VS SAMPATH

  • 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...
  • VS Sampath reviews poll preparedness in Tamil Nadu April 12, 2014

    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 it...
  • Hope for better voter participation: EC April 10, 2014

    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 sensitive areas...
  • Will come down heavily in cases of partiality or inaction in polls: CEC April 6, 2014

    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, bureaucrats,...
  • LS polls: Opposition accuses West Bengal poll officials of ignorance April 6, 2014

    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 complained...
  • LS polls: CEC in Kolkata to look into election preparations April 5, 2014

    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 state...
  • BJP moves EC over Beni, Azam Khan's remarks against Modi April 3, 2014

    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 of...
  • EC deploys 30 poll expenditure observers to keep a watch on spendings by political parties March 31, 2014

    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 after...
  • Maharashtra 'capital of paid news', says EC Brahma March 28, 2014

    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 Election...
  • Naveen Jindal lodges complaint with EC against two news channels March 18, 2014

    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 conduct...