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62.59 % Voter Turnout in Delhi Election: Poll Officials

(New Delhi) 62.59 % Voter Turnout in Delhi Election: Poll Officials
The final voter turnout in the Delhi polls was 62.59 % senior officials said on Sunday.
Elections to the 70-member Delhi Assembly were held on Saturday.
In the 2015 Assembly polls, Delhi had recorded a voter turnout of 67.47 %
Exit polls on Saturday predicted an easy win for the Aam Aadmi Party, which sought to retain power on development plank, against the BJP that ran an aggressive campaign centred around the issues of anti-CAA protests and nationalism.
AAP Has Been asking Final Figoures of Turnout

EVMs ‘Absolutely Safe’ in Strongrooms: EC

[New Delhi]EVMs ‘Absolutely Safe’ in Strongrooms: EC
The Election Commission Tuesday dismissed allegations that the voting machines used in the elections were being switched with fresh ones ahead of counting of votes on May 23.
Referring to the allegations and complaints, the commission said it would like to “emphatically and unambiguously” clarify that all such reports and allegations are “absolutely false and factually incorrect.”
The visuals on TV and social media “do not pertain to any EVMs used during the polls”
In a statement, the EC said, after the close of polls, all polled EVMs and VVPATs are brought under security cover to designated strongrooms, which are sealed with double locks in the presence of candidates and observers of the commission.
The entire process of storage and sealing of the strongroom is videoed.

EC Orders 26 Lakh Bottles of Indelible Ink @ Rs 33 Cr for LS Polls

[New Delhi] EC Orders 26 Lakh Bottles of Indelible Ink @ Rs 33 Cr for LS Polls
Election Commission of India has ordered 26 lakh indelible ink bottles worth Rs 33 crore.
The seven-phase election will begin on April 11 and conclude on May 19.
In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the poll panel had bought 21.5 lakh phials, 4.5 lakh less than this year.
Mysore Paints and Varnish Ltd, a government of Karnataka undertaking, is the only authorised manufacturer of indelible ink for the EC.
This order is higher than the last general elections by 4.5 lakh phials. In this election, nearly 90 crore people are eligible to case their votes for which the EC will set up nearly 10 lakh polling stations across the country.
In 1962, the Election Commission, in collaboration with the Law Ministry, National Physical Laboratory and National Research Development Corporation, had made an agreement with Mysore Paints for supply of indelible ink for Lok Sabha and assembly elections.
Since then, it has been supplying the ink for elections in India.
A bottle of indelible ink contains 10 cubic centimetres (cc). As per modern measurement methods, one cubic centimetre is equivalent to one millilitre.
Mysore Paints exports indelible ink to more than 30 countries across the globe.
Soon after the note ban, the company was asked to provide indelible ink to banks to mark customers exchanging defunct currency notes to check suspicious deposits.
Grappling with unending queues and frayed tempers in banks and to check operation of syndicates after the note ban, the government had introduced the system of marking customers exchanging defunct currency notes with indelible
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227 Micro Observers Deputed for Shahkot Bypoll

[Chd,Pb]227 Micro Observers Deputed for Shahkot Bypoll
The Election Commission (EC) has appointed 227 micro observers for the May 28 Shahkot assembly bypoll in Punjab,
As per reports,
283 presiding officers,
1,133 polling officers,
19 counting micro observers,
17 counting supervisors and
17 assistant counting supervisors have also been deputed in the constituency.
Besides this,
32 class-four employees have also been appointed for the election process
Nearly 4,000 officers and employees and a total of 307 teams have been deputed in the constituency
The Shahkot bypoll was necessitated after the death of SAD MLA Ajit Singh

Tripura’s 59 Constituencies Machined 74% Votes

Tripura’s 59 Constituencies Machined 74% Votes
Polling was held today for General Elections to Legislative Assembly of Tripura.
The day passed off peacefully in 59 Constituencies out of 60 Constituencies of the State.
Poll of one of the Constituency i.e. 19- Charilam (ST) AC will be held on 12th March, 2018 owing to death of one candidate.
74% voter turnout was reported till 04:00 PM today. The percentage is likely tpo go up further as more data comes in.
VVPAT was used in Tripura for the first time Out of 3174 Polling 72% polling stations were covered with webcast.
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RBI Says No To EC’s Plea for Raising Cash-Withdrawal Limit for Contestants

[New Delhi]RBI Rejects EC’s Plea for Raising Cash-Withdrawal Limit for Candidates.At present Candidate can withdraw Rs 96K Whereas Expenditure limit is Rs 20-28 Lakh
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has rejected the request of the Election Commission to enhance the weekly cash-withdrawal limit, imposed after demonetisation, for those contesting Assembly elections in five states, prompting an angry reaction from the poll panel.
The Commission had on Wednesday requested RBI to enhance the withdrawal limit of candidates to Rs 2 lakh from Rs 24,000 per week imposed post demonetisation as the nominees would find it difficult to meet their campaign expenditure.
But RBI said that it was not possible for it to hike the limit at this stage.
An apparently peeved Commission has now written back to RBI Governor Urjit Patel expressing “serious concern about the cursory manner in which the issue has been dealt with”.
The EC said the facility be extended till March 11, the day of counting. Candidates are bound to open an election account for meeting poll-related expenditure which is monitored by the EC.
The Commission said that with a weekly withdrawal limit of Rs 24,000, a candidate would be able to withdraw Rs 96,000 in cash during the election process which lasts three to four weeks.
It reminded the central bank that as per law, candidates contesting Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Punjab can spend Rs 28 lakh each for electioneering.
The limit in Goa and Manipur is Rs 20 lakh each. The poll panel said despite paying amounts through cheques, candidates still need hard cash for petty expenses. Also the issue is further adversely effected in rural areas where banking facilities are negligible.

Akali’s Top Brass”Badal”Asks Pak to Refrain from Burning Punjabs,Into War

[Middukhera,Punjab]Akali’s Top Brass “Badal”Asks Pak to Refrain from Pushing India Into War
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today asked Pakistan to refrain from pushing India to war, He said in such an event East and West Punjab on either side of the international border will suffer the most.
“Punjab on both sides of the border will have to bear the brunt in case a war takes place between India and Pakistan,” he told media persons on the sidelines of a sangat darshan programme in the Lambi Assembly segment.
The Pakistani government must understand and should try to defuse tensions at the earliest, Badal said.Replying to a query related to the Indus Waters Treaty, he said the Indian government was “competent and wise enough” to take an appropriate call on the issue.
Badal said India’s “mature and visionary leadership
is capable of taking decisions to safeguard the interests and the unity and integrity of the country”.
Asked about the emergence of new political fronts ahead of the Punjab Assembly elections, he said, “The new platforms will have no affect on the state polity.”
Badal also rubbished Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh’s remark that there was a possibility of rigging electronic voting machines during the elections next year.
EVMs are handled and managed by the Election Commission of India and there is not even the remotest possibility of tempering with them, he said.

Cong MP’Shadi’Raises “Ink”Episode In RS & Seeks CBI Probe In Haryana Poll

[New Delhi]Cong MP ‘Shadi’ Raises Ink Episode In RS And Seeks CBI probe In Haryana Poll
Congress member Shadi Lal Batra today demanded that the election be countermanded and a CBI inquiry launched to ascertain the facts..He alleged that Conspiracy was hatched since both the pens were supplied officially.
The manner in which the Rajya Sabha election in Haryana was held sounded like a “death knell for democracy”,
alleging that both BJP and INLD had jointly conspired to win the elections through “underhand means”.
Batra Alleged the pen provided by election officials had been changed and votes were cancelled on the ground that the ink was different,” Batra raised this issue during the Zero Hour.
At this point, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the issue was before the Election Commission”I don’t think this type of allegation is correct.
He Added This type of sweeping allegation will not be accepted,”
Deputy Chairman P J Kurien also asked Batra not to level any allegations.
Batra further said “Congress members voted for the party-supported independent candidate, but due to this conspiracy, an independent candidate supported by the BJP was declared elected to Rajya Sabha from Haryana on the ground that there was difference of ink on the ballot papers.”

239 More Political Parties Enrolled with EC In Just One Year,Raising Number to 1866 “Only”

[New Delhi]239 More Political Parties Enrolled with EC In Just One Year,Raising Number to 1866″Only”
239 New Political Parties Are Only “Registered” In Just One Year .Now India Has 1866 Political Parties”Only”Registered With Election Commission.This data is given by EC
There has been a rush for registration of political parties, with as many as 239 new outfits enrolling themselves with the Election Commission between March, 2014 and July this year, taking their number to 1866.
According to the Commission, as on July 24, there are 1866 political parties which are registered with it. Out of these, 56 are recognised as registered national or state parties, while the rest are “unrecognised, registered” parties.
According to data complied by the Commission, in the last Lok Sabha election in 2014, 464 political parties had fielded candidates.
The data complied by the poll panel was shared with the Law Ministry for use in Parliament. Legislative Department of the ministry is the administrative unit for the poll watchdog.
According to the Election Commission, there were a total of 1,593 such parties in the country till March 10, 2014. 24 more such parties were registered between March 11 and March 21. And by March 26, 10 more outfits had registered as political parties. This was days after the Lok Sabha polls were announced on March 5.
The total number of political parties registered with the EC in March last year stood at 1,627.
Between March, 2014 and July this year, 239 parties registered themselves with the Commission.
These registered but unrecognised political parties do not have the privilege of contesting elections on a symbol of their own.
They have to choose from a list of ‘free symbols’ issued by the poll panel. According to a latest EC circular, 84 such free symbols are available.
Air conditioner, almirah, balloon, chappals, coconut, window, carpet, bottle and bread were some of the ‘free’ symbols available for registered, unrecognised political parties.
The Election Commission had come out with a list of 84 ‘free’ symbols in January this year available with it to be used by registered political parties which are unrecognised.
To become a recognised political party either at the state or national level, a party has to fulfil certain criteria
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Meghalaya Based National People’s Party’s Political Recognition Is Suspended

[New Delhi] Meghalaya Based National People’s Party’s Political Is Recognition Suspended. it is the first case that recognition of a political party has been suspended by the Election Commission under Election Symbols (Reservation and Allotment) Order 1968, for its failure to follow the Lawful directions of the Commission.
Election Commission of India has suspended the recognition of the National People’s Party, a recognized state party in Meghalaya due to its failure in filing the election expenditure statement of the party.
In pursuance of the Hon’ble Supreme Court’s judgement in the case of Common Cause Vs Union of India and others (AIR-1996 SC 3081), the ECI had earlier issued instructions to all political parties, to file their election expenditure statement within 75 days of assembly general elections and 90 days of Lok Sabha general elections. The general election to Lok Sabha, 2014 and elections to the Legislative Assemblies of Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim, 2014 was completed on 28th May, 2014 and as per the Commission’s instructions, the political parties were required to submit their election expenditure statements in connection with the above elections by 26th August, 2014.
The Commission had issued two reminders to the National People’s Party to submit the required statement for Lok Sabha election 2014 after the due date had long expired, on 26th August 2014.
Finally, the Election Commission issued a notice on 17th March 2015 to the party to showcause as to why action should not be taken under para 16A of the Election Symbols (Reservation and Allotment ) Order 1968 for failure to follow the lawful directions and instructions of the Commission;
On receipt of the Notice, the National People’s Party had requested time to submit its expenditure statement by 15th April 2015 and again for time up to by 15 May 2015 but failed to honor the deadline and did not file the expenditure statement of the party.