Election Commission of India (ECI): News

17 May 2024

Arvind Kejriwal

ED files chargesheet against Kejriwal, AAP named as accused

The Enforcement Directorate on Friday filed a chargesheet against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in the excise policy-linked money laundering case.

17 May 2024

Mamata Banerjee

ECI notice to judge-turned-BJP candidate for remarks against Mamata

The Election Commission of India on Friday issued a show-cause notice to Bharatiya Janata Party leader and former Calcutta High Court judge, Justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay, over his "improper, injudicious and undignified remarks" against Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

15 May 2024

Andhra Pradesh

ECI summons top Andhra officials over post-poll violence

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has summoned the chief secretary and director general of police of Andhra Pradesh to "personally explain" the state's failure in preventing multiple incidents of violence following the Lok Sabha and Assembly polls held on Monday.

13 May 2024

Lok Sabha Elections

Voting concludes for Phase 4 of Lok Sabha polls

The fourth phase of the Lok Sabha elections saw a voter turnout of 62.31% by 5:00pm on Monday.

13 May 2024

Andhra Pradesh

Andhra: CM Jagan's party MLA slaps voter in polling queue

An MLA from YSR Congress Party, A Sivakumar, on Monday slapped a voter who allegedly objected to him jumping the queue during polling for the Assembly elections in Guntur district, Andhra Pradesh.

IMD predicts fresh heatwave over Northwest India from May 16

The India Meteorological Department (IMD), on Monday, predicted that a fresh heatwave would sweep across northwest India starting Thursday.

ECI rescues 3 abducted TDP polling agents in Andhra Pradesh

Three Telugu Desam Party (TDP) polling agents—who were reportedly abducted in Chittoor district, Andhra Pradesh—have been located and secured, state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Mukesh Kumar Meena said on Monday.

10 May 2024

Andhra Pradesh

HC halts cash transfers in Andhra until voting on Monday 

The Andhra Pradesh High Court, on Friday, directed the ruling YSR Congress Party to stop direct cash transfers to beneficiaries of government schemes till May 13.

10 May 2024

Mallikarjun Kharge

'Baseless': ECI responds to Kharge's letter on voter turnout data 

The Election Commission of India (ECI), on Friday, responded to Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge's allegations of discrepancies in voter turnout data.

10 May 2024

Lok Sabha Elections

Pro-Khalistan leader Amritpal seeks temporary release to file poll nominations

Jailed radical Sikh preacher Amritpal Singh has moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking temporary release for seven days to file his nomination for Lok Sabha elections from Punjab's Sri Khadoor Sahib constituency.

BJP leader's minor son casts vote in Bhopal, sparks row 

A video allegedly showing a minor casting a vote during the Lok Sabha election in Berasia, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh has ignited controversy.

09 May 2024

Trinamool Congress

Sandeshkhali woman withdraws case against TMC men, alleges BJP coercion

One of the three women from Sandeshkhali, whose rape complaints against the Trinamool Congress's leaders had stirred unrest in the area of North Parganas district, West Bengal has withdrawn her allegations, The Times of India reported.

09 May 2024

Mallikarjun Kharge

INDIA bloc leaders to meet ECI over voter turnout data

Leaders of the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) will meet with the Election Commission of India on Friday to demand the release of delayed voter turnout data for the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.

09 May 2024

Madhya Pradesh

EVMs damaged in fire: ECI orders repolling in MP's Betul

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has ordered a repolling at four booths in Betul, Madhya Pradesh due to damage to electronic voting machines (EVMs).

07 May 2024

Lok Sabha Elections

Polling concludes for Phase 3, 60.19% turnout recorded till 5pm

Polling for the third phase of Lok Sabha elections concluded at 6:00pm on Tuesday.

07 May 2024

India

Harnessing technology to enhance voting accessibility in India

In India, a country renowned for its vibrant democracy, ensuring inclusive and accessible voting mechanisms is imperative.

07 May 2024

Trinamool Congress

TMC asks CEC to release 'comprehensive' seat-wise voter turnout data

The Trinamool Congress has approached Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar, requesting a comprehensive report on voter turnout for the first two phases of the general elections.

Remove deepfakes within 3 hours of notification: ECI to parties

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has issued a directive to all national and state-level political parties, instructing them to remove any deepfakes within three hours of notification.

Explained: Controversy over 'Kasab didn't kill 26/11 hero' remark

Maharashtra's Leader of Opposition and Congress leader Vijay Namdevrao Wadettiwar's comments on the Bharatiya Janata Party's candidate from Mumbai North Central, Ujjwal Nikam, have triggered a political row amid the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.

06 May 2024

Lok Sabha Elections

Why informed voting is essential (and how to do it)

Voting is a cornerstone of democracy. However, the mere act of casting a ballot is not enough to ensure a thriving democracy.

03 May 2024

West Bengal

What are the sexual harassment claims against West Bengal governor? 

A woman employee of the Raj Bhavan in West Bengal has accused Governor CV Ananda Bose of molesting her twice in his chamber since April 24.

ECI's new protocol for symbol loading units after SC order

The Election Commission of India has introduced a new protocol for managing and storing symbol loading units (SLUs) following the Supreme Court's directive last week.

02 May 2024

Mamata Banerjee

Mamata raises concern over rise in voter turnout

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee criticized the Election Commission of India for the delay in releasing the final voter turnout figures for the initial two phases of the Lok Sabha polls.

01 May 2024

Lok Sabha Elections

Explained: Row over ECI's delay in releasing final voter numbers

Over 10 days after Phase 1 and four days after Phase 2 polling for the Lok Sabha elections, the Election Commission of India released the final voter turnout percentages for the initial rounds on Tuesday.

30 Apr 2024

Lok Sabha Elections

Lok Sabha election 2024: How to locate polling booth online?

The Lok Sabha election of 2024 is underway, and citizens across India are preparing to cast their votes in the third phase.

28 Apr 2024

Manipur

Repolling ordered in Manipur's 6 polling stations 

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has ruled the polling at six stations in the Outer Manipur Parliamentary Constituency on April 26 as void.

26 Apr 2024

Lok Sabha Elections

Lok Sabha elections: Everything that happened in 2nd phase 

A total of 88 parliamentary constituencies across 13 states and on Union territory voted on Friday.

SC seeks ECI's response on what happens if NOTA wins

The Supreme Court on Friday issued a notice to the Election Commission of India (ECI), seeking clarification on the procedure when "None Of The Above" (NOTA) receives the majority of votes in a constituency.

Supreme Court dismisses petitions seeking 100% verification of VVPAT slips 

The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed all petitions seeking 100% verification of votes cast through Electronic Voting Machines using the Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) slips.

26 Apr 2024

Lok Sabha Elections

Why this Bengal constituency has 2 EVMs at every booth

The polling booths in West Bengal's Raiganj constituency—where voting is underway—have two Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) each.

25 Apr 2024

Lok Sabha Elections

Polling kicks off for second phase of Lok Sabha elections 

Polling for second phase of the 18th Lok Sabha Elections kicked off on Friday.

25 Apr 2024

Narendra Modi

ECI takes cognizance of 'MCC violations' by Modi, Rahul

The Election Commission of India on Thursday said that it has taken cognizance of the alleged violations of the Model Code of Conduct by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.

25 Apr 2024

Gautam Buddh Nagar

Noida: Schools, colleges to remain closed on Election Day

The Gautam Buddh Nagar district, encompassing Noida and Greater Noida, is preparing for the Lok Sabha elections scheduled this Friday.

VVPAT case: Supreme Court says 'we can't control elections'

The Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that it cannot control elections and cannot dictate the functioning of the Election Commission of India (ECI).

24 Apr 2024

Manipur

Manipur: 3 blasts damage bridge ahead of Phase 2 polling

A bridge in Kangpokpi district of Manipur was damaged by three medium-intensity explosions late on Tuesday night.

23 Apr 2024

Calcutta High Court

'Postpone' polls in affected seats: Calcutta HC on Navami violence

The Calcutta High Court on Tuesday warned that it would not allow voting in Lok Sabha constituencies in West Bengal that have been affected by communal violence during the Ram Navami celebrations.

23 Apr 2024

Narendra Modi

Congress wanted to extend reservation on basis of religion: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday mounted another attack on the Congress in his speech during a poll rally in Rajasthan's Tonk-Sawai Madhopur Lok Sabha constituency—which will vote on April 26.

22 Apr 2024

Lok Sabha Elections

ECI orders repolling at 8 Arunachal Pradesh stations

The Election Commission of India has ordered a repoll at eight polling stations in Arunachal Pradesh.

RBI directs payment companies to monitor election period transactions

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has issued a directive to all non-banking payment system operators (PSOs).

22 Apr 2024

Lok Sabha Elections

Manipur: Re-polling underway at 11 booths after Phase 1 violence

Re-polling is being held in 11 booths within the I-Inner Manipur Parliamentary Constituency on Monday.

19 Apr 2024

Lok Sabha Elections

How much does it cost to hold elections in India? 

The first phase of the high-stakes Lok Sabha elections began on Friday.

18 Apr 2024

Lok Sabha Elections

Polling kicks off for first phase of Lok Sabha elections

Polling for the first phase of the high-stakes Lok Sabha elections began at 7:00am on Friday.

18 Apr 2024

Lok Sabha Elections

Explained: 48-hour 'silence period' ahead of polling

With Lok Sabha elections set to begin Friday, India is observing a 48-hour "silence period."

18 Apr 2024

Lok Sabha Elections

Lok Sabha elections 2024: Is polling day a holiday? 

Polling for the first phase of Lok Sabha elections will begin on Friday. The subsequent phases will be held on April 26, May 7, May 13, May 20, May 25, and June 1.

SC asks ECI to look into alleged EVM malfunctioning

The Supreme Court on Thursday told the Election Commission of India to explain the steps followed to ensure free and fair polling in the country, amid allegations of electronic voting machines malfunctioning.

18 Apr 2024

Lok Sabha Elections

6 weeks, 96.9 crore voters: India's 7-phase election explained

The first phase of the high-stakes Lok Sabha elections will kick off on Friday.

18 Apr 2024

Jawaharlal Nehru

How India held its 1st Lok Sabha election

On October 25, 1951, hundreds of people carrying ballot papers queued up in the small town of Chini, Himachal Pradesh, to cast their first-ever votes in independent India.

17 Apr 2024

Cooch Behar

ECI cautions Bengal governor against visiting Cooch Behar, cites MCC

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has advised West Bengal Governor CV Ananda Bose to postpone his planned visit to Cooch Behar on Thursday and Friday, owing to the 48-hour silence period.

17 Apr 2024

Lok Sabha Elections

2024 Lok Sabha elections: How to check your polling booth 

The first phase of the Lok Sabha elections will take place from Friday, April 19.

Ahead of polls, DMK alleges phone tapping by federal agencies

Tamil Nadu's ruling party Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) has raised concerns about alleged phone-tapping activities by federal agencies.

16 Apr 2024

Narendra Modi

PM Modi, Mamata clash over Ram Navami celebrations in Bengal 

A political slugfest has erupted in West Bengal between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Trinamool Congress (TMC) over the Ram Navami festival which will be celebrated on Wednesday.

'Haven't forgotten…': SC flags issues with secret ballot voting system

The Supreme Court on Tuesday examined the secret ballot voting method during a review of petitions requesting a comparison of votes cast on Electronic Voting Machines with paper slips from the Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) system.

Heatwave alert in several states ahead of phase 1 polling

The India Meteorological Department on Tuesday issued a heatwave alert for several states—including Maharashtra, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and West Bengal.

SC to hear pleas for VVPAT cross-verification today

The Supreme Court will on Tuesday review a clutch of petitions seeking the verification of votes cast via Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machine.

15 Apr 2024

Lok Sabha Elections

ECI makes highest-ever seizure ahead of Lok Sabha elections

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has reported a record seizure of Rs. 4,650 crore in the run-up to the first phase of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

15 Apr 2024

Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi's helicopter inspected by ECI in Tamil Nadu

A helicopter carrying senior Congress MP Rahul Gandhi on Monday was inspected by the Election Commission of India's flying squad officials in Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu.

12 Apr 2024

RTI Act

CIC chastises Election Commission for not replying to RTI query

The Central Information Commission (CIC) has expressed "severe displeasure" over the Election Commission (EC)'s failure to respond to a Right to Information (RTI) plea.

SBI refuses to disclose electoral bonds data despite public availability 

The State Bank of India (SBI) has refused to disclose details about the electoral bonds it provided to the Election Commission of India (ECI).

11 Apr 2024

Karnataka

Lok Sabha elections 3rd phase: Schedule for filing nominations announced 

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has announced that the commencement of the nomination process for the third phase of the Lok Sabha elections will begin on Friday.

10 Apr 2024

Hema Malini

Explained: Row over Surjewala's 'vulgar' comments against Hema Malini 

The Election Commission of India (EC) has issued a show-cause notice to Congress General Secretary Randeep Singh Surjewala over his comments about Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP and film actress Hema Malini.

CEC Rajiv Kumar gets 'Z'-category security cover 

The Union government has recently strengthened the security measures for Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Rajiv Kumar.

09 Apr 2024

Rajeev Chandrasekhar

After Congress's complaint, ECI to verify Union minister's affidavit 

The Election Commission of India directed the Central Board of Direct Taxes to scrutinize the financial details provided by Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar in his election affidavit.

08 Apr 2024

Sanjay Singh

AAP's Sanjay Singh mounts attack against BJP over electoral bonds

Sanjay Singh, an MP from the Aam Aadmi Party, has accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of corruption in relation to electoral bonds.

08 Apr 2024

Amit Shah

Timely intervention by Centre improved Manipur's situation: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the timely intervention by the state and central government led to the marked improvement in the violence-hit Manipur.

08 Apr 2024

Shashi Tharoor

What Shashi Tharoor said after Union minister's debate challenge

Congress's three-time Thiruvananthapuram MP, who's also renominated for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections by the party, Shashi Tharoor, has accepted Union Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party candidate Rajeev Chandrasekhar's "challenge" for an open debate.

06 Apr 2024

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)

EC seeks Haryana CEO's response on 'abusive language' toward AAP 

The Election Commission (EC) has sought a report from Haryana's chief electoral officer regarding the use of offensive language on its Suvidha portal.

05 Apr 2024

Lok Sabha Elections

Lok Sabha elections: ECI holds conference to bolster voter turnout

The Election Commission of India (ECI) convened a conference on Friday to address the issue of low voter turnout in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.

05 Apr 2024

Lok Sabha Elections

Explained: Declining voter confidence in independent Lok Sabha candidates

As India gears up for its 18th general election, recent data reveals a significant drop in voter confidence towards independent candidates.

05 Apr 2024

Atishi

ECI notice to Atishi over BJP poaching attempt claim

The Election Commission (ECI) has issued a notice to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) minister Atishi following her allegations that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had approached her to join the party.

05 Apr 2024

Pinarayi Vijayan

Explained: Row over 'The Kerala Story' broadcast on Doordarshan

Doordarshan's decision to telecast the controversial "The Kerala Story" movie on Friday has triggered a political storm in Kerala.

BJP attacks Surjewala over remarks on Hema Malini; he responds 

Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala has accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of manipulating a video clip after the saffron party shared a video of him making "vile, sexist" remarks against Hema Malini.

03 Apr 2024

Lok Sabha Elections

Will extreme heatwave in April-June affect Lok Sabha voter turnout

India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Wednesday issued a warning about an extreme heatwave expected between April and June.

02 Apr 2024

Narendra Modi

PM Modi targets Rahul's 'India will be on fire' remark

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday hit out at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for his remarks at an Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance rally in Delhi's Ramlila Maidan on Sunday.

02 Apr 2024

Ayushmann Khurrana

Ayushmann Khurrana joins hands with ECI to inspire young voters

National Award-winning actor Ayushmann Khurrana has partnered with the Election Commission of India (ECI) to encourage youth participation in the upcoming 2024 Lok Sabha Elections.