“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. The software will automatically find out the coordinates of the area and time and date, thereby reducing instances of fake videos going viral during election time,” a senior official said.
Sources said that the EC wanted to get such a software for a long time as a number of instances of inflammatory speeches and videos emerge during the polls and it is essential to differentiate between the authentic and the fake ones.
Also, once such an technical authentication is available for a video or an audio, the EC can take an informed action against the guilty or a candidate under the Representation of the People Act.
The official said the new facility has now been provided to 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. (PTI)