Election Commission of India

EC wants minimum punishment of 2 years in cases of paid news

The Election Commission of India has asked the Centre to impose a minimum punishment of two years to anyone found guilty of indulging in the malaise of paid news. Chief Election Commissioner SY Qureshi said during a discussion here that the Commission could only act if it was given sufficient proof. He said the Commission […]

Right to reject candidates is a ticklish affair : Election Commission

The Election Commission on Monday termed as a “ticklish affair” the demand for the right to reject candidates in elections. “We have not applied our mind to it seriously, just heard about it here and there. It is going to be a ticklish affair,” Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi said. He said the proposed […]

Election Commission institute to train poll personnel

Living up to its billing as the largest democracy, Election Commission of India has now set up an institute to train personnel from struggling democracies who are seeking its help to conduct polls. With requests from a host of countries to train poll officials, Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi and Kenya’s Election Commissioner Ken […]

Election Commission changes toll free helpline number to 1950

The Election Commission of India (ECI) will change the all-India toll-free helpline number ‘1965’, launched earlier this year for registering poll-related complaints. The new 24×7 helpline number will now be ‘1950’, and along with UP, it will be launched across the country by the end of July. An ECI official said that helpline number has […]

Election Commission to introduce EVM and VVPAT system

BJP leader LK Advani’s long-standing demand for a paper trail in Electronic Voting Machines to bring in more transparency in the polling process will finally be put to test. the Election Commission unveiled Electronic Voting Machines with voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) that would be put to test in simulated elections across 35 polling […]

Election Commissioners made public their assets

Election Commission Chief S Y Quraishi and other two Election Commissioners V S Sampath and H S Brahma made public their immovable properties. It is mandatory for those contesting elections to make public their assets in cash and properties. Likewise the CEC has set an example and went further and listed the source of funds. […]

Poll schedule for Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Assam and Kerala on March 1

The Election Commission is likely to announce on March 1 the schedule for elections in five states, setting the stage for a contest which is crucial for both Congress and Left. Sources said that Commission is considering to stagger polls in West Bengal over five phases. For Assam, a two-phase poll seems likely, while elections […]

South Asian Election Commission to exchange ideas and best practices

Chief election commissioners of South Asian countries are meeting here to exchange ideas and best practices to promote electoral democracies in the region. The two-conference, jointly organized by Malaysian Commonwealth Studies Centre and Foundation for Advance Management of Elections (FAME) began at Pragati Resorts, about 40 km from Hyderabad. Except Bhutan, where the municipal elections […]

Election Commission has issued a show cause notice to Madhu Koda

The Election Commission has issued a show cause notice to former Jharkhand chiefminister Madhu Koda for failing to lodge “true accounts” of his poll campaign and spending more than 10 times of the statutory limit during the 2009 general elections. The Commission said it has found that Koda had made anexpenditure of about Rs 10 […]