Election Commissioner

  • Ensure smooth conduct of Uttarakhand panchayat polls: Election Commissioner June 12, 2014

    State Election Commissioner Subardhan has asked poll observers to conduct Panchayat elections scheduled to be held in Uttarakhand later this month objectively and with total transparency. At a meeting held with election observers in Dehradun on Wednesday, the state election commissioner said they play an important role during elections and asked...
  • LS polls: CEO seeks extra general observers for last phase in WB May 10, 2014

    The Election Commission has been requested by the CEO of West Bengal that one additional general observer be provided as a confidence building measure for each of the 17 Lok Sabha constituencies which would go to polls in the last phase on May 12. "CEO Sunil Gupta has sent a request...
  • EC reviews arrangements for 5th and 6th phase of LS polls in Bihar May 5, 2014

    Deputy Election Commissioner Alok Shukla on Sunday reviewed the arrangements for the fifth and sixth phase of Lok Sabha elections in Bihar to ensure smooth and incident-free voting. Shukla held a video conference with district magistrates and superintendents of police of the respective constituencies and passed on necessary directions of the...
  • MP Congress accuses BJP of cash distribution, moves CEC April 5, 2014

    The Madhya Pradesh unit of Congress today filed a complaint with Chief Election Commissioner V S Sampath, alleging that the ruling BJP was distributing cash through an NGO in the Bhind Lok Sabha constituency in the state. Leader of Opposition in the Assembly, Satyadev Katare, also submitted some documents to substantiate...
  • We cannot ban opinion polls: Chief Election Commissioner March 30, 2014

    Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) VS Sampath said on Sunday said the Election Commission cannot ban opinion polls as parliament has already framed a law. "Parliament has framed a law and the exit poll has been under it. But there is no prohibition on opinion poll so we cannot ban it," he...
  • CEC holds review meeting with representatives of political parties March 21, 2014

    Chief Election Commissioner V S Sampat held a review meeting with representatives of different political parties in Lucknow on Thursday. Sampat along with other members of the commission arrived here today on a two-day visit to review preparations for the Lok Sabha elections, according to an official release. On the first day...
  • Any indiscipline by AAP, BJP will not be tolerated: EC HS Brahma March 6, 2014

    Election Commissioner HS Brahma talking exclusively to CNN-IBN has said the kind of indiscipline displayed by the AAP and the BJP on the streets of Delhi will not be tolerated. "EC will be issuing instructions to electoral officers on field in 35 states that issue of law and order be...
  • EC hints at 6-phase Lok Sabha polls, dates by Feb end or early March January 13, 2014

    New Delhi: The Election Commission has said that Lok Sabha elections will be held in five or six phases and the dates will most probably be announced in the last week of February or early March, "We will announce the election dates in the end of February like we did...
  • False affidavits: CEC asks Law Ministry to take preventive measures January 4, 2014

    Expressing concern over the practice of candidates furnishing incorrect details in affidavits before polls, Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath on Saturday said that he has written to Law ministry for more preventive provisions. "As part of electoral reforms, we have already recommended to the law ministry an imprisonment of up to...
  • Election Commissioner VS Sampath signs MoU with Yemen December 24, 2013

    India has offered its expertise to Yemen in election management and electoral roll preparations. An MoU in this regard was signed between the two nations during a visit by India's Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) VS Sampath to Yemen. He is currently on a visit to the country at the invitation of...
  • Delhi BJP files complaint against Aam Admi Party September 4, 2013

    The Delhi state BJP has filed a complaint against the Aam Admi Party (AAP) with the Chief Election Commissioner for misusing the party's lotus election symbol, a BJP leader said on Wednesday. The BJP has alleged that the AAP, which is planning to contest the Delhi Assembly elections, is demeaning the...
  • CEC on 2-day visit to Bhopal to review state poll preparations August 21, 2013

    Chief Election Commissioner V S Sampat and Election Commissioners -H S Brahma and Dr Naseem Zaidi - would pay a two-day visit to the city from August 26 in connection with the ongoing preparations for the Madhya Pradesh assembly elections. During the visit, the three would hold discussions with administration officials...
  • Pakistan Chief Election Commissioner Fakhruddin G Ebrahim resigns July 31, 2013

    Fakhruddin G Ebrahim, Chief Election Commissioner of Pakistan, resigned on Wednesday a day after overseeing the election of the new President. In his resignation letter addressed to President Asif Ali Zardari, Ebrahim said that he has done his job to hold elections and it was time for the new Parliament to appoint his successor, so that...
  • AP: 88 per cent voting in second phase of panchayat elections July 27, 2013

    Hyderabad: The ruling Congress recovered a bit in the second phase of elections to gram panchayats in Andhra Pradesh by securing a lead in 10 districts while main opposition Telugu Desam continued its good run emerging on top in nine districts as per the trends available this evening. Trouble, however,...
  • Efforts will be made to ensure free, fair polls in K'taka: CEC April 10, 2013

    Bangalore: All efforts will be made to ensure free and fair Assembly polls in Karnataka, Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath said on Tuesday after reviewing arrangements with the state administration. On the suggestion of political parties and in view of the severe hot conditions, the EC has decided to advance the...
  • EC to review poll arrangements in Karnataka April 8, 2013

    Bangalore: Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath will visit Bangalore on Monday to assess the city's poll preparedness for the May 5 Assembly elections. Sampath along with Election Commissioners HS Brahma and SNA Zaidi will hold a meeting with representatives of all political parties on Monday and hear their grievances. They will...
  • 'MPs, MLAs facing criminal charges should be suspended' January 8, 2013

    New Delhi: As the debate to strengthen India's sexual assault law continues, former chief election commissioner T Krishnamurthy has suggested immediate suspension of MPs and MLAs facing criminal charges. He also says that jurisdiction of these cases should be in fast-track courts. "In my opinion, all serious crimes should be covered...
  • Pak A-G turns abusive in Supreme Court June 15, 2012

    Islamabad: Pakistan Attorney General Irfan Qadir created a ruckus in the courtroom Thursday by using "abusive remarks" against the Supreme Court judges and some "vulgar gesture", Geo News reported. The incident occurred when the apex court was hearing identical petitions challenging National Assembly Speaker Fehmida Mirza's ruling not to pass on...
  • VS Sampath takes over as the new CEC June 11, 2012

    New Delhi: Veeravalli Sundaram Sampath has taken over as the new Chief Election Commissioner, succeeding SY Quraishi. Sampath was appointed as the Chief Election Commissioner last week, and will preside over the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. VS Sampath is the 18th CEC of India. A low-profile bureaucrat, who has had...
  • Sampath to take over as the new CEC today June 11, 2012

    New Delhi: Veeravalli Sundaram Sampath on Monday will take over as the 18th Chief Election Commissioner of India at the EC headquarters in the Capital. A 1973 batch IAS officer, 62-year-old Sampath will take over from SY Quraishi whose term came to an end on Sunday. ...
  • Right to Recall not possible: CEC SY Qureshi June 10, 2012

    On his last day in office as Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) SY Qureshi rejected senior BJP leader LK Advani's demand for a collegium to choose the Election Commissioner and also Team Anna's demand for a Right to Recall MPs. Qureshi said that his greatest regret was he was unable to...
  • Speed up poll reforms, Quraishi urges PM April 13, 2012

    New Delhi: Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi on Friday wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for speeding up long-pending electoral reforms. Sources said the poll panel chief in his letter said that the reforms, including preventing people with criminal backgrounds from contesting elections, should be "expeditiously considered and approved". Although...
  • Poll panel chief SY Quraishi joins Twitter March 1, 2012

    New Delhi: India's Chief Election Commissioner, SY Quraishi has finally "surrendered" to the Twitter. And Quraishi says he has to thank the youth of the country and his son for it. Posting his maiden tweet, Quraishi, the head of the Election Commission, wrote, "At last, I have surrendered to twitter! Thanks...
  • UP 1st phase poll records highest turnout: CEC February 8, 2012

    New Delhi: The 62-64 per cent turn out of voters in the first phase of polling in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday was a record, Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi said. "This is for the eleventh time in a row that recorded a higher turnout. All the ten previous polls have...
  • Officer transfer routine, not linked to Vadra incident: EC February 7, 2012

    Election Commissioner HS Brahma said that the order for the poll officer's transfer was prepared before Robert Vadra's rally. ...
  • Team Anna's conduct will be monitored: Quraishi December 25, 2011

    New Delhi: Team Anna's conduct will be monitored during the assembly elections in five states, Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi said on Sunday, adding that its campaign against a 'particular party' could become an issue of propriety. "They (Team Anna) will be monitored like everybody else," Quraishi said. "So far they have...
  • Quraishi rules out 'impractical' right to recall November 11, 2011

    Kolkata: Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi on Friday ruled out social activist Anna Hazare's demand for right to recall saying this was not practical in a country like India. "We have made it clear that right to recall is not a very practical idea for India. If a representative is elected...
  • Anna's electoral reforms impractical: CEC October 24, 2011

    New Delhi: Anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare faced some more opposition as his proposed electoral reforms got a thumbs down from Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi who called them impractical. Speaking exclusively to Karan Thapar, Quraishi said it isn't possible in India. SY Quraishi: Right to recall means about 5 lakh people...
  • EC dismisses charge of being biased April 11, 2011

    New Delhi: The Election Commission on Monday dismissed the charge of bias in its actions and made it clear that steps for the conduct of fair and free polls are "not directed against anyone". "It is totally unwarranted. All decisions at the Commission are taken unanimously," Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi...
  • Central forces not to camp at schools: CEC March 23, 2011

    Kolkata: Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi on Thursday said that central and other paramilitary forces would not be allowed to camp inside schools where booths would be set up for the upcoming polls in West Bengal. "The central and other paramilitary forces will not be allowed to camp inside schools...