Election Commission of India (ECI): News

05 Oct 2017


Simultaneous Centre-state polls from 2018? EC says it's possible!

EC on Wednesday while launching the Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) network, a web-based application to conduct efficient elections, has asserted that it is "logistically equipped" to hold simultaneous polls for LS and State Assemblies by September 2018.

30 Sep 2017


Himachal to go to polls in November, Gujarat in December

The Election Commission may declare the dates of elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh in mid-October.

29 Sep 2017

Piyush Goyal

Railways to review flexi fares, could slash prices

The Railways has now revealed that it would review the flexi fare system and may slash ticket prices.

28 Sep 2017


EC disqualifies Jharkhand ex-CM Madhu Koda from contesting polls

The Election Commission (EC) disqualified former Jharkhand CM Madhu Koda for three years for filing wrong poll expenditure documents when he contested the 2009 LS polls from Jharkhand's Singhbhum constituency.

19 Sep 2017


Nitish nod to simultaneous LS-VS polls, but no 2019 elections

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar asserted that he would back PM Modi's idea of "one nation one election."

12 Sep 2017


AIADMK meet: Sasikala sacked, Jayalalithaa to remain "eternal general secretary"

At its general council meet, the AIADMK decided to sack VK Sasikala as the general secretary of the party.

07 Sep 2017


No fly list: Govt ID mandatory for domestic flight tickets

The final rules for India's 'no fly list' (NFL) will be out tomorrow. Once it is implemented, flyers will have to submit details of their Aadhaar, driving license, passport or PAN while booking domestic tickets.

06 Sep 2017

Sasikala Natarajan

AIADMK politics: TN CM Palaniswami gets support of 111 MLAs

TN's opposition has been asking the AIADMK government to prove its majority. TTV Dhinakaran, Sasikala's nephew and head of AIADMK's another faction, has been claiming that he has sleeper MLAs within the party who will back him.

31 Aug 2017


IAS officer Sunil Arora appointed as the Chief Election Commissioner

The law ministry has appointed former IAS officer Sunil Arora as the new Chief Election Commissioner of India. Sunil Arora is a 1980 batch ex-IAS officer of Rajasthan cadre who earlier served as I&B Secretary and as an advisor to Prasar Bharati.

21 Aug 2017


HC notice to EC, Ahmed Patel over Gujarat RS polls

The Congress' victory in the Gujarat Rajya Sabha polls was a fluke: party candidate Ahmed Patel won only because two votes by rebel members of the Congress were declared invalid.

11 Aug 2017

Samajwadi Party

SP leader Azam Khan's son guilty of faking date-of-birth

Samajwadi Party found itself in the middle of yet another controversy, and could be staring at the possibility of losing the UP Assembly membership of former Cabinet minister Azam Khan's son- MLA Abdullah Azam Khan.

10 Aug 2017


AIADMK removes Dhinakaran as deputy general secretary

In what could signal the beginning of an amicable resolution between the two warring factions of the AIADMK, the Edappadi Palanisamy-led camp declared as invalid the appointment of TTV Dhinakaran as party general secretary.

10 Aug 2017

Ahmed Patel

Shaktisinh Gohil, the man who clinched a win for Congress

Many factors combined together led to the victory for Congress' Ahmed Patel in the Gujarat RS elections, but the role of the party's polling agent can't be overlooked.

10 Aug 2017


EC's historic decision changes course of Gujarat RS polls

Tuesday's Rajya Sabha polls of Gujarat were significant in more ways than one. Firstly, there's the matter of Ahmed Patel managing to keep Congress' hope afloat by clinching a win.

08 Aug 2017


Election Commission declares votes of 2 Congress rebels invalid

As per the rules, a legislator can't show his ballot-paper to anyone, except his own party representative.

NOTA to be available in Gujarat RS polls, rules SC

Despite opposition from BJP and Congress, the SC has ruled that the option of NOTA- None Of The Above- will be available in the Gujarat Rajya Sabha polls.

30 Jul 2017


BJP's Congress defection antics: EC demands response from Gujarat government

Amid ongoing political drama surrounding allegations on BJP weaning away Congress MLAs in the Gujarat Assembly, the Election Commission asked the Gujarat government to submit a report on the same.

22 Jul 2017


Getting a passport now made easier

In order to ease the process of obtaining passports, the Ministry of External Affairs has issued new rules and focused on setting up of many more passport offices across India.

SC dismisses plea seeking minimum qualification for MLAs/MPs

The SC has dismissed a petition that sought to fix "minimum qualifications for becoming an MP or MLA", saying it was for the parliament to decide.

EC's silence over barring convicted MLAs for life enrages SC

The Election Commission's brooding silence over the issue of barring convicted MLAs, MPs for life, enraged the Supreme Court on Wednesday.

11 Jul 2017


The world celebrates World Population Day!

It was in the year 1989, when the United Nations General Assembly declared July 11 as World Population Day to raise awareness about population's impact on environment and development of the planet.

10 Jul 2017


VVPATs: Paper trail counting may delay poll results by 3hrs

As the Election Commission prepares for the rollout of VVPATs for elections across India, challenges posed by the process are coming to the fore.

05 Jul 2017


SC bats for laws to supervise appointment of Election Commissioners

The SC has questioned the lack of procedure in the appointment of election commissioners (ECs).

03 Jul 2017


New press regulation bill suggests strict action against paid news

The government has drafted a new Registration of Newspapers and Publications Bill, 2017, to replace the 150-year-old Press and Registration of Books Act of 1867.

03 Jul 2017


Just 40% of newly-eligible voters in India are registered

The state of electoral awareness in the country is questionable. Less than half of newly-eligible voters in the 18-19 age group have registered themselves.

30 Jun 2017


Twitterati takes a dig, as CM gets stuck in traffic-jam

Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar got to live the life of a Gurgaon commuter when he was stuck in traffic for a few minutes.

24 Jun 2017

Madhya Pradesh

EC disqualifies Madhya Pradesh Minister Narottam Mishra

The Election Commission has disqualified Madhya Pradesh Minister Narottam Mishra for having filed wrong accounts of poll expenditure during the 2008 Assembly elections.

05 Jun 2017


AIADMK's Dhinakaran out on bail; to resume party work

AIADMK Deputy General Secretary TTV Dhinakaran, who is out of prison on bail, returned to Chennai sending the message he is still the party's boss and would resume the work.

31 May 2017


#FunnyTake: India's loss due to cattle ban can be solved

Indian economy is going to take a big hit with the ban on the trade of cattle for slaughter; as reports say, India exported around Rs. 26,000cr worth buffalo meat and Rs. 35,000cr worth leather and leather products last year.

AAP's funding under scanner, EC writes to Home-Ministry to investigate

The Election Commission (EC) wrote to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), soliciting a probe into the "irregularities in funding to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)".

16 May 2017

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)

Not part of Botswana EVM hackathon: Bharat Electronics

Indian EVM manufacturer Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) has denied that it has been invited to participate in a challenge to hack EVMs in Botswana.

12 May 2017


Snake found in Faridabad school's mid-day meal

On Thursday, a 'snake' was discovered in the mid-day meal served to students at a Government Girls' Senior Secondary School in NIT-2 in Faridabad.

12 May 2017

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)

AAP in more trouble- IT department wants party deregistered

AAP seems to be digging its hole deeper and deeper. Amid several controversies surrounding the party, the Income Tax (I-T) department has now suggested to the Election Commission (EC) that its registration should be cancelled.

10 May 2017

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)

I-T dept sends notice to AAP for fudging books

The Income Tax department has sent a show cause notice to the AAP, for allegedly falsifying its accounts and wilfully attempting to evade tax obligations.