VS SAMPATH

  • No regrets for refusing to allow PM Modi's rally in Varanasi during LS polls: VS Sampath January 16, 2015

    New Delhi: Outgoing Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath has no regrets about the decision to go by the district authorities in the high-profile Varanasi constituency where a BJP rally of Narendra Modi was refused during the Lok Sabha polls last year. "The question of avoiding does not arise. Election is an...
  • India @ 9 with Zakka Jacob January 15, 2015

    Catch the day's top stories with Zakka Jacob on India @ 9. ...
  • News 360: Kiran Bedi joins BJP, to contest Delhi Assembly elections January 15, 2015

    The BJPs mission Delhi got a shot in the arm, when former top cop and once close Anna aide Kiran Bedi joined the party on Thursday. Kiran Bedi who may well be the face of the BJP will be pitted against her one time collegue Arvind Kejriwal and his Aam...
  • Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath retires on Thursday January 15, 2015

    Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath retired on Thursday. Speaking to CNN-IBN's Marya Shakil , he said its not necessary for retired people to seek constitutional posts to do public service. ...
  • HS Brahma appointed new Chief Election Commissioner; will assume charge on Friday January 15, 2015

    New Delhi: The government has appointed HS Brahma as the next Chief Election Commissioner in place of VS Sampath who demits office on Thursday. The appointment of Brahma has been made keeping with the convention of elevating the senior-most Election Commissioner as the CEC, a recommendation the Law Ministry had made...
  • HS Brahma may be the next Chief Election Commissioner January 14, 2015

    New Delhi: Government may be all set to appoint Election Commissioner HS Brahma as the next Chief Election Commissioner in place of VS Sampath who demits office on Thursday. If Brahma is elevated, then it will be in keeping with the convention of elevating the senior-most Election Commissioner as the...
  • EC issues stern warning over hate speeches January 12, 2015

    New Delhi: Warning political leaders against making hate speeches, the Election Commission on Monday said there will be strict and "ruthless" enforcement of the Model Code of Conduct during Delhi polls and it will have zero tolerance against such occurrences. "Any statement made before the Model Code is one thing. Any...
  • Political parties welcome announcement on Delhi poll dates: Who said what January 12, 2015

    New Delhi: All major parties welcomed the announcement of dates for Delhi Assembly elections and claimed they are ready for the battle. Delhi will vote in a single phase on February 7 and counting will take place three days later on February 10, according to the schedule announced by Chief...
  • AAP alleges anomalies in Delhi voters list January 6, 2015

    New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party on Tuesday approached the Election Commission seeking removal of anamolies in the voters list of Delhi and said free and fair polls will not be possible if such discrepancies exist. Party chief Arvind Kejriwal, who met the Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath and also...
  • JMM urges CEC to acquaint villagers with paramilitary forces November 12, 2014

    Ranchi: Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) on Wednesday urged Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath to launch an awareness campaign in villages of Jharkhand before deploying para-military forces there ahead of the five-phased polls starting November 25. "We requested the CEC to make villagers fearless of the security personnel before deployment because innocent...
  • EC for proxy voting, e-ballots for NRIs, but not polling at embassies October 26, 2014

    New Delhi: The Election Commission favours proxy voting and e-ballot for NRIs but not voting in Indian embassies abroad. It says the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) does not favour voting in missions abroad. "We are not opposed to anything. But will do anything that can be feasible," Chief Election...
  • EC to hold further consultations to decide poll timing in J&K October 18, 2014

    Srinagar: After holding day-long discussions with stakeholders in Jammu and Kashmir, the Election Commission on Saturday said that it will hold further consultations in Delhi on timing of Assembly polls in the flood-ravaged state. It, however, made it clear that relief and rehabilitation work will not be affected in case...
  • Voting through paper ballot a possibility in three seats: CEC September 30, 2014

    Mumbai: Three constituencies in Marathwada could see voting through paper ballot instead of the Electronic Voting Machines on October 15 Maharashtra assembly polls if the total number of candidates in each of them exceeds 63. These constituencies are Bhokar, Nanded South and Nanded North. At...
  • 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...
  • Schedule for Maharashtra, Haryana Assembly elections September 22, 2014

    New Delhi: The crucial Assembly elections in Maharashtra and Haryana will be held on October 15, announced Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath on Friday. It will be a single phased election in both the states and counting of votes will take place on October 19. While Haryana has 90 Assembly seats,...
  • Voters may enroll until last date of filing nominations: EC July 15, 2014

    Mumbai: As many as 19.31 lakh applications have been registered so far as part of the ongoing summary revision of electoral rolls in Maharashtra and voters would have the opportunity to enroll themselves until the last date of filing of nomination papers, the Election Commission of India said on Tuesday. The...
  • EC to visit Maharashtra on Monday for Assembly polls preparation July 13, 2014

    New Delhi: Setting the ball rolling for the forthcoming Assembly polls in Maharashtra, the full panel of the Election Commission (EC) will visit the state on Monday. The Election Commission team, led by Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath and Election Commissioners HS Brahma and S NA Zaidi, will meet top officials...
  • 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...
  • EC gives list of newlyelected LS members to President May 18, 2014

    The full Election Commission on Sunday called on President Pranab Mukherjee and handed over the list of 543 newlyelected members of Lok Sabha that will enable him initiate the formal process of new government formation. Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath and the other two Commissioners HS Brahma and Nasim Zaidi met...
  • 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...
  • Union Minister asks EC to take steps to check violence on Friday May 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Union minister AH Khan Chowdhury on Wednesday expressed fears of violence in West Bengal by Trinamool Congress (TMC) during counting of votes on Friday and asked the Election Commission to take preventive measures. In a letter to Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath, he referred to the violent incidents during...
  • LS polls: EC orders repoll on 8 polling stations in Gurgaon May 13, 2014

    Chandigarh: The Election Commission on Tuesday ordered repoll on eight polling stations falling under four different Assembly segments in the Gurgaon Parliamentary constituency. Haryana Chief Electoral Officer Shrikant Walgad said that polling at these stations would be held on May 15 from 7 am to 6 pm. Walgad said the polling...
  • EC rejects BJP's bias charge, backs Varanasi DM's call to cancel Modi rally May 10, 2014

    Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) VS Sampath on Saturday defended the Varanasi District Magistrate, Pranjal Yadav, who cancelled a rally by Narendra Modi in the temple town over security reasons earlier this week, saying that he made no mistake. In his first ever interview, Sampath also told IBN18 Network EditorinChief Rajdeep...
  • Modi warns 'biased' EC, holds massive roadshow, poll watchdog hits back May 8, 2014

    Varanasi: Narendra Modi, the Bharatiya Janata Party'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"...
  • Not scared of anyone, sad that a party should protest against us: EC May 8, 2014

    New Delhi: The Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) had a stern message for the Bharatiya Janata Party today. "We appeal to senior leaders of parties to display greater maturity when referring to the EC," CEC VS Sampath said at a press conference, called shortly after the BJP held a massive protest...
  • Nagaland: Congress leaders allege rigging during LS polls April 25, 2014

    Kohima: Congress leaders met the Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath and submitted a complaint alleging large-scale proxy voting and poll rigging by the supporters of ruling Naga People's Front (NPF) during the April 9 Lok Sabha polls in Nagaland. Congress candidate for for the lone Lok Sabha seat in Nagaland KV...
  • AP tops the list of expenditure sensitive states this election season April 21, 2014

    Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh currently tops the list of expenditure sensitive states in the poll season across the country. Reviewing election preparation of the state, CEC VS Sampath expressed concern as 46 per cent of the total Rs 232 crore seized in the whole country belongs to AP alone. About Rs...
  • BJP asks EC to stop Sonia Gandhi from airing message on DD, AIR April 18, 2014

    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, BJP...
  • West Bengal: I would have died of suffocation, says Mamata Banerjee April 18, 2014

    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 not...
  • Hate speeches a matter of great concern: CEC April 12, 2014

    In the wake of the recent hate speeches by SP leader Azam Khan and BJP leader Amit Shah, Election Commissioner VS Sampath said that it was a matter of serious concern. "EC has written a strong letter to the UP government. The state government needs to file an FIR for...