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All parties being given equal opportunity: J&K CEC on Farooq’s letter

By Ashiq Hussain | Hindustan Times/Srinagar, Srinagar
UPDATED ON NOV 24, 2020 01:17 AM IST
Sharma said that the complaint that candidates are being prevented from campaigning was wrong
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Chief Election Commissioner, Sunil Arora during the press conference to announce the schedule for Bihar Legislative Assembly Elections 2020, in New Delhi.(ANI File Photo)
Chief Election Commissioner, Sunil Arora during the press conference to announce the schedule for Bihar Legislative Assembly Elections 2020, in New Delhi.(ANI File Photo)

Bihar assembly election 2020: CEC Sunil Arora thanks those didn’t raise doubts over EVM manipulation

By Asian News International | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON NOV 13, 2020 07:42 AM IST
When asked about the allegations levelled by the opposition parties in Bihar about irregularities and slow counting to help the ruling National Democratic Alliance, the CEC said that there were only seven people on a counting desk due to Covid-19 as compared to 14 under normal circumstances.
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LAHDC polls: BJP wins 15 out of 26 seats, Cong gets 9

By Ravi Krishnan Khajuria | Hindustan Times/Jammu, Jammu
UPDATED ON OCT 27, 2020 12:06 AM IST
BJP won three seats less than last time while Congress won three more
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File photo: Congress party workers preparing party symbol flags.(Deepak Sansta / Hindustan Times)
File photo: Congress party workers preparing party symbol flags.(Deepak Sansta / Hindustan Times)

Bihar polls: Amid rumour-mongering, all eyes on Congress’ apex poll body meet on Wednesday

By Subhash Pathak | Edited by Sparshita Saxena | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON OCT 13, 2020 08:40 PM IST
The CEC is expected to scrutinise the candidature of leaders selected by the screening committee and fielding them as the party nominees in the wake of allegations of foul play in the selection.
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The meeting at the BJP headquarters is being attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah.(ANI/Twitter)
The meeting at the BJP headquarters is being attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah.(ANI/Twitter)

PM Modi, Amit Shah at BJP CEC meet to decide candidates for Bihar polls

By hindustantimes.com| Edited by Susmita Pakrasi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 10, 2020 09:25 PM IST
The meeting at the BJP headquarters is being attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah. This is the second meeting of the CEC of the BJP for the October-November polls.
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The party, which is considered to have influence among extremely backward classes (EBCs) in the state, is seen as a replacement for Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) which recently left the NDA in the state.(AFP)
The party, which is considered to have influence among extremely backward classes (EBCs) in the state, is seen as a replacement for Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) which recently left the NDA in the state.(AFP)

BJP’s CEC to meet today to discuss candidate list for Bihar polls

By Asian News International| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi | New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 10, 2020 02:34 PM IST
Elections in the state will be held in three phases beginning from October 28 and the results will be declared on November 10.
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After sealing a seat-sharing deal with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) on Saturday, the Congress is fielding its candidates in 70 constituencies, the highest number of seats it is contesting in the 243-member assembly since 2010.(File photo for representation)
After sealing a seat-sharing deal with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) on Saturday, the Congress is fielding its candidates in 70 constituencies, the highest number of seats it is contesting in the 243-member assembly since 2010.(File photo for representation)

Bihar Assembly Election 2020: Congress set to finalise first list of candidates today

By Aurangzeb Naqshbandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 05, 2020 07:37 AM IST
The Congress is expected to finalise its first list of candidates for the upcoming assembly elections in Bihar at a meeting of the party’s central election committee (CEC) on Monday, people familiar with the development said.
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The central election committee (CEC), an important panel that selects party candidates for an election after being shortlisted at various levels, is currently headed by Sonia Gandhi.(Representational Photo/HT)
The central election committee (CEC), an important panel that selects party candidates for an election after being shortlisted at various levels, is currently headed by Sonia Gandhi.(Representational Photo/HT)

After CWC, key Congress poll panel set for rejig

By Aurangzeb Naqshbandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 29, 2020 09:09 AM IST
Chances of the CEC being reconstituted before the Bihar elections are bright, given that the panel will select the party candidates for the assembly polls
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A large numbers of JDU workers at party office for a meeting with chief minister Nitish Kumar as part of Assembly election campaigning at Veerchand Patel Marg in Patna, Bihar on Tuesday.(Parwaz Khan/HT Photo)
A large numbers of JDU workers at party office for a meeting with chief minister Nitish Kumar as part of Assembly election campaigning at Veerchand Patel Marg in Patna, Bihar on Tuesday.(Parwaz Khan/HT Photo)

EC sets stage for India’s 1st Covid-era elections in Bihar

By Deeksha Bhardwaj | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 26, 2020 02:02 AM IST
Bihar Elections 2020: Voting in one of the world’s largest electoral exercises in the Covid-19 era will be conducted on October 28, November 3, and November 7. Results for the 243-member assembly will be announced on November 10.
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Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora announcing the schedule for the Bihar Assembly Elections 2020 at a press conference, in New Delhi on Friday.(PTI File Photo)
Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora announcing the schedule for the Bihar Assembly Elections 2020 at a press conference, in New Delhi on Friday.(PTI File Photo)

Bihar polls: CEC warns social media firms

By Deeksha Bhardwaj | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 26, 2020 02:07 AM IST
Voting in Bihar will be conducted on October 28, November 3, and November 7. Results for the 243-member assembly will be announced on November 10.
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According to ECI’s press note, it was an occasion for democracies world over to come together to share experiences of conducting elections during Covid -19.(PTI)
According to ECI’s press note, it was an occasion for democracies world over to come together to share experiences of conducting elections during Covid -19.(PTI)

Polls in India pose a formidable challenge amid Covid-19: CEC

By Deeksha Bhardwaj | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 22, 2020 02:16 AM IST
Over 11,000 voters who had self-quarantined on April 15 were asked to collect a token to vote after 6 pm, close of time of voting, to cast their votes in specific polling stations.
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Ashok Lavasa resigned as election commissioner on August 18, 2020.(HT File)
Ashok Lavasa resigned as election commissioner on August 18, 2020.(HT File)

Ashok Lavasa resigns as Election Commissioner

By Deeksha Bhardwaj | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 18, 2020 05:36 PM IST
Lavasa had had several stints in various government departments, including as secretary in the Union finance ministry. As CEC, Lavasa would have overseen elections in West Bengal, Manipur, Goa, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, and Uttarakhand.
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Sunil Arora has been consistently in touch with the Commission, a second source in the EC said.(AP)
Sunil Arora has been consistently in touch with the Commission, a second source in the EC said.(AP)

CEC Sunil Arora stranded in US due to Covid-19 lockdown

By Deeksha Bhardwaj | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 22, 2020 06:35 PM IST
CEC Arora had travelled to Michigan on a personal visit on March 7 and was slotted to return on April 5, sources in the EC said.
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Illegal sand mining, which could cause irreparable damage to the environment, is rampant in Rajasthan and should not be allowed to continue, a dismayed Supreme Court said(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Illegal sand mining, which could cause irreparable damage to the environment, is rampant in Rajasthan and should not be allowed to continue, a dismayed Supreme Court said(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

SC: Illegal sand mining rampant in Rajasthan, should be stopped

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 20, 2020 03:25 AM IST
The bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) SA Bobde also directed state authorities to take steps to stop illegal mining.
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The Chief election commission nominated Sushil Chandra upon the request of legislative department of the law ministry to take forward the exercise of setting up the commission.(ANI File Photo)
The Chief election commission nominated Sushil Chandra upon the request of legislative department of the law ministry to take forward the exercise of setting up the commission.(ANI File Photo)

Election commissioner Sushil Chandra named in Jammu and Kashmir delimitation panel

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 18, 2020 04:13 AM IST
The proposed Delimitation Commission will redraw assembly constituencies in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. The commission is likely to be set up by the home ministry.
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Election commission officials during the counting of votes for Delhi Vidhan Sabha elections, inside a counting station, Gole Market, in New Delhi on Tuesday.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Election commission officials during the counting of votes for Delhi Vidhan Sabha elections, inside a counting station, Gole Market, in New Delhi on Tuesday.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

EC, former chief spar over model poll code in Delhi

By Sunetra Choudhury | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 15, 2020 04:28 AM IST
In an article, former Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) S Y Quraishi criticised the poll panel for stopping short of ordering First Information Reports (FIRs) against BJP MPs Pravesh Verma and Anurag Thakur for their hate speech.
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Polling officials seen carrying EVMs.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Polling officials seen carrying EVMs.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

‘EVMs can’t be tampered with, not returning to ballot paper’: CEC Arora

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 12, 2020 01:43 PM IST
The statement assumes significance after the final voter turnout figure in the Delhi polls was delayed by more than 24 hours raising questions on the reliability of the EVMs.
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Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Tuesday raised doubts on EVMs, alleging that no machine having a chip is tamper-proof(HT File Photo)
Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Tuesday raised doubts on EVMs, alleging that no machine having a chip is tamper-proof(HT File Photo)

Digvijaya Singh raises doubts on EVMs, alleges no machine with chip is tamper-proof

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 11, 2020 10:00 AM IST
Delhi Election Result 2020: The Election Commission on Sunday announced that the final voter turnout was 62.59 per cent, five per cent less than 2015.
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CEC Sunil Arora at a press meet in Ranchi on Thursday, November 21, 2019.(HT Photo)
CEC Sunil Arora at a press meet in Ranchi on Thursday, November 21, 2019.(HT Photo)

5-phase assembly poll in Jharkhand based on MHA, state police input: CEC

By Sanjoy Dey | Hindustan Times, Ranchi, Ranchi
UPDATED ON NOV 22, 2019 01:52 PM IST
Jharkhand Assembly Election 2019: The CEC was asked what forced election commission to hold elections in five phases when home ministry on Tuesday told the Lok Sabha that LWE had dipped by 45% in Jharkhand during May 2014 to April 2019.
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Former chief election commissioner, TN Seshan, during a press conference, August 03, 1993. The reason Seshan was so widely respected, in life and in death, is simple. He understood and implemented the spirit of the constitutional scheme as far the EC was concerned(Sanjay Sharma/HT)
Former chief election commissioner, TN Seshan, during a press conference, August 03, 1993. The reason Seshan was so widely respected, in life and in death, is simple. He understood and implemented the spirit of the constitutional scheme as far the EC was concerned(Sanjay Sharma/HT)

The independence of TN Seshan | HT editorial

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 11, 2019 08:07 PM IST
His life had two lessons: The EC must push reforms; institutions must be autonomous
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TN Seshan, the former chief election commissioner, died on Sunday at his residence in Chennai.(Satyajeet Tambe/Twitter)
TN Seshan, the former chief election commissioner, died on Sunday at his residence in Chennai.(Satyajeet Tambe/Twitter)

Former CEC TN Seshan, known for poll reforms, dies at 86

By M Manikandan | Hindustan Times, Chennai
UPDATED ON JUL 21, 2020 01:45 AM IST
TN Seshan, the 1955 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the Tamil Nadu cadre, had recently fallen sick due to age-related ailments.
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Former chief election commissioner TN Seshan died on Sunday, former bureaucrat SY Qureshi tweeted. He was 86 years old.(Satyajeet Tambe/Twitter)
Former chief election commissioner TN Seshan died on Sunday, former bureaucrat SY Qureshi tweeted. He was 86 years old.(Satyajeet Tambe/Twitter)

Former chief election commissioner TN Seshan dies at 86

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 10, 2019 11:59 PM IST
Tirunellai Narayana Iyer Seshan was a 1955 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the Tamil Nadu cadre and was known for his reforms in the Indian elections. He had served as the 18th cabinet secretary and won the Ramon Magsaysay Award for government service in 1996.
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Election duty staff ink marks a voter's finger at a poling booth in Bangalore during the Karnataka Assembly Election. (UNI Photo)
Election duty staff ink marks a voter's finger at a poling booth in Bangalore during the Karnataka Assembly Election. (UNI Photo)

Doorstep voting facility for senior citizens, disabled this election in Jharkhand

By Sanjoy Dey | Hindustan Times, Ranchi
PUBLISHED ON NOV 03, 2019 10:58 PM IST
Jharkhand’s chief electoral officer (CEO), Vinay Kumar Choubey, said the Election Commission of India (ECI) has made provision for voting through postal ballot for senior citizens above the age of 80 years and persons with disability (PWD).
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the party is going to Assembly Elections of Maharashtra and Haryana based on state governments’ development work.(ANI Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the party is going to Assembly Elections of Maharashtra and Haryana based on state governments’ development work.(ANI Photo)

BJP going to polls based on development work: PM Modi

By Indo-Asian News Service | New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 30, 2019 03:21 AM IST
Earlier, the Central Election Committee of the BJP held a meeting on Sunday to finalise its candidates for the assembly elections in Haryana and Maharashtra.
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However, he will still play a key role in the elections as a campaigner.(HT file photo)
However, he will still play a key role in the elections as a campaigner.(HT file photo)

Assembly elections: Rahul Gandhi not to be part of candidate selection

By Amrita Madhukalya | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 28, 2019 08:14 AM IST
His team confirmed to HT that it was a conscious decision to steer clear of the entire process, leaving the old guard to deal with candidate selection.
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Information is a constitutional right. Parliament must protect it(Hindustan Times)
Information is a constitutional right. Parliament must protect it(Hindustan Times)

RTI: A bill that may kill a right

By Yashovardhan Azad and M Sridhar Acharyulu
UPDATED ON JUL 22, 2019 08:04 PM IST
The retrograde amendment would amount to creating an RTI ministry under the government
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Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora Wednesday rejected criticism that the poll body gave clean chit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah on complaints related to Model code violations due to its “bias”.(ANI Photo)
Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora Wednesday rejected criticism that the poll body gave clean chit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah on complaints related to Model code violations due to its “bias”.(ANI Photo)

Clean chits to Narendra Modi and Amit Shah based on facts, not bias: CEC

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 30, 2019 08:10 AM IST
Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora also said there are “times to remain quiet and times to speak up”, indicating that the issue could have been raised post elections.
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Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Monday asked the Election Commission to provide additional security at a counting centre in South Delhi(HTPhoto)
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Monday asked the Election Commission to provide additional security at a counting centre in South Delhi(HTPhoto)

AAP seeks more security for EVMs at S delhi Counting Centre

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 21, 2019 07:42 AM IST
In a letter signed by AAP’s national spokesperson and South Delhi Lok Sabha candidate Raghav Chadha, he mentioned about having received inputs from unidentified sources about plans to manipulate EVMs
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File photo of Chief Election Commissioner (C) Sunil Arora with Election Commissioners Ashok Lavasa (L) and Sushil Chandra (R) addressing a press conference (Ritu Singh/HT photo)
File photo of Chief Election Commissioner (C) Sunil Arora with Election Commissioners Ashok Lavasa (L) and Sushil Chandra (R) addressing a press conference (Ritu Singh/HT photo)

‘Members not clones’: CEC slams row over Lavasa dissent, questions timing

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 18, 2019 04:23 PM IST
Lavasa, who has recused himself from meetings where decisions pertaining to the model code of conduct are decided, wrote at least three letters to the CEC to accept his demand for including minority decisions in the poll body’s final orders.
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