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The Election Commission on Friday announced the poll schedule for five assemblies of Assam, West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.(HT File Photo)

Former CECs say 8 phases of polling in WB must be due to law and order situation

PTI | , New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 10:42 PM IST
Former CECs --O P Rawat and N Gopalaswami-- noted that whenever the EC feels there is enhanced security requirements based on ground realities, it takes these precautions.
West Bengal has witnessed political turmoil and frequent clashes between the ruling TMC and challenger BJP over the last couple of years.(PTI file photo)
West Bengal has witnessed political turmoil and frequent clashes between the ruling TMC and challenger BJP over the last couple of years.(PTI file photo)

Top EC official reviews poll preparations in Bengal, says law and order bad

PTI | , Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 04:03 PM IST
A team led by Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora is likely to visit West Bengal later this month to review the state's preparedness for the assembly elections.
A security official keeps a vigil as people stand in queues to cast their votes at a polling station during the Bihar assembly elections at Mahua in Vaishali district.(PTI FILE)
A security official keeps a vigil as people stand in queues to cast their votes at a polling station during the Bihar assembly elections at Mahua in Vaishali district.(PTI FILE)

Petition in SC alleges lack of publicity of Bihar poll candidates’ criminal past

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Abraham Thomas
UPDATED ON NOV 22, 2020 12:51 PM IST
The petition has accused political parties of not complying with a top court direction to give publicity of criminal antecedents of candidates in widely circulated newspapers, social media platforms, and their respective websites.
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

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 11, 2019 08:07 PM IST
His life had two lessons: The EC must push reforms; institutions must be autonomous
Former Chief Election Commissioner of India T N Seshan who passed away on Sunday in Chennai.(FILE PHOTO.)
Former Chief Election Commissioner of India T N Seshan who passed away on Sunday in Chennai.(FILE PHOTO.)

PM Modi condoles death of poll reformer TN Seshan

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 11, 2019 12:25 AM IST
The 86-year-old was the 10th Chief Election Commissioner of India and had served form December 12, 1990, till December 11, 1996. He was a retired 1955 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of Tamil Nadu cadre.
The Election Commission of India (ECI), the poll watchdog, is making a renewed effort to get the law ministry to approve measures to give it more teeth by empowering it to deregister political parties and bar contestants from running for election to two seats(ANI Photo)
The Election Commission of India (ECI), the poll watchdog, is making a renewed effort to get the law ministry to approve measures to give it more teeth by empowering it to deregister political parties and bar contestants from running for election to two seats(ANI Photo)

Election Commission to approach government for more power

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 28, 2019 11:58 PM IST
The ECI also wants the facility of casting votes through postal ballots to be extended to people engaged in essential services, which will be identified on the basis of the nature of the services they provide.
Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora(ANI File Photo)
Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora(ANI File Photo)

Full statement of Chief Election Commissioner on row over Ashok Lavasa’s dissent

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 18, 2019 02:39 PM IST
Ashok 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.
Polling diaries are used to note hourly activity at a booth on polling day. On Saturday, AAP leaders Sanjay Singh and Raghav Chadha will take the party’s complaint to the chief election commissioner and the Delhi CEO.(HTPhotos)
Polling diaries are used to note hourly activity at a booth on polling day. On Saturday, AAP leaders Sanjay Singh and Raghav Chadha will take the party’s complaint to the chief election commissioner and the Delhi CEO.(HTPhotos)

AAP says poll diaries manipulated, Delhi election body denies charge

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 18, 2019 08:37 AM IST
The poll commission, however, refuted the allegations and said the Delhi chief electoral officer would meet senior leaders of the AAP on Saturday to clear their doubts.
Rohtak along with nine other parliamentary constituencies in Haryana went to polls in the sixth phase of polling on May 12.(ANI/Representative image)
Rohtak along with nine other parliamentary constituencies in Haryana went to polls in the sixth phase of polling on May 12.(ANI/Representative image)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Complaint against Haryana Minister for ‘intimidating’ voters

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 20, 2019 02:27 PM IST
Congress’ Rohtak candidate Deepender Singh Hooda, accused Manish Grover, who is BJP’S Rohtak MLA, of intimidating voters by forcibly entering some polling booths.
In another incident in Rozka Meo police station, a case was registered against presiding officer Mohammad Shahid, who was arrested from the spot.(Ht Photo)
In another incident in Rozka Meo police station, a case was registered against presiding officer Mohammad Shahid, who was arrested from the spot.(Ht Photo)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Polling officials in Gurugram booked for electoral offences

Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 13, 2019 04:25 AM IST
In the first case, presiding officer of Booth 116 Hare Ram Mandal filed a police complaint against polling agent, Wazid, 23, for “again and again, entering the polling booth and trying to influence voters to vote for a particular party”.
AAP’s Sangrur candidate Bhagwant Mann(HT File)
AAP’s Sangrur candidate Bhagwant Mann(HT File)

Lok Sabha election: Complaint against Bhagwant Mann for filing ‘wrong’ assets details

Hindustan Times, Sangrur | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 29, 2019 08:31 AM IST
In his recent affidavit, Mann has shown self-acquired property at Bir Kalan village measuring over 18 kanals, but in 2014, he has showed that he bought only 5 kanal land in Bir Kalan village, he alleged.
TN Seshan, the Chief Election Commissioner, who ensured the ECI became a powerful poll regulator rather than a mere organiser, in a picture clicked on 07 August, 1996.(HT Photo)
TN Seshan, the Chief Election Commissioner, who ensured the ECI became a powerful poll regulator rather than a mere organiser, in a picture clicked on 07 August, 1996.(HT Photo)

Review: The Great March of Democracy edited by SY Quraishi

Hindustan Times | By Zia Haq
UPDATED ON APR 26, 2019 05:37 PM IST
As cynical sections scorn a pliable electoral system, The Great March of Democracy, Seven Decades of India’s Elections edited by former chief election commissioner SY Quraishi seeks to strike a celebratory note
A file photo of former chief Election Commissioner TN Seshan announcing the poll programme for the Lok Sabha election, April 12, 1991.(HT Archive)
A file photo of former chief Election Commissioner TN Seshan announcing the poll programme for the Lok Sabha election, April 12, 1991.(HT Archive)

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: EC gag order brings back memories of tough former CEC Seshan

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Umesh Raghuvanshi, Lucknow
UPDATED ON APR 17, 2019 10:25 AM IST
The 10th chief election commissioner (CEC) of India TN Seshan (1990-96) stamped the Commission’s authority and ensured his words were treated as law by politicians and officers alike.
The cat-and-mouse game between election commission officials and offenders happens because small handouts mean a lot to people in a country where a quarter of the population still live on less than $2 per day.(BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO)
The cat-and-mouse game between election commission officials and offenders happens because small handouts mean a lot to people in a country where a quarter of the population still live on less than $2 per day.(BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO)

India seizures of cash, booze and gold surge

Bloomberg | By Vrishti Beniwa
UPDATED ON APR 15, 2019 06:15 PM IST
They’re confiscating as much as one billion rupees in cash and goods each day, as offenders use ambulances and other vehicles fitted with flashing lights to carry cash and give handouts in lunch boxes to lure voters.
The BJP has been targeting the Congress president since he filed his nomination papers from Wayanad, the second seat where he is contesting from.(PTI File)
The BJP has been targeting the Congress president since he filed his nomination papers from Wayanad, the second seat where he is contesting from.(PTI File)

Lok Sabha elections 2019| ‘India or Pakistan’: Shah’s comment on Wayanad trigger a row in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram | By Ramesh Babu
UPDATED ON APR 11, 2019 04:06 PM IST
LDF Wayanad constituency convener CK Sasindran has submitted a complaint to the state chief electoral officer and the Chief Election Commissioner seeking action against Shah.
Admiral (retd.) L Ramdas has said that he would approach the Election Commission with complaint against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath over his “Modiji ki sena” remark at a public rally.(PTI file)
Admiral (retd.) L Ramdas has said that he would approach the Election Commission with complaint against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath over his “Modiji ki sena” remark at a public rally.(PTI file)

Ex-Navy chief to move EC over ‘Modiji ki sena’ remark by Yogi Adityanath

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON APR 02, 2019 11:16 AM IST
Former Navy chief Admiral L Ramdas has said that he would approach the Election Commission against ‘Modiji ki sena’ remark made by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath at a public rally.
Students of Bundu Upgraded Middle School at Bundu village under Manoharpur block in West Singhbhum(Manoj Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Students of Bundu Upgraded Middle School at Bundu village under Manoharpur block in West Singhbhum(Manoj Kumar/Hindustan Times)

Lok Sabha Elections to energise over 79K government schools in UP

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By HT Correspondent, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON APR 02, 2019 10:33 AM IST
LET THERE BE LIGHT: Ensure power in all government schools as they will be made polling stations, ECI tells state government
In a letter to the Chief Election Commissioner, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury wrote that the the commission’s finding was a narrow interpretation of the complaint made by him.(Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)
In a letter to the Chief Election Commissioner, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury wrote that the the commission’s finding was a narrow interpretation of the complaint made by him.(Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)

‘Narrow interpretation’: Sitaram Yechury on Election Commission’s clean chit to PM Modi’s address

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 30, 2019 05:59 PM IST
On Friday, the election commission had given the prime minister a clean chit saying that his televised address on Mission Shakti did not violate the model code of conduct.
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday trained his guns on BJP national president Amit Shah, accusing him of using Delhi Police against the AAP in connection with the controversial voter deletion issue in the national Capital.(Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday trained his guns on BJP national president Amit Shah, accusing him of using Delhi Police against the AAP in connection with the controversial voter deletion issue in the national Capital.(Raj K Raj/HT Photo)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: BJP chief using police to target workers, AAP tells Election Commission

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON MAR 14, 2019 12:47 AM IST
On Wednesday afternoon, AAP leader Sanjay Singh, who is also a Rajya Sabha member, posted a letter on Twitter addressed to the chief election commissioner. “Delhi Police has been harassing AAP leaders and party workers at the behest of BJP,” he wrote.
The Election Commission has made it compulsory for candidates contesting polls to advertise their criminal antecedents in TV and newspapers at least three times during electioneering.(ANI)
The Election Commission has made it compulsory for candidates contesting polls to advertise their criminal antecedents in TV and newspapers at least three times during electioneering.(ANI)

Lok Sabha Election 2019: Compulsory for candidates to advertise criminal records

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON MAR 11, 2019 04:36 PM IST
Though directions in this regard were issued on October 10, 2018, the rule will be used for the first time in this Lok Sabha elections.
The Election Commission on Sunday said assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir will not be held along with Lok Sabha polls.(PTI)
The Election Commission on Sunday said assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir will not be held along with Lok Sabha polls.(PTI)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: No assembly elections in J-K for now

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 10, 2019 06:43 PM IST
Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir will not to be held along with Lok Sabha polls, chief election commissioner Sunil Arora said on Sunday :
Opposition parties have been questioning the delay in announcing the poll dates.(PTI/File Photo)
Opposition parties have been questioning the delay in announcing the poll dates.(PTI/File Photo)

Ex-CEC explains factors before Election Commission announces Lok Sabha poll dates

New Delhi | By Asian News International
UPDATED ON MAR 10, 2019 02:58 PM IST
Former chief election commissioner Navin Chawla on Sunday said the Election Commission (EC) determines various factors such as the number of poll phases, the strength of central forces needed and other arrangements, before announcing the poll dates.
Chief Election Commissioner (C) Sunil Arora and election commissioner Sushil Chandra (R) addressing a press conference in Lucknow on Friday.(Ritu Singh)
Chief Election Commissioner (C) Sunil Arora and election commissioner Sushil Chandra (R) addressing a press conference in Lucknow on Friday.(Ritu Singh)

Lok Sabha elections will be held on time, social media panel formed, says CEC

UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2019 11:25 PM IST
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora on Friday voiced confidence that Lok Sabha elections will be held on time notwithstanding this week’s tensions between India and Pakistan.
The Election Commission will hold the 2019 general election under Sunil Arora.(Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)
The Election Commission will hold the 2019 general election under Sunil Arora.(Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)

Sunil Arora takes over as Chief Election Commissioner, says polls must be ‘free, fair, and ethical’

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 02, 2018 02:29 PM IST
A former bureaucrat, Sunil Arora was appointed as the election commissioner in August last year.
File photo of outgoing chief election commissioner OP Rawat. His tenure ends on December 2.(Sonu Mehta/HT File)
File photo of outgoing chief election commissioner OP Rawat. His tenure ends on December 2.(Sonu Mehta/HT File)

Misuse of money and media now a formidable challenge for regulators, says outgoing CEC Rawat

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Smriti Kak Ramachandran
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2018 01:54 PM IST
The outgoing chief election commissioner OP Rawat said the EC has suggested amendments in the election laws because once the legal system is updated to measure up to the challenges thrown by the other stakeholders then it is easier to hold free and fair elections.
Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat (R) along with Election Commissioner Sunil Arora.(PTI File Photo)
Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat (R) along with Election Commissioner Sunil Arora.(PTI File Photo)

Sunil Arora appointed Chief Election Commissioner, to take over from OP Rawat on Dec 2

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2018 10:24 PM IST
Sunil Arora, the senior-most election commissioner, will be the new Chief Election Commissioner.
The election commission had earlier said it would need 24 lakh EVMs in case of simultaneous polls in 2019.(HT File Photo)
The election commission had earlier said it would need 24 lakh EVMs in case of simultaneous polls in 2019.(HT File Photo)

‘No chance at all’: Chief Election Commissioner on Lok Sabha and Assembly polls being held together

UPDATED ON AUG 23, 2018 11:01 PM IST
The Bharatiya Janata Party has said it was in favour of simultaneous Lok Sabha and assembly polls, but key opposition parties have opposed the idea.
General secretary of the Maharashtra unit of the Congress, Sachin Sawant, said FIRS have been lodged against BJP workers.(HT File)
General secretary of the Maharashtra unit of the Congress, Sachin Sawant, said FIRS have been lodged against BJP workers.(HT File)

Congress, NCP to meet EC today to seek action against BJP for Maharashtra bypoll violations

Hindustan Times | By Surendra Gangan
UPDATED ON JUN 05, 2018 01:38 AM IST
The Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) have also decided to push for going back to the system of ballot papers in elections.
Supporters at an election rally in Karnataka.(PTI File Photo)
Supporters at an election rally in Karnataka.(PTI File Photo)

Former chief election commissioners call for fewer phases of polls

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 21, 2018 10:39 PM IST
Though the Election Commission maintains the conduct code does not hamper governance, political parties have complained that the provision slows down administrative work.
The serial number is not noted by the State Bank of India in any record associated with buyer or political party depositing a particular electoral bond.(HT File Photo)
The serial number is not noted by the State Bank of India in any record associated with buyer or political party depositing a particular electoral bond.(HT File Photo)

Invisible serial number in electoral bond not being tracked, says government

Indo Asian News Service, New Delhi | By Indo Asian News Service, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON APR 17, 2018 06:52 PM IST
The Finance Ministry said the electoral bonds have some built-in security features to eliminate chances of forgery or presentation of fake bonds, which include a random serial number invisible to the naked eye.
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