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The Supreme Court. (File photo)

SC seeks govt on plea for voting rights to people outside their constituencies

PTI, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 18, 2021 01:08 PM IST
The PIL has sought extension of postal ballot facility or electronically transmitted postal ballot system to all registered voters stationed outside their constituency.
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Elections for 294 Assembly seats in West Bengal will take place later this year..(PTI file photo)
Elections for 294 Assembly seats in West Bengal will take place later this year..(PTI file photo)

BJP urges EC to deploy only paramilitary force during West Bengal polls

ANI, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 05, 2021 04:02 PM IST
The tenure of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) government led by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in West Bengal will come to an end on May 30, 2020.
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New voters who have registered their mobile phone numbers with the Election Commission will be able to download their digital voter ID cards on January 25 after 11.14am.
New voters who have registered their mobile phone numbers with the Election Commission will be able to download their digital voter ID cards on January 25 after 11.14am.

Digital voter cards: How to download? Who are eligible? All you need to know

Written by Poulomi Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON JAN 24, 2021 02:42 PM IST
New voters will also get hard copies of their voter ID cards, the Election Commission has said.
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The Supreme Court.(HT PHOTO)
The Supreme Court.(HT PHOTO)

SC issues notice on plea to bar turncoat lawmakers from contesting bypolls

By Abraham Thomas | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 11:05 PM IST
A social activist from Madhya Pradesh had filed a petition demanding a six-year ban on political turncoats in view of the recent trend emerging from the states of Madhya Pradesh in March 2020 and Karnataka in 2019.
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Jitan Ram Manjhi clarified that one Council seat to be sought would not be filled by any of his family members but would go to a party leader. (Photo @JitanramMajhi)
Jitan Ram Manjhi clarified that one Council seat to be sought would not be filled by any of his family members but would go to a party leader. (Photo @JitanramMajhi)

Jitan Ram Manjhi pushes for cabinet, legislative council seat in Bihar

By Anirban Guha Roy | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 08:30 PM IST
Jitan Ram Manjhi’s made the demand came hours after the announcement of polls for two vacant Council seats on January 28 by the Election Commission (EC), which could make distribution of seats among the allies in the NDA a tricky affair.
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A view of the Election Commission of India building, Nirvachan Sadan, in New Delhi.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
A view of the Election Commission of India building, Nirvachan Sadan, in New Delhi.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)

Election Commission announces dates for legislative council by-polls in 3 states

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 04:08 PM IST
These elections will be held on January 28 held between 9am to 4pm and the counting of votes will take place on the same day at 5pm, according to the election commission.
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Bihar assembly elections were the first full-fledged polls to be held amid coronavirus. Over 4 crore of the total over 7 crore voters exercised their franchise. To ensure distancing norms, the EC restricted the number of voters per polling station to 1,000 from 1,200. This led to the increase in the number of polling stations.(AP)
Bihar assembly elections were the first full-fledged polls to be held amid coronavirus. Over 4 crore of the total over 7 crore voters exercised their franchise. To ensure distancing norms, the EC restricted the number of voters per polling station to 1,000 from 1,200. This led to the increase in the number of polling stations.(AP)

EC preparing for polls next year after Covid safe Bihar elections: CEC

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 28, 2020 03:19 PM IST
The Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) pointed out that the exercise involved nearly 7.3 crore voters and over 1.06 lakh polling stations.
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Representative Photo (PTI)
Representative Photo (PTI)

Uttar Pradesh panchayat elections: Name missing from voters’ list? Here’s what to do

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Karan Manral | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2020 03:08 PM IST
Any registered voter whose name is missing from the voters’ list can get it added both online and offline.
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The digital voter IDs will be verified by the Commission and can only be downloaded on the registered mobile number.(HT file photo)
The digital voter IDs will be verified by the Commission and can only be downloaded on the registered mobile number.(HT file photo)

EC gears up to launch digital voter ID cards

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 26, 2020 03:09 AM IST
While digital voter ID cards will be optional, the commission has extended the provision to all electors and will also allow them to store the card on the government’s digital document safe — Digilocker.
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People casting their votes through postal ballot.(Representational photo/PTI)
People casting their votes through postal ballot.(Representational photo/PTI)

No postal ballot pilot planned for non-Gulf NRIs: Election Commission

By Deeksha Bhardwaj | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 03:42 PM IST
The commission added that the logistics of the same are being worked out in consultation with the ministry of external affairs
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A Biden administration could adopt a narrow approach to global democratic cooperation, confined to a small number of western countries and advanced Asian economies. But pursuing a grander agenda will require a deeper dialogue with India(REUTERS)
A Biden administration could adopt a narrow approach to global democratic cooperation, confined to a small number of western countries and advanced Asian economies. But pursuing a grander agenda will require a deeper dialogue with India(REUTERS)

India and the US should have a dialogue on democracy

By Dhruva Jaishankar
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2020 08:55 PM IST
There are areas of convergence, and India’s record is often under-appreciated. But talk about differences too in the nature of the two democracies
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The SSA in Bihar this year got delayed due to the Assembly polls in October-November where as in other states, the exercise has already begun, officials said.(PTI PHOTO.)
The SSA in Bihar this year got delayed due to the Assembly polls in October-November where as in other states, the exercise has already begun, officials said.(PTI PHOTO.)

In Bihar, exercise to update electoral rolls starts

By Anirban Guha Roy | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2020 10:37 PM IST
The revision aims at enlisting new voters, including those having attained the age of 18 as on January 1, 2021 and also deleting names of deceased voters or those who have changed addresses. The exercise will continue till January 11 till when the claims and objections will be received by the election office.
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External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar represents India at the 15th East Asia Summit.(PTI)
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar represents India at the 15th East Asia Summit.(PTI)

No rule flouted in election to RS from Gujarat: Jaishankar to SC

By Utkarsh Anand | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2020 05:32 AM IST
Submitting his affidavit in response to a petition by defeated Congress party candidate Gaurav Hemantbhai Pandya, the minister accused Pandya of “misusing the process of law” by filing several election petitions before the top court.
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The Elector’s Photo Identity Card is presently available in form of a hardcopy and may now be available as a PDF.(PTO FILE)
The Elector’s Photo Identity Card is presently available in form of a hardcopy and may now be available as a PDF.(PTO FILE)

Election Commission considers proposal for digitisation of voter ids

By HT Correspondent | New Delhi, HIndustan Times
PUBLISHED ON DEC 12, 2020 10:38 AM IST
The proposal will have to be approved by the chief election commissioner, Sunil Arora, and election commissioners Sushil Chandra and Rajiv Kumar before it is implemented.
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As per the petitioner, if the political parties were permitted to use the election symbols perpetually, for purposes other than elections, it would be highly unjust for candidates not affiliated with recognised parties or independent candidates, as they got fresh symbols before each poll.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
As per the petitioner, if the political parties were permitted to use the election symbols perpetually, for purposes other than elections, it would be highly unjust for candidates not affiliated with recognised parties or independent candidates, as they got fresh symbols before each poll.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)

HC seeks EC reply on plea for withdrawing BJP’s election symbol

By Jitendra Sarin | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2020 06:56 AM IST
According to the counsel for the petitioner, the life of election symbols is only for a specific election and a political party can’t use the symbol as its logo.
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There are 12.6 million non-resident Indians (NRIs), those holding an Indian passport but ordinarily residing outside the country, spread across more than 200 nations, according to the government.(PTI)
There are 12.6 million non-resident Indians (NRIs), those holding an Indian passport but ordinarily residing outside the country, spread across more than 200 nations, according to the government.(PTI)

‘Can be sold for profit’: Sitaram Yechury warns on postal ballots for NRIs

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 02, 2020 09:52 AM IST
The Election Commission of India on 27 November wrote to the Law Ministry to extend the postal ballot facility to overseas electors for the upcoming polls. The amendments, if approved, will have far reaching ramifications as they will not require the nod of Parliament.
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The Election Commission has proposed to the government to extend the Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballot System (ETPBS) facility to eligible overseas Indian voters.(PTI/ File photo)
The Election Commission has proposed to the government to extend the Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballot System (ETPBS) facility to eligible overseas Indian voters.(PTI/ File photo)

Election Commission proposes extending postal ballot facility for NRIs

By Press Trust of India| Posted by Mallika Soni | Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON DEC 01, 2020 07:41 PM IST
In a letter to the legislative secretary in the law ministry on November 27, the Commission said with the successful execution of ETPBS in case of service voters, it is now “confident” that the facility can also be extended to the overseas electors.
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Representational Image.(File photo)
Representational Image.(File photo)

Voting begins for 11 Uttar Pradesh legislative council seats

By Manish Chandra Pandey | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON DEC 01, 2020 09:42 AM IST
As many as 1,269,817 voters for five graduate seats would vote at 1,808 voting centres. There are 206,335 voters eligible to vote for six teachers’ seats at 813 voting centres
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The voting was scheduled for May but was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.(Representational Photo/PTI)
The voting was scheduled for May but was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.(Representational Photo/PTI)

BJP, Cong and JD(S) set for another electoral battle as EC notifies panchayat polls

By Venkatesha Babu | Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
PUBLISHED ON NOV 30, 2020 03:47 PM IST
The polls are held without using party symbols, but control of gram panchayats is seen by political parties as building blocks to consolidate their power
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Election Commission of India headquarters in New Delhi.(ANI Photo)
Election Commission of India headquarters in New Delhi.(ANI Photo)

Election Commission begins revision exercise across all UP constituencies

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 24, 2020 02:42 PM IST
The state’s chief electoral officer Ajay Kumar Shukla said individuals who want to make changes to their voter registration details can also fill these forms offline.
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A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde had on November 18 reserved its judgement on BSF Jawan Tej Bahadur’s plea challenging the Allahabad High Court verdict.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde had on November 18 reserved its judgement on BSF Jawan Tej Bahadur’s plea challenging the Allahabad High Court verdict.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Supreme Court to pronounce verdict on plea challenging rejection of nomination papers to contest against PM Modi

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Deepali Sharma | New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 23, 2020 07:47 PM IST
On May 9, last year, the top court had rejected his plea by which he has challenged Election Commission’s decision to reject his nomination papers from Varanasi Lok Sabha seat.
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A special drive for summary revision of electoral rolls is currently underway in different states.(PTI)
A special drive for summary revision of electoral rolls is currently underway in different states.(PTI)

Special summary revision of electoral rolls: All you need to know

By hindustantimes.com| Edited by Susmita Pakrasi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON NOV 22, 2020 12:11 PM IST
All the electors and eligible citizens who will attain 18 years as on January 1, 2021 and those who missed to enrol themselves in earlier occasions, can file their applications for enrolment, objections and corrections from November 17 till December 15.
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Chief Election Commissioner of India Sunil Arora is in the office till April 13, 2021.(PTI)
Chief Election Commissioner of India Sunil Arora is in the office till April 13, 2021.(PTI)

‘Elections during my term will be held on time,’ says Sunil Arora

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2020 06:02 PM IST
West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Assam and Puducherry will go to the elections in May and June next year.
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External affairs minister S Jaishankar’s has been elected to Rajya Sabha from Gujarat.(ANI Photo)
External affairs minister S Jaishankar’s has been elected to Rajya Sabha from Gujarat.(ANI Photo)

SC takes note of petitions challenging foreign minister S Jaishankar’s election to Rajya Sabha

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2020 03:32 PM IST
A bench comprising Chief Justice S A Bobde and Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian took note of the submissions of senior advocate Kapil Sibal that a date be fixed for hearing these matters.
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Bollywood actor Sonu Sood spotted at Bandra, in Mumbai.(PTI)
Bollywood actor Sonu Sood spotted at Bandra, in Mumbai.(PTI)

Sonu Sood is now Punjab icon, announces Election Commission

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Arpan Rai | Chandigarh
UPDATED ON NOV 16, 2020 09:57 PM IST
Belonging to Moga district of Punjab, Sood catapulted to the national spotlight for his work in helping migrants reach their homes during the coronavirus-triggered lockdown.
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Election officials count votes at a centre on counting day of Bihar Assembly polls in Begusarai district.(PTI)
Election officials count votes at a centre on counting day of Bihar Assembly polls in Begusarai district.(PTI)

One recounting, five rejections: No ‘doubt’ over Bihar counting, says Election Commission

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 13, 2020 04:15 PM IST
The EC has clarified that all recounting guidelines were followed and reasons were shown why recounting pleas were rejected. Recounting was video recorded as well, the EC has said.
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Yadav, who was the chief ministerial candidate of the Mahagathbandhan, said he was not willing to accept that the alliance had suffered a defeat in the state polls.(ANI)
Yadav, who was the chief ministerial candidate of the Mahagathbandhan, said he was not willing to accept that the alliance had suffered a defeat in the state polls.(ANI)

‘People’s mandate in our favour’: Tejashwi Yadav

By Anirban Guha Roy | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 13, 2020 08:06 AM IST
The 31-year-old leader, who was elected the leader of the GA, said the opposition alliance would move court if the Election Commission does not give satisfactory reasons for the rejection of a huge number of postal ballots.
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RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav attends the party legislators' meeting in Patna on Thursday.(PTI)
RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav attends the party legislators' meeting in Patna on Thursday.(PTI)

‘Only 12,270 votes’: What RJD’s new figure claims

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 12, 2020 09:04 PM IST
Terming the Election Commission as ‘BJP commission’, the party claimed that the Commission helped NDA win the election.
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Tejashwi Yadav during a press conference on Thursday thanked Bihar’s people for voting in favour of the Mahagathbandhan(ANI on Twitter)
Tejashwi Yadav during a press conference on Thursday thanked Bihar’s people for voting in favour of the Mahagathbandhan(ANI on Twitter)

‘Public is with us, it’s win for Grand Alliance’: Tejashwi Yadav in first comments after Bihar poll results

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Ayshee Bhaduri | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 12, 2020 09:53 PM IST
Tejashwi Yadav thanked Bihar’s people for voting in favour of the Mahagathbandhan, and added “The mandate favoured Mahagathbandhan, but Election Commission’s result was in NDA’s favour
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BJP workers celebrate after NDA's victory in Bihar Assembly elections, in Patna.(PTI)
BJP workers celebrate after NDA's victory in Bihar Assembly elections, in Patna.(PTI)

Tirhut and Mithilanchal regions propel NDA ahead

By Subhash Pathak | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON NOV 12, 2020 04:21 AM IST
Overall, the NDA won 29.6% of the 71 seats in the first phase, 52.1% of the 94 seats in the second phase and 66.7% of the 78 seats in the third phase.
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