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  • Gujarat Elections - Shankersinh Vaghela's outfit seeks registration with Election Commission
    Former Gujarat Chief Minister Shankersinh Vaghela's Jan Vikalp has reached out to the election commission to register itself as a political party. The organization has also sought the election commission for allotment of a party symbol. The party was formed by Vaghela after he had quit Congress in July to launch his outfit Jan Vikalp. The office bearers as announced by the front are mostly from Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar and Shankersinh Vaghela is not among the bearers. The party will be lead by Vinodrai Nayak, a Vadodara-based industrialist
    2017-10-18 04:43:50 PM
  • No nomination on the first day for Himachal Pradesh elections
    As per the formal notification issued by Pushpendra Rajput, CEO Himachal Pradesh, the filing of nominations for upcoming Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections officially commenced on Monday this week. No nomination was filed on the first day with major competing parties, BJP and Congress yet to release their candidate list. As per BJP chief Satpal Singh Satti, candidates for most of the seats have been finalized. The Congress has also cleared names for 35 of 68 seats and these names have been forwarded to the Congress's high command. As per the schedule, the last date for filing nominations is October 23, with the date for scrutiny of papers on October 24. The last date for withdrawal of nominations is 26th October and the date of polling is November 9.
    2017-10-17 06:03:37 PM
  • Himachal Pradesh Assembly Elections on November 9
    As per the Election Commission of India, assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh will be held on 9 November. Around 49.05 lakh voters in the state would be exercising their franchise. Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly's term will end on 7 January, 2018. The number of  constituencies in Himachal Pradesh are 68 where election will be held in November.   Key dates for Himanchal Assembly Election Date of Notification of election: Oct 13, 2017 Last date of nominations: Oct 23, 2017 Scrutiny of nominations: Oct 24, 2017 Last date for withdrawal of nominations: Oct 26, 2017 Voting: Nov 9, 2017 Counting on Dec 18, 2017
    2017-10-12 05:26:30 PM
  • Akhilesh re-elected Pary President of Samajwadi Party
    Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav has unanimously been elected as the National President of the party. Akhilesh, who is 44 years old, is now set to be at the helm of the party for coming five years, and the forthcoming Lok Sabha election 2019 and Assembly election for 2022 will be fought under his leadership. The election took place at a National convention in Agra. Various leaders during the convention even pitched the party president as a prime ministerial hope for the coming general election.
    2017-10-06 05:46:48 PM
  • Ready for simultaneous elections, EC launches ERO Network
    In preparation for simultaneous elections in the country, the Election Commission of India has launched a web-based application, Election Registration Officer (ERO) Network. Explaining the utility of the application, OP Rawat, the Election Commissioner, said that the ERO Network would keep the officers under one network and would help them all (officers from booth level to national level) communicate with each other. It was also stated by him that the ERO would help check any duplicate voter registration. The ERO will facilitate an error-free electoral roll for a smooth, free and fair election. As per the commission, it will be possible to hold simultaneous elections from September 2018, but it would require certain legal amendments from the government. On the center's question to the Election Commission on what would the commission require conducting simulations elections, the EC had asked for funds to purchase new EVMs and VVPATs. The commission has placed an order for new EVMs and VVPATs with funds released by the center. The commission is set to have 40 lakh VVPAT machines by September 2018 as per OP Rawat.
    2017-10-05 04:32:04 PM

  • New Governors appointed for the states of Assam, Bihar, Arunachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Meghalaya and Lt. Governor for Andaman
    The honorable President, Ram Nath Kovind appointed new governors to five states and Lt Governor for  Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Banwarilal Purohit the ex-governor of Assam was appointed the Governor of Tamil Nadu and Satya Pal Malik, who has previously served as the  Union Minister of State, Parliamentary Affairs, and Tourism was named the Governor of Bihar. Ganga Prasad, who started his political career in Bihar was appointed the Governor for Meghalaya and Jagdish Mukhi was appointed the governor of Assam. Jagdish is a  former minister of Finance, Planning, Excise and Taxation and Higher Education in the Delhi government.The President also appointed Brigadier BD Mishra (Retd) the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh and Admiral Devendra Kumar Joshi(Retd.) as the Lieutenant Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. 
    2017-10-03 02:30:52 PM
  • Gujarat Election: AAP to hold road show, Candidates announcement too
    The Aam Aadmi party will announce its first list of candidates on 2 October 2017. The party recently mentioned that it will be conducting a roadshow in the sate and after getting the nod of the party's Political Party Committee the final list of their candidates will be announced after the show. Eyeing 21 seats of the total of 182 in the state, the party has also been conducting meetings to learn the ground realities. While 125 people in the party have expressed their desire to contest from these seats, AAP had earlier announced that the criteria for candidates having a clean track record would be the considering factor of allocating tickets.  
    2017-09-30 10:47:14 AM
  • EC rejects Dhinakaran plea on AIADMK Symbol Dispute
    The Election commission of India has rejected the plea of TTV Dhinakaran seeking an extension of 15 days to file affidavits pertaining to the AIADMK symbol case. As per the developments in the AIADMK party symbol dispute, the poll panel had last week set 29 September as the last date of submitting the document for all the involved parties. In the direction, the commission had asked the involved parties to submit the list of general council members and central executive committee members of the party as on 5 December 2016, which would be used to decide the party which enjoyed the majority then. The hearing is set to take place on 6 October 2017, as scheduled. As per the Madras high court order, the Election Commission is required to provide the judgment on the dispute before 31 October 2017.
    2017-09-29 02:10:29 PM
  • Madhu Koda prohibited for three years from contesting elections
    On account of the failure to file the details (as per law) of the expenses incurred by the ex-Chief Minister of Jharkhand, Madhu Koda, in 2009 general elections, the Election Commission barred him from contesting elections for next three years. Koda had contested from Singhbhum seat and had won the election too. The case was in hearing since 2009 after Koda was alleged for presenting false election expenditure records. Koda had also appealed in Delhi High Court questioning the Election Commission's jurisdiction but the court green-signaled the commission's ruling against Koda. The disqualification extends to three years beginning on September 27, 2017.
    2017-09-28 11:50:03 AM
  • 40 Municipal Elections to be held in Punjab
    With the end of the tenure of the 40 municipal corporations nearing in Punjab, the elections to these MCs are set to be held in December this year. Although the date has not been announced yet, it is expected to be done soon by the Chief Minister of the state, Amarinder Singh. As per the local bodies minister, Navjot Singh, the ward delimitation exercise in Amritsar, Jalandhar, and Patiala has concluded with a couple of days left in the completion of Ludhiana. The minister also affirmed to have constructed set plan committed to providing better facilities to the people of the state.
    2017-09-27 03:56:45 PM
  • Muskan, the Visually-impaired girl is 'youth icon' for HP polls
    The election commission of India with its aim to generate awareness on the importance of voting and encourage the youth to vote has selected a visually-impaired woman from Himachal Pradesh as the 'youth icon' for the forthcoming Assembly election in the state. The chosen girl, Muskan, is a post graduate student of music from Himachal Pradesh University. Muskan, who comes from a remote area Chirgaon, which lies in Shimla District, is a meritorious student and was also awarded a laptop form the government for coming in merit in class 12th examination under a scheme of the government. Muskan has also been a runner-up in Voice of Himachal (Junior Category) and has also been an outstanding performer in HMU festival and twice a winner as well. The honor made by the election commission of India will boost the youth towards taking part in the election process and exercising their right.
    2017-09-26 06:07:32 PM
  • Gujarat Assembly Polls to have 75000 VVPAT
    The election commission of India has started its preparation for the upcoming Gujarat assembly polls which is to be held by the end of this year. The election will be the first in the country to be conducted using Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT). The commission has decided to use around 75000 VVPAT machines. Out of these 75000 VVPAT machines, 60000 have already reached the state while 15000 are most likely to be delivered within a week. The machines will help voters verify the submission of their vote to the intended candidate. Gujarat will be the first among the two states in the country where VVPAT machines are going to be mechanized for the election process. The other state is Himachal Pradesh where the tenure of the present government ends by January 2018 along with Gujarat government. 
    2017-09-26 12:32:13 PM
  • MCG elections - BJP defeated by independents
    The Gurugram Municipal Corporation election held this Sunday saw a dip in the voter turnout. In comparison to the 63.3 % electorates who voted in the year 2011, only 55.92% (approx) cast their vote this year, marking a decrease of 8%. BJP, the ruling party, won 14 out of 35 seats and now would need to depend on the independent candidates, who won 20 seats, to support their choice of new Mayor. While Congress did not contest the election directly it supported three candidates. Prominent candidates like BJP MLA Umesh Aggarwal’s sister-in-law Himani Aggarwal lost to Independent candidate Promila Kablana in Ward No. 9 and Gau Sewa Ayog chairman Bhani Ram Mangla’s son Pramod Mangla lost to Ashwini, an Independent in ward no 19. Among the rest, The Indian National Lok Dal also won two wards. 
    2017-09-25 03:45:02 PM
  • Bollywood stars and Sports persons to endorse elections in Himachal Pradesh
    Ahead of the Himachal Pradesh polls due this year the Election Commission in the state has decided to rope in Bollywood stars and Sports persons to influence the voters and thus increase the polling percentage. Shyam Saran Negi, the first person to vote in the country's maiden election held in October 1951, has been removed from the brand ambassador's list due to illness. The Election Commission has approached a number of Bollywood stars hailing from Himachal Pradesh for the brand ambassadorship. The stars include Kangana Ranaut, Preity Zinta and admired payback singer Mohit Chauhan. All the three stars hail from Bhambla village in Mandi district, Jubbal in Shimla, Nahan in Sirmaur district, respectively.    Apart from the B-starts, the commission has also reached out to the acclaimed wrestler and sportspersons, Dalip Singh Rana, Aka Great Khali who belongs to Nanidhar panchayat in Sirmaur district and Vijay Kumar the Olympian who bagged a silver in the individual rapid fire pistol event at 2012 summer Olympics. Vijay Kumar hails from Hamirpur district. The Commission is also planning to rope in the 11-year-old visually impaired girl, Payal Thakur, who made to the top three singers in a reality show on a national TV channel.
    2017-09-20 03:06:25 PM
  • Himachal Pradesh electoral revision: 78,000 new voters added
    In the revised electoral rolls, 78,000 new voters have been registered. As announced by Chief Electoral Officer, Puhpender Rajput, a total of 1,25,556 voters have been registered in the special revision out of which 40,567 voter lies in the age bracket of 18-19 years and 84,989 above 19 years. A total of 47,523 were deleted from the list for reasons of death, change in address and double registration. Now with the current revision, the state stands with a total of 49,05,677 voters of whom 24,98,174 are men and 24,07,503 are women. 
    2017-09-20 02:59:56 PM
  • CM Nitish Kumar supports simultaneous election but rules out Bihar mid-term polls in 2019
    Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who is also the National President of Janta Dal (United), has come forward expressing his support to concurrent elections, an idea proposed by the PM Modi. The CM said that he favors simultaneous elections to Lok Sabha, Vidhan Sabha and Civic bodies in the country and it will help save a lot of unnecessary expenditure. However, he ruled out mid-term assembly polls in the state with Lok Sabha in 2019 as his preference was in fulfilling the promises made to the people during the last election.
    2017-09-19 03:44:31 PM
  • Gujarat, the first state to get pink polling booths
    The Election Commission of India in order to encourage greater participation of women in the upcoming Gujarat Assembly Elections has come up with the idea of "pink polling booths". These booths will be set up in all 182 assembly constituencies of the state. Comprising a team of 10-11 personnel they will be managed by women including in-charges like presiding officer, polling officers, micro observers, and security personnel. This decision of the commission makes Gujarat the very first state in the country to get booths, especially for women. Here out of 4.25 crore voters, 2.03 crore are women. Apart from the pink booths, the commission will also be setting up auxiliary booths for the disabled.
    2017-09-18 05:51:41 PM
  • Election Commission to Supreme Court- Voters have right to abstain
    The Gujarat Rajya Sabha election held last month saw a stiff dissension between the two National Parties, the BJP and the Congress. While the Election Commission rejected two Congress votes on grounds of not abiding by the election guidelines, the Congress moved the Supreme Court against the use of NOTA. Even the BJP had raised their voice reasoning the use of NOTA to be against the ethos of indirect election. On the appeal of Congress, the Supreme Court had then refused to put a hold on NOTA but sought the Election Commission's response to the points made by the Congress party. Answering the court, the commission has submitted an affidavit stating that the law recognizes that voters are free to abstain from an election and that NOTA is a reflection of this right of the citizens.
    2017-09-15 05:54:30 PM
  • Would go for mid-term assembly polls – Janta Dal (United)
    Agreeing in line with Prime Minister Modi's idea of simultaneous elections, the Bihar State President of JD (U) said that their party is ready if state elections are held simultaneously with the Lok Sabha elections in 2019. The idea of simultaneous election proposed earlier by the PM rests on the reasoning of saving resources those incurred, which can be used in other developmental projects. With Bihar assembly elections held last on 2015, the tenure of the current government ends in November 2020, almost after one and a half year of the completion of present Lok Sabha term. While the support of the JD(U) on this idea of Prime Minister comes after more than a month of JD-U joining hands with BJP to form a new government in the state, the opposition criticized JD-U of losing confidence and faith in itself if elections are held in 2020.
    2017-09-13 02:51:17 PM
  • VVPAT for Himachal Pradesh Elections 2017
    In preparation for the upcoming Himachal Pradesh assembly election, the Election Commission of India held a meeting with district magistrates and police superintendents. Post meeting it was announced by the commission that VVPAT electronic voting machines are set to be used in the upcoming assembly elections in the state. The Commission is planning to make optimum use of latest information technology enabling efficient management and coordination in all aspects of the election. Eying the goal of making election system more translucent, the Deputy Chief Election Commissioner also mentioned the adoption of social media for election management and information dissemination to the electorates.
    2017-09-11 12:52:24 PM

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