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Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections: Phase 1 voting begins

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh kicked off election season with the first phase of the state Assembly polls on Thursday. Voters were seen lining up outside polling booths since morning. The first phase covers 58 constituencies across 11 districts. By 9 am, the voter turnout was nearly 8 per cent. Meanwhile, the Samajwadi Party alleged that poor...

EC lawyer in SC quits over ‘values not in consonance’

A lawyer in the Election Commission’s panel of advocates for the Supreme Court has resigned stating that his ‘values are not in consonance with the EC. The lawyer Mohit D Ram has been a counsel for the Election Commission since 2013. “I have found that my values are not in consonance with the current functioning of...

SC rejects EC’s plea, says media can report court observations

The Election Commission (EC), which received flak for the lackadaisical approach in which the Assembly elections were held in five states in gross violation of COVID safety protocols, has now failed to get a reprieve from the Supreme Court. The top court has dismissed the petition filed by the poll panel seeking a restraining order...

Can’t stop media from reporting court hearing, SC tells EC

The Supreme Court on Monday told the Election Commission (EC) that media cannot be stopped from reporting any court hearing. The court went on to say that the media must report fully what happens in court. The poll panel had approached the apex court complaining that it was being castigated without any evidence on political...

Candidates require negative COVID report, vaccination certificate to enter counting centres: EC

The Election Commission (EC) on Wednesday announced that candidates will not be allowed inside vote counting centres on May 2 without a negative COVID report or a certificate of having taken both the doses of any COVID-19 vaccine. Notably, the Assembly election results of five states—West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Assam and Puducherry—are going to...

EC sends second notice to Mamata Banerjee for her remarks against central forces

Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee, who is trying tooth and nail to fight back the growing influence of the BJP in West Bengal, has received her second notice from the Election Commission that asked her to explain her remarks on central forces deployed in Bengal elections. Notably, Mamata Banerjee had on March 28 said,...

Assam: EC to conduct repolling at Ratabari booth after EVM found in BJP candidate’s car

Under pressure after facing flak, the Election Commission (EC) on Friday ordered repolling at polling station number 149 of Ratabari Assembly seat in Assam. The development comes post a controversy that erupted after a viral video showed Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) being carried in a BJP candidate’s vehicle in Assam after the second phase of...

SC rejects plea challenging PM Modi’s election from Varanasi

The Supreme Court has rejected a plea challenging the 2019 election of Prime Minister Narendra Modi from the Varanasi parliamentary constituency. The plea was filed by a sacked Border Security Force (BSF) jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav. A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde rejected Yadav’s plea. Notably, the former...

Pushpam Priya alleges “EVM hacked in Bihar”

Plurals Party founder and London School of Economics alumna Pushpam Priya Choudhary has alleged that electronic voting machines (EVMs) were hacked in Bihar election. Pushpam Priya Choudhary took to Twitter to make the claim. She said, “EVM HACKED IN BIHAR!” EVM HACKED IN BIHAR! — Pushpam Priya Choudhary (@pushpampc13) November 10, 2020 Notably, the claim...

BJP dwarfs Opposition in UP, MP and Gujarat bypolls

The BJP has once again dwarfed the Opposition in the Assembly bypolls in the crucial states of Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat. Not just the bypolls, but in Bihar election too, the BJP has been successful in increasing its tally in the state. Notably, Assembly bypolls were held on November 3 in 11 states...

53.51 % voter turnout in second-phase of Bihar election

The second phase of the Assembly elections was held in Bihar on Tuesday. Of the 2.85 crore voters in the 94 Assembly seats that went to polls on Tuesday, nearly 53.51 per cent of people exercised their voting rights. Voter turnout was 56.91 per cent in 2015. Among the 17 districts where elections were held...

SC stays EC’s order revoking star campaigner status of Kamal Nath

The Supreme Court on Monday stayed the order of the Election Commission revoking the ‘star campaigner’ status of senior Congress leader Kamal Nath. The former Madhya Pradesh chief minister’s ‘star campaigner’ status was revoked by the Election Commission (EC) on October 30 for violation of the Model Code of Conduct during the campaign for the...