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The Central Information Commission building

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. 
Headquarters of the Election Commission in New Delhi | Manisha Mondal/ThePrint

Under Modi regime, the Election Commission needs the spine of former CEC T.N. Seshan

The EC now appears like an extension of the Centre and not an institution that can take government to task.
Headquarters of the Election Commission of India in New Delhi

System of candidate with most votes winning an outdated one, says former election panel head

T.S. Krishnamurthy said none of the parties are taking any interest in any electoral reform & all of them are interested in status quo.
Supreme Court | Manisha Mondal/ThePrint

Chief Information Commissioner to have same status as CEC, rules Supreme Court

Court issues directions to Modi government to bring greater transparency in appointment of CIC and Information Commissioners.
Sunil Arora

Sunil Arora: The aviation ‘expert’ who will oversee India’s next general election

India’s new CEC Sunil Arora ‘knows how to get stuff done’. But he will also be the least experienced poll chief to manage Lok Sabha elections.
OP Rawat

Social media platforms promise to curb posts that can affect poll process, says CEC

Chief Election Commissioner O.P. Rawat says expenditure on poll advertisements on social media will be added to expenses of candidates.
OP Rawat

Current laws inadequate to check abuse of money in polls, says Chief Election Commissioner

OP Rawat noted that "machinations" of data theft, data harvesting and fake news pose a potent threat to the electoral process in the country.
Chief Election Commissioner O. P. Rawat with election commissioners Ashok Lavasa and Sunil Arora announcing the schedule for Karnataka elections at a press conference on Tuesday | Subhav Shukla/PTI

Election Commission rules out possibility of one nation, one poll

Chief Election Commissioner O.P.Rawat put to rest all speculations on simultaneous elections.
Chief Election Commissioner O. P. Rawat with election commissioners Ashok Lavasa and Sunil Arora announcing the schedule for Karnataka elections at a press conference on Tuesday | Subhav Shukla/PTI

Election Commission inexperienced to handle 2019, fear former poll body chiefs

Sunil Arora, who will take charge as chief election commissioner in December, will have overseen just 10 assembly polls by the time the general elections roll in. That's less than half the experience his predecessors had in 2009 and 2014.
Headquarters of the Election Commission of India

Urgent need to curb hate speeches during poll campaigns: Former CECs

Poll panel told to work out ways to reduce the number of phases in elections to shorten the period of the model code.

On Camera

V. Anantha Nageswaran, member of the Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council | Image: krea.edu.in | ThePrint Team

High production costs, compliance burden won’t let India emulate China, says PM’s advisor

PM’s Economic Advisory Council member V. Anantha Nageswaran says whittling away unwanted rules and regulations will be a step towards fixing the problem.

Defence

A Heron 1 UAV in flight

India planning to order Heron drones, Spike anti-tank guided missiles from Israel

There is a need for Heron UAVs to add to the existing fleet of drones to meet the Air Force requirements, govt sources said without specifying any number.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Uttar Pradesh is India’s broken heartland, break it into 4 or 5 states

Uttar Pradesh, our largest state by population and most powerful, is also the worst governed. A state with 1-in-6 Indians has no hope because of its size.