We should go back to ballot papers and I’m totally in support of this – Punjab CM Amarinder Singh

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday batted for polling through ballot papers, saying the electronic voting machines could be “fudged”. “We should go back to ballot papers and I’m totally in support of this,” Amarinder Singh said, replying to a question on EVMs during a press conference to mark the completion of four years of his government. “Why are advanced countries not having this (EVMs)? Why Japan is not having this? Why they have ballot paper? Why Sweden has ballot papers? Why the UK has ballot papers?” he asked.

Enforcement & Regulatory Authorities made cumulative seizures of Cash, Liquor, Narcotics & Jewellery worth Rs 75 crores in Assam so far

As the countdown begins for the first phase of the Assam Assembly election scheduled on March 27, enforcement and regulatory authorities have made cumulative seizures of cash, liquor, narcotics and jewellery worth Rs 75 crores. From February 26 to March 18, 2021 cash amounting to Rs. 16.14 crores have been seized and liquor worth Rs. 19.21 crores have been confiscated, the ECI said in a statement. Gold, silver ornaments valued at Rs. 2.82 crores have also been seized; drugs worth market value Rs. 30.30 crores and freebies (cigarettes, black pepper, etc.) amounting to Rs 6.63 crores have been seized.

Is Amit Shah running the Election Commission – Mamata Banerjee

Amit Shah is frustrated because of the poor turnout at his rallies. Instead of running the country, he is sitting in Kolkata and hatching conspiracies to harass TMC leaders. What do they want? Do they want to kill me? Do they think they can win elections by killing me? If they think so, they are wrong. Is Amit Shah running the EC? He is giving instructions to the EC. What happened to their (poll panel’s) independence? My director security (Vivek Sahay) was removed under his instructions.

Election Commission to use VVPAT at all Polling Stations in upcoming assembly elections

Election Commission has decided to use Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) along with Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) at all the Polling Stations in the upcoming assembly elections in four states and Union territory. This decision to use Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) along with Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) at all the Polling Stations decision was taken with a view to enhance the transparency and credibility of the election process. In order to ensure transparency, EVMs/VVPATs are randomized twice using EVM Management System (EMS) while being allocated to an Assembly Constituency and then to a polling booth ruling out any fixed allocation.

West Bengal Elections: Special Police Observer Anil Sharma expected to reach Kolkata today in addition to Vivek Dubey

Special Police Observer Anil Sharma is expected to reach Kolkata today. He has been appointed by the ECI for the upcoming assembly elections in West Bengal in addition to Vivek Dubey. Meanwhile, A total of 174 nominations were found valid for the second phase of assembly elections in West Bengal. Additional CEO of the state Sanjay Basu told reporters yesterday that 2 nominations have been rejected during scrutiny held on Monday. According to sources in the state election department, 725 companies of Central Forces will be required for conducting free fair and peaceful polling in the first phase of assembly elections.

Suvendu Adhikari filed complaint to Election Commission against Mamata Banerjee accusing her of suppressing information on Criminal cases

BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari on Monday has filed a complaint to the Election Commission against West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee and accusing her of “suppressing” information on criminal cases in her nomination papers. In his complaint to the Election Commission, Suvendu alleged that the TMC supremo suppressed the information about five cases filed against her in Assam and another lodged by the CBI in West Bengal.

I have appealed to the Election Commission (for rejecting Mamata’s nomination) – Suvendu Adhikari

The TMC candidate for the Nandigram assembly constituency, the honourable chief minister, in her affidavit has not mentioned at least six cases which are under trial against her. One is a CBI case and five others are in Assam. I have appealed to the ECI (for rejecting her nomination). I hope they will take necessary action. I will wait and see what action they take. The action must be as per the law.

Supreme Court seeks Centre & Election Commission’s views on plea for nullifying election if NOTA gets maximum votes

Supreme Court on Monday sought responses from the Centre and the Election Commission on a plea seeking to direct the poll panel to nullify an election result and conducting a fresh poll if the maximum votes are for NOTA in a particular constituency. A bench comprising Chief Justice S A Bobde and Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian issued notices to the Ministry of Law and Justice and the Election Commission of India while seeking their replies on the plea. Senior advocate Maneka Guruswamy appeared for the petitioner.

Govt Employees can’t work as State Election Commissioners – Supreme Court

In a significant verdict, the Supreme Court Friday held that a person employed with the government cannot work as state election commissioners (SECs) and came down on the Goa government for giving its Law Secretary the additional charge of the SEC. The top court said election commissioners have to be independent persons and no state can appoint a person who holds any office with the government. The apex court said the state poll panels shall be headed by independent persons who do not hold any office under the state government and if they hold any such offices, then they have to resign before taking charge of SEC.

Election Commission issued stern response to letter sent to it by TMC over injury of Mamata Banerjee

The Election Commission has issued a stern response to a letter sent to it by Trinamool Congress over the injury that Mamata Banerjee suffered yesterday. The poll panel strongly objected to the attempt of the ruling party in West Bengal to blame it for the alleged attack on the Chief Minister. The ECI has taken a strong objection to the allegations made by the TMC, and has denied their claims. The state issued by the ECI says that the incident involving Mamata Banerjee was indeed an unfortunate incident and it deserves to be inquired into with promptitude and dispatch.

Assam’s Sivasagar district will have 18 all women polling stations in the upcoming state Assembly election

Assam’s Sivasagar district will have 18 all women polling stations in the upcoming state Assembly election, an official said to media. The Deputy Commissioner and District Election Officer, Sivasagar through an order issued on Saturday has selected six all women polling stations each for three Assembly constituencies Amguri, Thowra and Sivasagar – going to the polls during the first phase of the election on March 27, the official said.

Election Commission has been unfair to West Bengal – TMC leader Sougata Roy

The Election Commission has been unfair to West Bengal. If elections in Tamil Nadu and Kerala can be held in one day and Assam in three days then why elections should be held in West Bengal in eight phases? This will cause immense problem to the people of the state. For one month all activity will come to standstill. Development work will stop. Really do not know why the election commission did all this but we strongly oppose it.

Election Commission appointed two special police observers – Vivek Dubey and MK Das – for West Bengal

The EC has appointed two special police observers – Vivek Dubey and MK Das – for West Bengal. With the announcement of the election schedule, the Model Code of Conduct has come into force in the state. West Bengal is likely to witness a triangular contest this time with TMC, Congress-Left alliance and BJP in the fray. While Mamata Banerjee is seeking her third consecutive term, BJP has set a target of winning 200 seats in the 294-member state Assembly.

If Election Commission doesn’t provide Justice to the People, where will the People go – Mamata Banerjee

With all due respect to the Election Commission, I want to say that questions are being raised on why elections will be held in so many phases in Bengal while other states will be voting in one phase. If EC doesn’t provide justice to the people, where will the people go.

Assembly Elections Assam: State will go to polls in three phases on 27th March and 1st and 6th April

Assembly elections in West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry will be held between 27th March and 29th April. The counting of votes in all the four states and one Union Territory will take place on 2nd of May. Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora announced the poll schedule in New Delhi last evening. Assam will go to polls in three phases on 27th March and 1st and 6th April. Following the announcement, while talking to the Media persons the Chief Election Officer of Puducherry Mr. Shurbir Singh said that since the number of voters per booth has been restricted to 1000 by the ECI, 607 new booths have been set up taking the total number of booths from 952 to 1559. In view of the Covid 19 pandemic, the polling time been increased by one hour. Counting of votes will be held on 2nd May. Only 2 persons and 2 vehicles will be allowed along with the candidate for filing nominations. And only 5 volunteers will be allowed to undertake door to door campaign for the candidate.

Assembly Elections West Bengal: Polling in West Bengal will be held in eight phases on 27th March and 1st, 6th, 10th, 17th, 22nd, 26th and 29th April

Assembly elections in West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry will be held between 27th March and 29th April. The counting of votes in all the four states and one Union Territory will take place on 2nd of May. Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora announced the poll schedule in New Delhi last evening. Polling in West Bengal will be held in eight phases on 27th March and 1st, 6th, 10th, 17th, 22nd, 26th and 29th April. Mr. Shurbir Singh said that since the number of voters per booth has been restricted to 1000 by the ECI, 607 new booths have been set up taking the total number of booths from 952 to 1559. In view of the Covid 19 pandemic, the polling time been increased by one hour. Counting of votes will be held on 2nd May. Only 2 persons and 2 vehicles will be allowed along with the candidate for filing nominations. And only 5 volunteers will be allowed to undertake door to door campaign for the candidate.

Assembly Elections Puducherry: Polling for 30 assembly seats will be held on 6th April

Assembly elections in West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry will be held between 27th March and 29th April. The counting of votes in all the four states and one Union Territory will take place on 2nd of May. Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora announced the poll schedule in New Delhi last evening. In the Union Territory of Puducherry Polling for 30 assembly seats will be held on 6th April. The Election Commission of India (ECI) announced this yesterday. Of the 30 Assembly seats, five are reserved for the Scheduled Caste candidates. Mr. Shurbir Singh said that since the number of voters per booth has been restricted to 1000 by the ECI, 607 new booths have been set up taking the total number of booths from 952 to 1559. In view of the Covid 19 pandemic, the polling time been increased by one hour. Counting of votes will be held on 2nd May. Only 2 persons and 2 vehicles will be allowed along with the candidate for filing nominations. And only 5 volunteers will be allowed to undertake door to door campaign for the candidate.

Assembly Elections Kerala: Polls will be held in a single phase on 6th April

Assembly elections in West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry will be held between 27th March and 29th April. The counting of votes in all the four states and one Union Territory will take place on 2nd of May. Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora announced the poll schedule in New Delhi last evening. The assembly elections in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry will be held in a single phase on 6th April. Mr. Shurbir Singh said that since the number of voters per booth has been restricted to 1000 by the ECI, 607 new booths have been set up taking the total number of booths from 952 to 1559. In view of the Covid 19 pandemic, the polling time been increased by one hour. Counting of votes will be held on 2nd May. Only 2 persons and 2 vehicles will be allowed along with the candidate for filing nominations. And only 5 volunteers will be allowed to undertake door to door campaign for the candidate.

Assembly Elections Tamil Nadu: Polls will be held in a single phase on 6th April

Assembly elections in West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry will be held between 27th March and 29th April. The counting of votes in all the four states and one Union Territory will take place on 2nd of May. Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora announced the poll schedule in New Delhi last evening. The assembly elections in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry will be held in a single phase on 6th April. Mr. Shurbir Singh said that since the number of voters per booth has been restricted to 1000 by the ECI, 607 new booths have been set up taking the total number of booths from 952 to 1559. In view of the Covid 19 pandemic, the polling time been increased by one hour. Counting of votes will be held on 2nd May. Only 2 persons and 2 vehicles will be allowed along with the candidate for filing nominations. And only 5 volunteers will be allowed to undertake door to door campaign for the candidate.

Election dates for 4 States & 1 UT likely to be announced today in Election Commission Press Briefing at 4.30 pm today

The Election Commission of India will hold an important press conference at 4:30 pm on Friday. The poll panel may announce dates for elections to the legislative assemblies of West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Assam and Puducherry today. It may be noted here that elections are due in four states of West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Assam and in the union territory of Puducherry. Election campaigning is already underway at a hectic pace in all four states and the UT of Puducherry.

Officials on poll duty to be treated as frontline workers, vaccinated, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora

CHIEF ELECTION Commissioner Sunil Arora on Sunday said all officials who will be engaged in assembly elections duty would be reckoned as frontline workers and would be vaccinated for Covid-19 on priority. “On the recommendation of the Election Commission, the Union Health Ministry had issued orders that all officials on election duty would be treated as frontline workers and would be vaccinated on priority,’’ Arora told reporters after meeting representatives of political parties and senior officials in the state.

Election Commission Gearing Up for Elections in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Kerala & Puducherry, announcement likely after February 15

The Election Commission will most likely hold elections in West Bengal in six to seven phases. The final call will be taken after February 15. The apex electoral body is also mulling over holding single-phased elections in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry. Assam may see elections in 2-3 phases. Beginning Wednesday, the top brass of the Election Commission would visit Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Kerala to take stock of election preparedness. The commission has already visited Assam and West Bengal.

Redesign Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) to ensure that votes polled are recorded in the machine as intended by the electorate – Civil Society Group to Election Commission of India

Redesign Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) to ensure that votes polled are recorded in the machine as intended by the electorate – Civil Society Group to Election Commission of India

Ahead of state elections in West Bengal, Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry this year, a civil society group, the Citizens’ Committee on Elections, on Saturday called on the Election Commission of India (ECI) to redesign Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) to ensure that votes polled are recorded in the machine as intended by the electorate.

Election Commission: Mock trails for Remote Voting Facility for Electors would begin Soon

Mock trails for remote voting facility for electors would begin soon, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora has said. In his message to mark the 11th National Voters’ Day, he said a research project on remote voting using cutting-edge technology has already begun. “There has been a good progress in this regard and mock trials will begin soon,” Arora said on Sunday, adding the poll panel’s proposal to extend postal ballot facility for overseas Indian voters is under active consideration of the Law Ministry.

National Voters Day is an occasion to appreciate the remarkable contribution of the Election Commission – PM Modi

National Voters Day was an occasion to appreciate the remarkable contribution of the Election Commission to strengthen the country’s democratic fabric and ensure smooth conduct of elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday. Taking to Twitter, Prime Minister Modi said, “National Voters Day is an occasion to appreciate the remarkable contribution of the EC to strengthen our democratic fabric and ensure smooth conduct of elections.” “This is also a day to spread awareness on the need of ensuring voter registration, particularly among the youth,” Modi said.

Actor Sonu Sood has been appointed as the Punjab state icon by the Election Commission of India

Actor Sonu Sood has been appointed as the Punjab state icon by the Election Commission of India, an official statement said on Monday. The statement quoting Punjab Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) S Karuna Raju said his office had sent a proposal to the ECI in this regard and they approved the same. 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.

Election Commission says 53.51% voting in Bihar elections in 2nd Phase

Bihar Assembly Election 2020 second phase polling in 94 constituencies across 17 districts concluded on Tuesday evening. According to the election commission, a total of 53.51 voter turnout was recoreded till 6 pm, informed the Election Commission of India. The poll opened at 7 am but the time for its conclusion was extended by one hour till 6 pm to facilitate COVID-19 patients and those with symptoms of the disease to exercise their franchise in the last hour.

Election Commission order revoking the “star campaigner” status of former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath was stayed by the Supreme Court

Election Commission order revoking the “star campaigner” status of former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath was stayed by the Supreme Court. The EC order came after the former chief minister violated the model code of conduct during the campaign for the bypolls in 28 assembly constituencies in the state. The apex court was hearing Nath’s plea challenging the October 30 EC order revoking his star campaigner status.

Promise of providing free coronavirus vaccine not violation of poll code – Election Commission on BJP’s election promise

Election Commission said that it did not find Bharatiya Janata Party’s promise of providing free coronavirus vaccine in its Bihar manifesto “violative” of the provisions of the model code. The poll panel said this in response to a complaint by RTI activist Saket Gokhale who had claimed that the promise is discriminatory and a misuse of powers by the central government during elections.

Election Commission issues notice to Madhya Pradesh Minister Usha Thakur to explain within 48 hours of receipt of notice

Election Commission issues notice to Madhya Pradesh Minister Usha Thakur to explain within 48 hours of receipt of notice, her alleged statement “…dharm adharit shiksha kattarta panpa rahi hai…” made on 20th October at an event in Indore.

Election Commission has revoked the star campaigner status of Congress leader Kamal Nath, citing repeated violation of Model Code of Conduct

In a big setback to the Madhya Pradesh Congress, the Election Commission revoked the star campaigner status of former MP CM Kamal Nath, citing repeated violation of Model Code of Conduct. The Election Commission had issued a notice to Kamal Nath over his ‘item’ remark, asking him to clear his stand within 48 hours.

Election Commission objects to ‘Chunnu-Munnu’ remarks of BJP’s Kailash Vijayvargiya on Digvijaya Singh and Kamal Nath, sees it as violation of the poll code provisions

Election Commission said the “chunnu-munnu” remarks made by Kailash Vijayvargiya against Congress’ Digvijaya Singh and Kamal Nath were in violation of the poll code provisions and advised the senior BJP leader not to use “any such word” in his public utterances during the model code period.

Election Commission ordered immediate removal of the District Magistrate and the Superintendent of Police of Munger over violence during goddess Durga idol immersion

Election Commission ordered immediate removal of the District Magistrate and the Superintendent of Police of Munger over violence during goddess Durga idol immersion that had left one dead and scores injured, officials said. The poll panel has also ordered inquiry into the entire incident by Magadh Divisional Commissioner Asangba Chuba Ao, an election commission statement said.

What a sham step by Election Commission of India after two days of outrage – Divya Kumar Soti

What a sham step by Election Commission of India after two days of outrage. Mere removal to some other cosy place, not even a suspension. Officers accused of ordering point blank firing on Hindu devotees don’t even face a suspension. Hail Secularism!

Senior BJP leader and Bihar Agriculture Minister Prem Kumar went to polling booth wearing a lotus flower print mask, Election Commission objects

Senior BJP leader and Bihar Agriculture Minister Prem Kumar has given a clarification after a controversy erupted over his arrival at a polling booth wearing a lotus flower print mask. The Election Commission has also indicated it will act on this. Kumar says his action was unintentional.

Bihar State Elections: Election Commission suspended 2 Excise Superintendents & Transferred 4 others for not demonstrating alertness

Election Commission (EC) has suspended two excise superintendents and transferred four others for not demonstrating “alertness and effectiveness” in the seizure of liquor in poll-bound Bihar. EC gave the directives in this regard during a review meeting held via video-conference with the observers of the 78 Assembly constituencies that are going to polls in the first round of the three-phase Bihar polls on October 28.

Election Commission (EC) has asked the authorities in poll-bound Bihar for expediting the search-and-seizure operations

Election Commission (EC) has asked the authorities in poll-bound Bihar for expediting the search-and-seizure operations to ensure free-and-fair Assembly polls in the state. Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora and two other election commissioners, Sushil Chandra and Rajiv Kumar, held the meeting online. The EC reviewed the overall poll preparations, be it the issue of training or providing facilities to the elderly people.

Election Commission has taken note of the violations of Covid-19 guidelines during campaigning for Bihar Assembly polls

The Election Commission on Wednesday rapped political parties for violating Covid-19 guidelines during campaigning for the Bihar Assembly Polls 2020. Taking note of the visuals of citizens thronging rallies in Bihar, the commission asked the concerned local authorities to take action against candidates and organisers responsible for such violations.

Election Commission of India (ECI) has sought detailed report from MP Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Over Kamal Nath’s ‘item’ jibe

Election Commission of India (ECI) has sought a detailed report from MP chief electoral officer (CEO) over Kamal Nath’s ‘item’ jibe. Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan wrote to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi asking her to sack Nath from all party posts. Chouhan along with several other BJP workers in the state had observed a two-hour ‘maun vrat’ or silent fast on Monday.

On Recommendation of Election Commission, poll spending limit for candidates contesting Lok Sabha & State Assembly Elections has been enhanced by 10%

The poll spending limit for candidates contesting Lok Sabha and assembly elections has been enhanced by 10 per cent based on the recommendation of the Election Commission that contestants be allowed to spend more on campaigning keeping in mind difficulties they may face due to COVID-19 curbs. The hike in expenditure limit will help candidates contesting the Bihar assembly poll as well as bypolls to one Lok Sabha and 59 assembly seats.

Video of BJP leader Bisahulal Singh distributing money to girls goes viral, Madhya Pradesh Congress complains to Election Authorities

The opposition Congress has submitted a complaint to the Election Commission after a video showing Madhya Pradesh food and civil supplies minister Bisahulal Singh distributing Rs 100 notes to little girls went viral. In the 27-second long video, the cabinet minister is seen distributing notes from a wad of Rs 100 notes amid pro-BJP slogans.

Election Commission puts ban on exit polls from Oct 28 to Nov 7 for Bihar Elections

There will be a ban on conducting and telecasting exit polls on the Bihar assembly elections from 7 am on October 28 till 6.30 pm on November 7, the Election Commission said. According to an October 3 notification of the poll panel, “displaying” any election matter, including results of any opinion poll or any other poll survey, in any electronic media would be prohibited “during the period of 48 hours ending with the hours fixed for conclusion of poll in the respective polling areas in each phase” of the state assembly polls.

Bihar Elections: More than 52,000 eligible voters opt for postal ballots in 71 constituencies for Phase-1

More than fifty two thousand electors belonging to Senior Citizen (above 80 years of age) and PwD categories, have opted to exercise the facility to vote through postal ballots in the forthcoming phase 1 of General Election to the Legislative Assembly of Bihar 2020. These electors will be provided postal ballots on pre-informed date(s) by the Returning Officers with proper security and videography arrangements to ensure secrecy, safety, and transparency in the process.

Bihar assembly polls will require lakhs of masks for protection against the deadly virus

In the first major election in the midst of the ongoing pandemic, the preparations and conduct of the Bihar assembly polls will require lakhs of masks for protection against the deadly virus. The Khadi and Village Industries Commission chairman has written to the chief election commissioner requesting the Election Commission to fulfill its requirement of 46 lakh masks through purchase of the much sought after khadi cotton masks which would also help support artisans during the pandemic.

Election Commission has reduced the maximum number of campaigners for the recognised parties to 30

The Election Commission has reduced the maximum number of campaigners for the recognised parties to 30 while for the unrecognised parties it would be not more than 20 in view of the coronavirus pandemic, Additional Chief Electoral Officer (ACEO) Sanjay Kumar Singh said on Friday. The maximum number was earlier fixed at 40 for everybody.

Election Commission of India (ECI) announced a reduction in the notice period for registration of political parties in Bihar from 30 days to 7 days

Ahead of Bihar polls, the Election Commission of India (ECI) on Thursday announced a reduction in the notice period for registration of political parties in Bihar from 30 days to 7 days, keeping in view of the prevailing restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As per the existing ECI guidelines, a party seeking registration has to submit an application to the Commission within 30 days following the date of its formation.

Election Commission reduced the maximum number of ‘star campaigners’ for Bihar Elections

Concerned over large gatherings during campaigning for the upcoming Bihar assembly election and bypolls in several states amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Election Commission on Wednesday reduced the maximum number of ‘star campaigners’ for recognised national and state parties from 40 to 30.

Election Commission appoints Special Expenditure Observers for Bihar elections 2020

Election Commission has appointed two former Indian Revenue Service officers as special expenditure observers for the Bihar Assembly polls to oversee efforts by the enforcement machinery to check attempts to induce voters with cash, liquor and freebies.

Bihar Elections: Election Commission of India removes IAS officer B. Kathikey Dhanji for maintaining laxity in the compliance of duty

According to a statement issued by Bihar’s Chief Electoral Officer HR Srinivasa as reported in media, B. Kathikey Dhanji, 2008 batch IAS of Bihar cadre, has been removed from the post of Excise Commissioner for non-presentataion of effective action plan for preventing measures and grossly inadequate preparedness.

Election Commission not to hold assembly bypolls in 7 seats across 4 states

Election Commission on Tuesday decided not to hold assembly bypolls in seven seats across Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Assam and West Bengal “at this stage” after specific request from the states. In a statement, the EC said it had received inputs from poll officials and chief secretaries of Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal.

Election Commission announces Bypolls to one Lok Sabha and 56 assembly seats

Bypolls to one Lok Sabha and 56 assembly seats will be held on November 3 and 7, the Election Commission said on Tuesday. The votes will be counted on November 10. While bypolls to 54 assembly seats will take place on November 3, by-elections for one Lok Sabha seat in Bihar and two assembly seats in Manipur will be held on November 7, the Commission said.

1st phase of Rajasthan Gram Panchayat Election Today

The polling for the first phase of the election of the sarpanch and panch in 947 gram panchayats in Rajasthan began on Monday morning. “The polling began at 7.30 am amid security arrangements. The polling will take place as per the guidelines related to COVID-19,” state Election Commission secretary Shyam Singh Rajpurohit said.

Congress leader Marri Shashidhar Reddy met Chief Election Commissioner to discuss options to conduct Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections

Senior Congress leader Marri Shashidhar Reddy on Friday held a meeting with the Chief Election Commissioner of Telangana State to discuss the options to conduct Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections safely amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and said that an all-party meeting should be conducted in this regard.

State election commission sought opinion of political parties as to which method of election is to be followed to conduct GHMC municipal elections – Marri Shashidhar Reddy

The state election commission has sought the opinion of the political parties as to which method of election is to be followed to conduct the GHMC municipal elections. The two options are ballot boxes and EVMs and I pointed out the pros and cons of both the methods in a meeting with state chief election commissioner, today.

Risk of infection is in both EVMs and ballots, but now it’s time to decide which option is safer for the voters – Marri Shashidhar Reddy

The risk of infection is in both EVMs and ballots, but now it’s time to decide which option is safer for the voters during this pandemic situation. The Election Commission has sought the opinions of all parties and an all-party meeting should be conducted in this matter

This is the biggest election in the world amid COVID19 times – Sunil Arora

Today, we are here to announce the elections of one of the largest states of India, Bihar. If you see, the relative statistics, this is the biggest election in the world amid COVID19 times

Term of assembly in the state of Bihar is due to expire on 29th November, 2020 – Sunil Arora, Chief Election Commissioner

The term of assembly in the state of Bihar is due to expire on 29th November, 2020. Bihar assembly has a strength of 243 members, of whom 38 seats are reserved for SCs and two for STs. Covid-19 positive persons under home/institutional quarantine can cast vote at the last hour of the poll day, besides the option by postal ballot. To further decongest polling stations & allow more free movement of voters, polling time has been increased by 1 hour. It’ll be held from 7 am-6 pm, instead of 7 am-5 pm earlier. However, this will not be applicable to Left-wing affected areas.

Anyone found misusing social media for electoral gains will have to face the law of the land – Sunil Arora, Chief Election Commissioner

Election officials visited Bihar this month to see preparations for the Bihar elections. They reported the infrastructure is in place to hold elections to the state of Bihar. Anyone found misusing social media for electoral gains will have to face the law of the land. Special expenditure observers to be appointed for Bihar poll and, if needed, for bypolls.

Election Commission of India likely to announce dates for the Bihar election today

Election Commission of India will hold a press conference in Delhi today (September 25). The ECI is likely to announce the dates for the Bihar election which is expected to be held in the month of November. The EC has convened a press conference at 12.30 pm on Friday.

Election Commission does not believe Bihar polls are a ‘dare – Sunil Arora

Floods in Bihar are on the waning side. This has been taken into consideration while deciding the poll schedule.. Huge turnout in NEET exams. Cites statement that ‘Life has to go on. Doctors, researchers are trying to combat the disease. EC does not believe Bihar polls are a ‘dare’. It’s a leap of faith not a leap in the dark as we have done meticulous planning.