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Amethi Election Officer Says Nothing Wrong With Rahul’s Nomination Papers

Amethi Election Officer Says Nothing Wrong With Rahul’s Nomination Papers

The returning officer for the Amethi Lok Sabha constituency has declared that nomination papers of the Congress President Rahul Gandhi  for the Parliamentary elections...
Omissions of Commission

Omissions of Commission

The ongoing poll campaign has seen senior leaders of national parties violating the Model Code of Conduct with impunity, but the Election Commission has...
As the NaMo TV controversy raged, the BJP admitted that it was a part of a party-financed media blitzkrieg

Egregious Transgression

Above: As the NaMo TV controversy raged, the BJP  admitted that it was a part of a party-financed media blitzkrieg By Inderjit Badhwar A constant criticism...
Sadhvi Pragya

Sadhvi Pragya’s candidature to contest from Bhopal seat challenged

A plea has been filed before the special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court opposing Sadhvi Pragya’s candidature to contest from Bhopal seat from BJP. The...
Selective Punishment for the Merchants of Venom

Selective Punishment for the Merchants of Venom

By Punit Mishra While the Election Commission’s (EC) ban on four leaders—Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath, BSP supremo Mayawati, Union Minister Maneka Gandhi and Samajwadi...

Supreme Court Rejects Mayawati’s Plea Against Ban on Her Campaigning

The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected the BSP chief Mayawati’s plea against the 48-hour ban on her campaigning imposed by the Election Commission (EC)....
Yogi Adityanath

Election Commission Bans UP CM Yogi From Campaigning for 72 Hrs, Mayawati ...

Barely hours after it was chastised by the Supreme Court for for its failure to take action against hate speech during the ongoing polls,...
Narendra Modi Biopic

SC directs EC to take a call on release of Modi biopic after watching...

The Supreme Court on Monday directed Election Commission (EC) to watch biopic on PM Narendra Modi and take decision by April 19 as whether...
Supreme Court

SC raps EC for not giving details on action against candidates indulging in hate...

The Supreme Court on Monday rebuked the Election Commission (EC) for not giving details of penal action initiated on candidates indulging in hate speeches...
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Election Commission: Crisis of Credibility

Even though the Election Commission in a positive move banned Modi’s biopic, it’s been hit by a slew of criticism for turning a blind...
Currency worth Rs 75 lakh seized by the Punjab police during the 2014 Lok Sabha polls/Photo: UNI

Election Commission: Losing Track

Above: Currency worth Rs 75 lakh seized by the Punjab police during the 2014 Lok Sabha polls/Photo: UNI Seizure of unaccounted for cash and other...
PM Modi Biopic

Supreme Court To Take Up Plea Challenging EC Ban on Modi Biopic on April...

The Supreme Court will on Monday hear a plea challenging the Election Commission’s (EC) ban on the release “PM Narendra Modi”, a biopic on...
Supreme court

SC to pass order on Friday whether electoral bonds are valid or not

The Supreme Court will pass an order on the validity of electoral bonds scheme on Friday. The court on Thursday heard the arguments from...
Supreme court

SC tells political parties who have received donations through electoral bonds to submit donation...

In an interim order, the Supreme Court on Friday asked all the political parties who have received donations through electoral bonds to submit in...
Narendra Modi Biopic

Election Commission Says No To Modi Biopic, Says Film Release Only After Polls Over

The Election Commission (EC) on Wednesday has put a stop to the release of the biopic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi until the general...
CBDT Chief, Revenue Secretary Meet Poll Commission, Explain Raids

CBDT Chief, Revenue Secretary Meet Poll Commission, Explain Raids

CBDT Chairman PC Mody and Revenue Secretary AB Pandey on Tuesday met the Election Commission (EC) in connection with the raids over the past...
PM Modi Biopic

Terming It “Premature” SC Dismisses Plea for Stay on PM Modi Biopic

The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a petition seeking a stay on the release of the biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The apex court...
Narendra Modi

Retd civil servants raise hackles over Model Code of Conduct being violated by BJP

A group of retired civil servants has written letter to the President Ram Nath Kovind raising serious concerns on the Model Code of Conduct...
VVPAT

Hike VVPAT sampling One Booth To Five In Every Assembly Segment: SC TO EC

The Supreme Court has asked the Election Commission to increase the random sampling of VVPAT slips from one booth per assembly segment to five...
Different Rules For Rulers And The Ruled

Different Rules For Rulers And The Ruled

In taking vital decisions, is the Election Commission of India getting influenced by the political exigencies of the ruling BJP ? By R K Mishra The...
VVPAT

SC tells opposition parties to file response on EC affidavit seeking continuation of present...

The Supreme Court on Monday (Mar 1) told 21 opposition parties seeking 50 per cent VVPAT count to file their replies by April 8...
VVPAT

Increasing Verification of VVPAT Will Delay Poll Results By Six Months: EC

  The Election Commission On Friday said it that verification of 50 percent of the votes cast in the Lok Sabha elections using the Voter verified...
Supreme Court

Supreme Court To Hear In April Plea Seeking Top Restrain Candidates From Contesting more...

  The Supreme Court on Wednesday posted for after two weeks a plea seeking a ban on a candidate contesting an election from more than...
Air India boarding pass

Poll Body Asks Aviation, Railway Ministries Why PM Modi’s Pics Are On Boarding Passes

  The Election Commission has  asked the Ministry of Railways & Ministry of Civil Aviation to explain why the pictures of Prime Minister Narendra Modi ...
TTV Dinakaran (file picture)

You Are Not Recognised, Can’t Allot “Pressure Cooker” Symbol, SC Tells Dinakaran’s AIADMK Faction

The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to direct the Election Commission to issue common symbol “pressure cooker” to the TTV Dinakaran faction of the...
EVM

SC asks EC to consider increasing the numbers of VVPATs per constituency

The apex court on March 25 (Monday) asked the Election Commission (EC) to consider increasing the numbers of VVPATs per constituency/ polling station and...
ABS Associates

Rein Them in

The Election Commission has sought action from the Bar Council of Delhi against two law firms for advertising their services inappropriately The Bar Council of...
TTV Dinakaran (file picture)

Supreme Court Issues Notice to Election Commission on AIADMK Party Symbol Claim

The Supreme Court on Friday issued notice to the Election Commission on petitions filed by breakaway AIADMK leaders TTV Dhinakaran and VK Sasikala challenging...
EVMs: A Question of Credibility

SC issues notice to Election Commission, asks whether 50 percent EVM results can be...

The Supreme Court on Friday (Mar 15) issued notice to Election Commission and sought reply on the plea of 21 opposition parties seeking direction...
Sabarimala temple

Sabarimala is Social, Not Religious Issue, Can Be Used for Poll Campaign; Kerala EC

  Following furious protests, mainly from the BJP and even sections of the Congress party, the Chief Electoral officer of Kerala has said that there...
Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora

Election Commission announces polling schedule for 2019 Lok Sabha elections; to be held in...

The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Sunday announced polling dates for the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections. The poll panel said that the elections...
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

Kejriwal Petition Against EC Adjourned To Friday

The Delhi High Court has adjourned till Friday a petition filed by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal against the Election Commission of India which...
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SC seeks EC response on autonomous audit review of software products related to EVM,...

The Supreme Court on Friday (Feb 22) sought response from Election Commission of India on a plea seeking direction for the government to carry...
CBDT Chairman Sushil Chandra appointed Election Commissioner

CBDT Chairman Sushil Chandra appointed Election Commissioner

CBDT Chairman Sushil Chandra was on Thursday appointed election commissioner. Chandra will join the three-member poll panel comprising Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora and...
TTV Dinakaran (file picture)

Setback for Dhinakaran as SC refuses to grant his party poll symbol

Delhi High Court had last year directed the Election Commission to allot a ‘pressure cooker’ poll symbol to AIADMK breakaway faction led by Dhinakaran In...
No ‘pressure cooker’ symbol for Dhinakaran faction till main issue is solved: SC

EC Says No To Pressure Cooker Symbol For TTV Dhinakaran’s AMMK

The Election Commission has informed the Supreme Court that it cannot allot the symbol of “pressure cooker” to the AMMK leader T T V...

Model Code Should be Extended to New Media

Above: The EC had sent Rahul Gandhi a notice after he gave an interview a day prior to the final phase of voting in...
Assam electoral roll

Aadhaar-Voter ID: “No Linking of Both Cards”

Despite a plea for urgent listing of matter seeking linking of Aadhaar with Voter ID to prevent bogus voting, the Court dismissed it The apex...
EVM

SC seeks reply from EC, Centre on tallying of VVPAT

The Supreme Court on Monday asked Centre and the Election Commission (EC) to file response on a PIL seeking direction to the poll panel...
Election Commission of India (ECI)

Election Commission: Be Free, Be Fair

Above: The Election Commission’s role in ensuring free and fair polls has been challenged in recent times/Photo: Anil Shakya A recent petition in the Court...
Supreme Court

SC dismisses 2 PILs seeking to rein in netas from vandalism, misusing religion in...

Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi took a stern view of both petitions, said he wasn’t inclined to entertain them The Supreme Court, on...
Plea seeking collegium for appointing Election Commissioners sent to Constitution Bench

Plea seeking collegium for appointing Election Commissioners sent to Constitution Bench

Petitioners had challenged the lack of transparency in the appointment of election commissioners and sought guidelines for the process The Supreme Court, on Tuesday (October...
2019 Semi-finals: EC announces MP, Raj, CG, Telangana and Mizoram poll dates

2019 Semi-finals: EC announces MP, Raj, CG, Telangana and Mizoram poll dates

Elections a big test for BJP ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, will also test whether Congress’ ambition of a grand alliance will...
Death Penalty For Rapists: Hanging By a Thread

Advertorials and News: Paid and Puffed

Above: The Election Commission of India/Photo: Anil Shakya In a Special Leave Petition before the Supreme Court, the Election Commission has said that repeated laudatory...
Criminal candidates: SC rules criminal matters pending must be mentioned in bold letter in election form

Criminal candidates: SC rules criminal matters pending must be mentioned in bold letter in...

The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed Election Commission of India (ECI) to change the format of the form filled by candidates for contesting the...
Fake Voters: Free and Fake Franchise?

Fake Voters: Free and Fake Franchise?

Above: Photo by Anil Shakya The apex court snub to the Election Commission over sharing the voters’ lists with the Congress leaders is a...
Conduct of Elections: No to NOTA

Conduct of Elections: No to NOTA

The Supreme Court has ruled that though this option may be “an elixir” in direct polls, it could undermine the purity of democracy if...
SC seeks EC and Madhya Pradesh election commission reply on random verification of VVPAT machines in the state

SC seeks EC and Madhya Pradesh election commission reply on random verification of VVPAT...

The apex court on Thursday (August 23) sought a response from Election Commission of India and Madhya Pradesh State Election Commission on a plea...
EVMs: A Question of Credibility

EVMs: A Question of Credibility

Above: A poll official explains the working of an EVM to his colleagues in Amritsar/Photo: UNI Despite demand for paper ballots and tampering claims...
20 AAP MLAs wants original complainant to be questioned by EC; Delhi HC refers it to division bench

20 AAP MLAs wants original complainant to be questioned by EC; Delhi HC refers...

Originally disqualified by Election Commission of India (ECI) for holding “Office of Profit”, AAP MLAs have now petitioned the Delhi High Court to also...
Bihar EC issues notice to DMs, District Election Officers on recent transfer of BDOs

Bihar EC issues notice to DMs, District Election Officers on recent transfer of BDOs

The State Election Commission, Bihar has issued notice to District Magistrates and District Election Officers on the recent transfer of 358 Block Development Officers...
Delhi Durbar: An inside track of happenings in Lutyens’ Delhi

DELHI DURBAR

For a Richer Harvest With elections due for the Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh assemblies in November this year, the Congress party is hoping that...
Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi HC exempts Kejriwal from personal appearance in poll case

The Delhi High Court on Monday (May 28) granted exemption to Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal from personal appearance in Patiala House court till the...
The Ultimate Fitness Challenge: The Floor Test Challenge

The Floor Test Challenge

Above: Illustration by Anthony Lawrence ~By Dilip Bobb It was I & B Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore who kicked things off with his fitness challenge, posting photos...
AIADMK Imbroglio: Court Intrigues?

AIADMK Imbroglio: Court Intrigues?

While the Madras High Court has reserved its order on the disqualification of 18 AIADMK MLAs, it has dismissed a similar petition from the...
Delhi HC orders JNU not to take any coercive steps against Kanhaiya Kumar till next hearing

Delhi HC sets aside EC disqualification of BJP’s Madhya Pradesh minister Narrotam Mishra

A Delhi High Court division bench of Justices S Ravindra Bhatt and Sunil Gaur on Friday (May 18) set aside the Election Commission’s (EC)...

SC overturns Calcutta HC order, says panchayat polls in state to be held on...

Top court also orders that poll results of those constituencies at which opposition candidates could not file nomination will not be published The Supreme Court...
Karnataka elections: SC postpones hearing on allegation of religious bias in Congress manifesto

Karnataka elections: SC postpones hearing on allegation of religious bias in Congress manifesto

Above: Pramod Muthalik The apex court on Thursday (May 10) told a petitioner that it was not inclined to hear his plea which sought...
Impeachment Dilemma: Wrong Man for Wrong Job

Impeachment Dilemma: Wrong Man for Wrong Job

Above: (L to R) Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Kapil Sibal and CPI leader D Raja at a press meet on the CJI...
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Govt files strong objection to full autonomy plea at SC by Election Commission

The Union government has filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court, protesting the demand of full autonomy made by the election Commission of India...
Delhi Durbar: An inside track of happenings in Lutyens’ Delhi

DELHI DURBAR

 Jumping the Gun The Election Commission has been left red-faced after some political social media sites and television news channels announced the dates of the...
The Delhi High Court

BJP MLA asks why AAP’s Gahlot is still in Assembly despite being disqualified; Delhi...

BJP MLA Vijender Gupta has moved the Delhi High Court against the ruling Aam Aadmi Party for allowing disqualified member Kailash Gahlot to attend...
Delhi HC directs EC to allot “pressure cooker” symbol to TTV Dhinakaran

Delhi HC directs EC to allot “pressure cooker” symbol to TTV Dhinakaran

Above: TTV Dhinakaran (file pic) The Delhi High Court on Friday (March 9) directed Election Commission of India (ECI) to allot pressure cooker symbol...
AAP MLAs leaving the Election Commission’s office (file picture)/Photo: UNI

AAP MLAs’ disqualification hearing continues

Above: AAP MLAs leaving the Election Commission’s office (file picture)/Photo: UNI The Delhi High Court bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Chander Shekhar is...
AAP MLAs leave the Election Commission office. Photo: UNI

AAP MLAs’ disqualification: Delhi HC hears the specific rules on office of profit

Above: AAP MLAs leave the Election Commission office. Photo: UNI The case of the 20 AAP MLAs’ disqualification by the Election Commission (EC) for holding...
Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat (in grey suit) along with Election Commissioners Sunil Arora and Ashok Lavasa in New Delhi. Photo: PIB

Election Commission’s Powers: Give More Autonomy

Above: Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat (in grey suit) along with Election Commissioners Sunil Arora and Ashok Lavasa in New Delhi. Photo: PIB A petition...
Delhi HC

AAP MLAs’ disqualification: There was no pecuniary gain for the MLAs, argues MLAs’ counsel

The Delhi High Court bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Chander Shekhar on Tuesday (February 13), listening to Alka Lamba’s petition for the 20 AAP MLAs...
By polls for Gorakhpur, Phulpur, Araria LS seats on March 11: EC

By polls for Gorakhpur, Phulpur, Araria LS seats on March 11: EC

Almost a year after the Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha constituencies were vacated by BJP’s Yogi Adityanath and Keshav Prasad Maurya – the former...
Delhi High Court

Hearing of 20 disqualified AAP MLAs begins

The Delhi High Court bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Chander Shekhar on Wednesday (February 7) started hearing the appeals by the 20 Aam...
Two leaf symbol case: Delhi HC seeks counter replies

Two leaf symbol case: Delhi HC seeks counter replies

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday (February 6) directed Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami, Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and Election Commission of...
EC suggests 5 amendments to Constitution for simultaneous polls

EC suggests 5 amendments to Constitution for simultaneous polls

Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat, Photo Credit: Agencies Election Commission backs proposal for simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly polls but says 5 Articles under the...
Delhi HC division bench to start hearing AAP MLAs’ case on February 7

Delhi HC division bench to start hearing AAP MLAs’ case on February 7

The disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs in the office of profit case by President Ram Nath Kovind has been “challenged” and has come to...

Delhi HC seeks reply from EC on Dhinakaran’s plea for interim election symbol

Above: T T V Dhinakaran The Delhi High Court on Wednesday (January 24) issued notice to Election Commission of India (ECI) on the plea...
AAP MLAs disqualification row: Delhi HC tells EC not to initiate by-poll process

AAP MLAs disqualification row: Delhi HC tells EC not to initiate by-poll process

A division bench of Justices S Ravindra Bhat and AK Chawla of the Delhi High Court on Wednesday (January 24), issued notices to the Election Commission...
AAP files fresh petition before Delhi HC on MLAs disqualification

AAP files fresh petition before Delhi HC on MLAs disqualification

In an expected move, the 20 former Aam Aadmi Party legislators who lost their seats in the State Assembly last week after President Ram...
Opinion and Exit Polls: Manipulating Indecisive Voters

Manipulating Indecisive Voters

Above: Exit polls of the 2013 Chhattisgarh elections being telecast on NDTV Can a plea to regulate such polls which impact voter behaviour and which...
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal (file picture)/Photo: UNI

EC recommends disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs: Reports

Above: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal (file picture)/Photo: UNI If the President accepts the Election Commission’s recommendation, AAP’s strength in 70-member Delhi Assembly will be...
VVPATs will be used for elections in Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland

VVPATs will be used for elections in Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland

The election dates for the three North-Eastern states — Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland were announced by the Chief Election Commissioner A K Joti on...
Did Facebook help Modi create Troll Armies, influence voters in 2014 polls?

Did Facebook help Modi create Troll Armies, influence voters in 2014 polls?

By Shelley Kasli A recent Bloomberg report has revealed how a secret unit of Facebook has helped create troll armies for governments around the world including...
Delhi High Court/Photo: Anil Shakya

Delhi HC dismisses bail plea of a middleman, arrested in EC bribery case

Above: Delhi High Court/Photo: Anil Shakya The Delhi High Court bench of Justice Mukta Gupta on Thursday (January 11) dismissed the bail plea of...
Illustrations: Anthony Lawrence

Magic Carpet Ride

  ~By Dilip Bobb There’s magic in the air these days, and Gogia Pasha and PC Sarkar, both lamentably late, have nothing to do with...
Congress hits out at EC over Modi’s roadshow as voting draws to a close in Gujarat

Congress hits out at EC over Modi’s roadshow as voting draws to a close...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s road show in Ahmedabad amid second phase of Gujarat polling irks Congress; Chidambaram lashes out at Election Commission  As Gujarat went...
Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav is facing a slew of corruption cases whereas AIADMK leader Sasikala was convicted in a disproportionate assets case and is in prison

Criminalisation in Politics: Life Ban is Excessive

Above: Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav is facing a slew of corruption cases whereas AIADMK leader Sasikala was convicted in a disproportionate...
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal. Photo: UNI

Delhi HC defers Kejriwal’s plea challenging ECI’s censure order during Goa polls

Above: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal. Photo: UNI The Delhi High Court bench of Justice Indermeet Kaur on Monday (November 13) heard the plea of...
Above: A man casting his vote inside a polling booth in India. Photo: UNI

Election duty: SC directs ECI to not appoint any officer against whom probe is...

Above: A man casting his vote inside a polling booth in India. Photo: UNI The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices...
Delhi Durbar: An inside track of happenings in Lutyens’ Delhi

Delhi Durbar

Rahul’s Rising Graph His elevation as president of the Congress in a few days could not have had a better prelude. In the past six...
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing at Gujarat Gaurav Maha Sammelan in Gandhinagar (file picture). Photo: UNI

Modi set to inaugurate big ticket projects in Gujarat on Sunday

Above:   Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing at Gujarat Gaurav Maha Sammelan in Gandhinagar (file picture). Photo: UNI Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be...
Ex-CEC Krishnamurthy questions EC on Gujarat poll schedule delay

Ex-CEC Krishnamurthy questions EC on Gujarat poll schedule delay

TS Krishnamurthy joins Opposition chorus questioning why poll panel announced schedule for Himachal Pradesh elections but not for Gujarat Former Chief Election Commissioner TS Krishnamurthy...
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AIADMK Poll Symbol: Turning Into a New Leaf?

The battle for the “Two Leaves” symbol by this party’s factions has gone right up to the apex court and could well decide future...
Old case of Buddhist Chakma refugees back in Supreme Court

Old case of Buddhist Chakma refugees back in Supreme Court

Above: All India Chakma Students’ Union staging a demonstration in New Delhi against oppression and racial discrimination of Chakma refugees. Photo: UNI Waiting to find...
A polling officer applies ink mark on the finger of a voter at a polling station in Bihar. Photo: UNI

Simultaneous Polls: Desirable But Not Feasible

Above: A polling officer applies ink mark on the finger of a voter at a polling station in Bihar. Photo: UNI While such an exercise...
MP minister Narottam Mishra (left) was disqualified by the Election Commission on charges of paid news. Photo: UNI

Disqualified BJP minister says insertions in media were advertorials

Above: MP minister Narottam Mishra (left) was disqualified by the Election Commission on charges of paid news. Photo: UNI The Delhi High Court bench of...
Satya Electoral Trust and the General Electoral Trust are among the biggest contributors of funds to political parties. No information about their contributors is available. Photo: UNI

Electoral Funding: Dubious Sources Thrive

ABove: Satya Electoral Trust and the General Electoral Trust are among the biggest contributors of funds to political parties. No information about their contributors...
Sasikala’s Post: Judicial Breather

Sasikala’s Post: Judicial Breather

Above: VN Sasikala, general secretary of the AIADMK. Photo: UNI The Supreme Court gave relief to the AIADMK leader when it dismissed a petition asking...
RTI reveals mysterious thefts of EVMs; no effort at investigation by EC

RTI reveals mysterious thefts of EVMs; no effort at investigation by EC

Above: Officials inspecting the EVMs before elections. Photo: UNI Why would anybody steal an EVM if not to tamper with it? EC’s claim of EVMs...
EVM

EC files reply to SC on safety of EVMs

A petition had been filed by advocate Manohar Lal Sharma in connection with the issue of tampering of EVMs. As per the petitioner, since...
Nawaz Sharif

Panama Papers case: Pakistani SC orders Nawaz Sharif out of office

Above: The Supreme Court of Pakistan said that Nawaz Sharif was unfit to hold office, as he had been dishonest to Parliament. Photo: UNI Wonder...
NRI voting format: SC adjourns matter, but Centre okay in principle

NRI voting format: SC adjourns matter, but Centre okay in principle

Above: The centre had accepted the EC recommendations on voting options for NRIs. Photo: PIB The petition for exploring feasibility of alternative options for voting...
It is imperative for the EC to ensure electoral integrity and not be tied to the apron-strings of the government. Photo: UNI

Election Commission: Call a Spade a Spade

The apex court has sought a law for the appointment of Election Commissioners as the present system is arbitrary and non-transparent and can’t be...
Paid News: Political Faux Pas

Paid News: Political Faux Pas

Above: MP’s Minister of Public Relations Narottam Mishra welcoming President Pranab Mukjherjee on his arrival at Datia in June this year. Photo: UNI In a first...
Case against Shiromani Akali Dal resurfaces at Delhi HC

Case against Shiromani Akali Dal resurfaces at Delhi HC

Above: Former Punjab CM Prakash Singh Badal (third from left) and others participating in  a function to lay the  foundation stone  for  November 1984...
A political party delegation being explained about the process of ‘Setting of Candidates’ on EVM machines, during a detailed demonstration in New on June 03, 2017. Photo: UNI

EC’s EVM hackathon a damp squib

Not much was expected from the Election Commission’s (EC) EVM hackathon, and not much did come out of it at the EC office on...
Uttarakhand High Court

Uttarakhand High Court stays EC’s EVM hackathon

June 3 was the slated date of the Election Commission’s (EC) EVM challenge. Already, the event had come under the scanner as impractical and untenable....
Polling officers with EVMs at a training camp ahead of the 2017 Uttar Pradesh assembly polls. Photo: UNI

Writ against Election Commission’s EVM Challenge

A writ petition has been filed in the High Court of Uttarakhand claiming that the Election Commission’s (EC) EVM Challenge, to be held on June...
The Election Commission of India building in Delhi. Photo: Anil Shakya

PREGNANT PROBLEM OF POWER

~By Inderjit Badhwar Following the BJP’s stunning electoral victory in Uttar Pradesh, several politicians and public figures have raised the issue of rigged electronic voting...
Election Commission of India. Photo: Anil Shakya

EC allots names & symbols to AIADMK factions

The Tamil Nadu scenario has finally gotten as weird as it possibly could. The original J Jayalalithaa-owned AIADMK symbol of “two leaves” was frozen...
Former CEC MS Gill. Photo Division

You can’t continue breaking rules and then expect EC to do policing later: MS...

MANOHAR SINGH GILL served as the Chief Election Commissioner of India from 1996 to 2001. His major achievement has been the introduction of Electronic...
Picture: Anil Shakya

Does the EC have enough teeth to punish errant candidates?

The recent India Legal show tried to analyse the effect of powers vested with the poll watchdog As election fever rises during assembly polls in...
President Donald Trump’s Executive Orders on immigrants have to be approved by the Congress. Photo: UNI

Law vs Unbridled Power

Any executive order requires parliamentary approval in a democracy for it to have legal validity   ~Parsa Venkateshwar Rao Jr   Liberal democracy, as it is understood in...
Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi. Photo; UNI

EC puts brakes on FM’s Budget Speech

The commission has instructed the centre that there should be no mention of plans or work done in states going to polls this year...
Akhilesh Singh Yadav supporters celebrating in front of Akhilesh Singh Yadav residence in Lucknow after cycle symbol was allotted to Akhilesh Singh Yadav by Election Commission

Akhilesh Group Gets Thumbs-Up; Rides Bicycle 

Akhilesh group submitted affidavits of all its supporters to the Election Commission while Mulayam group submitted none By Parsa Venkateshwar Rao Jr Why did Akhilesh Singh...
CAN EC INTERFERE IN BUDGET?

CAN EC INTERFERE IN BUDGET?

The recent India Legal show deliberated on whether the Union Budget should be postponed in the light of assembly elections in five states, starting...
Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi. Photo; UNI

Jan 10 deadline for govt on EC query

Election Commission seeks centre's response on Budget postponement demanded by opposition parties By Sujit Bhar The Election Commission (EC) has now acted on the appeal by...
Finance minister Arun Jaitley

Should Budget be postponed?

Political parties opposed to the BJP fear that the sops announced may favour the party in the assembly polls commencing from February 4. But...
People queuing up at a polling booth in Moradabad, UP. Photo: UNI

EC sounds poll bugle in five states

Seven phases in UP polls, two in Manipur, and a single phase for Goa, Punjab and Uttarakhand The Election Commission has announced the polling dates...
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal (left) and Lt-Governor of Delhi, Najeeb Jung (right). Photo: UNI

Kejriwal’s Dented Image: Will It Affect Forthcoming Polls? 

The Delhi CM’s ding-dong battle with Lt-Governor Najeeb Jung and others have often seen him vanquished. Will this have an impact on the forthcoming...
(L-R) The Election Commission of India office in Delhi and former J&K CM Omar Abdullah (Photo: UNI)

Petition in EC for Omar’s disqualification

In 2010, the Supreme Court had come down heavily on persons filing frivolous PILs and set out guidelines for filing them in State of...

Election Commission announces poll dates for five states

The Election Commission today announced poll dates for four states and one union territory that go to polls in April-May, 2016. While elections will...

SUPREME COURT

Courts need to be seen as working in public interest and upholding the confidence of the common man in the judicial process. Bull’s eye judgment You can no longer take...

'election commission' - 119 News Results

Amethi Election Officer Says Nothing Wrong With Rahul’s Nomination Papers

Amethi Election Officer Says Nothing Wrong With Rahul’s Nomination Papers

The returning officer for the Amethi Lok Sabha constituency has declared that nomination papers of the Congress President Rahul Gandhi  for the Parliamentary elections...
Omissions of Commission

Omissions of Commission

The ongoing poll campaign has seen senior leaders of national parties violating the Model Code of Conduct with impunity, but the Election Commission has...
As the NaMo TV controversy raged, the BJP admitted that it was a part of a party-financed media blitzkrieg

Egregious Transgression

Above: As the NaMo TV controversy raged, the BJP  admitted that it was a part of a party-financed media blitzkrieg By Inderjit Badhwar A constant criticism...
Sadhvi Pragya

Sadhvi Pragya’s candidature to contest from Bhopal seat challenged

A plea has been filed before the special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court opposing Sadhvi Pragya’s candidature to contest from Bhopal seat from BJP. The...
Selective Punishment for the Merchants of Venom

Selective Punishment for the Merchants of Venom

By Punit Mishra While the Election Commission’s (EC) ban on four leaders—Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath, BSP supremo Mayawati, Union Minister Maneka Gandhi and Samajwadi...

Supreme Court Rejects Mayawati’s Plea Against Ban on Her Campaigning

The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected the BSP chief Mayawati’s plea against the 48-hour ban on her campaigning imposed by the Election Commission (EC)....
Yogi Adityanath

Election Commission Bans UP CM Yogi From Campaigning for 72 Hrs, Mayawati ...

Barely hours after it was chastised by the Supreme Court for for its failure to take action against hate speech during the ongoing polls,...
Narendra Modi Biopic

SC directs EC to take a call on release of Modi biopic after watching...

The Supreme Court on Monday directed Election Commission (EC) to watch biopic on PM Narendra Modi and take decision by April 19 as whether...
Supreme Court

SC raps EC for not giving details on action against candidates indulging in hate...

The Supreme Court on Monday rebuked the Election Commission (EC) for not giving details of penal action initiated on candidates indulging in hate speeches...
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Election Commission: Crisis of Credibility

Even though the Election Commission in a positive move banned Modi’s biopic, it’s been hit by a slew of criticism for turning a blind...
Currency worth Rs 75 lakh seized by the Punjab police during the 2014 Lok Sabha polls/Photo: UNI

Election Commission: Losing Track

Above: Currency worth Rs 75 lakh seized by the Punjab police during the 2014 Lok Sabha polls/Photo: UNI Seizure of unaccounted for cash and other...
PM Modi Biopic

Supreme Court To Take Up Plea Challenging EC Ban on Modi Biopic on April...

The Supreme Court will on Monday hear a plea challenging the Election Commission’s (EC) ban on the release “PM Narendra Modi”, a biopic on...
Supreme court

SC to pass order on Friday whether electoral bonds are valid or not

The Supreme Court will pass an order on the validity of electoral bonds scheme on Friday. The court on Thursday heard the arguments from...
Supreme court

SC tells political parties who have received donations through electoral bonds to submit donation...

In an interim order, the Supreme Court on Friday asked all the political parties who have received donations through electoral bonds to submit in...
Narendra Modi Biopic

Election Commission Says No To Modi Biopic, Says Film Release Only After Polls Over

The Election Commission (EC) on Wednesday has put a stop to the release of the biopic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi until the general...
CBDT Chief, Revenue Secretary Meet Poll Commission, Explain Raids

CBDT Chief, Revenue Secretary Meet Poll Commission, Explain Raids

CBDT Chairman PC Mody and Revenue Secretary AB Pandey on Tuesday met the Election Commission (EC) in connection with the raids over the past...
PM Modi Biopic

Terming It “Premature” SC Dismisses Plea for Stay on PM Modi Biopic

The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a petition seeking a stay on the release of the biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The apex court...
Narendra Modi

Retd civil servants raise hackles over Model Code of Conduct being violated by BJP

A group of retired civil servants has written letter to the President Ram Nath Kovind raising serious concerns on the Model Code of Conduct...
VVPAT

Hike VVPAT sampling One Booth To Five In Every Assembly Segment: SC TO EC

The Supreme Court has asked the Election Commission to increase the random sampling of VVPAT slips from one booth per assembly segment to five...
Different Rules For Rulers And The Ruled

Different Rules For Rulers And The Ruled

In taking vital decisions, is the Election Commission of India getting influenced by the political exigencies of the ruling BJP ? By R K Mishra The...
VVPAT

SC tells opposition parties to file response on EC affidavit seeking continuation of present...

The Supreme Court on Monday (Mar 1) told 21 opposition parties seeking 50 per cent VVPAT count to file their replies by April 8...
VVPAT

Increasing Verification of VVPAT Will Delay Poll Results By Six Months: EC

  The Election Commission On Friday said it that verification of 50 percent of the votes cast in the Lok Sabha elections using the Voter verified...
Supreme Court

Supreme Court To Hear In April Plea Seeking Top Restrain Candidates From Contesting more...

  The Supreme Court on Wednesday posted for after two weeks a plea seeking a ban on a candidate contesting an election from more than...
Air India boarding pass

Poll Body Asks Aviation, Railway Ministries Why PM Modi’s Pics Are On Boarding Passes

  The Election Commission has  asked the Ministry of Railways & Ministry of Civil Aviation to explain why the pictures of Prime Minister Narendra Modi ...
TTV Dinakaran (file picture)

You Are Not Recognised, Can’t Allot “Pressure Cooker” Symbol, SC Tells Dinakaran’s AIADMK Faction

The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to direct the Election Commission to issue common symbol “pressure cooker” to the TTV Dinakaran faction of the...
EVM

SC asks EC to consider increasing the numbers of VVPATs per constituency

The apex court on March 25 (Monday) asked the Election Commission (EC) to consider increasing the numbers of VVPATs per constituency/ polling station and...
ABS Associates

Rein Them in

The Election Commission has sought action from the Bar Council of Delhi against two law firms for advertising their services inappropriately The Bar Council of...
TTV Dinakaran (file picture)

Supreme Court Issues Notice to Election Commission on AIADMK Party Symbol Claim

The Supreme Court on Friday issued notice to the Election Commission on petitions filed by breakaway AIADMK leaders TTV Dhinakaran and VK Sasikala challenging...
EVMs: A Question of Credibility

SC issues notice to Election Commission, asks whether 50 percent EVM results can be...

The Supreme Court on Friday (Mar 15) issued notice to Election Commission and sought reply on the plea of 21 opposition parties seeking direction...
Sabarimala temple

Sabarimala is Social, Not Religious Issue, Can Be Used for Poll Campaign; Kerala EC

  Following furious protests, mainly from the BJP and even sections of the Congress party, the Chief Electoral officer of Kerala has said that there...
Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora

Election Commission announces polling schedule for 2019 Lok Sabha elections; to be held in...

The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Sunday announced polling dates for the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections. The poll panel said that the elections...
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

Kejriwal Petition Against EC Adjourned To Friday

The Delhi High Court has adjourned till Friday a petition filed by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal against the Election Commission of India which...
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SC seeks EC response on autonomous audit review of software products related to EVM,...

The Supreme Court on Friday (Feb 22) sought response from Election Commission of India on a plea seeking direction for the government to carry...
CBDT Chairman Sushil Chandra appointed Election Commissioner

CBDT Chairman Sushil Chandra appointed Election Commissioner

CBDT Chairman Sushil Chandra was on Thursday appointed election commissioner. Chandra will join the three-member poll panel comprising Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora and...
TTV Dinakaran (file picture)

Setback for Dhinakaran as SC refuses to grant his party poll symbol

Delhi High Court had last year directed the Election Commission to allot a ‘pressure cooker’ poll symbol to AIADMK breakaway faction led by Dhinakaran In...
No ‘pressure cooker’ symbol for Dhinakaran faction till main issue is solved: SC

EC Says No To Pressure Cooker Symbol For TTV Dhinakaran’s AMMK

The Election Commission has informed the Supreme Court that it cannot allot the symbol of “pressure cooker” to the AMMK leader T T V...

Model Code Should be Extended to New Media

Above: The EC had sent Rahul Gandhi a notice after he gave an interview a day prior to the final phase of voting in...
Assam electoral roll

Aadhaar-Voter ID: “No Linking of Both Cards”

Despite a plea for urgent listing of matter seeking linking of Aadhaar with Voter ID to prevent bogus voting, the Court dismissed it The apex...
EVM

SC seeks reply from EC, Centre on tallying of VVPAT

The Supreme Court on Monday asked Centre and the Election Commission (EC) to file response on a PIL seeking direction to the poll panel...
Election Commission of India (ECI)

Election Commission: Be Free, Be Fair

Above: The Election Commission’s role in ensuring free and fair polls has been challenged in recent times/Photo: Anil Shakya A recent petition in the Court...
Supreme Court

SC dismisses 2 PILs seeking to rein in netas from vandalism, misusing religion in...

Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi took a stern view of both petitions, said he wasn’t inclined to entertain them The Supreme Court, on...
Plea seeking collegium for appointing Election Commissioners sent to Constitution Bench

Plea seeking collegium for appointing Election Commissioners sent to Constitution Bench

Petitioners had challenged the lack of transparency in the appointment of election commissioners and sought guidelines for the process The Supreme Court, on Tuesday (October...
2019 Semi-finals: EC announces MP, Raj, CG, Telangana and Mizoram poll dates

2019 Semi-finals: EC announces MP, Raj, CG, Telangana and Mizoram poll dates

Elections a big test for BJP ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, will also test whether Congress’ ambition of a grand alliance will...
Death Penalty For Rapists: Hanging By a Thread

Advertorials and News: Paid and Puffed

Above: The Election Commission of India/Photo: Anil Shakya In a Special Leave Petition before the Supreme Court, the Election Commission has said that repeated laudatory...
Criminal candidates: SC rules criminal matters pending must be mentioned in bold letter in election form

Criminal candidates: SC rules criminal matters pending must be mentioned in bold letter in...

The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed Election Commission of India (ECI) to change the format of the form filled by candidates for contesting the...
Fake Voters: Free and Fake Franchise?

Fake Voters: Free and Fake Franchise?

Above: Photo by Anil Shakya The apex court snub to the Election Commission over sharing the voters’ lists with the Congress leaders is a...
Conduct of Elections: No to NOTA

Conduct of Elections: No to NOTA

The Supreme Court has ruled that though this option may be “an elixir” in direct polls, it could undermine the purity of democracy if...
SC seeks EC and Madhya Pradesh election commission reply on random verification of VVPAT machines in the state

SC seeks EC and Madhya Pradesh election commission reply on random verification of VVPAT...

The apex court on Thursday (August 23) sought a response from Election Commission of India and Madhya Pradesh State Election Commission on a plea...
EVMs: A Question of Credibility

EVMs: A Question of Credibility

Above: A poll official explains the working of an EVM to his colleagues in Amritsar/Photo: UNI Despite demand for paper ballots and tampering claims...
20 AAP MLAs wants original complainant to be questioned by EC; Delhi HC refers it to division bench

20 AAP MLAs wants original complainant to be questioned by EC; Delhi HC refers...

Originally disqualified by Election Commission of India (ECI) for holding “Office of Profit”, AAP MLAs have now petitioned the Delhi High Court to also...
Bihar EC issues notice to DMs, District Election Officers on recent transfer of BDOs

Bihar EC issues notice to DMs, District Election Officers on recent transfer of BDOs

The State Election Commission, Bihar has issued notice to District Magistrates and District Election Officers on the recent transfer of 358 Block Development Officers...
Delhi Durbar: An inside track of happenings in Lutyens’ Delhi

DELHI DURBAR

For a Richer Harvest With elections due for the Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh assemblies in November this year, the Congress party is hoping that...
Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi HC exempts Kejriwal from personal appearance in poll case

The Delhi High Court on Monday (May 28) granted exemption to Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal from personal appearance in Patiala House court till the...
The Ultimate Fitness Challenge: The Floor Test Challenge

The Floor Test Challenge

Above: Illustration by Anthony Lawrence ~By Dilip Bobb It was I & B Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore who kicked things off with his fitness challenge, posting photos...
AIADMK Imbroglio: Court Intrigues?

AIADMK Imbroglio: Court Intrigues?

While the Madras High Court has reserved its order on the disqualification of 18 AIADMK MLAs, it has dismissed a similar petition from the...
Delhi HC orders JNU not to take any coercive steps against Kanhaiya Kumar till next hearing

Delhi HC sets aside EC disqualification of BJP’s Madhya Pradesh minister Narrotam Mishra

A Delhi High Court division bench of Justices S Ravindra Bhatt and Sunil Gaur on Friday (May 18) set aside the Election Commission’s (EC)...

SC overturns Calcutta HC order, says panchayat polls in state to be held on...

Top court also orders that poll results of those constituencies at which opposition candidates could not file nomination will not be published The Supreme Court...
Karnataka elections: SC postpones hearing on allegation of religious bias in Congress manifesto

Karnataka elections: SC postpones hearing on allegation of religious bias in Congress manifesto

Above: Pramod Muthalik The apex court on Thursday (May 10) told a petitioner that it was not inclined to hear his plea which sought...
Impeachment Dilemma: Wrong Man for Wrong Job

Impeachment Dilemma: Wrong Man for Wrong Job

Above: (L to R) Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Kapil Sibal and CPI leader D Raja at a press meet on the CJI...
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Govt files strong objection to full autonomy plea at SC by Election Commission

The Union government has filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court, protesting the demand of full autonomy made by the election Commission of India...
Delhi Durbar: An inside track of happenings in Lutyens’ Delhi

DELHI DURBAR

 Jumping the Gun The Election Commission has been left red-faced after some political social media sites and television news channels announced the dates of the...
The Delhi High Court

BJP MLA asks why AAP’s Gahlot is still in Assembly despite being disqualified; Delhi...

BJP MLA Vijender Gupta has moved the Delhi High Court against the ruling Aam Aadmi Party for allowing disqualified member Kailash Gahlot to attend...
Delhi HC directs EC to allot “pressure cooker” symbol to TTV Dhinakaran

Delhi HC directs EC to allot “pressure cooker” symbol to TTV Dhinakaran

Above: TTV Dhinakaran (file pic) The Delhi High Court on Friday (March 9) directed Election Commission of India (ECI) to allot pressure cooker symbol...
AAP MLAs leaving the Election Commission’s office (file picture)/Photo: UNI

AAP MLAs’ disqualification hearing continues

Above: AAP MLAs leaving the Election Commission’s office (file picture)/Photo: UNI The Delhi High Court bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Chander Shekhar is...
AAP MLAs leave the Election Commission office. Photo: UNI

AAP MLAs’ disqualification: Delhi HC hears the specific rules on office of profit

Above: AAP MLAs leave the Election Commission office. Photo: UNI The case of the 20 AAP MLAs’ disqualification by the Election Commission (EC) for holding...
Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat (in grey suit) along with Election Commissioners Sunil Arora and Ashok Lavasa in New Delhi. Photo: PIB

Election Commission’s Powers: Give More Autonomy

Above: Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat (in grey suit) along with Election Commissioners Sunil Arora and Ashok Lavasa in New Delhi. Photo: PIB A petition...
Delhi HC

AAP MLAs’ disqualification: There was no pecuniary gain for the MLAs, argues MLAs’ counsel

The Delhi High Court bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Chander Shekhar on Tuesday (February 13), listening to Alka Lamba’s petition for the 20 AAP MLAs...
By polls for Gorakhpur, Phulpur, Araria LS seats on March 11: EC

By polls for Gorakhpur, Phulpur, Araria LS seats on March 11: EC

Almost a year after the Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha constituencies were vacated by BJP’s Yogi Adityanath and Keshav Prasad Maurya – the former...
Delhi High Court

Hearing of 20 disqualified AAP MLAs begins

The Delhi High Court bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Chander Shekhar on Wednesday (February 7) started hearing the appeals by the 20 Aam...
Two leaf symbol case: Delhi HC seeks counter replies

Two leaf symbol case: Delhi HC seeks counter replies

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday (February 6) directed Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami, Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and Election Commission of...
EC suggests 5 amendments to Constitution for simultaneous polls

EC suggests 5 amendments to Constitution for simultaneous polls

Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat, Photo Credit: Agencies Election Commission backs proposal for simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly polls but says 5 Articles under the...
Delhi HC division bench to start hearing AAP MLAs’ case on February 7

Delhi HC division bench to start hearing AAP MLAs’ case on February 7

The disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs in the office of profit case by President Ram Nath Kovind has been “challenged” and has come to...

Delhi HC seeks reply from EC on Dhinakaran’s plea for interim election symbol

Above: T T V Dhinakaran The Delhi High Court on Wednesday (January 24) issued notice to Election Commission of India (ECI) on the plea...
AAP MLAs disqualification row: Delhi HC tells EC not to initiate by-poll process

AAP MLAs disqualification row: Delhi HC tells EC not to initiate by-poll process

A division bench of Justices S Ravindra Bhat and AK Chawla of the Delhi High Court on Wednesday (January 24), issued notices to the Election Commission...
AAP files fresh petition before Delhi HC on MLAs disqualification

AAP files fresh petition before Delhi HC on MLAs disqualification

In an expected move, the 20 former Aam Aadmi Party legislators who lost their seats in the State Assembly last week after President Ram...
Opinion and Exit Polls: Manipulating Indecisive Voters

Manipulating Indecisive Voters

Above: Exit polls of the 2013 Chhattisgarh elections being telecast on NDTV Can a plea to regulate such polls which impact voter behaviour and which...
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal (file picture)/Photo: UNI

EC recommends disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs: Reports

Above: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal (file picture)/Photo: UNI If the President accepts the Election Commission’s recommendation, AAP’s strength in 70-member Delhi Assembly will be...
VVPATs will be used for elections in Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland

VVPATs will be used for elections in Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland

The election dates for the three North-Eastern states — Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland were announced by the Chief Election Commissioner A K Joti on...
Did Facebook help Modi create Troll Armies, influence voters in 2014 polls?

Did Facebook help Modi create Troll Armies, influence voters in 2014 polls?

By Shelley Kasli A recent Bloomberg report has revealed how a secret unit of Facebook has helped create troll armies for governments around the world including...
Delhi High Court/Photo: Anil Shakya

Delhi HC dismisses bail plea of a middleman, arrested in EC bribery case

Above: Delhi High Court/Photo: Anil Shakya The Delhi High Court bench of Justice Mukta Gupta on Thursday (January 11) dismissed the bail plea of...
Illustrations: Anthony Lawrence

Magic Carpet Ride

  ~By Dilip Bobb There’s magic in the air these days, and Gogia Pasha and PC Sarkar, both lamentably late, have nothing to do with...
Congress hits out at EC over Modi’s roadshow as voting draws to a close in Gujarat

Congress hits out at EC over Modi’s roadshow as voting draws to a close...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s road show in Ahmedabad amid second phase of Gujarat polling irks Congress; Chidambaram lashes out at Election Commission  As Gujarat went...
Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav is facing a slew of corruption cases whereas AIADMK leader Sasikala was convicted in a disproportionate assets case and is in prison

Criminalisation in Politics: Life Ban is Excessive

Above: Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav is facing a slew of corruption cases whereas AIADMK leader Sasikala was convicted in a disproportionate...
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal. Photo: UNI

Delhi HC defers Kejriwal’s plea challenging ECI’s censure order during Goa polls

Above: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal. Photo: UNI The Delhi High Court bench of Justice Indermeet Kaur on Monday (November 13) heard the plea of...
Above: A man casting his vote inside a polling booth in India. Photo: UNI

Election duty: SC directs ECI to not appoint any officer against whom probe is...

Above: A man casting his vote inside a polling booth in India. Photo: UNI The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices...
Delhi Durbar: An inside track of happenings in Lutyens’ Delhi

Delhi Durbar

Rahul’s Rising Graph His elevation as president of the Congress in a few days could not have had a better prelude. In the past six...
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing at Gujarat Gaurav Maha Sammelan in Gandhinagar (file picture). Photo: UNI

Modi set to inaugurate big ticket projects in Gujarat on Sunday

Above:   Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing at Gujarat Gaurav Maha Sammelan in Gandhinagar (file picture). Photo: UNI Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be...
Ex-CEC Krishnamurthy questions EC on Gujarat poll schedule delay

Ex-CEC Krishnamurthy questions EC on Gujarat poll schedule delay

TS Krishnamurthy joins Opposition chorus questioning why poll panel announced schedule for Himachal Pradesh elections but not for Gujarat Former Chief Election Commissioner TS Krishnamurthy...
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AIADMK Poll Symbol: Turning Into a New Leaf?

The battle for the “Two Leaves” symbol by this party’s factions has gone right up to the apex court and could well decide future...
Old case of Buddhist Chakma refugees back in Supreme Court

Old case of Buddhist Chakma refugees back in Supreme Court

Above: All India Chakma Students’ Union staging a demonstration in New Delhi against oppression and racial discrimination of Chakma refugees. Photo: UNI Waiting to find...
A polling officer applies ink mark on the finger of a voter at a polling station in Bihar. Photo: UNI

Simultaneous Polls: Desirable But Not Feasible

Above: A polling officer applies ink mark on the finger of a voter at a polling station in Bihar. Photo: UNI While such an exercise...
MP minister Narottam Mishra (left) was disqualified by the Election Commission on charges of paid news. Photo: UNI

Disqualified BJP minister says insertions in media were advertorials

Above: MP minister Narottam Mishra (left) was disqualified by the Election Commission on charges of paid news. Photo: UNI The Delhi High Court bench of...
Satya Electoral Trust and the General Electoral Trust are among the biggest contributors of funds to political parties. No information about their contributors is available. Photo: UNI

Electoral Funding: Dubious Sources Thrive

ABove: Satya Electoral Trust and the General Electoral Trust are among the biggest contributors of funds to political parties. No information about their contributors...
Sasikala’s Post: Judicial Breather

Sasikala’s Post: Judicial Breather

Above: VN Sasikala, general secretary of the AIADMK. Photo: UNI The Supreme Court gave relief to the AIADMK leader when it dismissed a petition asking...
RTI reveals mysterious thefts of EVMs; no effort at investigation by EC

RTI reveals mysterious thefts of EVMs; no effort at investigation by EC

Above: Officials inspecting the EVMs before elections. Photo: UNI Why would anybody steal an EVM if not to tamper with it? EC’s claim of EVMs...
EVM

EC files reply to SC on safety of EVMs

A petition had been filed by advocate Manohar Lal Sharma in connection with the issue of tampering of EVMs. As per the petitioner, since...
Nawaz Sharif

Panama Papers case: Pakistani SC orders Nawaz Sharif out of office

Above: The Supreme Court of Pakistan said that Nawaz Sharif was unfit to hold office, as he had been dishonest to Parliament. Photo: UNI Wonder...
NRI voting format: SC adjourns matter, but Centre okay in principle

NRI voting format: SC adjourns matter, but Centre okay in principle

Above: The centre had accepted the EC recommendations on voting options for NRIs. Photo: PIB The petition for exploring feasibility of alternative options for voting...
It is imperative for the EC to ensure electoral integrity and not be tied to the apron-strings of the government. Photo: UNI

Election Commission: Call a Spade a Spade

The apex court has sought a law for the appointment of Election Commissioners as the present system is arbitrary and non-transparent and can’t be...
Paid News: Political Faux Pas

Paid News: Political Faux Pas

Above: MP’s Minister of Public Relations Narottam Mishra welcoming President Pranab Mukjherjee on his arrival at Datia in June this year. Photo: UNI In a first...
Case against Shiromani Akali Dal resurfaces at Delhi HC

Case against Shiromani Akali Dal resurfaces at Delhi HC

Above: Former Punjab CM Prakash Singh Badal (third from left) and others participating in  a function to lay the  foundation stone  for  November 1984...
A political party delegation being explained about the process of ‘Setting of Candidates’ on EVM machines, during a detailed demonstration in New on June 03, 2017. Photo: UNI

EC’s EVM hackathon a damp squib

Not much was expected from the Election Commission’s (EC) EVM hackathon, and not much did come out of it at the EC office on...
Uttarakhand High Court

Uttarakhand High Court stays EC’s EVM hackathon

June 3 was the slated date of the Election Commission’s (EC) EVM challenge. Already, the event had come under the scanner as impractical and untenable....
Polling officers with EVMs at a training camp ahead of the 2017 Uttar Pradesh assembly polls. Photo: UNI

Writ against Election Commission’s EVM Challenge

A writ petition has been filed in the High Court of Uttarakhand claiming that the Election Commission’s (EC) EVM Challenge, to be held on June...
The Election Commission of India building in Delhi. Photo: Anil Shakya

PREGNANT PROBLEM OF POWER

~By Inderjit Badhwar Following the BJP’s stunning electoral victory in Uttar Pradesh, several politicians and public figures have raised the issue of rigged electronic voting...
Election Commission of India. Photo: Anil Shakya

EC allots names & symbols to AIADMK factions

The Tamil Nadu scenario has finally gotten as weird as it possibly could. The original J Jayalalithaa-owned AIADMK symbol of “two leaves” was frozen...
Former CEC MS Gill. Photo Division

You can’t continue breaking rules and then expect EC to do policing later: MS...

MANOHAR SINGH GILL served as the Chief Election Commissioner of India from 1996 to 2001. His major achievement has been the introduction of Electronic...
Picture: Anil Shakya

Does the EC have enough teeth to punish errant candidates?

The recent India Legal show tried to analyse the effect of powers vested with the poll watchdog As election fever rises during assembly polls in...
President Donald Trump’s Executive Orders on immigrants have to be approved by the Congress. Photo: UNI

Law vs Unbridled Power

Any executive order requires parliamentary approval in a democracy for it to have legal validity   ~Parsa Venkateshwar Rao Jr   Liberal democracy, as it is understood in...
Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi. Photo; UNI

EC puts brakes on FM’s Budget Speech

The commission has instructed the centre that there should be no mention of plans or work done in states going to polls this year...
Akhilesh Singh Yadav supporters celebrating in front of Akhilesh Singh Yadav residence in Lucknow after cycle symbol was allotted to Akhilesh Singh Yadav by Election Commission

Akhilesh Group Gets Thumbs-Up; Rides Bicycle 

Akhilesh group submitted affidavits of all its supporters to the Election Commission while Mulayam group submitted none By Parsa Venkateshwar Rao Jr Why did Akhilesh Singh...
CAN EC INTERFERE IN BUDGET?

CAN EC INTERFERE IN BUDGET?

The recent India Legal show deliberated on whether the Union Budget should be postponed in the light of assembly elections in five states, starting...
Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi. Photo; UNI

Jan 10 deadline for govt on EC query

Election Commission seeks centre's response on Budget postponement demanded by opposition parties By Sujit Bhar The Election Commission (EC) has now acted on the appeal by...
Finance minister Arun Jaitley

Should Budget be postponed?

Political parties opposed to the BJP fear that the sops announced may favour the party in the assembly polls commencing from February 4. But...
People queuing up at a polling booth in Moradabad, UP. Photo: UNI

EC sounds poll bugle in five states

Seven phases in UP polls, two in Manipur, and a single phase for Goa, Punjab and Uttarakhand The Election Commission has announced the polling dates...
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal (left) and Lt-Governor of Delhi, Najeeb Jung (right). Photo: UNI

Kejriwal’s Dented Image: Will It Affect Forthcoming Polls? 

The Delhi CM’s ding-dong battle with Lt-Governor Najeeb Jung and others have often seen him vanquished. Will this have an impact on the forthcoming...
(L-R) The Election Commission of India office in Delhi and former J&K CM Omar Abdullah (Photo: UNI)

Petition in EC for Omar’s disqualification

In 2010, the Supreme Court had come down heavily on persons filing frivolous PILs and set out guidelines for filing them in State of...

Election Commission announces poll dates for five states

The Election Commission today announced poll dates for four states and one union territory that go to polls in April-May, 2016. While elections will...

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Courts need to be seen as working in public interest and upholding the confidence of the common man in the judicial process. Bull’s eye judgment You can no longer take...

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