Convicted in graft case, Sikkim CM seeks disqualification waiver

Sikkim Chief Minister(CM) has requested the Election Commission (EC) to grant him a waiver of the remaining period of his disqualification to retain the post. Sikkim CM who was appointed on May 27,2019 needs to be elected to the Assembly within six months of his appointment.However,he is barred from contesting polls as he has been… Continue reading Convicted in graft case, Sikkim CM seeks disqualification waiver

Congress moves SC against EC’s decision to hold separate bypolls for 2 RS seats in Gujarat

The Gujarat Congress has decided to move the Supreme Court against the Election Commission(EC) decision to conduct separate bypolls for two Rajya Sabha seats in the state. The petitioner has sought a direction to the Election Commission for holding the election for the two seats simultaneously. The EC has termed the vacancies as casual vacancies.The… Continue reading Congress moves SC against EC’s decision to hold separate bypolls for 2 RS seats in Gujarat

Exit polls predict second term for PM Narendra Modi

Recently,various exit polls have predicted that the Party in power is all set to return to power in 2019. Exit poll is a post-voting poll which is conducted just after a voter walks out after casting his or her vote.Such polls aim at predicting the actual result on the basis of the information collected from… Continue reading Exit polls predict second term for PM Narendra Modi

Article 324 and role of Election Commission

The Election Commission of India has curtailed campaigning in West Bengal for the final phase of the general election shutting down election campaigning 19 hours earlier than it was to end.It has also removed the  state’s Home Secretary and a senior police officer. This order comes after violence was reported in West Bengal during which… Continue reading Article 324 and role of Election Commission

SC irked after poll panel’s counsel says it is ‘powerless’

The Supreme Court has expressed displeasure over the Election Commission for not taking action against politicians for communal and hate speeches during the Lok Sabha campaigning.The court has decided to examine the ambit of poll panel’s power on the violation of model code of conduct. The court was hearing a plea seeking an order from… Continue reading SC irked after poll panel’s counsel says it is ‘powerless’

Fighting fake news: can social media be kept on a leash?

Social media platform Facebook has said that the company is assessing risk across its platforms to help ensure that the Lok Sabha election was free from interference from both foreign and domestic. Facebook had focussed on key areas which includes (a)blocking and removing fake accounts (b)fighting the spread of misinformation (c)stopping abuse by domestic actors… Continue reading Fighting fake news: can social media be kept on a leash?

Electoral bonds hit transparency in political funding, says Election Commission

The Election Commission of India has filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court.It said that the introduction of electoral bonds and the removal of the cap on corporate funding by the government will have a serious impact on the transparency of political funding. EC has said that the amendment made to the Foreign Contribution Regulation… Continue reading Electoral bonds hit transparency in political funding, says Election Commission

SC to hear plea to stay poll bonds on April 2

The Supreme Court has decided that it will hear on April 2 the petitions which have challenged the issuance of electoral bonds by the government. The petitioners have challenged the electoral bond scheme on the grounds that it (a)keeps the identity of the donor absolutely confidential (b)would enable corporate houses to anonymously donate their unaccounted… Continue reading SC to hear plea to stay poll bonds on April 2

Social media firms come up with ethics code for Lok Sabha polls

The social media platforms such as Facebook and twitter have adopted a voluntary code of ethics for the upcoming general elections.The code was prepared by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI). Election Commission had asked social media platforms to adopt a ‘Code of Ethics’ to be followed by the them during the upcoming… Continue reading Social media firms come up with ethics code for Lok Sabha polls

Election Commission sets pre-poll deadline for manifestos

The Election Commission has amended the Part 8 of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC).It deals with the election manifesto. The amended model code states that (a)In case of single phase election,manifesto shall not be released during the prohibitory period and (b)In case of multi-phase elections,manifesto shall not be released during the prohibitory periods of… Continue reading Election Commission sets pre-poll deadline for manifestos