Sunday, 22 July, 2018

Topic: Election Commission

Arvind Kejriwal

AAP’s chief ministerial candidate for Madhya Pradesh makes poll promises on stamp paper

Alok Agarwal listed 30 promises, which include waiving farm loans, free electricity to farmers and employment allowance to youth.

Finance ministry’s own division shares EC’s concerns on electoral bonds & transparency

The Financial Sector Reforms and Legislation Division has agreed with the EC’s view, which is that the new laws are ‘retrograde’ and need to be withdrawn.
File photo of Fali Nariman | Kaushik Roy/India Today Group/Getty Images

Election Commission seeks Fali Nariman’s advice on fighting paid news menace

EC move comes weeks after Delhi High Court held that the poll panel can’t regulate content of media articles.
Headquarters of the Election Commission of India in New Delhi | Source: ECI

EC won’t say why there’s been no bypoll in Anantnag

EC refuses to answer ThePrint’s RTI plea asking for official communication on the bypoll between the poll panel, the state and central governments. N...
Students at IIT Delhi campus, India.

Lateral entry into civil services: IAS aspirants happy, IITians happier

UPSC aspirants at Delhi’s coaching hub and engineers at IIT cheered the move but also cautioned that transparency and neutrality may be compromised.
Narendra Modi

Modi rally at expressway launch a day before Kairana bypoll not illegal but avoidable: EC official

Election Commission official tells ThePrint the PMO informally checked if Narendra Modi could address a rally in Baghpat, which is 50km from the poll-bound district.

For three years, only 5% of unrecognised parties filed donation reports: ADR

Report raises fears of them being used as money laundering fronts or for electoral malpractice, calls for more stringent EC monitoring
Rajendra gavit

BJP wins Palghar prestige battle, but there’s more to worry than celebrate

Shiv Sena’s loss to BJP in Palghar is likely to further strain the already choppy relations between the warring allies.
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.

Need for fewer, less expensive elections is not the same as simultaneous elections

Constitutional and practical impediments to the idea of simultaneous elections are formidable. Given the degree of political polarisation, consensus would be hard to achieve.