New Delhi, Sep 19: The Election Commission of India has told the Supreme Court that it is not obliged to conduct elections in the country in a manner desired by the Congress or its leaders.
Hyderabad, Sep 13: Amidst talk of the Telangana assembly elections being held in November, the Election Commission of India is looking at the possibility of holding poll simultaneously in Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Chattisgarh and Rajasthan.
Combining all elections within a period year would be a better alternative to One Nation One Poll, the Election Commission said. The EC was asked by the Law Commission, what an alternative to One National One Poll could be.
B S Yeddyurappa, the BJP chief in Karnataka has written to the Election Commission alleging foul play in the recently concluded Karnataka assembly elections. His letter comes days after cases of voter verifiable paper audit trail machines were found abandoned in a shed in Vijaypura district.
The Election Commission has sent a special observer to Karnataka after nearly 10,000 voter ID cards were recovered in the Raja Rajeshwari Nagar constituency on Tuesday. The deputy election commissioner Chandrabhushan Kumar will probe into the matter and submit a report at the earliest. A war of words has broken out between the Congress and the BJP following the seizure of the cards. The issue was even raised by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and BJP national president Amit Shah during their election rallies on Wednesday.
The Election Commission of India will put in place a code of conduct for the social media platforms that collaborate with it in a bid to ensure that user data remains safe. The move is aimed at ensuring that the election process is not affected.
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.
By 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.
Winning elections at any cost seems to be new norm, Election Commissioner O P Rawat said.
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.