The Election Commission on Tuesday fixed 13 January to hear the Samajwadi Party's warring factions led by Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son Akhilesh Yadav to settle the dispute over control of the party and its election symbol of 'cycle'.
Ahead of Assembly elections in Punjab, CEC Nasim Zaidi and fellow Commissioners will be in Chandigarh for two days to review poll preparedness.
Congress on Monday moved the Election Commission demanding removal of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's photographs from government posters at public places, including petrol pumps, ahead of Assembly polls in five states.
After the Supreme Court clarified the use of religion, caste, community, race and language as a "corrupt practice", the Election Commission of India now wants the Supreme Court to tighten its grip on the role of money in elections.
Racing against time, Samajwadi Party leaders on Wednesday made eleventh hour efforts to restore peace in the ruling party with Azam Khan taking the lead, meeting party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav separately but failed to make any headway.
The high-stakes Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh will be held in seven phases between 11 February and 8 March, while Punjab and Goa will go to polls together on 4 February, Uttarakhand on 15 February and Manipur in two phases on 4 and 8 March.
While announcing the dates for the Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Punjab and Manipur, Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi on Wednesday said that the EC is committed to abide by the Supreme Court's order on Hindutva case.
In separate meetings with Chief Election Commisioner, Congress and Aam Aadmi Party expressed apprehension about misuse of state machinery in Punjab Assembly polls, while and Siromani Akali Dal sought lesser gap between election announcement and polling
We are on board with our proposal that elections can be held together provided there is consensus among the political parties, the CEC said
From May first week, the EC would deploy one central government employee to be part of the flying squad to "impart a strong element of neutrality, and Central (police, paramilitary) forces will also be made part of flying squads."
Zaidi, who was on a two-day visit to Assam along with the other members of the Commission to review the poll preparedness, met political parties, district authorities and senior state government officials.
Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi on Tuesday said the poll panel will examine the video of the purported sting operation carried out by a news portal and pass it on to the relevant authorities.
The fate of governments in four states and one union territory will be known on 19 May, when counting for assembly elections will be conducted.
The majority of candidates contesting polls in India are "under-reporting" their expenses and inadequate laws to regulate political funds may lead to a "fearful" situation where institutions go under the "control of money" and holding fair polls becomes difficult, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Nasim Zaidi said on Tuesday.
BJP on Thursday told the Election Commission (EC) that it supports the dignity and independence of the poll-body even as it termed as personal view the comments of its West Bengal leader.
Two days after the Election Commission announced the dates for the Bihar polls, the panel has identified 62 constituencies which are vulnerable to the use of black money.
Assembly elections in Bihar, where the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is set for a battle against a united Janata Parivar, are likely to be held sometime in September-October
Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi is set to become the next Chief Election Commissioner later this month.
The CEC said 94 out of the 1,126 polling stations are critical and special measures have been taken to keep a watch on them.
Chhattisgarh goes to polls by the end of the year to elect its 90-member new assembly.