Tag: Election Commission

Delhi High Court sets aside disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs

New Delhi: In a major relief to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the High Court on Friday set aside the Election Commission recommendation disqualifying 20 ruling party MLAs in an office-of-profit case. The court asked the Election Commission to hear the case afresh because the MLAs were not given proper hearing before the poll panel […]

Polling begins in Meghalaya, Nagaland

Kohima/Shillong: Election to the 60-member Nagaland Assembly began at 7 am today amid a tight security as more than half of the 2,156 polling stations in the north-eastern state have been declared critical. Similarly, polling for the 60-member Meghalaya Assembly also began at 7 am today amid tight security with over 18 lakh voters eligible […]

Election to 58 Rajya Sabha seats on March 23

New Delhi: Biennial election for 58 seats of Rajya Sabha from 16 states will be held on March 23, the Election Commission announced on Friday. While the last date of nomination is March 12, counting of votes for all seats will be held on March 23, it said in a statement. The term of 58 […]

CEC seeks report on shoe hurling at CM Naveen

New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: The Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) on Wednesday sought a report from the Odisha State Election Commissioner (SEC) on the incident of shoe hurling at Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik during the by-election campaign in Bijepur on Tuesday. A delegation of the Biju Janata Dal (BJD), led by party MP Pinaki Mishra, met the CEC […]

Bargarh gets new Collector, SP ahead of Bijepur bypoll

Bhubaneswar/Bargarh: Odisha government on Friday appointed new Bargarh Collector and superintendent of police, two weeks ahead of the by-election to the Bijepur assembly constituency in the district. The development comes after the Election Commission ordered  to change the district Collector and SP. The Election Commission of India (ECI) had asked the state government to recommend […]

ECI seeks appointment of new SP ahead of Bijepur bypoll

Bargarh: Ahead of the Bijepur bypoll scheduled for February 24, the Election commission of India (ECI) has begun the process for appointing a new SP for Bargarh, a move which is said to be aimed at ensuring free and fair by-election. In a letter, the Chief Electoral Officer, Odisha has asked the state Home department to […]

Bijepur bypoll: BJP moves EC alleging misuse of power by BJD

New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: Alleging misuse of State machinery in bypoll bound Bijepur Assembly constituency, a delegation of BJP comprising Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, MP Bhupinder Yadav, Odisha in-charge Arun Singh and national spokesperson Sambit Patra today met the Election Commission (EC) in New Delhi demanding a free and fair by-election. In a four-page memorandum submitted to […]

Congress confident of retaining Bijepur seat

Bhubaneswar: With the Election Commission announcing the schedule for by-elections in Bijepur Assembly constituency, the Congress today expressed its confidence to retain the seat where the bypoll was necessitated by the death of their sitting MLA Subal Sahu. Chief of Congress’ Odisha unit, Prasad Harichandan said that while other parties are trying to rope in […]

Facebook, EC roll out National Voters' Day pledge

New Delhi: To encourage young voters in the country, social media giant Facebook and the Election Commission (EC) on Wednesday rolled out the National Voters’ Day pledge feature on the platform that will send a reminder to users aged 18 years and above to take the pledge on Thursday. National Voters’ Day is marked on […]

Poll Commission wants 20 AAP MLAs disqualified

New Delhi: The Election Commission is understood to have recommended disqualification of 20 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs on grounds of holding office of profit as Parliamentary Secretaries. The Election Commission gave its opinion to the President on a complaint by the Congress in June 2016, seeking disqualification of the AAP MLAs. Under the Constitution, […]

Poll dates for Tripura, Meghalaya, Nagaland announced

New Delhi: The assembly elections in Tripura will be held on February 18, while Meghalaya and Nagaland will go to polls on February 27, the Election Commission said today. Announcing the poll dates, Chief Election Commissioner A K Joti said the counting in the three states will be held on March 3. The term of […]

Orissa HC rejects disqualification of 9 Keonjhar BJD councillors

Cuttack: The Orissa High Court today rejected the order issued by the State Election Commission (SEC) to disqualify the membership of the nine BJD councillors of Keonjhar Municipality for violating anti-defection law in February 2016. It may be recalled that the nine rebel councillors of the municipality Sushree Sangeeta Nanda, Dillip Kumar Behera, Swarnalata Sahu, […]

Bijepur bypoll date announcement soon: Advisor to CEC

Bhubaneswar: Clearing the air on Bijepur bypoll, Advisor to Election Commission (EC) Bhagban Prakash today said that the EC will announce the dates for the bypoll within the stipulated time frame, as per the rules. The continuous delay in by-elections to Bijepur constituency has raised many eyebrows with the BJD and the Congress criticising the […]

Jaya video clip triggers row ahead of Chennai by-election

Chennai: A day ahead of a critical by-election here, sidelined AIADMK leader T.T.V. Dinakaran’s faction on Wednesday triggered a major row by releasing a video clip of the late J. Jayalalithaa purportedly on her hospital bed, forcing the Election Commission to tell TV channels not to telecast it. The ruling AIADMK cried foul and asked […]

EC notice to Naveen on poll expense row

Bhubaneswar: Seeking an explanation on the alleged poll fund irregularities, the Election Commission has issued a notice to Biju Janata Dal (BJD) president and Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday. As per reports published in national media, the EC wanted a clarification from Patnaik as to why poll expenditure amount mentioned in his affidavit does […]