Local body results: Tough fight between AIADMK, DMK

Neck and neck trends between the ruling AIADMK and principal opposition DMK were witnessed today during the counting of votes polled in the recently concluded rural local body elections. Continue Reading

Matching of VVPAT slips with EVMs: SC dismisses review plea

The Supreme Court Tuesday dismissed the plea filed by 21 Opposition leaders seeking a review of its 8 April order directing the Election Commission to increase random matching of VVPAT slips with EVMs to five polling booths per assembly segment. Continue Reading

EVM-based voting is tamper-proof: CEO

Puducherry Chief Electoral Officer V Candavelou today said the present system of exercising franchise through Electronic Voting Machines in elections ‘is tamper-proof and most reliable.’ Presiding over the ninth ‘National Voters Day’ celebrations here, he said ‘unnecessary and ugly propaganda was being made now against EVM-based voting. Such propaganda will not hold water and hence is untenable.’ Continue Reading

Calm before storm

Tiring. A simple but apt term that describes the over sixty-day grind, that leaves an entire nation panting for breath. All the thrills of a throbbing democratic exercise that involved a billion people were present in great abundance throughout, but at the end of it all, the overwhelming thought is: Thank God, it’s over! Not just the populace who have decided their own fate as also that of politicos, but the politicos themselves, would deem the relief, albeit brief, most welcome. Of course, it is not yet over for the EC till the smooth transport of EVMs and the counting itself are done with. Continue Reading