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Tag: Election Commission

Pipili By-election
Pipili Bypoll Gazette Notification Out, Check Details

Bhubaneswar: The State Chief Electoral Officer of Odisha on Tuesday published the gazette notification for the upcoming by-election to the Assembly constituency of Pipili. The bypoll to the 110 – Pipili Assembly seat which has been lying vacant since October 4 2020 following the demise of 7-time MLA Pradeep Maharathy will go to polls on […]

Election Commission
EC Makes Record Seizures Worth Rs 331 Cr Ahead Of Assembly Polls

New Delhi: The Election Commission has made record seizures amounting to Rs 331.47 crore under the expenditure monitoring process in Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry, even ahead of the upcoming Assembly polls. The record seizures have been made even though polling is yet to start in these states/Union Territory, as it is […]

Mamata Banerjee
Election Commission Concludes Injuries Sustained By Mamata Banerjee Not Result Of Attack: Sources

New Delhi: The Election Commission has ruled out that there was any attack on West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee that led to her injuries, sources in the poll body said on Sunday. After reviewing the reports sent by its two special poll observers and the state government, the Commission concluded […]

Election Commission Begins Officers' Scrutiny Drive For 2021 Polls In 5 States

New Delhi: With just six to seven months left for the Assembly elections in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Kerala and Assam, the Election Commission (EC) has begun a mammoth drive for the scrutiny of officers being deployed in the five-yearly exercise aimed at achieving “free and fair” polls. It is being ensured that the […]

Kamal Nath's 'Item' Remark: SC Stays EC Order Revoking Star Campaigner Status For MP Bypolls

New Delhi: In a relief to Kamal Nath, the Supreme Court on Monday pulled up the Election Commission and stayed its order of withdrawing star campaigner status of the former Chief Minister and senior Congress leader. Senior advocate Rakesh Dwivedi, representing the Election Commission, submitted before a bench headed by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde that […]

Flout Covid SOPs, Face Action, Poll Panel Warns Parties

New Delhi: The Election Commission on Wednesday shot off a letter to the Presidents and General Secretaries of all recognised national or state political parties, warning against flouting of Covid-19 guidelines issued earlier. It said that non-compliance of instructions during the period of “public interface” will attract actions as per provisions of Sections 51 to […]

COVID Effect: To Prevent Large Crowds, EC Reduces No Of Star Campaigners For Bihar Polls, Bypolls

New Delhi: Concerned over large gatherings during campaigning for the upcoming Bihar assembly elections and bypolls in several states amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Election Commission on Wednesday reduced the maximum number of ‘star campaigners’ for recognised national and state parties from 40 to 30. For unrecognised registered political parties, the maximum number of star […]

Election Commission Announces Dates For Bihar Polls: Voting From Oct 28, Results On Nov 10

New Delhi: Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora on Friday and announced the dates for the Bihar Legislative Assembly elections which will be held in three phases. The first phase of polling for the 243 member House will be held on October 28, while the second and third phase will be held on November 3 and […]

Election Commission
EC Announces Bypolls For 64 Seats Including 2 In Odisha Along With Bihar Assembly Elections

New Delhi: The Election Commission on Friday announced that by-polls for the 64 assembly and one parliamentary seats in different states will be held around the same time with the Bihar Assembly polls, dates for which will be announced later. ECI during the meeting with Chief Secretaries of all states and electoral officers decided that […]

Bihar Elections
EC Decides Against Postal Ballot Facility To Voters Above 65

New Delhi: After criticism from various political parties, the Election Commission on Thursday said that it has decided not to extend the facility of postal ballot to electors above 65 years of age in the coming Bihar Assembly elections and in bypolls due in near future. The Commission, in a statement, said that it “has […]

COVID-19 outbreak: CEC, ECs opt for voluntary 30% cut in basic salaries
COVID-19 outbreak: CEC, ECs opt for voluntary 30% cut in basic salaries

New Delhi: The three-member Election Commission of India on Monday announced to take a voluntary 30 per cent cut in their basic salaries for one year from April 1, 2020, with a view to reduce the burden on the exchequer amid the coronavirus pandemic. Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora and two Election Commissioners Ashok Lavasa […]

EC proposal to link electoral roll with Aadhaar under examination: Law Minister

New Delhi: An Election Commission proposal to link electoral roll with Aadhaar to check duplicate entries is “under examination”, the Law Ministry has informed the Lok Sabha. In a written reply, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday said to ensure preparation of error-free electoral roll and prevent duplication of entries, the EC has proposed […]

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 […]

Parties Must Publish Candidates Criminal Cases On Sites: SC

New Delhi: In a significant judgement, the Supreme Court on Thursday directed political parties to upload on their respective websites the details of all pending criminal cases against candidates contesting polls, citing the alarming increase in criminalisation of politics in past four general elections. A bench headed by Justice R.F. Nariman said the parties would […]

'CAA won't be rolled back, it's not Rajiv Feroze Khan's govt'

New Delhi: Facing a 96-hour ban by the Election Commission for communally divisive remarks, BJP MP Parvesh Sahib Singh Verma on Monday again raised the pitch in the Lok Sabha calling the ongoing Shaheen Bagh protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) “anti-national”, and declared that the law will not be rolled back as it […]

Top Delhi Cop In Charge Of Shaheen Bagh Shifted Out By EC

New Delhi: The Election Commission on Sunday ordered shifting of Delhi Police’s DCP, South East, Chinmoy Biswal whose charge includes Shaheen Bagh, the scene of anti-CAA protests since the past 50 days. The poll panel’s move to shift Biswal, a 2008 batch IPS officer, comes following two incidents of civilian firing, over the past two-three […]

EC Bars BJP's Kapil Mishra From Campaigning For 48 Hours Over Controversial Tweets

New Delhi: Cracking the whip, the Election Commission on Saturday imposed a 48-hour campaigning ban on BJP candidate from Delhi’s Model Town constituency Kapil Mishra over his controversial tweets. The ban order, approved by the Chief Election Commissioner and two fellow Election Commissioners, came into force from 5 PM on Saturday, EC officials said. The […]

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 […]

SC Asks EC To Decide On Plea Seeking To Bar People With Criminal Record From Contesting Polls

New Delhi: The Supreme Court asked the Election Commission on Monday to pass a “reasoned order” on a representation seeking to restrain political parties from fielding candidates with criminal antecedents in polls. A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde passed the order while refusing to entertain a PIL filed by lawyer and BJP […]

Postal Ballot For Voters Above 80, Divyangs: EC Starts Work On Guidelines

New Delhi: The Election Commission on Monday said it has started working on detailed guidelines to allow those above 80 years of age and people with disabilities to use postal ballot to cast their vote. The disabled and people over 80 years of age can now cast their vote through postal ballot, the government said […]

25K Of 1 Lakh Overseas Indians Registered In e-rolls Voted In LS Polls: EC

New Delhi: Only a little over 25,000 of the nearly one lakh overseas Indians who had registered as voters flew down to India to exercise their franchise in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, according to data issued by the Election Commission this month. A total of 99,807 overseas Indians, who are living abroad and have […]

Poll Body Bans Exit Polls During Assembly Elections, Bypolls

New Delhi: The Election Commission (EC) on Tuesday reiterated a complete ban on exit polls during the upcoming elections. The ban will be effective “from 7 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. on October 21” when Haryana and Maharashtra goes to polls. Bypolls to 51 Assembly constituencies in 17 states will also be held on the same […]

Police To Remain Unbiased During Bijepur Bypoll: Odisha DGP BK Sharma

Bargarh: Ahead of the Bijepur bypoll on October 21, Director General of Police (DGP), BK Sharma has assured that police will remain unbiased while discharging its duties and will not show undue favours to political parties and act as per the guidelines laid out by the Election Commission. During a review meeting held today at […]

aadhaar linking deadline
Law Min considering EC proposal on Aadhaar data of voters to clean up electoral rolls

New Delhi: The Law Ministry is learnt to be considering an Election Commission proposal to give it statutory backing to collect Aadhaar number of new applicants and existing voters to check multiple entries in electoral rolls. In August 2015, a Supreme Court order on Aadhaar card put brakes on Election Commission’s project to link UIDAI […]

EC Announces Bypolls In 17 States, Puducherry On Oct 21

New Delhi: Bypolls to 64 Assembly seats in 17 states and one Union Territory will be held on October 21 and the results will be declared on October 24, the Election Commission said on Saturday. The poll panel announced the schedule for Assembly bye-elections to 15 seats in Karnataka, 11 seats in Uttar Pradesh, five […]