VS Sampath

  • BJP asks EC to stop Sonia Gandhi from airing message on DD, AIR 18-04-2014 10:43 PM

    New Delhi: BJP on Friday petitioned the Election Commission to stop Congress President Sonia Gandhi from airing her message on Doordarshan and AIR and said it is violative of the Model Code as it polarises the election scene among religious communities. In a letter to Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath,...
  • West Bengal: I would have died of suffocation, says Mamata Banerjee 18-04-2014 04:34 PM

    Kolkata: "I thought I would die" of suffocation, said West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday as she relived the horror when she narrowly escaped a fire that broke out in her hotel room. "I could not see anything as there was smoke all round. Luckily the room was...
  • VS Sampath reviews poll preparedness in Tamil Nadu 12-04-2014 06:09 PM

    Chennai: The Chief Election Commissioner of India VS Sampath is on a visit to review election preparedness in Tamil Nadu for the Lok Sabha elections. Addressing the media he said, "We met political parties. They gave positive suggestions and extended full support for election management. They also had complaints and...
  • Hope for better voter participation: EC 10-04-2014 11:48 AM

    Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath on Thursday hoped that voting percentage will keep improving with every round of the Lok Sabha election. "We hope for better voter participation in every phase," he told journalists in Delhi. He said Thursday's voting in 14 states was "critical ... because some of the...
  • Will come down heavily in cases of partiality or inaction in polls: CEC 06-04-2014 07:50 PM

    New Delhi: In a strict warning to officials, Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath on Sunday said it will "come down heavily" on them in cases of "partiality", "partisan conduct" or "inaction. Addressing the media after the full bench of the commission held a series of meetings with the political parties,...
  • LS polls: Opposition accuses West Bengal poll officials of ignorance 06-04-2014 05:17 PM

    The BJP, Congress and CPI-M on Sunday urged the Election Commission (EC) to ensure the chief electoral officer of West Bengal pays attention to opposition grievances. Accusing the electoral office in Kolkata of failing to promptly redress their grievances of violation of Model Code of Conduct, the three political parties...
  • LS polls: CEC in Kolkata to look into election preparations 05-04-2014 10:33 PM

    Kolkata: In the wake of allegations of biasness made by opposition parties against state CEO Sunil Gupta, the full bench of Election Commission led by CEC VS Sampath is in the city to examine the poll preparedness of the state. Sampath along with other officials today had a meeting with...
  • BJP moves EC over Beni, Azam Khan's remarks against Modi 03-04-2014 08:02 AM

    BJP on Wednesday lodged a complaint with the Election Commission over the remarks of Union Minister Beni Prasad Verma and UP Minister Azam Khan against Narendra Modi and demanded strict action. BJP, in its complaint to Chief Election Commission VS Sampath, sought appropriate strictures against Verma of Congress and Khan...
  • EC deploys 30 poll expenditure observers to keep a watch on spendings by political parties 31-03-2014 07:51 AM

    The Election Commission has deployed 30 poll expenditure observers and flying squads to keep track of spendings by political parties and other complaints of alleged misuse of money and muscle power in Jharkhand. "Jharkhand is expenditure sensitive state. We have deployed 30 expenditure observers," Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath said...
  • Maharashtra 'capital of paid news', says EC Brahma 28-03-2014 09:00 PM

    Mumbai: Election Commissioner HS Brahma on Friday termed Maharashtra the "capital of paid news", and urged the media to put an end to this practice. The comment led to an uproar from the media. The outraged media present at the briefing asked Brahma to clarify his remark, leading to Chief...
  • Naveen Jindal lodges complaint with EC against two news channels 18-03-2014 04:08 PM

    Congress MP and chairman of Jindal Steel and Power Naveen Jindal on Tuesday lodged a complaint with the Election Commission against two news channels belonging to a group for allegedly telecasting false news against him. "They have run 85 false news items against me since March 5, when code of...
  • Tripura: School books says BJP 'communal', EC begins probe 17-03-2014 09:37 PM

    Agartala: The Election Commission has began an inquiry into an allegation by the BJP that the party has purportedly been branded as communal in a class IX text book in Left Front-ruled Tripura. "We have received a complaint from BJP here and asked the state education department to file a...
  • Level-playing field should not be affected: CEC to parties 05-03-2014 06:22 PM

    As it announced Lok Sabha poll schedule, the Election Commission on Wednesday said the model code of conduct has come into effect which bars the ruling party from taking any action that would disturb the "level-playing field" required for the elections. "The Election Commission would like to clarify once again...
  • NOTA option to be available for first time across country 05-03-2014 04:54 PM

    For the first time, electorate across the country will have an option of not choosing anyone from a list of candidates during the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. As many as 20,000 EVMs will also have a paper trail facility which will enable a voter to verify whether his vote has...
  • Paid news: EC wants it to be made electoral offence 05-03-2014 01:28 PM

    Recognising the malaise of paid news, Election Commission has proposed to the government to make it an electoral offence even as it continues to tackle it itself by monitoring the expenditures of candidates. Addressing a press conference in New Delhi to announce the Lok Sabha poll schedule, Chief Election Commissioner...
  • 2014 Lok Sabha elections in 9 phases from April 7 to May 12, results on May 16 05-03-2014 11:04 AM

    New Delhi: The countdown for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections has begun. The polls will be held between April 7 and May 12 in nine phases, said the Elections Commission on Wednesday. The counting of votes will be held on May 16. This is the first time that voting will...
  • 2014 Lok Sabha election schedule to be announced today 05-03-2014 07:48 AM

    New Delhi: The schedule for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections will be announced by the Election Commission at 10:30 am on Wednesday. It is likely to be a six or seven phase poll and may begin from the first week of April. With the announcement of poll dates, the Model...
  • Manipulation of opinion polls: EC asks Centre to take action 01-03-2014 02:40 PM

    Acting on a complaint by Congress on alleged manipulation of opinion polls by some organisations, the Election Commission has asked the Centre to take "appropriate action" in the matter. In a communication to the ministries of Corporate Affairs and Information and Broadcasting, the EC has said the matter involves allegations...
  • Election Commission yet to decide on Lok Sabha polls: CEC 09-02-2014 06:34 PM

    Chennai: The Election Commission is yet to decide on finalising dates for conducting the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath said on Saunday. "Currently, consultations and other preparatory works are going on. We are yet to decide on finalising the dates", he said. Sampath is on a...
  • Lok Sabha polls: 81 crore voters, four crore are first timers 24-01-2014 08:40 PM

    New Delhi: Over 81 crore people are expected to exercise their franchise in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections, which include at least four crore first-time voters in the youth category. Election Commission sources say the number of electors in the country eligible to cast their vote in 2014 Lok Sabha...
  • Cong moves EC against Kejriwal, demands action for waving tricolour at dharna 23-01-2014 09:05 AM

    Taking exception to waving of the tricolour by AAP supporters during the sit-in protest of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, a Congress leader on Wednesday lodged a complaint with the Election Commission alleging the act amounted to insulting the national flag. Kishore Varshney, a member of Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee,...
  • EC aborts tie-up with Google for election info over security concerns 09-01-2014 06:23 PM

    New Delhi: The Election Commission has decided not to pursue its proposed tie-up with internet giant Google after concerns over national security were raised from several quarters, including major parties. US-based Google had earlier this week made a formal presentation to the Election Commission proposing a tie-up with it for...
  • False affidavits: CEC asks Law Ministry to take preventive measures 04-01-2014 06:41 PM

    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...
  • Election Commissioner VS Sampath signs MoU with Yemen 24-12-2013 03:44 PM

    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...
  • Want paid news to be made electoral offence, says VS Sampath 21-12-2013 05:38 PM

    The Election Commission has recommended to the Law Ministry to treat all paid news as an electoral offence since it had been causing "maximum damage" to the electoral process, Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath said on Saturday. "Corruption implications of paid news has its impact on every one... media, candidates...
  • New Parliament to be constituted before June 1, says VS Sampath 14-12-2013 01:37 PM

    The next general elections would be held in multiple phases next year and be completed in time to constitute the 16th Lok Sabha by June 1, Chief Election Commissioner V S Sampath has said. "National elections may be held in five, six or seven phases," Sampath said at an event...
  • Holding elections in Chhattisgarh was challenging amidst Naxal threat: EC 08-12-2013 08:28 AM

    In an exclusive interview with CNN-IBN, Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath said that of all the states which went to polls, holding elections in Chhattisgarh was most challenging amidst naxal threat. ...
  • Congress urges EC to count postal ballots first in Chhattisgarh 28-11-2013 11:10 PM

    With Chhattisgarh Assembly polls expected to be a keen affair, Congress on Thursday made a strong plea to the Election Commission to take up counting of postal ballots first to avert any last minute "manipulation". State party chief Charan Das Mahant has told Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath that the...
  • War of words: Rahul, Modi battle puts EC in tough spot 20-11-2013 04:54 PM

    It seems for every 'khooni panja' there is an 'ISI agent'. The level of political discourse ahead of the 2014 elections has reached an all time low. With personal barbs flying thick and fast from both sides, the Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath must feel like an umpire in an...
  • Modi likely to reply to EC notice today over his 'khooni panja remark' 16-11-2013 10:12 AM

    New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) prime ministerial candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is likely to reply to the Election Commission's's notice for allegedly violating the poll code of conduct over his 'Khooni Panja' remark. EC had asked Modi to explain by 5 pm on November 16 why...