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Tag: Election Commission

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Elections 2019: Campaigning ends for phase 1 of Lok Sabha polls

New Delhi: The hustle and bustle of campaigning came to an end on Tuesday in 91 Lok Sabha constituencies spread over 20 states and Union Territories which will go to the polls on Thursday marking the start of the mega seven-phase electoral exercise. An Election Commission (EC) officer said that since poll timings vary in […]

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Basic facilities mandatory at all poll booths: EC

New Delhi: The Election Commission (EC) on Tuesday directed all the states and union territories across the country to ensure Assured Minimum Facilities (AMF) at all polling stations for the convenience of the voters. The EC, in an official statement to the chief electoral officers, listed the facilities to be provided on the voting day […]

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EC's special arrangements for differently abled voters

Agartala: The Election Commission (EC) will take adequate steps to help physically challenged voters, including visually-impaired ones, exercise their franchise, a top official said here on Sunday. “Following the Election Commission’s directives, adequate steps would be taken to facilitate physically challenged voters including visually-impaired electorates to exercise their franchise,” Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sriram Taranikanti […]

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EC bars political advertisements on polling day, eve

New Delhi: The Election Commission on Saturday barred publishing of political advertisements in print media on polling day and the day before in all seven phases of the upcoming Lok Sabha polls unless the contents of such advertisements are pre-certified by the Media Certification and Monitoring Committee (MCMC). The poll panel said the direction was […]

Election Commission finds NITI Aayog VC guilty of violating poll code

New Delhi: The Election Commission (EC) on Friday found NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar’s remarks on the Congress’ promise of minimum income guarantee scheme “Nyay” as a violation of the model code of conduct (MCC) and asked him to “exercise caution” in the future. “The Commission has come to the conclusion that your comments […]

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EC squad restricts road show of BJD Sundergarh LS candidate Sunita Biswal

Sundergarh: The Static Surveillance Squad of Election Commission today restricted BJD Sundergarh Lok Sabha candidate Sunita Biswal’s road show near Purunapani under Nuagaon block in the district on charges of not obtaining prior permission from the competent authority. As per reports, Biswal was scheduled to attend public meetings and road shows at various places of […]

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Central Universities Recruitment: Election Commission's Nod Sought

New Delhi: The HRD ministry has sought the Election Commission’s nod to start recruitment process in central universities while the model code of conduct is in effect. In a letter to the poll panel, the ministry said, “In view of the UGC mandate to provide teaching and non-teaching faculty before start of new academic year […]

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EC notice to Railways, Civil Aviation ministries on MCC

New Delhi: The Election Commission on Tuesday pulled up the Railways Ministry and the Civil Aviation Ministry for “non-compliance” and “lackadaisical approach” towards the model code of conduct and directed them to take disciplinary action against those responsible for poll code violations including Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s picture on tickets and the slogan ‘main bhi […]

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Wages rise under MGNREGA with EC endorsement

Agartala/New Delhi: The Union Rural Development Ministry has increased the rate of wages under the MGNREGA for the 2019-20 fiscal with approval from the Election Commission and has asked state governments not to publicise the enhancement of wage rates under the rural employment scheme. The Congress and the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) have criticised […]

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Congress moves EC against Namo TV, 'misuse' of DD News

New Delhi: The Congress on Monday moved the Election Commission seeking strictures against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP for using the government-owned news channel for their election campaign and for using channel “Namo TV” as “a political tool” when the Model Code of Conduct was in force. The party gave three different memoranda […]

Notification issued for 115 LS seats in phase 3

New Delhi: The Election Commission on Thursday issued notification for the third phase of the seven-phase Lok Sabha elections, kicking off the process of filing of nominations for another 115 constituencies across 14 states and Union Territories. Voting in the third phase will take place on April 23, said the notification. According to the EC […]

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Congress urges Election Commission to stop release of Modi's biopic

Jaipur: Veteran Congress leader Suresh Mishra on Wednesday urged the Election Commission (EC) to stop the release of “PM Narendra Modi”, a biopic based on the life of the Prime Minister. The film is scheduled to be released on April 5. In a letter to the EC, Mishra said, “The release of the film during […]

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2nd leg of WhatsApp campaign to fight fake news

New Delhi: Facebook-owned WhatsApp on Monday launched the second-leg of its “Share Joy, Not Rumours” education campaign to encourage the responsible use of its platform ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. In addition to the earlier TV, print and radio ads, the new campaign would educate people on the controls available in WhatsApp so they […]

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Notification issued for 97 LS seats in Phase II

New Delhi: The Election Commission on Tuesday issued a notification for the second phase of the seven-phased Lok Sabha elections, kicking off the process of filing of nominations for another 97 constituencies across 13 states and Union Territories. Voting in the second phase will take place on April 18, said the notification, which comes a […]

EC to declare poll date in four states
EC releases Phase-1 poll notification for Odisha; specifies voting time in Maoist-prone areas

Bhubaneswar: The Election Commission today released a notification for first phase elections in Odisha beginning April 11. Four Lok Sabha and 28 Assembly constituencies in the State will go to the polls in Phase 1. Briefing mediapersons, Odisha Chief Electoral Officer Surendra Kumar said, “The Election Commission has released the notification for first phase of […]

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Congress cries foul over video recording of poll meetings

Cuttack: Alleging partiality by the poll observers of the Election Commission, Odisha Congress today asked the reason behind not recording the Salepur meeting of Minister Pratap Jena. While the Congress’ meeting in Mahanga was video recorded today by the poll observers, why the same was not done a few days back at Salepur where Pratap […]

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EC bars manifesto release 48 hours before vote day

New Delhi: The Election Commission (EC) here on Saturday barred political parties from releasing election manifestos in the last 48 hours of the voting day in the multi-phase Lok Sabha elections. The directive has come weeks before the Lok Sabha elections, which would be held in seven phases in April and May. The amended model […]

SC seeks EC's response over opposition plea on EVMs

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday sought the Election Commission’s (EC) response on a plea by the 21 opposition parties seeking the audit of at least 50 per cent of EVMs with corresponding Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trails (VVPATs). Issuing the notice to the EC, the bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Deepak […]

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EC's humane move, bans live animals in campaign

Mumbai: The Election Commission has imposed a blanket ban on the use or live demonstrations of animals during the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, delighting animal lovers across the country. In its Manual on the Model Code of Conduct, the EC has made it absolutely clear (on page 144 of chapter 22.5) that all animals, birds […]

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Odisha BJP moves Election Commission over poll code 'violation' in KALIA scheme

Bhubaneswar: The State unit of BJP met the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) accusing the ruling-BJD of violating the model code of conduct through its KALIA scheme. As per the allegations, following the enforcement of the model code of conduct on March 10, the State Finance Minister, Shashi Bhusan Behera had announced that disbursement of monetary […]

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'Vigilant' EC brings in sweeping reforms in Elections 2019

Bhubaneswar: Elections 2019 will be etched in capital letters in India’s electoral history as it has many innovative electoral reforms to its credit that could have far-reaching consequences on the electoral process of the world’s largest democracy. Significantly, when there has been a murmur on the shortcomings in the poll process with regard to the […]

In first for LS polls, candidates with criminal antecedents to publicise fact

New Delhi: For the first time in the Lok Sabha polls, candidates with criminal antecedents are required to publish information in this regard in newspapers and through television channels on three occasions during the campaign period, the Election Commission said on Sunday. A political party that sets up candidates with criminal antecedents is also required […]

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Elections 2019: Odisha to go to polls in 4 phases

Bhubaneswar: Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Odisha Surendra Kumar today informed that the State will go to simultaneous polls in four phases starting April 11, 2019. The next three phases of elections will be conducted on April 18, 23 and 29. Addressing a presser in Bhubaneswar today, the CEO said that elections will be conducted […]

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EC to announce Lok Sabha poll schedule at 5 pm on Sunday

New Delhi: The Election Commission (EC) is set to announce on Sunday schedule for the high-voltage Lok Sabha elections, which is likely to be spread over seven to eight phases in April-May. The poll panel will be holding a press conference at 5 pm at Vigyan Bhavan here. The term of the present Lok Sabha […]

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EC asks parties to desist from using photo of soldiers in campaign

New Delhi: The Election Commission (EC) on Saturday asked political parties to desist from displaying photographs of defence personnel in their poll campaign in view of a picture on social media showing image of Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman in a political poster. In a letter to political parties written on Saturday, the EC […]

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