Election Commission of India (ECI): News

Simplified: The difference between EVM and VVPAT

In April 2017, after allegations of Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) tampering, 16 political parties had appealed to the Election Commission (EC) to reintroduce ballot papers in elections.

29 May 2018

Samajwadi Party

EC takes cognizance of VVPAT malfunction, re-poll scheduled for tomorrow

Taking cognizance of the malfunctioned voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) machines, the Election Commission (EC) today ordered re-polling on May 30 from 7 am to 5 pm.

28 May 2018

Rajendra Chaudhary

Opposition alleges massive EVM tampering in Kairana, Noorpur bypolls

Polling today was marred in Kairana and Noorpur (UP) as many voting machines registered technical flaws, a candidate alleged.

28 May 2018

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)

Punjab: Polling for Shahkot Assembly by-election underway

Polling for the Shahkot by-poll, which was necessitated following the demise of Akali MLA Ajit Singh Kohar in February this year, began today at 7 am and will continue till 6 pm.

27 May 2018

Pakistan News

Pakistan to choose its next PM on July 25

Pakistan's upcoming general elections for Parliament and Provincial Assemblies will be held on July 25, according to a decree signed by President Mamnoon Hussain on Saturday.

26 May 2018

Uddhav Thackeray

Uddhav releases controversial audio-clip of Fadnavis; BJP calls technology misuse

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, while addressing a rally last night in Palghar, released an audio clip, purportedly of Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis asking BJP workers to use all possible means to win the by-election.

24 May 2018

Pakistan News

13 transgenders to contest Pakistan elections; 2 for National Assembly

At least 13 transgender persons will contest the general elections in Pakistan this year for the first time, with two of them contesting for the National Assembly.

17 May 2018

West Bengal

WB Panchayat Polls: TMC wins 2,467 Gram Panchayat seats

The ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal won 2,467 Gram Panchayat seats till 12 noon while BJP and CPI (M) won 386 and 94 seats respectively, as per state Election Commission information.

16 May 2018


Karnataka poll result: NCP surprised, wants paper ballots over EVMs

Maharashtra NCP president Jayant Patil was surprised at the Karnataka poll results and demanded that the Election Commission(EC) should revert back to paper ballots in future elections instead of the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).

14 May 2018


Derek O'Brien's insensitive statements on Bengal violence infuriates Twitter users

Many Twitter users slammed senior Trinamool Congress leader Derek O'Brein for his insensitive comments on violence that prevailed across West Bengal during panchayat elections today.

14 May 2018

Nitin Gadkari

No plans to become PM, Modi will continue: Nitin Gadkari

In an interview to HT, Union Minister and former BJP President Nitin Gadkari has ruled out his becoming the PM if the party wins in 2019.

13 May 2018


Post Karnataka polls, a quick look at possible scenarios

Weeks of intense campaigning for power in the politically-significant southern state of Karnataka have finally come to an end.

12 May 2018


#KarnatakaElections: Pink Booths to third-generation EVMs, several firsts in Karnataka

From all-women managed "Pink Booths" to the use of third-generation Electronic Voting Machines, the Assembly elections in Karnataka are marked by several firsts.

12 May 2018

West Bengal

Bengal Panchayat Polls: Independent candidate's supporter shot dead, one held

A 30-year-old man was shot dead in Bhangar, West Bengal after armed men opened fire during an election rally for panchayat polls, to be held on May 14.

11 May 2018


Fake voter ID scam: Polling postponed in Karnataka's RR Nagar

The Election Commission of India has postponed the RR Nagar constituency in Karnataka election to May 28, after roughly 10, 000 fake voter IDs were recovered on Tuesday.

11 May 2018


Sting video: Congress asks disqualification of BJP's Karnataka candidate, Sriramulu

In a petition to Election Commission, Congress today has asked the BJP candidate B Sriramulu be disqualified from fighting the Karnataka assembly polls.

10 May 2018


Karnataka shocker: 10,000 voter IDs found in Bengaluru flat

A massive controversy has erupted with the seizure of 10,000 voter ID cards in a Bengaluru flat, three days ahead of the Karnataka election.

09 May 2018

Prakash Javadekar

Almost 10,000 voter IDs found in Bengaluru apartment

Almost 10,000 voter id cards were found in an apartment in Jalahalli in Bengaluru on Tuesday, ahead of the upcoming Karnataka polls.

04 May 2018


BN Vijaya Kumar, Karnataka poll-candidate, dies after heart-attack at rally

Sitting BJP MLA of Jayanagar in Karnataka, BN Vijaya Kumar, died in the wee hours today after a massive heart attack. He was 60.

03 May 2018


Restrictions on alcohol sale in Bengaluru till Karnataka polls

Karnataka elections being just 9 days away, the atmosphere in the southern state is tensed and pulsating.

28 Apr 2018


Karnataka Polls: BJP ads targeting Congress, violating EC guidelines banned

Three video advertisements of the BJP against the ruling Congress in poll-bound Karnataka were banned by the Media Certification and Monitoring Committee (MCMC) after a complaint was filed by Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC).

28 Apr 2018

Lok Sabha

Using VVPATs to detect tampered EVMs is a good idea?

In the wake of rising complaints of tampered electronic voting machines (EVMs) hindering fair polling, the Election Commission of India (ECI) will use Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines in the 2019 elections.

24 Apr 2018


Election raid: Shutters down for many Bengaluru bars, pubs

Look around Bengaluru and you'll find many bars and pubs closed.

16 Apr 2018


10,000 Bengalureans registered as voters this year, courtesy this man

This 38-year-old is surely making Election Commission's (EC) work much easier.

11 Apr 2018

Bahujan Samaj Party

Report: BJP's income jumps 81% and Congress's dips 14%

An Association for Democratic Reforms report revealed that BJP's income has increased by 81% to Rs. 1,034.27cr in the last year even as the states it rules continue to grow.

11 Apr 2018

West Bengal

Supreme Court to hear BJP's plea against Bengal poll panel

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear BJP's plea against the West Bengal State Election Commission (SEC). The petition was filed against the SEC's decision to recall its order of extending the deadline for filing nominations for the Panchayat polls by a day.

06 Apr 2018


Three election-related apps, week-long exhibition: Steps taken before Karnataka polls

Three election-related BBMP-developed apps were launched by CEC Om Prakash Rawat yesterday in Bengaluru ahead of the May elections.

06 Apr 2018


EC: Stop Netas from contesting from more than one seat

Regarding an affidavit filed in the Supreme Court by BJP leader Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, the Election Commission (EC) of India has asked that candidates should be barred from contesting from more than one constituency.

05 Apr 2018


When Hanumanji stalled traffic for hours near Bengaluru

People stop their cars in front of temples to pay their respects, but what Hanumanji did near Bengaluru triumphs it all.

01 Apr 2018

West Bengal

Kerala-CM Vijayan not in favor of joining hands with Congress

As talks of an anti-BJP front for next Lok Sabha polls gain ground, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan said he isn't in favor of joining hands with Congress to forge an opposition-alliance that should be aimed at giving people a real political-alternative.

27 Mar 2018


Facebook will remain EC's social media partner: CEC Rawat

Observing that utilization of social media cannot be stopped due to instances of "aberrations," Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat said Facebook would remain the poll panel's social media partner during the Karnataka Assembly elections.

27 Mar 2018


Malviya's tweet based on news channel report: BJP to EC

The BJP today told the Election Commission that its IT cell chief Amit Malviya's tweet on the Karnataka Assembly election dates before the poll panel's announcement was based on a news channel's report.

27 Mar 2018


BJP's IT Chief tweets Karnataka elections date before EC announcement

Even before the Election Commission announced the dates for the Karnataka Assembly polls, BJP's IT cell chief Amit Malviya on Tuesday tweeted it, prompting the panel to describe the leak as a "very serious issue" that merited a probe and "stringent action".

27 Mar 2018


Karnataka will vote on May 12, results on May 15

The Election Commission has announced the dates for the 2018 Karnataka Assembly elections. The state will go to vote on May 12.

27 Mar 2018


Karnataka Assembly Elections: EC likely to announce dates today

The Election Commission is likely to announce the polling schedule for the 224-member Karnataka Assembly on Monday, official sources said.

25 Mar 2018


Cambridge Analytica issue: EC calls a meeting to check voter-influence

Recently, a scandal erupted after it was alleged that UK-based Cambridge Analytica (CA) harvested data of 50 million Facebook users to subvert 2016 US presidential elections.

23 Mar 2018


Office-of-profit case: Delhi HC restores membership of 20 AAP MLAs

In a big relief for AAP, Delhi HC today restored membership of its 20 disqualified MLAs. It referred the case back to the Election Commission (EC).

21 Mar 2018

Ravi Shankar Prasad

Congress has hired Cambridge Analytica for 2019 polls, BJP alleges

Information technology minister Ravi Shankar Prasad alleged that Congress has roped in Cambridge Analytica (CA), UK-based data analytics firm, for strategizing for the 2019 parliamentary elections.

15 Mar 2018


How to apply for a Voter ID card online?

In India, the Election Commission prevents election fraud by issuing a unique voter ID card to eligible citizens.