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The Election Commission suo moto reviewed its guidelines on the use of the indelible ink and notified the health secretary.
While elections to rural and urban local bodies in Andhra Pradesh have been put off indefinitely, gram panchayat polls were suspended for six weeks.
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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.
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.
EC has written to the former CEC claiming that during his 2-year tenure, only 9 showcause notices for MCC violations, and no FIRs, were issued in 11 state and union territory elections.
The Supreme Court observed that there has been an alarming increase in number of candidates with criminal background in the last four general elections.
Be it Modi and Kejriwal bypassing the MCC or Anurag Thakur and Adityanath’s vitriolic remarks, poll watchdog’s selective actions could have been avoided.
In its latest affidavit in the Supreme Court, EC says as many as 70 registered unrecognised parties received funds via electoral bonds since 2017.
The Delhi chief electoral officer made the announcement amid a controversy over what was described as an inordinate delay in finalising turnout figures.