As a run up to the forthcoming Elections to the Lok Sabha and Legislative Assemblies to four States, the Election Commission of India (ECI)on Thursday organized the first briefing for observers to be deployed in the poll-going states.
Over 1800 senior officers drawn from IAS, IPS officers as also from Indian Revenue Service and a few others from Central Services attended the briefing meeting. These officers are being deployed as General, Police, and Expenditure observers.
Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa reminded the group that as observers they need to ensure implementation of all instructions of the ECI in letter and spirit.
Lavasa mentioned that the recently launched CVigil App has helped empower every citizen also to help the Commission keep a vigilant eye out for Model Code violations.
The Commission for the first time has also introduced a new mobile app called ‘Observer App’. Using this App, General, Police, and Expenditure observers can submit their report to ECI to upload the relevant documents from the mobile app.
The observers will get all important notifications, alerts, and urgent messages on this App while they are on duty. It will also facilitate observers to get their deployment status, download the ID card, and update their profile.
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Since the observers will be closely involved in real-time disposal of the cVIGIL Model code and expenditure violation cases, this App would help see all the cVIGIL cases under their jurisdiction.
The observers – who are put on deputation with the ECI for the entire duration of the election process – can make a written observation after the flying squads have investigated the matter.
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