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‘TN Seshan happens once in a while’: Why the Supreme Court hailed the former chief election commissioner
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‘TN Seshan happens once in a while’: Why the Supreme Court hailed the former chief election commissioner

Hearing petitions seeking reforms in the system of appointing election commissioners, the Supreme Court noted that a person like late TN Seshan ‘happens once in a while’. Serving as Chief Election Commissioner from 1990 to 1996, the 86-year-old is credited with changing the face of polls

Explained:  Why the Election Commission did not announce dates for Gujarat polls
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Explained: Why the Election Commission did not announce dates for Gujarat polls

Like in 2017, the Election Commission broke away from the convention today. While the dates for the Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections were announced, it did not reveal when Gujarat would go to polls

Will remote voting be a reality soon? Election Commission’s plan to increase voter turnout explained
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Will remote voting be a reality soon? Election Commission’s plan to increase voter turnout explained

The EC has noted migrants’ inability to travel back to their place of registration from cities where they are staying for education, employment and other purposes. It has decided to devise a new plan that may involve remote voting among other measures

Rajiv Kumar assumes charge as 25th Chief Election Commissioner
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Rajiv Kumar assumes charge as 25th Chief Election Commissioner

The elections to the post of president and vice president, 2024 Lok Sabha polls and several Assembly elections will be conducted under the watch of Kumar, whose tenure is till February 2025

Rajiv Kumar appointed next CEC, to assume charge on 15 May
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Rajiv Kumar appointed next CEC, to assume charge on 15 May

Kumar took charge as the Election Commissioner on 1 September, 2020, prior to which he had been the chairman of the Public Enterprises Selection Board

Participation of women in Parliament less than desired, says Chief Election Commissioner
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Participation of women in Parliament less than desired, says Chief Election Commissioner

Sushil Chandra expressed concern over the time lost due to disruptions in Parliament, saying this does not augur well for democracy

Sushil Chandra assumes charge as Chief Election Commissioner; to hold post till May 2022
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Sushil Chandra assumes charge as Chief Election Commissioner; to hold post till May 2022

Under Chandra, the Election Commission will hold Assembly polls in Goa, Manipur, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh

Sushil Chandra appointed as next Chief Election Commissioner, to assume charge tomorrow
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Sushil Chandra appointed as next Chief Election Commissioner, to assume charge tomorrow

Chandra was appointed as an election commissioner on 14 February, 2019, ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. He will demit office on 14 May, 2022.

EC faces uphill task in enforcing COVID-19 guidelines despite requisite powers, say former CECs
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EC faces uphill task in enforcing COVID-19 guidelines despite requisite powers, say former CECs

Ex-CECs VS Sampath, OP Rawat, SY Quraishi said though it is challenging, but EC could take "demonstrative action" as postponing polls in a few constituencies and banning rallies "to show that it means business"

Delhi Assembly election: Protest sites like Shaheen Bagh ‘under watch’ ahead of polling day to ensure voters, personnel face no obstruction, observers tell EC
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Delhi Assembly election: Protest sites like Shaheen Bagh ‘under watch’ ahead of polling day to ensure voters, personnel face no obstruction, observers tell EC

Protest sites in Delhi are 'under watch' to ensure that the polling personnel or voters face no obstruction on 8 February, which is when the polling is scheduled to take place, observers deployed told the Election Commission on Monday.

Delhi Assembly Election 2020: EC bans Kapil Mishra from campaigning for 48 hours for posting controversial tweets
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Delhi Assembly Election 2020: EC bans Kapil Mishra from campaigning for 48 hours for posting controversial tweets

Cracking the whip, the Election Commission on Saturday imposed a 48-hour campaigning ban on Kapil Mishra, BJP candidate from Delhi's Model Town constituency, over his controversial tweets

Maharashtra, Haryana election 2019: Farmer suicides, corruption, joblessness to be top Congress agenda in upcoming Assembly polls
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Maharashtra, Haryana election 2019: Farmer suicides, corruption, joblessness to be top Congress agenda in upcoming Assembly polls

The Congress on Saturday said it will raise suicides by farmers and "pro-people" issues such as corruption and loss of jobs in the Assembly polls next month, that the governments in Maharashtra and Haryana are trying to deflect.

JNUSU polls 2019 sees highest voter turnout in 7 years; Delhi HC orders stay on announcement of results
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JNUSU polls 2019 sees highest voter turnout in 7 years; Delhi HC orders stay on announcement of results

Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union polls witnessed a 67.9 per cent voter turnout on Friday, believed to be the highest in seven years, even as the Delhi High Court ordered a stay on the announcement of results.

Haryana minister Manish Grover booked by Rohtak Police for allegedly 'exercising undue influence' during LS polls
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Haryana minister Manish Grover booked by Rohtak Police for allegedly 'exercising undue influence' during LS polls

Haryana Minister of State for Cooperation Manish Grover has been booked by the Rohtak Police for alleged criminal intimidation and exercising undue influence during the recently-held Lok Sabha polls

Lok Sabha passes RTI Amendment Bill amid Opposition uproar; what changes have been proposed under new law
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Lok Sabha passes RTI Amendment Bill amid Opposition uproar; what changes have been proposed under new law

The Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2019, seeks to give the Centre the power to set the tenure and salaries of the Chief Information Commissioner and Information Commissioners at both the central and state levels.

Full text of Article 324: EC invokes provision in West Bengal after TMC-BJP workers clash in Kolkata; campaigning to end at 10 pm tomorrow
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Full text of Article 324: EC invokes provision in West Bengal after TMC-BJP workers clash in Kolkata; campaigning to end at 10 pm tomorrow

The Election Commission on Wednesday announced its decision to implement Article 324 in West Bengal. Here's the full text of Article 324 as defined in the Constitution

Lok Sabha election 2019: N Chandrababu Naidu urges Election Commission to verify 50% EVMs using VVPAT slips
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Lok Sabha election 2019: N Chandrababu Naidu urges Election Commission to verify 50% EVMs using VVPAT slips

This comes ahead of the Supreme Court hearing on a petition filed by 21 Opposition parties, led by Naidu, to review its judgment rejecting 50 percent random physical verification of EVMs using VVPAT.

EC clean chits to Narendra Modi, Amit Shah: Former CECs say complainant has right to know about dissent in decisions
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EC clean chits to Narendra Modi, Amit Shah: Former CECs say complainant has right to know about dissent in decisions

A dissent given by an election commissioner has to be noted in files and the complainant has a right to know whether the order passed by the Election Commission was unanimous, two former chief election commissioners said Sunday.

Nasim Zaidi quits Jet Airways board 7 months after joining airline; cites personal reasons, time constraints for exit
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Nasim Zaidi quits Jet Airways board 7 months after joining airline; cites personal reasons, time constraints for exit

Nasim Zaidi, the former Chief Election Commissioner and ex-civil aviation secretary, joined the Jet Airways board in August last year.

NDA's Wayanad candidate demands review of Rahul Gandhi's candidature citing his 'dual citizenship', writes to EC
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NDA's Wayanad candidate demands review of Rahul Gandhi's candidature citing his 'dual citizenship', writes to EC

In his letter written through his advocate Sinil Kumar G, Vellappally claimed that Rahul is "not eligible to contest" the Lok Sabha elections because he holds dual passports and "is not a citizen of India."