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If okayed, this will be the first electronic voting exercise in the state for filling up 2.58 lakh posts in the three-tier panchayat election.(HT Photo)

Bihar mulls conducting panchayat polls via EVMs to bring transparency

By Anirban Guha Roy | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON DEC 02, 2020 10:35 AM IST
Kerala, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh are among few states where the EVMs have been used to conduct panchayat polls in the last several years, an official said.
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An election official checks Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).(PTI)
An election official checks Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).(PTI)

EVMs absolutely robust and tamper-proof: EC

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shivani Kumar | New Delhi, Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 10, 2020 05:59 PM IST
After the ruling NDA took a lead over the opposition Grand Alliance in the poll trends for Bihar on Tuesday, Congress leader Udit Raj raised questions on the reliability of EVMs, asking why the machines cannot be hacked if satellites can be controlled from the earth.
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Counting of votes in Bihar will take extra time due to 63 per cent more EVMs than the 2015 Bihar polls as Covid-19 protocol needed additional polling booths, said ECI officials. (HT Photo)
Counting of votes in Bihar will take extra time due to 63 per cent more EVMs than the 2015 Bihar polls as Covid-19 protocol needed additional polling booths, said ECI officials. (HT Photo)

‘Time to stop blaming EVM’: Karti Chidambaram to Congress doubters

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Ashutosh Tripathi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 10, 2020 04:58 PM IST
After the ruling NDA took an initial lead from the grand alliance -Which consists of RJD, Congress and the three Left parties, in poll trends for Bihar, Congress leader Udit Raj raised questions on the reliability of EVMs.
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An Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) and Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) device (Photo by Parwaz Khan / Hindustan Times)
An Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) and Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) device (Photo by Parwaz Khan / Hindustan Times)

Bihar Assembly Election 2020: How to cast votes using EVM, VVPAT and all you need to know

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Karan Manral | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 27, 2020 03:07 PM IST
The Bihar polls will begin on Wednesday as 71 of the state’s 243 assembly constituencies will go to polls in the first phase. In the second phase, on November 3, 94 constituencies will vote, with the remaining 78 constituencies voting in the third and final phase on November 7.
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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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Electoral officials inspect EVM and VVPAT machines(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Electoral officials inspect EVM and VVPAT machines(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

Delhi Assembly Elections 2020: EVMs moved to 21 counting centres amid tight security

By Anvit Srivastava | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 10, 2020 05:57 AM IST
Senior police officers said each of these centres will be guarded by at least 200 security personnel until counting day on February 11 (Tuesday). On Counting Day, their strength will be doubled.
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Many polling booths in Ernakulam were submerged and political parties have asked the Election Commission to postpone the election.(PTI FILE)
Many polling booths in Ernakulam were submerged and political parties have asked the Election Commission to postpone the election.(PTI FILE)

News updates from Hindustan Times: Train services affected, orange alert in 12 districts as heavy rain lashes Kerala and all the latest news at this hour

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 21, 2019 01:07 PM IST
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The Madras High Court directed the Election Commission of India to recount all postal ballots and three rounds of regular votes of EVMs polled in Radhapuram assembly constituency in Tirunelveli district in 2016.(PTI)
The Madras High Court directed the Election Commission of India to recount all postal ballots and three rounds of regular votes of EVMs polled in Radhapuram assembly constituency in Tirunelveli district in 2016.(PTI)

Madras HC orders recount of votes in 2016 assembly elections in TN’s Radhapuram seat

By M Manikandan | Hindustan Times, Chennai
PUBLISHED ON OCT 01, 2019 09:29 PM IST
The High Court passed the order on a petition filed DMK candidate M Appavu alleging irregularities in the counting in the May 16, 2016 elections. Appavu had lost the election by 49 votes to AIADMK’s I S Inbadurai.
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A delegation of BJP submitted a memorandum to state election commissioner demanding that electronic voting machines (EVMs) be used for municipal elections in Chhattisgarh, instead of ballot papers.(HT Photo)
A delegation of BJP submitted a memorandum to state election commissioner demanding that electronic voting machines (EVMs) be used for municipal elections in Chhattisgarh, instead of ballot papers.(HT Photo)

BJP demands EVM instead of ballot paper in Chhattisgarh municipal polls

By Ritesh Mishra | Hindustan Times, Raipur
UPDATED ON SEP 12, 2019 03:51 PM IST
The dates of municipal elections in Chhattisgarh are yet to be announced and could be held in mid-October.
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Vanchit Bahujan Aaghadi chief Prakash Ambedkar(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)
Vanchit Bahujan Aaghadi chief Prakash Ambedkar(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

Opposition’s protest against EVMs futile: Prakash Ambedkar

By Naresh Kamath | Hindustan Times, Mumbai, Mumbai
UPDATED ON AUG 05, 2019 11:40 AM IST
Opposition parties – including the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), Congress, NCP, Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana (SSS) and AAP – have declared to hold a morcha in Mumbai on August 21, demanding scrapping of EVMs and reintroduction of ballot papers.
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The BSP chief alleged that the people’s faith in the electronic voting machines (EVMs) had dwindled to worrisome level.(AFP FILE)
The BSP chief alleged that the people’s faith in the electronic voting machines (EVMs) had dwindled to worrisome level.(AFP FILE)

‘Would’ve attended if it was on EVMs’: Mayawati to skip PM meet

By Press Trust of India | Lucknow
UPDATED ON JUN 19, 2019 02:07 PM IST
Mayawati’s comments came hours before an all-party meeting called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss several issues, including the idea of one nation, one election, celebration of 150 years of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary this year and 75 years of Independence in 2022.
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As per the latest trends, Gadkari is leading by 1,01,132 votes over Patole.(HT Photo)
As per the latest trends, Gadkari is leading by 1,01,132 votes over Patole.(HT Photo)

Lok Sabha election results 2019: Polling agents not allowed to check EVMs, alleges Patole

By Press Trust of India | Nagpur
UPDATED ON MAY 23, 2019 05:20 PM IST
As the counting of votes is in progress, Patole visited the counting centre in Kalamna Yard here and met Collector and Returning Officer Ashwin Mudgal.
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The Election Commission Tuesday set up a 24-hour control room here to monitor complaints relating to EVMs.(REUTERS)
The Election Commission Tuesday set up a 24-hour control room here to monitor complaints relating to EVMs.(REUTERS)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Election Commission sets up control room to deal with complaints related to EVMs

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 22, 2019 12:18 PM IST
In an earlier statement, the EC said, after the close of polls, all polled EVMs and VVPATs are brought under security cover to designated strongrooms, which are sealed with double locks in the presence of candidates and observers of the commission.
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The anomaly came to light during randomisation of EVMs when they noticed a difference of 50 votes each in two machines(PTI / Representative Photo)
The anomaly came to light during randomisation of EVMs when they noticed a difference of 50 votes each in two machines(PTI / Representative Photo)

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Staff failed to erase mock poll data in 24 EVMs across Punjab

By Aneesha Sareen Kumar | Hindustan Tmes, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON MAY 22, 2019 10:49 AM IST
Mock polls are votes cast by the staff to check the working of the EVMs prior to the actual polling. The staff was clearly instructed to erase the data after casting these votes, but some of the officials failed to do so.
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In his address, Modi stressed on the need to change the narrative from caste lines and orient it for the poor, Singh said.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
In his address, Modi stressed on the need to change the narrative from caste lines and orient it for the poor, Singh said.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: PM Modi says ‘concerned over needless controversy’ as Oppn ups EVM row

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 16, 2020 06:05 AM IST
The BJP-led NDA meeting is being seen as its show of strength and projection of a united front by the ruling alliance ahead of counting of votes on May 23, following which a new government will assume charge.
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In April, the Supreme Court had ordered the poll watchdog to verify EVM votes with the paper slips generated by VVPAT machines for five polling booths selected at random in every assembly segment(HTPhotos)
In April, the Supreme Court had ordered the poll watchdog to verify EVM votes with the paper slips generated by VVPAT machines for five polling booths selected at random in every assembly segment(HTPhotos)

Days before election results, united Oppn approaches EC

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 22, 2019 12:06 PM IST
Opposition parties raised concerns over the transportation of EVMs ahead of counting of votes and urged EC to probe the issue after a video circulating online purportedly showed manipulation of EVMs in UP.
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Cong’s city chief writes to electoral officer, says workers have raised concerns about unidentified people near strongrooms; EC rules out tampering(FILE)
Cong’s city chief writes to electoral officer, says workers have raised concerns about unidentified people near strongrooms; EC rules out tampering(FILE)

Mumbai Congress raises doubts over safety of EVMs, complains about suspicious presence near strongrooms

By HT Correspondent, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAY 21, 2019 10:28 PM IST
Cong’s city chief writes to electoral officer, says workers have raised concerns about unidentified people near strongrooms; EC rules out tampering
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Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) chief Upendra Kushwaha cautioned the Centre and the Bihar government against ‘stealing votes’.(PTI)
Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) chief Upendra Kushwaha cautioned the Centre and the Bihar government against ‘stealing votes’.(PTI)

‘Carry firearms to counting stations’: Upendra Kushwaha’s bizarre appeal on EVM row

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON MAY 22, 2019 08:47 AM IST
The former Union minister also asked Grand Alliance supporters to carry arms, if needed, into counting centres on May 23.
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In a rare intervention, Pranab Mukherjee who issued a statement to emphasise that the onus to ensure the institutional integrity of the voting machines lay with Election Commission and it must deliver on this account.(HT File)
In a rare intervention, Pranab Mukherjee who issued a statement to emphasise that the onus to ensure the institutional integrity of the voting machines lay with Election Commission and it must deliver on this account.(HT File)

‘Onus on Election Commission’: Pranab Mukherjee steps in on EVM tampering row

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 21, 2019 04:06 PM IST
Earlier, Pranab Mukherjee had lauded the Election Commission conducting the 2019 national elections “perfectly”.
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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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Officials said the EVMs used for voting in Chandauli were already sealed in the strong room at the Navin Mandi Sthal in presence of the leaders of the all the parties on Sunday night.(HT PHOTO)
Officials said the EVMs used for voting in Chandauli were already sealed in the strong room at the Navin Mandi Sthal in presence of the leaders of the all the parties on Sunday night.(HT PHOTO)

Opposition alleges bid to change EVMs in Uttar Pradesh’s Chandauli

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Varanasi
UPDATED ON MAY 21, 2019 08:15 AM IST
The protest took place when additional EVMs from the Sakaldiha assembly segment were brought there. Chandauli had gone to poll in the seventh and final phase of the Lok Sabha election on Sunday.
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Visually impaired voters at a polling booth in Amritsar on Sunday, May 19, 2019, during the last phase of Lok Sabha elections.(HT Photo)
Visually impaired voters at a polling booth in Amritsar on Sunday, May 19, 2019, during the last phase of Lok Sabha elections.(HT Photo)

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Differently abled showed the way, managed poll booth in Ludhiana

By Deepa Sharma Sood | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
PUBLISHED ON MAY 20, 2019 11:49 AM IST
As visually impaired people came to cast their vote at booth number 40 in Ludhiana during the Lok Sabha elections on Sunday , a polio-afflicted assistant presiding officer was seen showing them the way to the electronic voting machine (EVM).
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Results of the Lok Sabha polls in Kerala would be announced later than usual on May 23 due to counting of slips from five EVM’s with Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail system(HTPhotos)
Results of the Lok Sabha polls in Kerala would be announced later than usual on May 23 due to counting of slips from five EVM’s with Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail system(HTPhotos)

Kerala LS poll results to be announced late

By Press Trust of India | Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON MAY 19, 2019 02:02 AM IST
The plea of 21 Opposition parties, for VVPAT verification in 50 per cent or 125 polling booths in each constituency was earlier dismissed by the Supreme Court.
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The EVMs are stored in the strong room in the presence of the district election officer, other election officials, election observers.(Hindistan Times/Representative Image)
The EVMs are stored in the strong room in the presence of the district election officer, other election officials, election observers.(Hindistan Times/Representative Image)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: EVMs in three-tier security, yet parties keep close watch

By M Tariq Khan | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON MAY 15, 2019 07:20 PM IST
Political parties have deployed workers at places where EVMs have been kept in Lucknow, where the shelter home and dormitory area inside the Rama Bai rally ground have turned into fortress.
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According to the Election Commission of India, the strong rooms in Delhi have been provided with three-tier security.(HT Photo)
According to the Election Commission of India, the strong rooms in Delhi have been provided with three-tier security.(HT Photo)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: AAP deploys 150 volunteers to ‘secure’ 70 EVM strong rooms

By Sweta Goswami | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 17, 2019 06:51 PM IST
A senior AAP leader Tuesday said the party has selected nearly 150 volunteers for the purpose. “Starting today, highly skilled AAP volunteers will ensure safety of EVMs.
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Priyanka Singh, another 18-year-old voter, said she didn’t know – or care – much about the past performance of political parties.(HT Photo)
Priyanka Singh, another 18-year-old voter, said she didn’t know – or care – much about the past performance of political parties.(HT Photo)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Jobs, education top priority for first-time voters

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Gurugram, Gurugram
UPDATED ON MAY 13, 2019 03:58 AM IST
Better education facilities, more job opportunities and women safety topped the wish list of the first-time voters — most born at the beginning of the 21st century — who voted in the Lok Sabha elections Sunday.
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Not quite a holiday, election day isn’t like any another day either(Photo imaging: Sunil Kumar Mallik)
Not quite a holiday, election day isn’t like any another day either(Photo imaging: Sunil Kumar Mallik)

Election day: Will these inky index fingers point us to a safer, happier, kinder direction?

By Rehana Munir | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAY 11, 2019 07:59 PM IST
After all the agonising and venting, all roads in a democracy lead to the polling booth
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NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Thursday raised concerns over the use of electronic voting machines (EVMs) in polls, claiming he himself had once seen during a presentation that a vote cast for his party went in the BJP’s favour.(Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)
NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Thursday raised concerns over the use of electronic voting machines (EVMs) in polls, claiming he himself had once seen during a presentation that a vote cast for his party went in the BJP’s favour.(Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)

Lok Sabha elections 2019- ‘Saw my vote go to BJP’: Sharad Pawar again raises concern over use of EVMs

By Press Trust of India | Satara
UPDATED ON MAY 09, 2019 05:47 PM IST
The former Union minister and other opposition leaders have been voicing concerns over the use of EVMs, claiming the machines were prone to manipulation.
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Patrolling magistrate Awadesh Kumar and four policemen have been suspended for their negligence in handling EVMs during the fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections in Muzaffarpur on May 6.
Patrolling magistrate Awadesh Kumar and four policemen have been suspended for their negligence in handling EVMs during the fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections in Muzaffarpur on May 6.

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Official, 4 cops suspended for negligence in EVM handling

By KJ Saquib | Muzaffarpur
PUBLISHED ON MAY 09, 2019 05:31 AM IST
Patrolling magistrate Awadesh Kumar and four policemen accompanying him were assigned the task of transporting few EVMs from one booth to another in the town areas.
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