EC: Special Pens For Presidential Polls

Keeping Haryana Rajya Sabha Election experience in view, the Election Commission has decided to use same kind pen in the ensuing elections for the posts of President and Vice President.

New Delhi: Keeping in view of the controversy during balloting for Rajya Sabha seat in Haryana, EC has decided to supply special pens for electoral college members for July 17th Presidential poll.

“Pens with different ink will be provided to electoral college at polling stations by designated officers along with ballot papers,” CEC Nasim Zaidi told the media.

He further added that electors should mark the ballot paper only with this particular pen and not with any other pen. Use of any other pen leads to invalidation of the vote at counting time, under Rule 31 (1)(d) of the Presidential and Vice Presidential elections, he said.

There was controversy with regards to use of pens in Haryana Rajya Sabha elections. Keeping that experience in mind, we have now decided to supply pens. The pens speciality is that they have been manufactured under Election Commission’s supervision. Their ink is separate from other, he further said.

According to EC, the ink will be supplied from Mysore Paints and Varnish Limited Company.

In Haryana, Congress votes were invalid as the ballot papers were marked with a pen which was different from the one provided by EC. This invalidation made BJP led Subhash Chandra win over Congress leader R.K.Anand for the Upper House Of Parliament.

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RK Nagar Poll By-Poll When Situation Becomes Conducive: EC

The by-poll in RK Nagar Assembly constituency will be held only after the atmosphere becomes conducive, says the Election Commission.

New Delhi:  As AIADMK (Amma) faction MLAs started rallying behind its deputy general secretary TTV Dhinakaran, threatening the government of Edappadi Palanisamy, the Election Commission informed the Centre that the situation in the RK Nagar constituency has not improved to conduct the elections.

According to the statement by EC, “After taking all relevant factors into account, the EC, hereby certifies that the process of a by-election to RK Nagar constituency could not be held within the period contemplated (within six month-i.e, June 4) according to Section 151A of The Representation of the People Act. The said by-election will now be held when the situation in the constituency becomes conducive for the conduct of a free and fair election.”

The commission said that the election will be conducted only when the situation improves. “The by-election would now be held when the situation in the constituency concerned becomes conducive to the conduct of the free and fair election,” said the statement.

Rajesh Lakhoni, Chief Electoral Officer, had also submitted a report asking for an extension of the time period to conduct the elections.

The Election Commission cancelled the by -poll of RK Nagar on April 9, 2017, on voter bribing and corruption allegations. The election was scheduled to be held on April 12. The voter bribing came to light when IT officials conducted a raid at the residence of Vijayabhaskar and found documents that revealed Rs. 90 crore was distributed to the voters in the constituency.

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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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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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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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