How the ECI came to the rescue of Ahmed Patel

ahmedpatelThe disqualification of two votes helped Ahmed Patel of the Congress sail through into the Rajya Sabha for the fifth time. It was the Election Commission of India which declared the two votes as invalid as a result of which Patel was elected to the upper house of Parliament from Gujarat.

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Next Vice-President of India elections on August 5, counting same day

eciThe elections to the next Vice- President of India will be held on August 5. The announcement was made by the Election Commission of India. The commission will ensure that the elections are free and fair. The electoral college will elect the next VP of India, the ECI also said.

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ECI seeks contempt powers, wants to punish those sullying its image

eciThe Election Commission of India is likely to get contempt powers. A letter has been written to the Union Law Ministry seeking contempt powers. An amendment to the Contempt of Courts Act 1971 has been sought so that the powers are given to the ECI as well.

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Who will be the next President of India? Election on July 17, counting July 20

presidentThe Next President of India will be elected on July 17 said Chief Election Commissioner, Nasim Zaidi said. He also said that the election notification will be issued on June 14 while the last date for nomination will be on June 28.

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Uttarakhand HC stays ECI’s EVM challenge, calls it unconstitutional

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The Uttarakhand High Court has stayed the EVM challenge organised by the Election Commission of India. The court observed that the ECI does not have the authority to undertake such an exercise. The court held that such an exercise is unconstitutional in nature. Hence the hackathon to be conducted tomorrow cannot be held the court said while issuing the stay order. The court also directed the ECI to conduct a full bench meeting today itself. The court said that following the meeting the ECI must inform it about the plans of conducting the EVM hackathon.

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It was dummy EVM that AAP used to demonstrate tampering

evmThe Election Commission of India has said that after initial doubts of an EVM theft, it has been found that the EVM used in the Delhi assembly was a dummy. The AAP decided to use a dummy EVM in the assembly to demonstrate EVM tampering to avoid any sort of legal complications.

Earlier ECI officials had said that they would check to see how the EVM was procured. The EVMs are stored in a go-down of the Election Commission of India are used only during the elections.

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TTV bribery case: When cops ran from court to court looking for a judge

sukeshchandrasekarIt was a big bust and they needed his custody urgently. However in order to seek the custody of Sukesh Chandrasekhar, the man who promised T T V Dinakaran the AIADMK’s two leaves symbol, the Delhi Crime Branch needed a judge. Sukesh was arrested with Rs 1.3 crore from a hotel in South Delhi and it is alleged that this was the money that was given to him to bribe Election Commission of India officials.

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Meet the conman from Bengaluru who promised Dinakaran the AIADMK symbol

sukeshchandrasekarHis tryst with crime started at the age of 17. Today Sukesh Chandrasekar is all over the news for allegedly trying to help Sasikala Natarajan’s nephew T T V Dinakaran bribe Election Commission of India officials to bag the two leaves symbol of the AIADMK.

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Srinagar: Why did ECI not take centre’s advise on postponement

srinagarpolling1The centre was apprehensive about holding the by-elections in Srinagar on Sunday which recorded just 7 per cent polling. Home Ministry officials said that it would be better to wait for the panchayat polls and then go ahead with the elections in Srinagar.

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AIADMK war: Here is why the ECI froze the symbol

On Wednesday in a late night interim order, the Election Commission of India froze the AIADMK’s two leaves symbol.

It was hearing contesting claims by the Sasikala and O Panneerselvam faction for the symbol. As a result, both factions will have to choose new symbols and fight the R K Nagar by-elections on April 12.

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