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Tag: Evm

Odisha-Bypolls
Odisha Bypolls: Fate Of 15 Candidates Sealed In EVM

Bhubaneswar: The voters of Balasore Sadar and Tirtol have decided the fate of 15 candidates vying to represent the respective Assembly constituencies that went to polls on Tuesday (November 3). Polling in the Assembly segments was held till 6 pm amidst tight security and strict adherence to the COVID-19 protocols in place. The overall voter […]

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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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Replace EVMs with ballot papers, demands Mamata

Kolkata: Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee has demanded return of ballot papers in place of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and said electoral reforms are required in the country to save democracy and stop the use of black money during polls. Banerjee, the chief minister of West Bengal, also demanded state funding of elections. “Do not […]

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Govt spent nearly Rs 4,000 crore for EVMs ahead of Lok Sabha polls

New Delhi: The central government had spent about Rs 4000 crore in 2018-19 on procurement of EVMs for the recently-held Lok Sabha elections. In this Budget, Rs 1,000 crore has been earmarked for the Lok Sabha elections. According to the budget document, the provision is for meeting carry forward liability in respect of charges for […]

EVM
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 […]

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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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Congress office wears deserted look

New Delhi: The Congress headquarters in the capital wore a deserted look on Thursday with counting trends showing only a marginal improvement in the party tally from the previous Lok Sabha elections. Senior party leaders were conspicuous by their absence as the trends showed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead on 298 seats while the […]

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How EVM strong-rooms are secured as per the Election Commission

New Delhi: The Election Commission on Wednesday asserted that the transport and storage of the EVMs are well secured, dismissing the doubts raised by the Opposition over movement and alleged replacement and manipulation of these machines. In the past two days, video clips have gone viral, purportedly showing “unauthorised” transportation of the EVMs at various […]

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Whining over EVM error a tradition of losers: Jay Panda

New Delhi: Exuding confidence that BJP will win maximum number of Lok Sabha seats in Odisha, party’s national vice president Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda said Bharatiya Janata Party is growing in the State whereas the performance of other parties has come down massively. While leaders of the Opposition have already started blaming EVM following exit poll […]

EVM-Glitch
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, […]

EVM-Glitch
Opposition parties demand VVPAT tallying be done first

New Delhi: Just two days ahead of counting of votes, 22 Opposition parties on Tuesday demanded that VVPAT slips at randomly selected five polling booths should be counted first, and if any discrepancy occurs, then VVPAT slips should be tallied for the entire assembly segments. The Election Commission (EC) said it would discuss the issue […]

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Row over EVMs, EC dismisses allegations of manipulations

New Delhi: A major controversy erupted on Tuesday after allegations that EVMs were being changed in the Election Commission’s strong rooms in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar but the poll body asserted that the charges were “baseless” and “frivolous”. The charges of manipulations surfaced after some videos went viral, purportedly showing EVMs being transported in open trucks. […]

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Tripura, Mizoram poll results to be delayed for VVPAT slips: officials

Agartala/Aizawl: Declartion of results for Lok Sabha polls on Thursday in Tripura and Mizoram would be delayed by three to four hours as counting of ballots would be completed only after tallying of VVPAT slips with EVM vote count in five polling stations – instead of one – in each Assembly segment, election officials said on […]

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No illegal transporting of EVMs in Punjab: Electoral Office

Chandigarh: There has been no illegal transportation of electronic voting machines (EVMs) in Punjab, officials here said on Tuesday. Refuting reports on social media about the transportation of EVMs in Phagwara town, a senior electoral officer told IANS that all the EVMs used during Sunday’s voting in the state have been stored safely as per […]

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 […]

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SC junks PIL seeking 100% verification of VVPAT slips

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear a PIL which sought 100 per cent verification of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) slips with the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) during the counting of votes on May 23 for the recently held Lok Sabha elections. The plea was been filed by Tech for […]

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EVMs have no role in exit polls: Jaitley's swipe at opposition

New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday took a swipe at the opposition parties, saying the EVMs have no role in exit polls and if the results are in the same direction, their “fake” issue would also lose its non-existent rationale. In a blog, the senior BJP leader asserted that voters are sending several […]

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 […]

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EVM vandalisation: HC grants interim protection to BJP candidate Om Prakash Mishra

Cuttack: The Orissa High Court (HC) today granted anticipatory bail to BJP MLA candidate from Satyabadi Assembly constituency Om Prakash Mishra in connection with the alleged vandalisation of EVM in a booth in Puri during the third phase polls. As per the High Court order, no police action can be initiated against Mishra until further […]

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EVM glitches reported in several areas in Delhi

New Delhi: Complaints about malfunctioning EVMs poured in from several places of the national capital on Sunday where voting is underway. Adarsh Gupta, a resident of Matia Mahal area, claimed that at polling booth number 84, 85 and 86, electronic voting machines were initially not working in the morning. Aam Aadmi Party’s Malviya Nagar MLA Somnath […]

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Cyclone Fani: 2 EVM strong rooms to be relocated

Bhubaneswar: The Election Commission has taken adequate precautionary measures to avoid possible damages to polled Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) in view of the expected landfall of Cyclone Fani on Friday. Besides, the Collectors of all the districts which are expected to be affected by the cyclone have been directed to take measures to prevent entry of […]

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Amid stray clashes, only 10% vote in Anantnag

Srinagar: Voting in the second phase of the troubled Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency in Jammu and Kashmir ended on Monday marred by street protests but with only 10 per cent of the electorate coming out to vote. Two youths sustained pellet injuries in clashes with the security forces in Kulgam district. Both were shifted to […]

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EC gets notice challenging jail term for questioning EVMs

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to the Election Commission on a plea challenging the legal provision mandating six months jail for questioning the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). The court issued the notice on a petition seeking the decriminalization of the act of filing complaints regarding discrepancies between EVMs and VVPATs. According to […]

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Denied postal ballot to cast votes, polling officials stage dharna in Odisha

Kendrapara: A group of polling officials staged a dharna in front of an EVM distribution centre in Kendrapara today after being allegedly denied postal ballot papers to exercise their franchise in the fourth-phase elections in Odisha which is slated to be held on April 29. The agitators also threatened not to receive EVMs if their issue […]

Polls
66% voter turnout in third phase polls

New Delhi:The third phase of Lok Sabha polls saw a voter turnout of 66 per cent compared to 69.03 per cent in 2014 with some states such as Odisha and Goa recording lower turnouts and a few others like Bihar witnessing a higher participation. Addressing a press conference here, Senior Deputy Election Commissioner Umesh Sinha […]

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LS polls: 3rd phase sees largest deployment of EVMs

New Delhi: The third phase of ongoing Lok Sabha elections saw the largest-ever deployment of electronic voting machines (EVMs) and voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) machines across 2.11 lakh polling stations spread over 13 states and 2 Union Territories, the Election Commission (EC) said on Tuesday. Deputy Election Commissioner Sudeep Jain said that ever since their […]

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Op-Ed: Back to square one after 19 years!

Violence has been an inseparable part of elections in states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal since as long as one can remember. Killings, rigging and booth capturing marked elections in many parts of the country in the pre-EVM era. Odisha, in contrast, was an island of peace in those days. Maoist violence was […]

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Beyond call of duty: Odisha polling officials walk 15 kms to protect EVMs from Maoists

Phulbani/Patnagarh: In a bid to protect the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and VVPAT machines, a polling party walked for 15 kilometres in a dense forest to reach Balandapada Police outpost in Naxal-infested Kandhamal district today. Their journey began from Barala, where Maoists had gunned down polling official Sanjukta Digal day before yesterday. As trees had […]

EVM-Glitch
Glitches in EVMs delay polling in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Voting in some polling booths in Odisha got delayed following technical glitches in the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) on Thursday. The second phase of polling is being held for five Lok Sabha and 35 Assembly seats in the state. In Sundergarh, technical glitches were reported in the EVMs in several booths in Talsara Assembly constituency […]

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Elections 2019 1st Phase: 15 incidents of EVMs damaging reported

New Delhi: While the first phase polling for the 17th Lok Sabha went peacefully “barring few stray incidents”, the Election Commission on Thursday said that they have received 15 cases of damage to electronic voting machines (EVMs). Deputy Election Commissioner Sudeep Jain said that out of the 15 incidents reported during the first phase that […]

Bengal-voters
Nearly 81% polling in Bengal till 5 p.m.

Cooch Behar/Alipurduar (West Bengal): The endangered Toto tribals, tea garden workers and erstwhile enclave dwellers turned up in large numbers to take part in the world’s biggest festival of democracy, as voting continued beyond the 6 p.m. deadline in two northern West Bengal Lok Sabha constituencies on Thursday amid reports of sporadic violence, EVM glitches […]

Meghalaya-voter
67 per cent votes polled in Meghalaya

Shillong: Over 67 per cent of the 19.14 lakh voters of Meghalaya exercised their franchise in the Lok Sabha elections on Thursday amid reports of malfunctioning of voting machines from some booths, state Chief Electoral Officer Fredrick Roy Kharkongor said. Meghalaya has two Lok Sabha constituencies – Shillong and Tura – and polling was peaceful […]

Sikkim-voter
74 per cent voter turnout in Sikkim

Gangtok: An estimated 74 per cent of the voters in Sikkim have exercised their franchise on Thursday to elect members of the state Legislative Assembly as well as the lone Lok Sabha MP from the state, an official said. A total of 4,32,306 voters comprising 2,20,305 males and 2,12,001 females were eligible to exercise their […]

Maharashtra-voter
Maharashtra averages 56% voting in 7 LS seats

Nagpur: Maharashtra recorded a provisional average voting of around 56 percent in the seven Lok Sabha constituencies that voted on Thursday in the first phase of the Lok Sabha polls, an official said. Surprisingly, the highest voter turnout – 62 per cent – was notched in the Maoist-affected Gadchiroli-Chimur and the lowest – 52 per […]

Arunanchal-voters
66 per cent voter turnout in Arunachal Pradesh

Itanagar: An estimated 66 per cent of the voters in Arunachal Pradesh exercised their franchise on Thursday to elect members of the state Assembly and the two Lok Sabha MPs, an election official said. Arunachal Pradesh has a total of 7,94,162 voters, including 4,01,601 women. Elections to the state Assembly and two Lok Sabha seats […]

Tripura-voters
Over 81% polling recorded in Tripura in the first phase

Agartala: Over 81 per cent of the total of 13,47,381 electorates voted on Thursday for the first phase of balloting in Tripura West parliamentary seat, officials said. Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sriram Taranikanti said after receiving the final reports from all the district magistrates (district electoral officers) that the polling percentage might increase. “After examining […]

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56% voter turnout in Chhattisgarh's Bastar LS seat

New Delhi: About 56 per cent turnout was recorded in Chhatisgarh’s Bastar Lok Sabha constituency on Thursday with the Shamgiri polling booth, where the Maoist attack two days ago left a BJP MLA dead, reporting 77 per cent polling, the Election Commission said. In 2014, the turnout had been 59 per cent. Barring a few […]

Polling-Uttarakhand
58% polling in Uttarakhand's 5 LS seats

Dehradun: At least 58 per cent of Uttarakhand’s 78.56 lakh voters cast their votes to seal the fate of 52 candidates in the fray for the hill state’s five Lok Sabha constituencies where the battle was mainly between archrivals BJP and Congress. Medium to brisk polling was recorded in most polling booths in all five […]

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63% polling in 8 UP Lok Sabha seats

Lucknow: Eight Lok Sabha constituencies in western Uttar Pradesh recorded an average voter turnout of 63 per cent till 6.p.m, according to the chief electoral officer. The percentage turnout is expected to increase further since voters were still in queue when the figures last came in. According to chief electoral officer Venkateshwar Lu, the highest […]

Bihar-polling
53% turnout in Ist phase of vote in Bihar

Patna: Despite several villages boycotting polls in the four Lok Sabha constituencies in Bihar on development issues, around 53 per cent voting was recorded amid few incidents of clashes and malfunctioning of EVMs on Thursday. Of the 70 lakh people, around 53 per cent voted by the end of the day in the Maoist-affected districts […]

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