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  • BJP welcomes announcement of poll schedule for J&K 11 hours 4 minutes ago

    Jammu: Welcoming the announcement of poll schedule for Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, BJP said it is ready for the elections and is confident that it will form its first government in the state. BJP state president and MP Jugal Kishore Sharma said the party leadership and activists at the state,...
  • EC announces 5-phase election in Jharkhand, J&K; counting on December 23: As it happened 16 hours 41 minutes ago

    New Delhi: 4.30 pm: The Election Commission of India announces dates of assembly elections in states of Jammu & Kashmir and Jharkhand. 4.34 pm: The election for both the states to take place in 5 phases: November 25, December 2, December 9, December 14 and December 20. The counting in both...
  • EC proposes e-voting, proxy vote for NRI electorate to SC 1 week ago

    New Delhi: The Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) may be allowed to vote through proxies or the electronic voting machines. The Election Commission has submitted its recommendation to the Supreme Court on a petition filed by an NRI Dr Shamsheer Vayalil. One of the proposals to allow NRIs to vote is to...
  • EC's displeasure at Gadkari's remarks October 11, 2014

    New Delhi: The Election Commission on Saturday expressed "displeasure" at Union Minister Nitin Gadkari's reported remarks asking voters to accept bribe during campaigning in Maharashtra Assembly polls. In its order, which also carried excerpts of Gadkari's response to the Commission's show cause notice, EC said "irrespective of whatever intentions you might...
  • Congress moves EC against PM Modi alleging personal attacks October 10, 2014

    After the EC order that there was no poll code violation by Haryana Government in clearing the land deal involving Robert Vadra, the Congress has been demanding an apology from PM Narendra Modi....
  • Government buses can't display election ads: Election Commission September 29, 2014

    New Delhi: As Maharashtra and Haryana go for Assembly polls next month, the Election Commission on Monday ruled out allowing display of election advertisements on government transport buses, saying the party in power can use it to its advantage and disturb the level playing field. In a communication to Chief Electoral...
  • Political parties should deposit funds in banks: EC August 29, 2014

    New Delhi: The Election Commission on Friday virtually made it mandatory for political parties to deposit their funds in banks and not to exceed ceiling limits in financial assistance for candidates to ensure transparency and accountability. The Election Commission order in this regard under Article 324 of the Constitution (superintendence, direction...
  • EC likely to announce Maharashtra, Haryana poll dates next week August 24, 2014

    New Delhi: The election process for states going to polls is expected to be set in motion as the Election Commission is likely to announce dates in this regard in the middle of next week. The terms of legislative assemblies of Haryana and Maharashtra are coming to an end on October...
  • EC plan on young voters' enrolment faces legal hurdle August 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Election Commission's plan to ensure that young citizens are registered as voters as soon as they turn 18 has run into difficulties as the Attorney General has opined that the move to have multiple cutoff dates contradicts provisions of the Constitution. EC had earlier this year told the government...
  • EC not to defend its notice against former Maharashtra Chief Minister Chavan July 25, 2014

    New Delhi: The Election Commission on Friday told the Delhi High Court that being a quasijudicial body, it will not defend its order holding exMaharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan guilty of failing to give his correct expenses in the 2009 assembly polls. Chavan, an MP from Nanded parliamentary seat, has been...
  • Maharashtra Assembly Polls: EC to review preparedness July 15, 2014

    Mumbai: Ahead of Assembly elections in Maharashtra, the Election Commission of India has decided to send a team to the state to review the preparedness. The team is scheduled to meet top officials of the state administration on Tuesday. The assembly elections are due in October this year. ...
  • Ashok Chavan paid news case: EC frames fivepoint charges May 30, 2014

    New Delhi: The Election Commission (EC) on Friday framed five specific charges against former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan in the alleged 'paid news' case and furnishing of 'incorrect' election accounts case against him. The EC, after framing the charges, also asked the complainants in the case to furnish all their...
  • Model Code of Conduct ends May 19, 2014

    New Delhi: After being in force for over two months, the Model Code of Conduct has ended during which the Election Commission took several major decisions, including giving the nod to the government to appoint the next Navy and Army chiefs and asking it to defer notifying doubling of prices...
  • Have faith in constitutional bodies: VS Sampath May 15, 2014

    Amid allegations of bias being levelled by BJP, Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath on Thursday advised political parties to have faith in constitutional bodies. "Have faith in constitutional bodies. Sampath may come and go. The institution (EC) will be there forever," Sampath said. He was responding to questions on BJP's...
  • Counting on Friday to decide the fate of 472 candidates in Bengal May 15, 2014

    Kolkata: Counting of votes in the 42 Lok Sabha constituencies in West Bengal will begin at 8:00 am on Friday under the direct supervision of Election Commission officials to decide the fate of 472 candidates. Altogether 48 counting venues, comprising 69 counting centres, have been set up, which would be...
  • Kirit Somaiya, Sanjay Patil in dock for exceeding poll expense limit May 14, 2014

    New Delhi: BJP candidate Kirit Somaiya and NCP candidate Sanjay Dina Patil have given false information to the EC regarding election expenditure, the commission officials said. The two candidates have been ordered by the Returning Officer of 28 Mumbai North East parliamentary constituency to add Rs 20 Lakh and Rs...
  • EC examining Modi's video message, says DEC Vinod Zutshi May 12, 2014

    The Election Commission on Monday said it was examining complaints that BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi violated electoral laws by delivering a video message to voters when polling was underway in 41 constituencies, including Varanasi. "Yes, there was a complaint... The matter is under examination," Deputy EC Vinod Zutshi told...
  • Hope EC ensures fair polling in West Bengal: Brinda Karat May 12, 2014

    Left leader Brinda Karat says that the Election Commission should ensure fair polling in West Bengal. ...
  • EC raids BJP's Varanasi office, backs off within hours May 11, 2014

    Varanasi: Amid high drama on eve of polls, UP police and Election Commission officials on Sunday raided BJP office in Varanasi and seized campaign material, drawing vociferous protest from the party, but within hours "closed" the case. The search was conducted by the flying squad of police personnel and...
  • Allegations, counterallegations mark poll eve in Bengal May 11, 2014

    Kolkata: On the eve of the crucial last phase of Lok Sabha election in West Bengal, opposition political parties alleged violence by the Trinamool Congress and accused the Election Commission of not acting over complaints, while TMC chief Mamata Banerjee claimed that opposition parties were indulging in false propaganda. ...
  • Azam Khan accuses EC of 'helping' BJP win Lok Sabha elections May 11, 2014

    Lucknow: Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan has accused the Election Commission of helping the Bharatiya Janata Party win the 16th Lok Sabha elections. He said on Sunday, "EC is helping the BJP to fight the elections which is why Amit Shah is set free after his remarks on Azamgarh." Khan, who is...
  • EC notice to Rahul for remarks against the BJP May 9, 2014

    New Delhi: The Election Commission has served a notice to Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi for his alleged remarks against Bharatiya Janata Party prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi at a rally in Himachal. Rahul had allegedly said that if the BJP comes to power, 22,000 people will be killed in...
  • Nothing wrong in Amit Shah's speech about Azamgarh: EC May 9, 2014

    The Election Commission (EC) on Friday said there was "nothing particularly wrong" in the speech of BJP leader Amit Shah in which he reportedly described Azamgarh as "a base of terrorists". "I have seen the speech myself...he only said Azamgarh. We found nothing much. Our people have also seen the video....
  • Implementing model code in 2014 elections a major challenge: EC May 9, 2014

    New Delhi: Election Commissioner HS Brahma on Friday said that the major challenge the election watchdog faced in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls was the problem in implementing the model code of conduct. "Use of money and muscle power in these elections have reappeared. We tried controlling them till 2012, but...
  • After Modi's show of strength, Kejriwal to hit Varanasi streets today May 9, 2014

    Varanasi: After BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's grand roadshow in Varanasi on Thursday, it is his competitor Arvind Kejriwal who is all set to hit the streets of the temple town on Friday. Kejriwal's roadshow is likely to begin around 3 pm from the main gate of Benaras Hindu University....
  • India @ 9 with Rajdeep Sardesai May 8, 2014

    Catch the day's top stories with Rajdeep Sardesai on India @ 9. ...
  • Has the EC been biased and inefficient as alleged by BJP in 2014? May 8, 2014

    Narendra Modi, the BJP's prime ministerial candidate, held a massive roadshow in Varanasi on Thursday in protest against the Election Commission after one of his rallies in the city was cancelled by the district administration. The roadshow came shortly after the EC slammed the BJP for "disrespecting" the poll panel. ...
  • News 360: Modi slams EC, holds massive road show in Varanasi May 8, 2014

    Denied permission to hold a rally at a venue of its choice in Varanasi, BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi launched a vehement attack on the Election Commission accusing it of working under pressure. The Election Commission hit back by rejecting BJP's accusations of bias in denying permission to Modi's...
  • A Billion Votes: Modi questions EC's neutrality, commission hits back May 8, 2014

    BJP prime ministerial pick Narendra Modi held a massive roadshow in Varanasi on Thursday in protest against the Election Commission after one of his rallies in the city was cancelled by the district administration. The roadshow came shortly after the EC slammed the BJP for "disrespecting" the poll panel. ...
  • EC will look into our complaint: BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi May 8, 2014

    A delegation of the BJP leaders met the Election Commission officials in New Delhi and lodged a complaint against the Returning Officer who barred Narendra Modi from holding a rally in Varanasi. BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu said the Returning officer violated EC guidelines and was hindering free and fair elections....