Those facing serious offences should be barred from contesting polls: EC

The Election Commission of India has proposed a law to bar people, accused of an offence punishable with at least five years, from contesting elections after charges were framed against them by a court. The ECI told the Supreme Court that an amendment to the law has been proposed to the Centre.

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EC equipped to hold LS, Assembly elections by Sep 2018

voteBy September 2018, the Election Commission of India will be able to hold simultaneous to both the Lok Sabha and Assemblies. The EC while launching a web based application, Electoral Registration Officer network said that the commission would be logistically equipped to hold simultaneous elections by September 2018.

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Winning election at any cost is the new normal in Indian politics: EC

Election-CommissionWinning elections at any cost seems to be new norm, Election Commissioner O P Rawat said.

Who are the two Gujarat Congress MLAs whose votes were invalidated by EC

The Election Commission of India on Tuesday invalidated the votes of two Gujarat Congress rebel MLAs. This order helped Ahmed Patel secure a 5th term in the Rajya Sabha. Who are the two Congress MLAs whose votes were invalidated. They are Bhola Gohel, 42, of Jasdan and Raghavji Patel, 58, of Jamnagar rural.

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Read full EC order disqualifying 2 Cong MLAs in Gujarat Rajya Sabha election

ahmedpatelThe Congress got a boost when the Election Commission of India disqualified two votes by Congress MLAs which were in favour of the BJP in the Rajya Sabha elections from Gujarat. The disqualification of the two votes helped Ahmed Patel retain his Rajya Sabha seat for the fifth time.

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Congress exodus in Gujarat, EC seeks report from govt

eciThe Election Commission of India has sought a report from the Gujarat government over allegations made by the Congress that the BJP was poaching their MLAs ahead of the Rajya Sabha polls. The polls are scheduled to be held on August 8.

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No bypassing exit poll ban through astrologers says EC

In an important advisory the Election Commission of India has said that use of astrology to bypass the ban on exit polls is not permitted.

The ECI said that some television channels had found a loop-hole to bypass exit polls. They were predicting poll outcomes through astrologers on their channel, the EC observed.

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History repeats itself: When AIADMK fought with a ‘cock’ and ‘two pigeons’

History repeated for the AIADMK on Wednesday when the Election Commission froze the party’s symbol while hearing a case between the Sasikala and O Panneerselvam camp.

The EC observed that it was freezing the symbol as it was unable to finish reading the 20,000 pages of argument between the two sides staking a claim for the two leaves.

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EC likely to revoke Sasikala’s interim general secy post: Sources

sasikala1The Election Commission is likely to revoke the interim general secretary post held by Sasikala. as there is no such provision in the party’s constitution. The EC had been petitioned about the same and is likely to pass an order to this effect soon.

However if the EC revokes her position, it would not stand in the way of her becoming CM as she has been elected as the leader of the AIADMK legislature party.

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No janta darbars, EC tells CMs of 5 poll bound states

eciNew Delhi, Jan 15: The Election Commission of India has directed the Chief Ministers of the five poll bound states to stop holding public hearings or janta darbars. The model code of conduct is in place for the states of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Manipur, Punjab and Goa.

A notification by the ECI read, “It has been brought to the notice of the Commission that the chief minister and ministers or politically appointed office-bearers of statutory bodies continue to hear appeals by persons under prevailing Acts and laws. The Commission has directed that all such hearings should be deferred till the conclusion of polls.”

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