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Tag: Election Commission

Election-Commission
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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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'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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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EC applauds senior citizens, disabled for voting

New Delhi: The Election Commission on Sunday applauded senior citizens, women and persons with disabilities, who came out to vote. “As a nation, we feel very proud that many centenarians came out and voted, signalling that the past, present and future of this country has been secured,” an Election Commission official said. The official thanked […]

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Sixth phase of Lok Sabha elections sees 63.3% turnout

New Delhi: The sixth phase of Lok Sabha elections, covering 59 seats across seven states, saw a voter turnout of 63.3 per cent which was less than 65.67 per cent recorded in 2014 for the same seats, the Election Commission said on Sunday. The voter turnout was higher in Bihar and Madhya Pradesh and almost […]

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Army won't wait for EC clearance: Modi

Kushinagar (Uttar Pradesh): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that the Army cannot wait for clearance from the Election Commission to take action against terrorists. The Prime Minister, while referring to the killing of two terrorists in Shopian in Jammu and Kashmir, said: “They (the terrorists) were standing in front (of the soldiers) with […]

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111-year-old Bachan Singh casts his vote in Delhi

New Delhi: Delhi’s oldest voter, 111-year old Bachan Singh cast his vote at a polling booth in West Delhi’s Tilak Nagar on Sunday. Singh arrived at the Sant Garh polling booth in a wheel chair and was greeted by his relatives and well-wishers, some of whom even offered him bouquets. Delhi Election Commission officials said that […]

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Rahul denies poll code violation, urges fair treatment

New Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi has told the Election Commission (EC) that he did not violate the Model Code of Conduct and asked it to maintain a fair, non-discriminatory and non-arbitrary attitude in dealing with complaints. The EC on May 1 had sent a show-cause notice to Gandhi for his speech in Madhya Pradesh’s […]

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