Tag: Election Commission of India


Allahabad Uttar Pradesh Lok Sabha election 2024: Date of voting, result, candidates, main parties, schedule | India News – Times of India

As the political landscape in Uttar Pradesh braces for the 2024 Lok Sabha Elections, Allahabad emerges as a key battleground among the state's 80 Lok Sabha seats. Represented by BJP leader Rita Bahuguna Joshi, the Allahabad parliamentary constituency is poised for another electoral showdown.The Election Commission of India, in a significant announcement on March 16, revealed the dates for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, setting the stage for a democratic spectacle.Voters in Allahabad will exercise their franchise on May 25, marking Phase 6 of the electoral process, as per the schedule released by the Election Commission.In the run-up to the 2024 elections, voter enthusiasm is palpable, with citizens eager to assert their democratic rights. The list of prominent candidates for the Alla...

Setting the bar: On the Election Commission of India

The Election Commission of India (ECI) asking the BJP and the Congress to desist from raising divisive issues in campaigning in the general election is a case of better late than never. The ECI has, in recent years, disappointed the Indian electorate by its inability to be effective, impartial and prompt in its role as the watchdog of elections. This is partly a function of the mechanism of the appointment of the ECI’s members, which is entirely a partisan decision of the executive. The ECI has now written to BJP president J.P. Nadda to ask “star campaigners” of the party to refrain from making statements which “may divide the society”. Its letter follows his response on May 13 to a notice issued to him over a complaint against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech in Banswara, Rajastha...

Video | Fact Check: Message Claiming Women With Nail Polish Won’t Be Allowed To Vote Is Fake

A viral WhatsApp forward telling women voters that they won't be allowed to vote if they have nail polish on their fingernails is fake. Fact-checking platform BOOM reached out to an Election Commission of India (ECI) official, who rubbished the viral forward.The viral message reads, "Attention to All Ladies, Please remove Nail polish from fingers or else you will not be allowed to Vote".BOOM found that the viral message is fake and that the ECI has not announced any rules for women voters to remove nail polish before voting. Source link

With two phases remaining, EC directs BJP & Congress to refrain from religious & casteist campaign | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Coming down heavily on the BJP and the Congress for violation of Model Code of Conduct by their star campaigners — PM Narendra Modi, Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge and Rahul Gandhi — the Election Commission of India on Wednesday said the defence submitted by presidents of the two parties is “not tenebale”.It directed both Congress and BJP chiefs to ensure compliance of MCC by all its leaders, including star campaigners and instructed all star campaigners to refrain from making any statement, which is prohibited in Clause (1) of General Conduct of MCC -- "No party or candidate shall include in any activity which may aggravate existing difference or create mutual hatred or cause tension between different castes, communities, religious or linguistics."The EC directed the BJP ...

Vote for a change: On the voter in Kashmir

The voter turnout in the Srinagar and Baramulla constituencies in the Kashmir valley — Anantnag-Rajouri is to vote on May 25 after the Election Commission of India postponed the election — is well below the national average. While Srinagar registered only 38.5%, preliminary figures from Baramulla indicate a turnout of 59.1%. The national average for the first four phases was 66.95% and 61.61% in the fifth phase, according to early trends. Yet, these numbers in the Valley are salubrious compared to the past — 13% in Srinagar and 34.6% in Baramulla in 2019. Baramulla registered its highest turnout since 1984 (61.1% participation). In the last six years, the elected Assembly was dissolved, the erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir bifurcated into two Union Territories, the special status of...

Modi’s global stature nowhere close to that of Nehru, Indira or Vajpayee, says Yashwant Sinha

On the BJP’s slogan of ‘Abki baar, 400 paar’, Sinha said that in the last two elections, the BJP had already touched the ceiling of votes it could get in various states, especially in the Hindi belt, in which the party has a strong presence. “When you touch the upper limit, you can only go down from there,” he said. Asserting that there is “a certain amount of boredom” with the BJP now, he said, “You become stale after 10 years. And you can’t make any fresh promises… they will carry no weight with the people.”Comparing the prime minister to his predecessors, he said, “In terms of global stature, Modi is nowhere compared to Atal Bihari Vajpayee, he is nowhere compared to Indira Gandhi, he is nowhere compared to Jawaharlal Nehru, but he is supposed to be the greatest prime minister India ...

As post-poll violence flares up in Andhra Pradesh, EC acts — sweeping suspensions, SIT probe

Shows of strength — and in some cases, alleged electoral tampering — led to clashes between YSRCP and TDP supporters, who resorted to stick fights, stone-throwing, and even petrol bombs and crude weaponry, like sickles, axes and hammers, resulting in bloodshed.  The conflict escalated to the burning of vehicles — bikes, cars, jeeps — and damage to property, including party offices and houses, causing widespread fear and forcing businesses to close.Amid soaring temperatures and rising tensions, the police, outnumbered and overwhelmed, struggled to manage the chaos, with some officers sustaining injuries. They had to resort to lathi charges and tear gas to bring the situation under control in other places.While Opposition leader Naidu wrote to Governor Abdul Nazeer alleging “YSRCP goons a...

SC to hear today NGO’s plea for release of voter turnout data for LS polls within 48 hours | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to grant an urgent hearing on a plea by an NGO seeking a direction to the Election Commission to upload polling station-wise voter turnout data on its website within 48 hours of conclusion of polling for each phase of the Lok Sabha elections. A bench of Chief Justice of India (CJI) D Y Chandrachud and Justices J B Pardiwala and Manoj Misra asked the counsel appearing for the Election Commission (EC) to take instructions and said it will hear the matter at the end of the board.The matter was mentioned by advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for NGO Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), seeking urgent listing of the petition. Last week, the NGO filed an interim application in its 2019 PIL seeking directions to the poll panel that "scanned ...

Towards the endgame: on the fourth phase of the general election

In the fourth phase of the Lok Sabha election 2024, 96 constituencies voted on Monday. With this, the voting process in 23 States and Union Territories has been completed. So far, 379 constituencies have voted, which include all 25 seats in Andhra Pradesh and all 17 seats in Telangana on Monday. Polls were also held in the simultaneous Assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh, for all 175 seats and in Odisha, in 28 of 147. In these States, the BJP has had a blow hot, blow cold rivalry with ruling regional parties — the YSRCP in Andhra Pradesh and BJD in Odisha, in its elaborate plans to make some gains. Of the 96 seats up for the take in this phase, the BJP had won 42 in 2019, while the YSR Congress had won 22 in Andhra Pradesh, and the BRS nine in Telangana. The Congress held six. With no ...

Lok Sabha elections: Google doodle marks fourth phase of general elections in India 2024 | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Google doodle for May 13 has been dedicated to the fourth phase of the Lok Sabha Elections. The doodle, which temporarily replaces the iconic "Google" logo on the search engine's homepage, depicts an uplifted index finger marked with indelible ink, capturing the essence of Indian elections. This doodle will only be visible to users in India as the country enters Phase 4 of the Lok Sabha Polls.During the previous phases of the Lok Sabha elections 2024, held on April 19, April 26, and May 7, similar inked finger icons were incorporated into the Google logo. The fourth phase of the elections is being held today with polling in 96 Parliamentary Constituencies across 9 States and one Union Territory. Additionally, all 175 seats of the Andhra Pradesh state legislative assembly ...

Press Club of India demands EC to release polling data and hold press conference after each phase of Lok Sabha elections | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Press Club of India on Saturday wrote a sharp worded letter to the Election Commission of India demanding to hold press conference and release the 'absolute number' of votes polled in each phase in each phase of the Lok Sabha elections."We, the undersigned journalist bodies, are dismayed at the Election Commission not holding a single press conference even after the completion of voting in three phases across the nation," the letter read."Till 2019, the last general election, holding a press conference after voting in each phase was the normal practice. India, being one of the largest democracies in the world and the general election considered as the 'biggest festival of democracy', the citizens have every right to know what has happened on the voting day, from the const...

The fraying of the model code of conduct

‘Experience shows that after the late T.N. Seshan, the Election Commission of India has never acted so decisively as he used to do’ | Photo Credit: PTI The model code of conduct has, once again, attracted national attention because of its egregious violation by senior politicians during the election campaign for the 18th Lok Sabha. Political parties are duty bound to obey the code as it was framed by the Election Commission of India (ECI) on the basis of a consensus among all political parties in order to have a peaceful, orderly and civilised election. However, as elections in India are a no holds barred war, this consensus often breaks down with party leaders losing no opportunity to hit their opponents below the belt. Of late, elections are a free for all. Distortions, blatant false...

Rights body asks EC to act against netas using derogatory disability references – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Disability Rights organisation National Platform for the Rights of the Disabled has complained to the Election Commission of India about instances of derogatory references to disability by some political leaders including TDP's Chandrababu Naidu, Andhra Pradesh CM Jagan Mohan Reddy and BJP's Rajasthan state president C P Joshi during election campaigns.The disability rights activists have sought “exemplary action” and cautioned that if no action is taken then the legal provisions and advisories meant to protect the rights of persons with disabilities will be rendered “meaningless”.“It is reprehensible that hate speeches, blatant lies, insinuations and slurs are increasingly being resorted to by some political leaders with impunity,” NPRD general secretary Muralidharan states....