The Supreme Court on Friday rejected a demand, raised by Congress leaders Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Kapil Sibal, for tallying at least 25% of EVM votes with VVPAT.
Vinod Dua discusses the alleged ‘inaction’ of the Election Commission in Gujarat, and details of polling in the two phases of the election.
The run up to polls saw a stiff contest as a resurgent Congress picked holes in the Gujarat model and the BJP, which started on the vikas plank, went back to its Hindu nationalist campaign.
The party accused the EC of being a ‘puppet’ of the ruling BJP after it pulled up Rahul Gandhi over alleged model code of conduct violation in Gujarat but failed to take action against the PM for the same.
An internal crisis in the party began in July after 36 NPF MLAs joined chief minister T. R. Zeliang’s camp to oust the then chief minister Shurhozelie Liezietsu.
Seizures indicate prohibition has not been implemented properly by the state government.
While it is not the EC’s job to see that the ballot boxes in Gujarat produce a verdict commensurate with the angry mood, it should go to any lengths to ensure a level playing field.
RTI application now reveals that model code of conduct does not hamper flood relief work.
Discrepancies between Election Commission and Electronics Corporation of India Limited data on number of ballot units and control units manufactured have also been revealed.
E. Palaniswami described the development as a “welcome step” and the happiest day for the party.
Zafar Sureshwala, the Muslim face of the BJP, sees a Congress plot to spread fear but his brother was among those who alerted the police about the markings that were placed soon after posters warning of Paldi becoming another ‘Juhapura’ appeared.
In July, attorney general K. K. Venugopal had told the court that NRIs could not be allowed to vote by merely changing the rules made under the Representation of People Act.
The court referred to a report saying that in 2014, 1,581 lawmakers in the country had criminal cases pending against them.
According to both government records and officials in charge of disaster management, much of the flood relief operations were complete before the Himachal Pradesh elections were announced on October 12.
The announcement comes almost two weeks after the EC declared dates for Himachal Pradesh. Counting of votes for the two states will be on the same day.
A.K. Joti has said that he vacated the Ahmedabad house in October 2016, but his clarifications still leave many questions unanswered about his own actions and those of the Gujarat government.
While the party has been relentlessly campaigning for simultaneous elections to parliament and state assemblies, it has not expressed unhappiness with the decision not to align Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh assembly elections.
While the Congress and BJP are in a verbal spat over the election commission’s decision to not announce the Gujarat election dates, former chief election commissioners are mostly refusing to get drawn into the debate.
With the date of the Gujarat assembly poll yet to be announced, the model code of conduct has not kicked in.
By announcing the dates of the Himachal Pradesh elections but failing to do so for Gujarat, the EC has ensured that the Model Code of Conduct does not kick in yet in Modi’s state.
“We will be logistically ready to hold simultaneous polls by September 2018 but it is up to the government to take a decision and make necessary legal amendments for it.’’
The Yadav faction had approached the Election Commission on August 25, staking its claim over the party’s election symbol and insisting that a majority of its national council members were with it.
In a questionnaire sent to all political parties and the Election Commission, the panel has cited the UP elections to argue that first past the post may not be the “best suited system”.
O.P. Rawat stressed on the fact that a democracy could thrive only when elections were free, fair and transparent.
Besides logistical issues, allowing proxy voting for NRIs violates the principles of ‘secrecy of voting’ and ‘free and fair elections’.
With the rules clearly stating that MLAs can show their ballots to their party’s agent and no one else, the heavy hand the BJP played to keep Ahmed Patel out of the Rajya Sabha eventually backfired.
Sukesh Chandrashekar, an accused in the Election Commission (EC) bribery case, today moved the Delhi High Court alleging that despite an order not to subject him to violence inside Tihar jail, he was tortured.
Former chief election commissioners believe that it will spark anger among migrant workers who have long asked for a similar option.
Both the Congress and the BJP had opposed the Election Commission’s decision to introduce the NOTA option, saying it went against the constitution.
In a memorandum submitted to the Election Commission, the Congress alleged that the BJP was using money power and threats to get MLAs over to their side before the Rajya Sabha elections in Gujarat.
The Madhya Pradesh minister has been disqualified as a legislator for using paid news in his election campaign and not furnishing proper accounts of poll expenses.
Narottam Mishra had challenged the Election Commission’s decision to disqualify him for three years on the charge of paid news.
When the bench asked ECI to clarify its stand, its lawyer said the poll panel is supporting the cause to the extent of decriminalisation of politics.
The Supreme Court had in 2002 made the filing of affidavits declaring assets and criminal records mandatory in Lok Sabha and assembly polls, but the Election Commission had rejected a similar demand for affidavits in the 2012 elections.
The election will be held through ballot papers instead of EVMs since the technology for proportional election and single transferable vote is yet to be developed.
The two political parties which had earlier registered as ‘challengers’ refused to take part, saying they only wanted to understand the process.
A special judge of a Delhi court granted bail to the AIADMK (Amma) leader and Mallikarjuna, saying they were no longer needed for custodial interrogation.
AAP stays away but sends another letter, Congress abstains while the BJP, CPI and RJD prefer to be observers.
Chief election commissioner Nasim Zaidi invited all parties to the EVM challenge and said that there will be two phases in which the participants will attempt to tamper with the EVMs
Several parties have raised concerns about the vulnerability and security of Electronic Voting Machines