Citizen Vigilance app in Odisha soon for poll-related complaints: EC

Bhubaneswar: In view of the upcoming general elections in the State, the Election Commission of India (ECI) said that voters in Odisha will soon be able to file complaints through the Citizen Vigilance app. This information was shared today by Election Commissioner, Ashok Lavasa after meeting police and government officials on the second day of his visit to Odisha. Lavasa is leading a 6-member team of the ECI on a 3-day visit to the state and the team today held discussions regarding poll preparations with chief secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi and Police DG RP Sharma.

Lavasa informed that all arrangements will be made for free and fair conduct of elections. A Citizen Vigilance app will be launched in the State which will allow the citizens to file complaints and upload photographs of any questionable activities during polls.

Similarly, the individuals who have not been included in the voting list will be given an opportunity to include their names at enrolment camps. These camps will be organised from February 17-23 at various places across the State, the EC informed.
For the upcoming general elections, the ECI will set up 37,606 polling centres, Lavasa further informed.

“A comprehensive review of the preparations was done with District Electoral Officers (DEOs) and SPs to check the misuse of money and power and curb illicit drugs, liquor etc.,” Lavasa added.

Speaking to media persons, Odisha chief secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi said “The ECI team discussed about the status of compliance regarding transfer of officers posted at a certain place for more than 3 years. Discussions were also held on the arrangement of electricity and water at the polling centres.”

Police DG, RP Sharma said that security will be tightened in Maoist-dominated areas and police officials will keep vigil at sensitive booths.

“Discussions were held on the steps taken for conducting free, fair and peaceful elections. The instructions on transfer of officers have been complied with. We are taking steps towards area domination in LWE-affected places,” Sharma said.