EC Issues Show Cause Notice To OPS

Chennai: Rival AIADMK leader O.Pannerselvam received a show cause notice from Election Commission today which alleges that OPS group is peddling with the symbol Electric Pole with original AIDMK’s symbol Two Leaves in RK nagar By Poll.

The Election Commission, which itself carried out investigation before issuing the said notice, asked OPS to give explanation before April 3rd. Rival AIADMK groups were barred from using Two Leaves symbol and they were allotted HAT and Electric Pole for RK Nagar By Poll by EC. Sasikala camp alleged that OPS faction was misleading voters by peddling the symbol Electric Pole with original iconic symbol of AMMA’s AIADMK, Two leaves.

OPS filed E.Madhusudan from his party as candidate and Dinakaran is from Sasikala camp, with both facing DMK and BJP parties for TK Nagar by-Poll which will be held on April 12. The by-Poll was. necessitated because of the demise of Jayalalithaa.

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EC Plans To Hold Hackathon Of EVMs By May End

Amid criticisms, the Election Commission has decided to hold an open hackathon for people to try and hack the voting machines.

New Delhi: The chorus against Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) grew after the recent Assembly elections. All the opposition parties that lost the elections alleged that the EVMs were tampered. Amidst these criticisms, the Election Commission decided to hold an open hackathon for people to try and hack the voting machines in the last week of May.

As the noise grew after Delhi civic poll results were announced last month, the EC has said that it would invite experts, scientists, technocrats and representatives from all political parties to come and try to hack the machines.

The EC asserts that they are tamper-proof. A delegation of 16 parties have recently met President Pranab Mukherjee and have submitted a memorandum alleging the tampering of voting machines in the elections held recently. The parties also urged the EC to revert to ballot system.

This is not the first time that the Election Commission has announced such a challenge. In 2009, it challenged experts to hack the EVMs, and nobody could do it.

The Election Commission also said that it would convene an all-party meeting on May 12 to discuss the issue of reliability of EVMs.

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EC Pulls Up OPS Camp For Using Coffin For Votes

In this context, the AIADMK (OPS faction) had been pulled up by Election Commission for using dummy Jayalalithaa in a coffin while campaigning.

Chennai: The fight for Amma’s legacy in Tamil Nadu is reaching new heights. The Panneerselvam camp, which claims to be true heirs of her legacy, went to extremes for campaigning in RK Nagar bypoll. The seat has fallen vacant with the death of late chief minister J. Jayalalithaa. As the AIADMK has split into OPS and Sasikala factions after their supremo’s death, there had been bitter fights to retain the legacy.

In this context, the AIADMK (OPS faction) had been pulled up by Election Commission for using dummy Jayalalithaa in a coffin while campaigning.

Since the death of Jaya, the party saw bickerings in the name of caste and creed, now the leaders have gone far and using dummy Jayalalithaa in a coffin to attract voters.

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State EC issues notification for by-election to fill 37 vacancies in local bodies


Amaravati: The State Election Commission had issued notification to fill 37 vacancies in the local bodies across the State. State Election Commissioner N Ramesh Kumar said that elections would be held on April 9 to fill these vacancies spread over two municipal corporations and 25 municipalities and nagara panchayats in the State.

Elections to three divisions in Chittoor Municipal Corporation and one division in Vijayawada Municipal Corporation would, besides the vacancies in Parvathipuram, Yalamanchili, Ramchandrapuram, Amalapuram, Kovvur, Tanuku, Gudivada, Pedana, Mangalagiri, Bapatla, Tenali, Macherla, Sattenapalli, Kavali, Sullurpet, Nagari, Palamaneru, Rayachoti, Jammalamadugu, Badvel, Rayadurg and Tadipatri municipalities, Atmakuru and Pamidi nagara panchats are slated for April 9.

The Returning officers would start receiving nominations from March 20 to 23 and take up the nominations for scrutiny on March 24. The last day for withdrawals is March 27 and elections on April 9. Counting of votes would be held on April 11, the EC said in the notification.

The EC also announced that the model code of conduct had come into force from March 16 and would be in force till April 11. The code would be observed in all the municipal corporations and the municipalities where elections are scheduled to be held, the EC added.

However, elections to the five Municipal Corporations of Srikakulam, Visakhapatnam, Kakinada, Guntur, Ongole, Tirupathi and Kurnool, five municipalities of Rajam, Nellimarla, Anaparthi, Kandukuru and Rajampet are yet to be conducted. In addition to these there are vacancies in zilla parishads, mandal parishads and gram panchayats. The EC had to fill the vacancies of 7 Zilla Parishad Territorial Constituencies (ZPTCs), 129 Mandal Parishad Territorial Constituencies (MPTCs) and 156 sarpanches in different districts in the State.



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