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Tag: Chief Election Commissioner

Sushil Chandra Assumes Charge As Chief Election Commissioner

New Delhi: Sushil Chandra assumed charge as the 24th Chief Election Commissioner on Tuesday. Chandra was appointed as the CEC on Monday, the day Sunil Arora demitted office. Chandra was…

Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra Set To Be Next CEC
Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra Set To Be Next CEC

New Delhi: Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra is set to become the next chief election commissioner, sources said on Sunday. Going by the convention of appointing the senior-most election commissioner as…

Pipili Bypolls
Pipili Bypoll: Govt Officials Using Their Position To Campaign For BJD, Alleges BJP

Puri: The State unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday met the Odisha Chief Election Commissioner complaining about alleged promotion of the BJD candidate in Pipili by-election by a doctor posted at Pipili. As per reports, the doctor in question, Abinash Rath who has been employed at the Pipili Community Health Center (CHC) allegedly […]

EC Makes Fresh Push For Electoral Reforms With Law Ministry

New Delhi: The Election Commission on Tuesday made a fresh push for electoral reforms with the government, including making paid news and false affidavits electoral offences. In a meeting with Legislative Secretary G Narayan Raju, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora and fellow Commissioners Ashok Lavasa and Sushil Chandra also discussed linking of voters list or […]

Delhi Polls On Feb 8, Model Code From Today: EC

New Delhi: The Election Commission on Monday announced February 8 as the date for the Delhi Assembly election. The model code of conduct comes into effect immediately, said the EC. The counting of votes will be on February 11. The date of notification is January 14, while January 21 will be the last date for […]

CEC Sunil Arora Takes Charge Of World Election Body

Bengaluru: Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora on Tuesday assumed chairmanship of the Association of World Election Bodies (AWEB), an Election Commission statement said. Arora, who succeeds Lon Mincu Radulescu, the incumbent chairman from Romania, has been given the charge for two years from 2019 to 2021. Arora was handed over the AWEB flag at the […]

CEC rules out return to ballot paper system

Kolkata: Rejecting the demand of bringing back the ballot paper system of voting, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora on Friday said that there is no question of going back to the bygone era. “We are not going back to the era of ballot papers. The Honourable Supreme Court has more than once said that […]

'One nation, one election' not feasible now: EC sources

New Delhi: As Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday held a meeting of various parties to discuss ‘one nation, one election’, or simultaneous parliamentary and assembly polls, Election Commission sources claimed that the idea is not feasible as of now. A former Chief Election Commissioner also said the proposal has both “strong merits and serious […]

Odisha Consumers To Pay Higher Electricity Bills From October 1
Poll effect: 15,000 govt schools get electricity connections in rural MP

New Delhi: The just-concluded general elections came as a boon for primary schools in Madhya Pradesh’s rural areas. As per the state Chief Election Commissioner’s (CEO) report, 15,000 government primary schools, which were made polling stations in far-flung areas, got permanent electricity connections during the Lok Sabha polls. Not just electricity, repair works were also […]

CEC meets Kovind, submits names of elected parliamentarians

New Delhi: Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora accompanied by other officials met President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday and submitted a copy of the notification which contains the names of members elected to the 17th Lok Sabha. Kovind congratulated Arora and Election Commissioners Ashok Lavasa and Sushil Chandra on the successful completion of the electoral […]

Congress raps government, EC over Lavasa's plaint

New Delhi: The Congress on Saturday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa’s letter to Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora regarding his dissent in EC decisions related to the model code of conduct (MCC) going unrecorded and asked whether it was “Election Commission or Election Omission”. Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala said, “Lavasa, […]

Elections 2019 to be held in 7 phases starting April 11; Results on May 23

New Delhi: The Lok Sabha elections will be held in seven phases from April 11 to May 19 and the votes will be counted on May 23, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora announced on Sunday. Calling the Indian parliamentary battle the “largest festival of democracy”, he said that 91 constituencies (spread across 20 states) will […]

Sunil Arora assumes charge as Chief Election Commissioner

New Delhi: Senior IAS official and senior-most Election Commissioner Sunil Arora on Sunday took charge as the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC), a day after Om Prakash Rawat demitted office. President Ram Nath Kovind on November 27 appointed Arora in the post. He will have a nearly two-and-a-half-year tenure as CEC and he will oversee the […]

EC to declare poll date in four states
EC set to announce poll dates for 4 States today

New Delhi: The Election Commission (EC) is set to announce Saturday the poll schedules for Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. The commission has convened a press conference Saturday afternoon. It will also most likely announce the poll schedule for Telangana. Sources in the commission said that the entire election exercise will be completed by […]

BJD urges ECI to hold simultaneous polls in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Amid speculations over early Lok Sabha elections, the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) in Odisha today urged the Election Commission of India (ECI) to make adequate preparations to hold elections to Odisha Assembly simultaneously. BJD’s Puri MP, PinakiMisratoday met the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and apprised him about the State’s stand in case the […]

No chance at all, says CEC on simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly polls

Aurangabad: Putting to rest all speculation, Chief Election Commissioner O P Rawat today emphatically ruled out the possibility of holding simultaneous elections to the state assemblies along with the Lok Sabha polls anytime soon. Rawat also said a legal framework is needed to be in place for holding simultaneous polls. There has been some speculation […]

Election Commission
Elections 2019: Early-poll chatter keeps Odisha political parties on tenterhooks

Bhubaneswar: Will there be early elections in Odisha? While no political party has a clear idea about it, a statement of the Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat is keeping political leaders in Odisha on tenterhooks. On being asked whether the Election Commission (EC) is ready if the Lok Sabha polls are held in December along […]

Capable of holding LS polls, 4 state assembly elections together in Dec: CEC

New Delhi: The Election Commission was capable of holding the Lok Sabha elections and polls to four state assemblies together in December if the parliamentary elections are advanced, Chief Election Commissioner O P Rawat said today. His comments came when asked whether the EC was ready if the LS elections are held in December along […]

Surendra Kumar new Electoral Officer of Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Ahead of the Bijepur bypoll, Chief Election Commissioner Om Prakash Rawat has appointed Surendra Kumar as the new Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Odisha. An official notification was issued in this regard today. Kumar, a 1993 batch IAS officer, replaced DN Gupta as the CEO of Odisha. Currently Kumar is holding the position of […]

EC Om Prakash Rawat appointed new CEC, Ashok Lawasa made EC

New Delhi: Election Commissioner Om Prakash Rawat was today appointed as the next Chief Election Commissioner succeeding A K Joti who retires tomorrow, the law ministry said today. The government also appointed former finance secretary Ashok Lawasa as an election commissioner. The appointment of the election commissioner was made as a vacancy would have arisen […]