CHIEF ELECTION COMMISSIONER

  • Paid news should attract disqualification: VS Sampath September 28, 2014

    New Delhi: Paid news should be made an electoral offence that attracts disqualification so that it acts as a deterrent, Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath on Sunday suggested and said inadequacies in legal framework were not allowing the poll panel to effectively check this and other malpractices. He also said that...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 2day 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 twoday 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, ChiefElection Commissioner of Pakistan, resigned on Wednesday a day afteroverseeing the election of the new President. In his resignation letter addressed to President Asif AliZardari, Ebrahim said that he has done his job to holdelections and it was time for the new Parliament to appointhis successor, so that...
  • '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 fasttrack courts. "In my opinion, all serious crimes should be covered...
  • 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 lowprofile 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, 62yearold 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 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...
  • 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 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...
  • Quraishi says Right to Reject can be considered January 29, 2012

    New Delhi: Asking government to take up electoral reforms in the coming session of Parliament, Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi on Sunday said the time has come to consider the Right to Reject proposal. The CEC rejected the suggestion for state funding of elections, saying "this will...
  • 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 16, 2011

    New Delhi: Anticorruption 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...
  • 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...
  • SY Quraishi takes over as the new CEC July 30, 2010

    New Delhi: SY Quraishi on Friday took over as India's new chief election commissioner (CEC), becoming the first Muslim to occupy the post. He said after becoming the new CEC that achieving "a perfect electoral roll" was his priority. After assuming office, Quraishi said that "enhancing voters' participation and restricting the role...
  • 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...
  • Quraishi to succeed Navin Chawla as new CEC July 27, 2010

    New Delhi: S Y Quraishi, Election Commissioner, was on Tuesday appointed the new Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) in the place of Navin Chawla, who demits office on Thursday. The notification elevating 63yearold Quraishi as head of the threemember election body was issued today. He will have a little less than two...
  • Mandatory voting an 'impossible task': CEC January 25, 2010

    Should voting in elections be made mandatory? Chief Election Commisioner Naveen Chawla says no. Chawla has shot down the idea mooted by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, calling such a move impractical and impossible. Modi had created a flutter recently when he made voting in Gujarat local body polls...
  • Polling booth confusion clear, CEC votes May 7, 2009

    New Delhi: Chief Election Commissioner, Naveen Chawla finally cast his vote after confusion about which polling booth he was listed in. Chawla's name was listed in two polling booths. On his instructions his name was dropped in one polling booth and he ended up voting. The confusion was caused because...
  • ExCEC Gopalaswami rules out joining politics April 21, 2009

    New Delhi: Former chief election commissioner N Gopalaswami on Tuesday ruled out joining politics, saying he has no plans of entering Parliament, and favoured barring of retired CECs from joining politics 10 years from the time they demit office. "I suppose today you can't enter Parliament unless you are a member...