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Reporting Guide

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Vote Report India is a collaborative citizen-driven election monitoring platform for the 2009 Indian general elections.


Basically, users contribute direct SMS, email, and web reports on violations of the Election Commission's Model Code of Conduct (PDF). The platform will then aggregate these direct reports with news reports, blog posts, photos, videos and tweets related to the elections from all relevant sources, in one place, on an interactive map.


You can report incidents in four ways --


- By sending a message starting with VoteReport to 5676785

- By sending an email to report@votereport.in

- By filling a form at votereport.in.

- By sending a tweet with the hashtag #votereport


It will help us map your reports if you send them to us in a pre-specified format.

The format you need to follow for submitting your SMS and Twitter reports is #votereport #TOWN or PIN-CODE #CATEGORY DETAILS SOURCE


#votereport #Pune #VIOL Violence in Pune’s Boat Club area. 6 injured. Situation under control. Source: NDTV.

#votereport #400019 #BRIB Liquor and clothes distributed in Dharavi slum on election even by X candidate. Eyewitness account.

For e-mail reports, please mention #TOWN or PIN-CODE #CATEGORY in the subject line and DETAILS and SOURCE in the body.

There are ten categories displayed on the maps, including ALL CATEGORIES. Below are the descriptions and the short codes for the other nine categories.

INFLAMMATORY SPEECH (HATE): This category is for reporting instances of spoken or written speech aimed at inciting communal differences along the lines of religion, caste, creed, language, birthplace, ethnicity, etc

VIOLENCE (VIOL): “This category is for reporting any instances of violence related to the elections: voter intimidation, inter-party clashes, mob-violence, booth capturing, etc..”

VOTER BRIBING (BRIB): This category is for reporting any instance of voter bringing through the distribution of cash, alcohol, food, gifts, etc

VOTER NAME MISSING (MISS): This category is for reporting instances of voter’s name missing in spite of her/him having completed due procedures

FORGED VOTE (FORG): “This category is for reporting instances where the voter has been unable to cast her / his vote because a third-party has voted by fraud or impersonation.”

VOTING MACHINE PROBLEMS (EVOM): This category is for reporting electronic voting machine irregularities: malfunction, power-outage, button-stuck, etc

OTHER (OTHR): This category is for reporting all other violations of the Model Code of Conduct not included above

ELECTION COMMISSION INTERVENTION (ECIN): This category is for reporting all Election Commission interventions in response to violations of the Code of Conduct

WHAT WENT WELL (WELL): This category is for reproting instances where you were impressed by the functioning of the eletoral process

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