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Tag: Election Commission

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

Ballot Papers Are History; EVMs Can't Be Tampered With: CEC

Mumbai: The Election Commission on Wednesday ruled out the use of ballot papers in next month’s Maharashtra Assembly elections, terming them “history” and defended EVMs, saying these machines cannot be tampered with. Addressing reporters after reviewing poll preparedness in the state, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora also said the Assembly poll expenditure limit of candidates […]

Manmohan Singh to file papers for election to RS from Rajasthan tomorrow

Jaipur: Former prime minister Manmohan Singh will file his nomination papers for the bypoll to the Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan. “The party has decided to nominate former PM Manmohan Singh from the state and he will be filing four sets of nominations here on Tuesday,” Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister and state Congress president Sachin Pilot […]

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Political parties gear up for Patkura Assembly election

Bhubaneswar: After the announcement of election date for Patkura Assembly seat, three major political parties – BJD, BJP and Congress have chalked out plans and strategies for the upcoming poll. As per reports, State Ministers Arun Sahoo, Ranendra Pratap Swain, Prafulla Mallick, Sanjay Das Burma, Atanu Sabyaschi Nayak, Pratap Deb and Pranab Prakash Das have […]

SC seeks EC response on EVM malfunction complaint

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Election Commission to respond on a plea seeking to remove the provision which criminalizes the reporting of malfunctioning of the electronic voting machines, if proven false. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gagoi asked the poll panel to file its reply within two weeks. The […]

Made 'new law to shoot tribals' remark in 'free flow of speech': Rahul tells NCST

New Delhi: Responding to a notice over his “new law to shoot tribals” remark, Congress president Rahul Gandhi has told the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) that he made the comments in “free flow of a political speech”, according to officials. Addressing an election rally in Shahdol in Madhya Pradesh on April 23, Gandhi […]

'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 […]

Decision on elections in J&K later this year: EC

New Delhi: The decision to hold Assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir, which is under Presidents Rule, will be taken later this year after conclusion of the annual Amarnath Yatra on August 15, the Election Commission said on Tuesday. The poll panel said, in a statement, that it will monitor the situation in Jammu and […]

EC says no ghost voters in Lok Sabha poll

New Delhi: The Election Commission on Saturday made it clear that there were no ghost voters during the recently held Lok Sabha polls as the provisional voter turnout data reported on the EC website is only the tentative number of voters. “The provisional voter turnout data reported on EC website is only the tentative number […]

Ex-Kolkata top cop Rajeev Kumar dodges CBI, seeks more time

Kolkata: Former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar on Monday skipped questioning on the Saradha cheat fund scam, and instead sought seven days time from the CBI. Kumar was summoned for questioning at 10.30 a.m., but he sent a letter seeking a week’s time before he could present himself for the questioning, stating “personal reasons”. Two […]

Modi wave sweeping Rajasthan

New Delhi: Modi wave seems to be sweeping Rajasthan with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leading in 24 out of the 25 Lok Sabha seats in the state as counting of votes progressed on Thursday. This is a major debacle for the Rahul Gandhi-led Congress, which had managed to form government in the state a […]

Congress flays EC for rejecting VVPAT slip count plea

New Delhi: Hours after the Election Commission on Wednesday rejected demand of 23 opposition parties to count the VVPAT slips, the Congress hit back saying the poll panel had become enfeebled and dubbed the electronic voting machines (EVMs) as “election victory machines”. Addressing the media at the party headquarters here, Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said, […]

2019 LS polls saw dip in number of candidates

New Delhi: The just-held Lok Sabha elections saw a dip in the number of contestants as 8,040 people entered the poll fray, 211 less compared to 2014. The maximum number of people to try their electoral fortunes was in 1996 when 13,952 candidates contested the general elections. According to the Election Commission data, a total of […]

India Mourns Demise Of Pranab-Mukharjee
Pranab Mukherjee expresses concern on EVM tampering reports

New Delhi: Former President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday expressed concern over reports of alleged tampering of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and said the onus of ensuring institutional integrity lay with the Election Commission of India (ECI). “They must do so and put all speculations to rest,” he said in a statement. Mukherjee said the safety and […]

Rahul attacks EC, says its 'capitulation' before PM is 'obvious'

New Delhi: As the seven-phased Lok Sabha elections got over, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Sunday attacked the Election Commission (EC), saying its “capitulation before Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his gang is obvious” and that the poll panel was not being respected anymore. “From Electoral Bonds and EVMs (Electronic Voting Machines) to manipulating the election […]

EC notice to Sunny Deol for poll code violation

Chandigarh: The Election Commission on Saturday sent a notice to actor and BJP candidate from Punjab’s Gurdaspur Sunny Deol for allegedly violating the model code of conduct. A notice was served for holding a public meeting in Pathankot town after the campaigning came to an end at 5 p.m. on Friday, an election official told […]

Lavasa letter: CEC denies rifts over MCC

New Delhi: Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora on Saturday denied any controversy in the internal functioning of the Election Commission over the handling of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) saying that “the three members of the Commission are not expected to be templates or clones of each other”. The CEC’s reaction came on […]

Campaiging ends for seventh phase Lok Sabha election

New Delhi: Campaigning ended on Friday for the seventh phase and last phase of Lok Sabha elections which will see 59 seats going to the polls on May 19. The campaign had already ended on Thursday in West Bengal due to orders of Election Commission and it ended in the remaining six states and the […]

In a first, EC orders curtailment of campaign in Bengal, removes 2 top officials

New Delhi:  In an unprecedented step, the Election Commission on Wednesday ordered end to poll campaign from 10 p.m. on Thursday in West Bengals remaining 9 Lok Sabha constituencies which go to the polls on May 19, cutting it short by a day in view of the widespread violence witnessed in the state. The Election […]

TMC blamed BJP for Kolkata violence, dubs Amit Shah 'liar'

New Delhi: Calling BJP President Amit Shah a “liar and cheater”, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Wednesday accused the BJP of vandalizing Bengali polymath Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar’s statue during clashes at his roadshow in Kolkata on Tuesday. “BJP people indulged in the violence during Amit Shah’s roadshow. Roadshow is just a roadshow, you are not supposed […]

EC probing cash-for-votes charge against Shivakumar

Bengaluru: The Election Commission (EC) has ordered an inquiry into a charge by the BJP that Karnataka Water Resources Minister D.K. Shivakumar distributed cash to voters ahead of the May 19 by-election in the Kundagola Assembly segment in Dharwad, an official said on Tuesday. “We have asked our District Electoral Officer M. Deepa to inquire into […]