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Terming TMC's allegations 'unfortunate', the CEC said the BSF was one of the finest forces.(PTI)

'Unfortunate': CEC Sunil Arora on TMC allegation that BSF is 'coercing' voters

Written by Prashasti Singh, Kolkata
UPDATED ON JAN 22, 2021 07:11 PM IST
Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said concerns of political parties in West Bengal about the law and order situation in the state during electioneering for the upcoming polls will be addressed by ensuring optimal deployment of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs).
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Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora at a press conference in New Delhi.(PTI File Photo )
Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora at a press conference in New Delhi.(PTI File Photo )

Election Commission to visit West Bengal to review poll preparedness

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Kanishka Sarkar
PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 08:56 AM IST
The Election Commission officials are also scheduled to meet representatives of political parties before meeting officials of the central and state regulatory agencies.
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The CEC is accompanied by seven senior officials of the Commission.(PTI)
The CEC is accompanied by seven senior officials of the Commission.(PTI)

CEC Sunil Arora arrives at Assam to review preparedness for assembly polls

PTI, Guwahati
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 08:54 PM IST
The EC team on Tuesday would hold separate meetings with the chief secretary, home secretary, director general of police, district election officers and the superintendents of police, officials said.
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A view of the Election Commission of India building, Nirvachan Sadan, in New Delhi.( Arvind Yadav / Hindustan Times)
A view of the Election Commission of India building, Nirvachan Sadan, in New Delhi.( Arvind Yadav / Hindustan Times)

'Seek approval before initiating action against poll officials': EC tells states

By Deeksha Bhardwaj | Edited by Sparshita Saxena, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 06:46 PM IST
  • The EC said that the victimisation creates an atmosphere of fear that conveys to the upright, steadfast and sincere officers that they can be “taken to task anytime”.
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A view of the Election Commission of India building, Nirvachan Sadan, in New Delhi. ( Arvind Yadav / Hindustan Times)
A view of the Election Commission of India building, Nirvachan Sadan, in New Delhi. ( Arvind Yadav / Hindustan Times)

EC allows govt to use data for vaccination, wants data deleted after exercise

PTI, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 02:43 PM IST
On the issue of data security, the home secretary wrote that the government is complying with the current best practices for ensuring cyber security.
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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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Umesh Sinha, secretary general, Election Commission of India, addresses the press regarding the preparedness for Tamil Nadu Assembly elections 2021, in Chennai on Tuesday.(PTI)
Umesh Sinha, secretary general, Election Commission of India, addresses the press regarding the preparedness for Tamil Nadu Assembly elections 2021, in Chennai on Tuesday.(PTI)

ECI to tackle influence of money, freebies and liquor in Tamil Nadu assembly election

By Divya Chandrababu | Hindustan Times, Chennai
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 12:21 PM IST
In 2019, the ECI cancelled elections in the Vellore parliamentary seat in Tamil Nadu after bundles of banknotes worth more than Rs10 crore were found in a warehouse belonging to a member of a political party
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AIADMK has asked the Election Commission to conduct TN elections in second half of April. In picture, AIADMK’s chief ministerial candidate Edappadi K Palaniswami accompanied by other party leaders.(PTI)
AIADMK has asked the Election Commission to conduct TN elections in second half of April. In picture, AIADMK’s chief ministerial candidate Edappadi K Palaniswami accompanied by other party leaders.(PTI)

AIADMK requests EC to hold Tamil Nadu assembly polls in 3rd or 4th week of April

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Srivatsan K C | Chennai
PUBLISHED ON DEC 21, 2020 07:26 PM IST
The EC team, led by Umesh Sinha, secretary general of the ECI, are on a two day visit to review the state’s preparedness to hold the polls next year,as the five year term of the assembly is set to come to an end on May 24.
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A doctor checking vitals of a Covid-19 patient inside a Covid Care Ward at CWG Covid-19 Care Complex, in New Delhi on Friday.(Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
A doctor checking vitals of a Covid-19 patient inside a Covid Care Ward at CWG Covid-19 Care Complex, in New Delhi on Friday.(Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)

Supreme Court for capping Covid-19 treatment charges at private hospitals

By Utkarsh Anand | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 19, 2020 04:50 AM IST
The court said treatment costs have only risen, and it is not affordable for common people. Even if one survives Covid-19, a person often is ruined financially and economically, the judges said.
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While the Calcutta High Court had observed that the pending elections should be held as soon as possible, the state needs to inform the Supreme Court this week about its stand on conducting civic polls. (HT File photo: Samir Jana)
While the Calcutta High Court had observed that the pending elections should be held as soon as possible, the state needs to inform the Supreme Court this week about its stand on conducting civic polls. (HT File photo: Samir Jana)

Kolkata Municipal Corporation polls likely in March 2021, says official

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 07:51 PM IST
Elections to more than 107 civic bodies, including KMC, have been pending for over a year and these bodies are currently being run by administrators appointed by the Mamata Banerjee-administration.
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The Election Commission of India will meet representatives of all political parties in West Bengal on Monday through video conferencing to discuss the 2021 West Bengal assembly election.(HT PHOTO)
The Election Commission of India will meet representatives of all political parties in West Bengal on Monday through video conferencing to discuss the 2021 West Bengal assembly election.(HT PHOTO)

EC to hold all-party meeting today for 2021 Bengal assembly election

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON NOV 09, 2020 09:28 AM IST
An Election Commission official said that the Covid-19 pandemic will not come in the way of holding elections.
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Bihpur will vote in the second phase of the Bihar Assembly Elections on Tuesday.(Representative image/HT PHOTO)
Bihpur will vote in the second phase of the Bihar Assembly Elections on Tuesday.(Representative image/HT PHOTO)

Brahmins in Bihar’s Bihpur assembly seat to boycott polls after engineer’s custodial death

By Avinash Kumar | Hindustan Times, Patna
PUBLISHED ON NOV 02, 2020 10:45 AM IST
The Election Commission directed the Bhagalpur divisional commissioner to conduct enquiry into the alleged custodial killing of 30-year-old Ashutosh Kumar Pathak
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Election officers demonstrate the working of Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) and Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT)(PTI)
Election officers demonstrate the working of Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) and Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT)(PTI)

Bihar election: 18.31% turnout till 11 am, Lakhisarai records highest at 26.28%

By Asian News International | Posted by Kaleem Ullah Fasihi | Patna
UPDATED ON OCT 28, 2020 12:39 PM IST
Voting began in 71 constituencies spread across 16 districts in the first phase of the Bihar Assembly elections on Wednesday at 7 am.
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Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) personnel patrol the villages of Kargahar block ahead of the Bihar Assembly Polls, in Rohtas district.(PTI)
Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) personnel patrol the villages of Kargahar block ahead of the Bihar Assembly Polls, in Rohtas district.(PTI)

EC asks authorities to ensure free, fair elections in Bihar

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Srivatsan K C | Patna
UPDATED ON OCT 24, 2020 01:07 PM IST
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora and two other election commissioners, Sushil Chandra and Rajiv Kumar, held the meeting online.
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Supreme Court of India(HT file photo)
Supreme Court of India(HT file photo)

EC moves top court against MP HC order restricting physical rallies

By Abraham Thomas and Ranjan | Hindustan Times, New Delhi/bhopal
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2020 07:50 AM IST
The ECI move came two days after the Gwalior bench of the high court directed the administrators of nine districts in its jurisdiction to grant permissions for physical public rallies only if virtual meetings are not possible ahead of the bypolls to 28 seats slated for November 3.
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Former MP CM Kamal Nath (ANI Photo/File)
Former MP CM Kamal Nath (ANI Photo/File)

‘Item’ remark row: Election Commission seeks report from MP CEO over Kamal Nath’s remark

By Asian News International | Posted by Karan Manral | New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 20, 2020 07:54 AM IST
Earlier, the National Commission for Women (NCW) had written to the chief election commissioner (CEC) over the ‘derogatory remarks’ made by Nath, a former Madhya Pradesh CM.
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Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) and Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) devices (Photo by Parwaz Khan / Hindustan Times)
Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) and Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) devices (Photo by Parwaz Khan / Hindustan Times)

Election Commission announces bypoll dates: All you need to know

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Karan Manral | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 29, 2020 03:44 PM IST
Bypolls will be conducted for one Lok Sabha seat and 56 Assembly constituencies on November 3 and November 7. Counting of votes, meanwhile, will take place on November 10.
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Chief Election Commissioner, Sunil Arora holding a press conference to announce the schedule for Bihar Legislative Assembly Elections (ANI Photo)
Chief Election Commissioner, Sunil Arora holding a press conference to announce the schedule for Bihar Legislative Assembly Elections (ANI Photo)

Election Commission likely to announce bypoll dates today

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Karan Manral | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 29, 2020 01:31 PM IST
Bypolls are to be conducted for one Lok Sabha seat in Bihar and 64 Assembly constituencies across various states. The Assembly constituencies include 27 from Madhya Pradesh which fell vacant in March.
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Officials demonstrate the working of the electronic voting machine (EVM) and Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) during a training programme ahead of the state assembly polls in Patna.(PTI Photo)
Officials demonstrate the working of the electronic voting machine (EVM) and Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) during a training programme ahead of the state assembly polls in Patna.(PTI Photo)

Bihar Assembly election 2020: 3 phases, 72 million voters, 243 constituencies

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Meenakshi Ray | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2020 06:35 PM IST
The Bihar Assembly Elections 2020 to the 243 constituencies will be the first major poll to be conducted since the coronavirus pandemic broke out in the country.
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A poster of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at Income Tax roundabout, in Patna, Bihar (Photo by Santosh Kumar/ Hindustan Times)
A poster of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at Income Tax roundabout, in Patna, Bihar (Photo by Santosh Kumar/ Hindustan Times)

Bihar Assembly Election 2020: Here’s the full schedule

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Karan Manral | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2020 01:30 PM IST
The elections to the 243-seat Bihar Assembly will take place in three phases on October 28, November 3 and November 7. These are the first big elections to take place amid the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak.
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Election officers demonstrate the working of Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) and Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) during a training programme ahead of the state assembly polls in Patna.(PTI)
Election officers demonstrate the working of Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) and Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) during a training programme ahead of the state assembly polls in Patna.(PTI)

Bihar Assembly Election 2020: List of rules for first state election amid Covid-19

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2020 01:47 PM IST
No roadshow on the day of nomination filing, no fanfare during campaign amid Covid-19 pandemic, the Election Commission ruled earlier.
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The poll watchdog also sent a strong message to state election commissions to assess if any such cases were pending with them.(Arijit Sen/HT file photo. Representative image)
The poll watchdog also sent a strong message to state election commissions to assess if any such cases were pending with them.(Arijit Sen/HT file photo. Representative image)

New ECI database to track settlements of ex-gratia payment: Report

By Deeksha Bhardwaj | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 19, 2020 07:27 AM IST
At present, the poll watchdog pays Rs 10 lakh to the next of kin of those who died in poll duties through cheques. A system of making the payment immediately using bank transfers is being considered.
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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)

ECI’s indifference to hold Bihar council polls raises eyebrows

By Subhash Pathak | Edited by Sparshita Saxena | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2020 07:11 PM IST
Elections on eight council seats were due on May 24, another fell vacant in July.
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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)

Ahead of Bihar polls, EC declares timeline for advertising criminal records

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Sparshita Saxena | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2020 11:37 PM IST
The statement further added that this timeline would help the voters in exercising their choices in a more informed manner.
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As per existing ECI guidelines, the candidates have to publish this information thrice -- once in a national and twice in a regional newspaper and thrice on TV channels.(File photo)
As per existing ECI guidelines, the candidates have to publish this information thrice -- once in a national and twice in a regional newspaper and thrice on TV channels.(File photo)

EC plans stringent timeline for declaration of criminal records

By Deeksha Bhardwaj | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 02, 2020 03:20 AM IST
The second declaration might come after the returning officer accepts the nomination and the last date could be advanced to four days before campaigning ends and model code of conduct (MCC) applies, officials added.
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State administrations have been told to identify large halls to ensure that social distancing can be done.(HT PHOTO.)
State administrations have been told to identify large halls to ensure that social distancing can be done.(HT PHOTO.)

Ahead of Bihar polls amid Covid-19, ECI issues new guidelines for voters

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Sohini Sarkar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2020 06:20 PM IST
Thermal scanning of all voters will be carried out at the entry hall or premises where the polls will be held. Sanitisers, soap and water shall also be made available to all voters, according to the new rules.
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Kamal Nath’s Congress government in Madhya Pradesh fell in March after 22 MLAs resigned.(HT FILE PHOTO)
Kamal Nath’s Congress government in Madhya Pradesh fell in March after 22 MLAs resigned.(HT FILE PHOTO)

Ahead of Madhya Pradesh bypolls, Congress intensifies social media campaign

By Ranjan| Edited by Sabir Hussain | Hindustan Times, Bhopal
UPDATED ON JUN 03, 2020 07:46 PM IST
The Congress has stepped up its social media campaign amid reports that poll strategist Prashant Kishor has refused to work with the party for the bypolls.
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Drug remdesivir has reached phase three of clinical trial considered to be the final step in the process of the drug approval.(Reuters Photo)
Drug remdesivir has reached phase three of clinical trial considered to be the final step in the process of the drug approval.(Reuters Photo)

News updates from Hindustan Times: Indian-American Aruna Subramanian leading trial of remdesivir in Covid-19 treatment and all the latest news

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAY 01, 2020 01:24 PM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
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North Bengal resident Sunil Karmakar with his voter ID card that carries a dog’s photo.(HT Photo)
North Bengal resident Sunil Karmakar with his voter ID card that carries a dog’s photo.(HT Photo)

Bengal man sees red after his voter ID carries dog’s photo, plans to sue EC

By Sreyasi Pal | Hindustan Times, Berhampore
UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2020 08:32 AM IST
North Bengal resident Sunil Karmakar received his ‘corrected’ voters ID card on Tuesday. But instead of his own visage, he found himself staring at that of a hairy pooch.
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Election Commission of India (ECI) held discussions on Tuesday with the legislative affairs wing of the Union law ministry and made a fresh push for electoral reforms(ANI Photo)
Election Commission of India (ECI) held discussions on Tuesday with the legislative affairs wing of the Union law ministry and made a fresh push for electoral reforms(ANI Photo)

EC for making paid news poll offence

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 19, 2020 12:34 AM IST
Top ECI officials also urged legislative secretary G Narayan Raju to make suitable changes in the law to link voters list or electoral rolls with Aadhaar numbers. Such linking, ECI officials say, will eradicate duplicate entries.
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