Some of the ECI’s decisions in the ongoing Assembly elections have sparked outrage among the Opposition parties, raising questions about the poll body’s independence.
The TMC delegation met with the entire EC team for over an hour which also included Sunil Arora, the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC)
Voting will take place for 126 seats in Assam, 234 in Tamil Nadu, 294 in West Bengal, 140 in Kerala, and 30 in Puducherry.
Addressing a briefing of election observers being deployed in Bihar, Sunil Arora said the strength of democracy rests in its primary stakeholder - the voters.
Responding to a question on holding Lok Sabha and assembly elections simultaneously, CEC Sunil Arora said the call on the subject has to be taken at the political level. Once a decision is take, the Commission can only facilitate its implementation.
Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora has rejected the charges of 'bias' and said the clean chits given to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah during election campaigning were based on 'appreciation of facts'
CEC Sunil Arora said Ashok Lavasa's decision not to take part in model code related issues comes at a time when the poll watchdog is gearing up for the last phase of Lok Sabha polls and counting of votes.
During Sunitha Narreddy's meeting with CEC Sunil Arora, she submitted a representation demanding a fair investigation be carried out into the 'murder' of her father without interference by the state government.
In 1977, 1996 and 2014, the two polls were held in the same year but after a gap of few months.
The Election Commission said that candidates with criminal antecedents are required to publish information in this regard in newspapers and through television channels on three occasions during the campaign period.
The Election Commission said the ‘voter verifiable paper audit trail’ (VVPAT) will be used in all polling stations this time
The CEC is in the Uttar Pradesh capital for the past two days to review poll preparations in the state.
A former bureaucrat, Arora was appointed as the election commissioner in August last year. He had been the information and broadcasting secretary, and secretary in the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.
A former Rajasthan-cadre IAS officer of 1980 batch, Arora will take over as the new Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) on December 2.
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The Lajpat Nagar market wears a deserted look during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan
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