Friday, 2 December, 2022
TopicChief Election Commissioner

Topic: Chief Election Commissioner

Poll model code of conduct is good enough, doesn’t need legal backing: CEC Sunil Arora

In an interview with ThePrint, CEC Sunil Arora made light of criticism lobbed at EC for allegedly failing to check hate speech during Delhi polls.

Modi govt tells EC it will amend laws to link Aadhaar with voter IDs to enable remote voting

Govt assures poll watchdog it will soon take the proposal to Cabinet for approval as this would require amendments to Representation of People’s Act.

Election Commission proposes making paid news and false affidavits electoral offences

CEC Sunil Arora, Ashok Lavasa and Sushil Chandra also discussed linking of voters list or electoral roll with Aadhaar numbers to clean up duplicate entries.

EVMs can’t be tampered with, says CEC Sunil Arora as he rules out return to ballot system

Speaking at an event, the CEC said the Election Commission will engage with political parties in coming days on various electoral reforms and the model code.

EC had flagged concerns over electoral bonds to Modi govt after Lok Sabha elections too

Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora had written to the law minister reiterating a range of bond-related reforms that were pending with the government.

Constitutional protection for commissioners, 1 candidate, 1 seat — reforms EC to push again

EC had last raised the pending reforms with law ministry on 2 September and will now reiterate them in a meeting with the law secretary.

TN Seshan, former CEC who cleaned up India’s electoral system, dies at 86

Known for his no-nonsense approach, Seshan is credited with enforcing model code of conduct and bringing in electoral reforms in the 1990s.

Should EC make dissent in its decisions public or does it promote needless public scrutiny?

Two former chief election commissioners have said that a dissenting opinion by an election commissioner must be mentioned in the poll body’s order.

Andhra CM Chandrababu Naidu protests outside poll panel’s office saying it’s tyrannical

TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu wrote to the chief election commissioner saying the EC is autocratic, with a partisan attitude.

Modi govt wants bureaucrats to address complaints against information commissioners

In a meeting of the Central Information Commission held on 27 March, the information commissioners opposed the govt's proposal and saw it as an attack on their independence. 

On Camera

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Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge | ANI file photo

Congress is becoming Nokia, Kodak of Gujarat politics. Outdated KHAM lens will wipe it out

After winning the biggest electoral victory in 1995 Gujarat elections, Congress lost seven consecutive elections in the state. It cannot remind voters about its rule anymore.

51 cow universities, old pension scheme, jobs — what RSS affiliates want from 2023 Budget

Welfare schemes and ‘self-reliance’ figure high on Sangh organisations’ wishlists for finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman ahead of the Budget, which she will present on 1 February.

Defence

A soldier with 'Arjun', a black kite trained to down enemy drones, during the Yudh Abhyas exercise being held in Auli, Uttarakhand | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

It’s a plane, no it’s a bird! Army’s training eagles & falcons to swoop down on hostile drones

The birds are also being trained for surveillance at Remount Veterinary Corps Centre in Meerut, with cameras fitted to their heads to record videos.

A Gujarat gamble: A likely reason Rahul is not giving Modi a fight this assembly election

I'd rather not buy idea that Rahul's holding his fire until 2024. More likely, Congress believes Karnataka offers best chance of winning a Gujarat-sized state if Gujarat is too challenging.