Elections 2019.

Key highlights

• ECI has enabled various channels for this VVIP programme.

• ECI has also set up Contact centers in all districts across India.

• The Voter Helpline number is 1950.

• The Contact Centres are equipped with latest information and telecom infrastructure to help the callers.

• The VVIP Programme was launched during the 2-day intensive Training-cum-Workshop on the use of Information and Communication Technology for the conduct of General Elections 2019.

• The Training-cum-Workshop was attended by Additional Chief Electoral Officers, Incharge of IT, Nodal Officers, State Level Master Trainers and technical resource persons from all States and Union Territories.

Various apps and their benefits

• One of the important applications for which training was imparted to all States and UTs was cVIGIL. cVIGIL App provides time-stamped, evidence based proof of Model Code of Conduct / Expenditure Violation, having live photo/video with auto location data.

• Any citizen can lodge a complaint through Mobile App. Flying Squads then investigate the matter and the Returning Officer takes the decision.

• The status of cVIGIL can be shared with the cVIGIL complainant within a specified timelimit.

• A CVigil User Manual and the EVM Management System User Manual was released on the occasion.

• A new android based mobile app called ‘Voter Helpline’ was also launched today.

• This App provides convenience to all citizens for finding their names in the electoral roll, submitting online forms, checking the status of the application, filing complaints and receiving the reply on their mobile app. All forms, results, candidate affidavits, press notes, voter awareness and important instructions are available through the mobile app.

• A ‘PwD App’ to enable Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) to request for new registration, change in address, change in particulars and mark themselves as PwD through the use of the mobile application was also launched.

• By simply entering their contact details, the Booth Level Officer is assigned to provide doorstep facility. PwDs can also request for a wheelchair during polling.

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