S Y QURAISHI

  • 'Khurshid's remarks created unprecedented scene' May 7, 2012

    New Delhi: Terming as a closed chapter the issue of Law Minister Salman Khurshid's remarks during UP polls "challenging" the Election Commission, CEC S Y Quraishi on Monday justified taking up the issue with the President saying the "unprecedented" situation warranted such a step. "Here was a Law Minister who was...
  • 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 longpending 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...
  • EC yet to decide on Khurshid matter: Quraishi February 14, 2012

    New Delhi: The Election Commission on Tuesday said it has not yet taken a decision on the letter of Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid regretting his controversial remarks on the minorities subquota issue. Amid speculation about its response to Khurshid's letter sent late on Monday night to the poll panel, Chief...
  • UP 1st phase poll records highest turnout: CEC February 8, 2012

    New Delhi: The 6264 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...
  • CEC complains to PM against Khurshid January 13, 2012

    New Delhi: Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid has ruffled feathers in the Election Commission by stating that his ministry had administrative control over the poll body, prompting its chief S Y Quraishi to complain to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Khurshid had recently said in a TV interview that the Law Ministry...
  • Anna's right to recall idea impractical: CEC September 21, 2011

    New Delhi: Terming as "impractical" Anna Hazare's suggestion for right to recall an elected MP, Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi on Wednesday said such a move would lead to "destabilising" the entire system. "Right to recall in a big country like ours is impractical. It is not easy in a...
  • 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...
  • Chennai: EC to review poll preparations March 12, 2011

    New Delhi: With just a week left for the poll process to begin, the full Election Commission will be travelling to Chennai on Sunday to review the preparations for the April 13 Assembly polls in Tamil Nadu. Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi and other two Election Commissioners V S...
  • Election Commission visits Bihar ahead of polls October 13, 2010

    New Delhi: The full Election Commission (EC) visited Bihar on Tuesday to review the poll preparations in the state which will witness sixphased Assembly polls from October 21. Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi and Election Commissioners V S Sampath and H S Brahma will be in the state for two...
  • EC announces sixphase poll in Bihar September 6, 2010

    New Delhi: Bihar will go to polls in six phases spread over a month from October 21, the Election Commission announced on Monday. The first phase on October 21 will have polling for 47 seats while the second phase will be held on October 24 in 45 seats. The third phase will...
  • Brahma is new Election Commissioner August 25, 2010

    New Delhi: Former bureaucrat Harishankar Brahma has been appointed as the new Election Commissioner. His appointment comes after the elevation of S.Y. Quraishi as the commission's head. Brahma (60) is a1975 batch IAS officer from Andhra Pradesh cadre. Brahma, who is a former Union power secretary, hails from Assam. "The President is pleased...
  • Techie who exposed EVM hacking held for theft August 25, 2010

    Hyderabad: The software engineer who exposed how electronic voting machines (EVMs) can be tampered with has been arrested by the Maharashtra police for allegedly stealing one. But Hyderabadbased Hari Prasad's supporters said it was a ploy of the Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra governments to divert attention from the discrepancies he...
  • S Y Qurashi appointed as India's new CEC July 30, 2010

    New Delhi: S Y Quraishi on Friday took over as India's new Chief Election Commissioner (CEC), becoming the first Muslim in the country to occupy the post. He takes over from Navin Chawla, who held the post for oneandahalf years. Quraishi had said on Thursday that he was taking over the...
  • Political party bribed Army officers during polls: EC June 4, 2009

    London: Members of a political party bribed Army officers in a blatant bid to rig postal ballots during last months General Elections in India, according to Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi. He did not identify the party. The visiting Indian official, who was giving a presentation on the justconcluded elections at...
  • Newsmaker: EC on Phase 1 turnout, expectations April 17, 2009

    Polling for the first of the five phases of elections 2009 ended on 124 constituencies in some of the nations most violence hit regions went to vote. ...