Miffed Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa opts out of EC meetings

The Congress today hit out at the Modi government over Lavasa recusing himself from EC meetings to discuss poll code violations, saying erosion of institutional integrity is the hallmark of the present dispensation. Continue Reading

HC turns down plea to ban Kamal Haasan from campaigning

In the present case before the Madurai court, the advocate sought a ban on his canvassing for votes for the rest of the campaign. But the court turned down the plea and said this was in the jurisdiction of the Election Commission of India. Continue Reading

2019 polls: Countdown starts for counting; EC officials hold meeting

Officials, leaders and cadres are getting ready for the big day – 23 May – when the votes polled in Lok Sabha elections will be counted. Continue Reading

2019 polls: Amit Shah denied permission to conduct rally in W Bengal

Accusing the West Bengal government of not allowing its president Amit Shah’s rally in Jadhavpur, the BJP said today the Election Commission has become a ‘mute spectator’ to the Trinamool Congress’s alleged undemocratic means to target the saffron party. Continue Reading

Model Code of Conduct to be withdrawn 27 May in Tamilnadu

Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Satyabrata Sahoo today said the election Model Code of Conduct, implemented in the State from 10 March after the announcement of the Lok Sabha polls and by-election will be in effect till 27 May. Continue Reading

No easy job for EC

The Election Commission of India is in the headlines today. They are facing both bouquets and brickbats. While the Opposition parties claim that they are acting partial, a section has come to their defence claiming that casting aspersions on their credibility is a danger for democracy. Continue Reading

2019 polls: EC serves third notice to Pragya Thakur

The Election Commission served a third notice to Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur for calling Congress’ Digvijaya Singh a ‘terrorist.’ Continue Reading

Maneka Gandhi says she respects minorities

Union Minister Maneka Gandhi, who is the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Lok Sabha election candidate from Sultanpur in Uttar Pradesh, has defended her comments during a rally which led to the Election Commission of India banning her for 48 hours from campaigning. Continue Reading

2019 polls: Smriti Irani declares college degree as not completed

Union Minister Smriti Irani, who is contesting as a BJP candidate in Uttar Pradesh’s Amethi against Rahul Gandhi, on Thursday declared to the Election Commission that she is not a graduate. Continue Reading

2019 Polls: VVPAT present sampling good enough, say Experts

The Supreme Court has given time till 8 April to respond to the affidavit that increasing the random physical verification of voter verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) would delay counting. Experts in the field opine that escalating the number would not be favourable. Continue Reading