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
However, the machines that will be offered for the hackathon will be limited to those used in past elections.
Among the issues on the agenda for the May 12 meeting are proposals to make bribery a cognisable offence and to allow disqualification of candidates even before conviction in serious offences.
The by-election to the Anantnag seat will be held when the situation becomes conducive to a free, fair and peaceful election, the EC said.
India has provided extensive support in the form of vehicles to the amount of 90 million Nepali rupees to be used during the local body elections.
Scientists and engineers taking up the Election Commission’s EVM challenge have said to understand what kind of tampering is possible, it is important to perform actions that insiders or criminals may attempt.
The investigation of AIADMK(Amma) leader Dinakaran’s alleged bribery of an Election Commission official continues as Delhi police questioned him on Sunday.
Technical experts have said the voter verifiable paper audit trail machines, or VVPAT, are absolutely secure, but doubts will likely persist.
It is, however, not known when Dinakaran has been asked to appear before them.
The Election Commission is obligated to assure the polity that it does not feel itself intimidated by the authority of the day.
“From the first week of May, experts, scientists, technocrats can come for a week or ten days and try to hack the machines,” an official source said.
An IT department probe, following widespread allegations of bribery, revealed that Rs 89 crore was likely routed for distribution to voters in R.K. Nagar.
IT searches revealed a routing of Rs 89 crore for “distribution to voters” in the constituency, which was set to vote on Jayalalithaa’s successor on April 12.
The commission shared the results of its investigation into claims that EVMs were giving out BJP slips regardless of which button was pressed during a demonstration in Bhind, MP
The Election Commission has defended its voting machines, insisting there is no credible evidence to back claims of tampering.
The EC’s tough talk against those violating the ‘spirit’ of the election law is in contrast to its lenient attitude towards the largest selling newspaper which actually violated the letter of the law during the recent UP elections.
The uneven pattern in the party’s electoral fortunes across the seven phases of the election is evidence that ‘Good News’ can indeed help swing an election.
It is evident that the ‘exit poll’ was part of a well-considered strategy to boost the prospects of the BJP in the UP elections. But who its authors are is still a mystery.
As voting for the 11th legislative assembly elections ends in Manipur today, a round-up of poll-related stories from the northeastern state.