EC imposes model code of conduct with immediate effect

EC imposes model code of conduct with immediate effect

The EC (Election Commission) on Sunday imposed ‘model code of conduct’ with immediate effect for the Lok Sabha elections and announced that ‘voter verifiable paper audit trail’ will be used in all polling stations this time.

Among other things, the model code of conduct bars the government from announcing any policy move that may impact voters’ decision.

Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora addresses the press conference at Plenary Hall of the Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi on March 10, 2019. Photo: PIB

Announcing the seven-phase schedule for 2019 Lok Sabha polls beginning April 11, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora also said 10 lakhs polling stations would be set up this time as against about nine lakhs in 2014.

He said model code of conduct for polls has come into immediate effect from Sunday and all political advertisements on social media will need pre-certification.

The EC said 91 constituencies will go for polls in first phase on April 11, followed by 97 constituencies in second phase on April 18.

Among other things, the model code of conduct bars the government from announcing any policy move that may impact voters’ decision

In 2014, the Lok Sabha elections were held across nine phases, beginning on April 7 and ending on May 9. The counting of votes took place on May 16. The total contestants in fray were 8,251, with an average of 15 candidates in each constituency. However, deposit was forfeited in case of 7,000 contestants.

In 2014, the Lok Sabha elections were held across nine phases, beginning on April 7 and ending on May 9. The counting of votes took place on May 16. The total contestants in fray were 8,251, with an average of 15 candidates in each constituency. However, deposit was forfeited in case of 7,000 contestants

A total of over 55 crore voters (66.3 per cent) exercised their vote, while there were 9.27 lakh polling stations. There were nearly 60 lakh ‘NOTA’ votes. Out of total 543 elected candidates, only 62 were women from 668 who had contested.

-PTI, NEW DELHI: , MARCH 10, 2019

Lok Sabha Election to be held from April 11 to May 19

17th General Election to be held in 7 phases from April 11 to May 19; counting on May 23

PM Modi wishes the best to Election Commission and seeks blessings of people

Lok Sabha elections will begin on April 11 and will be held over seven phases followed by counting of votes on May 23, the Election Commission has announced on 10 March, 2019.

Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said the model code of conduct would come into immediate effect from March 10 and 10 lakh polling stations would be set up this time as against about 9 lakh in 2014.

Chief Election Commissioner of India Sunil Arora addressing media to announce the dates for the General Elections 2019.Announcing the schedule for 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the Election Commission said the ‘voter verifiable paper audit trail’ (VVPAT) will be used in all polling stations this time. The first phase will be held on April 11, second on April 18, third on April 23 and fourth on April 29, fifth on May 6, sixth on May 12 and seventh phase on May 19. Counting of votes for all seven phases would be done on May 23, the EC said. Anantnag Lok Sabha seat in J&K would vote in three phases due to security reasons, the ECI said.

Among other things, the model code of conduct bars the government from announcing any policy move that may impact voters’ decision. The ECI said all political advertisements on social media will need pre-certification.

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given best wishes to the Election Commission, all those officials and security personnel who will be on the field, across the length and breadth of India assuring smooth elections. India is very proud of the ECI for assiduously organizing elections for several years, he said.

PM Shri Modi said, “The festival of democracy, Elections are here. I urge my fellow Indians to enrich the 2019 Lok Sabha elections with their active participation. I hope this election witnesses a historic turnout. I particularly call upon first time voters to vote in record numbers.

Photo: Twitter/@PIB_India

The PM further said, “Guided by ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’, NDA seeks your blessings again. We spent the last five years fulfilling basic necessities that were left unfulfilled for 70 long years. Now, time has come to build on that and create a strong, prosperous & secure India. #PhirEkBaarModiSarkar”.

Assembly polls

Assembly polls in Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Odisha will be held simultaneously with the respective Lok Sabha constituencies.

President’s rule to continue in J&K

On J&K, the ECI said security situation is being monitored. Regarding holding elections ECI has sought info from the State administration. EC has assessed the ground situation and preparedness for the polls, also considering recent developments, sought comments from MHA and also visited the State, had meeting with all political parties and administration officials, based on the findings and availability of forces, EC has decided to announce only the parliamentary elections in the State, decision on holding Assembly elections to be taken soon, he says. So, Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir not to be held along with Lok Sabha polls.

-MARCH 10, 2019

Jolt for Arvind Kejriwal: EC Disqualifies 20 AAP MLAs

Jolt for Arvind Kejriwal: Election Commission disqualifies 20 AAP MLAs in Office of Profit Case

Giving a severe Jolt for Arvind Kejriwal the Election Commission has recommended that 20 Aam Aadmi Party MLAs embroiled in the office of profit case be disqualified.  Sources said the EC has forwarded its recommendation to the President. If the President accepts the recommendation, Delhi will see a mini-assembly election with 20 seats up for grabs in the 70-member House.

Jolt for Arvind Kejriwal

Initially, 21 MLAs were named in the case. The number came down to 20 after Rajouri Garden MLA Jarnail Singh resigned to contest against Parkash Singh Badal in the Punjab Assembly elections.
In 2015, AAP had suspended Cabinet Minister Asim Ahmed Khan and the following year, it sacked another minister Sandeep Kumar who was embroiled in a sex scandal. In the AAP cabinet reshuffle, Kapil Mishra rebelled against the party after he was sacked. AAP MLA from Rajouri Garden quit his post to contest the Punjab Assembly elections but the AAP failed to win the bypoll. After this, the number dropped from 67 MLAs to 63. After the disqualification of 20 MLAs, the AAP’s strength will reduce to 42.

The EC decision comes days before Achal Kumar Joti retires as the Chief Election Commissioner. Interestingly, the OP Rawat, the next Chief Election Commissioner, had decided to recuse himself from hearing all AAP related issues. This came after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal questioned his impartiality in a media interview in April, 2017.

The option before AAP is to challenge the Election Commission ruling in the higher court. In August 2017, the Delhi High Court had refused to entertain AAP MLAs’ plea for staying the Commission’s order upholding maintainability of the petition.

The ground on which the High Court had quashed was that since EC’s proceedings on hearing the central issue of whether the MLAs had indeed held ‘office of profit’ were yet to begin, there was no scope for a stay.

The issue in front of the Election Commission was whether the office of Parliamentary Secretary in the GNCTD, 1991 constitutes an ‘office of profit’. Article 191 of the Constitution has not defined what is an ‘office of profit’ which has paved the way to the Courts to lay down the law

The entire issue came into existence when on March 13, 2015, the Arvind Kejriwal government passed an order appointing 21 MLAs as Parliamentary Secretaries. This was challenged by Advocate Prashant Patel who petitioned President Pranab Mukherjee on June 19, 2015, that these MLAs were now holding ‘office of profit’ and should be disqualified.

The Delhi Legislative Assembly, then passed the Delhi Member of Legislative Assembly (Removal of Disqualification) ( Amendment Bill ), 2015 excluding Parliamentary Secretaries from “ office of profit’ with retrospective effect.  However, the President withheld assent to the amendment bill and referred the matter to the Election Commission.

-January 19, 2018

Mulayam Singh will campaign for Shivpal first

UP elections 2017: Mulayam Singh will campaign for Shivpal first and not Akhilesh

UP elections 2017: Mulayam Singh will campaign for Shivpal first and not Akhilesh

Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav announced that he will first campaign for his brother Shivpal Yadav and then for son and Uttar Pradesh Chief MinisterAkhilesh Yadav.

According to reports, Mulayam will start my campaign for Shivpal from February 9 from Jaswantnagar.

In a shock move, Shivpal Yadav, who has apparently left stung after Election Commission’s decision to allot the bicycle symbol in Akhilesh’s favour, had on January 31 announced that he would form a new political party after March 11, the day election results of five states would be declared.

Shivpal, a four-time MLA from Jaswantnagar, is a nominee from the same seat.

“I will campaign for Akhilesh later,” ANI quoted Mulayam Singh as saying.

Earlier, Mulayam had expressed his displeasure over Congress-SP alliance and had ruled out to campaign for his son Akhilesh Yadav in the run up to the state Assembly elections.

Shivpal, who filed his nomination papers on the Samajwadi Party’s ticket from Jaswantnagar, said that he would be campaigning for those denied tickets by Akhilesh.

Shivpal also highlighted the work done by his ministry. “We ran the government for five years, was my ministry’s performance inferior to others,” he said.

Hours after the news of alliance between Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and Samajwadi Party newly elected president Akhilesh Yadav came up, Mulayam claimed that the party could win the elections on its own and that the “SP-Congress alliance wasn’t needed”.

He also blamed Akhilesh for agreeing to concede at least 105 out of total 403 seats to the Congress as part of the seat-sharing agreement.

Akhilesh had too expressed his hopes that his father Mulayam would campaign for the alliance.

“I am sure Mulayam Singh Yadav will campaign for us,” he told media.

Uttar Pradesh will go to assembly elections on February 11 and counting of votes will begin on March 11.

-February 3, 2017, Lucknow

 

AAP’s donation records incorrect: IT Dept to EC

AAP’s donation records incorrect: Income Tax department to EC

AAP's donation records incorrect: Income Tax department to EC

The Income Tax department has claimed to have found that the audit reports prepared by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for donations amounting to about Rs 27 crore have discrepancies and are incorrect.

In a report submitted to the Election Commission, the department, which has been investigating the donations list of the party for the last over an year, has said that the records of donations made to the AAP during 2013-14 and 2014-15 had “factual discrepancies” and did not match with the actual funds received by it from various donors.

Parties prepare audit reports, in consultation with their charted accountants, and submit a copy to the I-T department as per law.

Officials said the alleged discrepancies in the donation records of party are of about Rs 27 crore and has added that the Treasurer of the party has acknowledged “certain errors” in these records in their communication with the taxman.

The I-T report, they said, has suggested that the violations are in contravention of tax laws that govern political donations as stipulated under the Income Tax Act, 1961.

They said this could form the basis for the cancellation of the tax exemptions given under the I-T Act to AAP and could also follow a stringent action of de-registration of the party, but all such decisions are the domain of the Election Commission exclusively.

Referring to the development, AAP’s national convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal alleged that it was a “dirty trick” by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to get the AAP deregistered due to fear of loss in Punjab and Goa, which go to polls tomorrow.

“Modiji’s dirty tricks. Losing badly in Goa n Punjab, he tries to de-register the winning party 24 hrs before elections. Shameless dictator,” he tweeted.

The AAP is fancying its chances in Punjab, where it is faced with a triangular contest with Congress and incumbent SAD-BJP combine. In Goa too, the AAP is hopeful of disturbing the ruling BJP’s prospects.

-February 3, 2017, New Delhi

 

CBSE class 10, 12 exams to begin from March 9

CBSE class 10, 12 exams to begin from March 9, postponed by a week due to assembly elections

CBSE class 10, 12 exams to begin from March 9, postponed by a week due to assembly elections

The CBSE class X and class XII exams have been postponed in view of the upcoming assembly elections in five states. The CBSE class X and Class XII Board exams will now begin from March 9.

The CBSEclass X and class XII exams have been postponed in view of the upcoming assembly elections in five states. The CBSE class 10 and Class 12 Board exams will now begin from March 9.

The CBSE exams for class 10 will continue till April 10, while class 12 will end on April 29.

We gave careful consideration to situations before postponing exams by week which will now allow students to get more time for preparation,” the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) said in a statement.

In another release, the Board said that they have “made all possible efforts to maintain reasonable time gap between the major papers and also ensured that the students appearing for Joint Engineering Exam (JEE) and upcoming National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) complete the CBSE examinations ahead of these entrance exams.

After the Election Commission recently announced the dates for assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh in February and March, the UP Board examinations were also postponed. The UP Board examinations will now be held after March 11.

The counting of votes will be held on March 11 for assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa. Voting for 403 assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh will be held in seven-phase election on February 11, 15, 19, 23 and 27 and March 4 and 8, Election Commission had announced.

The Uttar Pradesh Examination Board had earlier announced the dates between February 18 and March 21 for Class 10 and Class 12 examinations. Later, the Election Commission deferred the dates after summoning the secondary education department authorities along with the officials last month.

More than 60 lakh students will appear in the UP Board exams. About 34, 04,571 candidates have registered for Class 10 exams, while 26, 24,681 candidates have registered for Class 12 exams.

The date sheet for the UP Board exam has not been released yet.

For more information, students can log on to CBSE website: http://cbse.nic.in/newsite/index.html

-January 9, 2017, New Delhi

Elections to 57 Rajya Sabha seats will be held on June 11

Elections to 57 Rajya Sabha seats will be held on June 11

The elections have been necessitated as 55 members from 15 states will retire between June and August besides the two seats vacated by Anand Sharma (Congress) and Vijay Mallya (independent) from Rajasthan and Karnataka respectively.parliament

According to the Election Commission, notification for the polls will be issued on May 24. Filing of nomination papers will start on the same day. The last date for filing of nomination papers will be on May 31 while scrunity will be held on June 1. The last date for withdrawal of nomination papers will be June 4.

Polling will be held on June 11 from 9 am to 4 pm while counting and the declaration of results will be done the same day from 5 pm.

Express News Service, 12th May 2016

BJP’s income increased by 44% after Modi became PM, it’s richest party now

BJP’s income increased by 44% after Modi became PM, it’s richest party now

BJP's income increased by 44% after Modi became PM, it's richest party now

 

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party is the richest among all national parties, having clocked the highest income of Rs 970.43 crore in 2014-15, the year it came to power.

The Congress is the only national party not to have submitted its audit report for 2014-15 fiscal to the Election Commission, said the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) on Tuesday.

Notably, as per the Election Commission’s letter dated November 19, 2014, it is mandatory for all political parties to submit the details of their audit reports. The due date for submission of the annual audited accounts for the parties was November 30, 2015.

Besides BJP, only three other national parties submitted the audit reports on time. These are Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), Communist Party of India (CPI), and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).

The BJP, Congress, CPI-M, CPI, BSP and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) are the six national parties in the country.

The report said that the income of the national parties increased from Rs 920.44 crore during the 2013-14 fiscal to Rs 1,275.78 crore in 2014-15, an increase of 39 percent.

Political parties earn money through donations, sale of coupons and contributions etc.

The BJP recorded the highest income of Rs 970.43 crore among the national parties during 2014-15, accounting for 76.06 percent of their total income.

Between 2013-14 and 2014-15, the BJP’s income increased by 44 percent or Rs 296.62 crore.

The BSP’s income increased by 67.31 percent or Rs 45.04 crore.

The CPI declared the least income of Rs 1.84 crore, a mere 0.14 percent of the total income of the six national parties, during 2014-15.

The ADR report said among the national parties, the CPI is the only party whose income decreased by 24.28 percent or around Rs 59 lakh.

The report also shows that almost half of the total income of the political parties came from unknown sources.

As per the ADR report, income accruing from unmentioned sources during 2014-15 is Rs 685.36 crore, which is 54 percent of the total income of the political parties.

-April 20, 2016,New Delhi

Assembly Election dates announced for Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Kerala, Assam and Puducherry; results on May 19

Assembly Election dates announced for Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Kerala, Assam and Puducherry; results on May 19

The Election Commission on Friday announced the schedule for Assembly polls in four states and one union territory- Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Assam, Kerala and Puducherry.

The elections will be held between April 4 and May 16. The counting of votes on all seats in five states will take place on May 19.

Polling will be held in six phases, the maximum number, in West Bengal. Assam will undergo polling in two phases whereas, the voting in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry will take place in single phases.

Assam: Two-phased polling for the 126 Assembly seats. The first phase will be held on April 4 and the second phase will be held on April 11.

West Bengal: Starting from April 4, the voting for the 294 Assembly seats will be held in six phases. The first phase will take place on two dates April 4 and April 11. The second phase (66 seats) on April 17,  the third phase (62 seats) on April 21, fourth phase (49 seats) on April 25, fifth phase (53 seats) on April 30, the sixth and the last phase (65 seats) on May 5.


Kerala: Polling for 140-seats Assembly house will take place in one phase on May 16.

Tamil Nadu: Single-phased polling for the 234-state assembly house will be held on May 16. 

Puducherry: Single-phased polling in all 30 Assembly seats on May 16. 

Results for all the states will be declared on May 19.

State-wise total number of Assembly seats: 

Assam – 126 seats
Tamil Nadu – 234 seats
West Bengal – 294 seats
Kerala – 140 seats
Puducherry – 30 seats

While addressing a press conference in New Delhi, Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi said that over 17 crore voters are likely to use their democratic right during the elections in all these states.

-March 4, 2016 ,New Delhi