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April 10, 2024 5:30 PM

ECI cracks down on anonymous political hoardings, directs disclosure of publishers and printers for traceability and accountability

Sending a strong message, the Election Commission of India (ECI) on Wednesday directed all States/UTs mandating the clear identification of printer and publisher on printed election-related material including hoardings, ensuring accountability and transparency in campaign communications. The decision was taken by the Commission consisting of Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar, and Election Commissioners Gyanesh Kumar and Dr Sukhbir Singh Sandhu after representations were received in the Co...

April 7, 2024 10:41 PM

Election Commission launches multi-pronged campaigns to encourage young and urban voters

In the rup-up to the 18th Lok Sabha polls, the Election Commission has rolled out a range of campaigns on social media platforms to encourage young and urban voters to participate, by casting their ballots.  ‘Turning 18’ and ‘You are the One,’ are capturing attention due to their well crafted messaging strategy, which aligns seamlessly with the overarching theme of ‘Chunav Ka Parv, Desh Ka Garv.’ ‘Turning 18’ One of ECI’s flagship campaigns, ‘Turning 18,’ targets young ...

April 7, 2024 5:32 PM

EC’s Suvidha Portal sees over 73,000 applications from political parties, candidates

The Election Commission of India's Suvidha platform has witnessed a surge in activity since the announcement of the 2024 Lok Sabha Elections and enforcement of the model code of conduct (MCC), according to a press release by the Election Commission of India. The portal has received more than 73,000 applications from political parties and candidates, out of which 44,600 requests have already been approved. This surge in activity reflects the platform's dedication to transparency and efficiency i...

April 3, 2024 10:00 PM

Election Commission directs stringent measures for peaceful general elections 2024

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has issued a series of directives to Chief Secretaries, Director Generals of Police of all States/Union Territories (UTs), and heads of central agencies. During a significant meeting, chaired by Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar alongside ECs Gyanesh Kumar and Sukhbir Singh Sandhu, top officials from various regions and central agencies convened to review and evaluate the law and order situation, as well as strategies for preventing illicit activitie...

March 28, 2024 10:34 AM

Nomination for second phase of Lok Sabha elections for all 12 States/UTs to start from March 28

The Election Commission of India issued the notification for the second phase of the Lok Sabha elections 2024 to be conducted on April 26. In the notification issued on Wednesday, the ECI informed that the filing of nominations for the second phase of the 2024 general elections will commence on Thursday. A total of 88 parliamentary constituencies (PCs) spread across 12 States/Union Territories, along with one part of Manipur (Outer Manipur), are slated to go to the polls in the second phase on...

March 28, 2024 10:06 AM

Deadline for Bihar Lok Sabha nominations today; Only 10 candidates file papers yet

The nomination phase for the first leg of Lok Sabha elections in Bihar will end today (March 28) covering the parliamentary constituencies of Gaya, Aurangabad, Nawada, and Jamui. The Election Commission of India extended the deadline due to holidays linked to the Holi festival and Bihar Foundation Day. As the deadline approaches, candidates from both the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and the Grand Alliance are expected to flock to the offices of returning officers to file their nominatio...

March 22, 2024 8:49 AM

Election Commission uploads electoral bonds data with unique numbers on its website

The Election Commission on Thursday made public a data set of electoral bonds including their numbers that can help match their purchasers with the political parties that received the funds. The separate lists of the donors and the recipients were published by the poll body on its website after the details were submitted to it by the State Bank of India after the order of the Supreme Court. The State Bank of India was the only bank authorised to sell and redeem the bonds, which were first issu...

March 21, 2024 4:34 PM

Election Commission urges vigilance against misinformation ahead of General Election

As the General Election edges closer, the Election Commission is prepared to tackle the challenge of misinformation, which poses a threat to the democratic process. The Commission has issued strict directives, urging all stakeholders to be vigilant and responsible. Highlighting the gravity of the issue, the electoral body calls on political parties to verify information before sharing it, warning against the spread of false narratives. To counter the spread of misleading content, the Election...

March 21, 2024 2:22 PM

ECI orders transfer of non-cadre DMs, SPs in four states

The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Thursday issued transfer orders for non-cadre officers holding leadership positions as District Magistrates (DM) and Superintendents of Police (SP) in four states, namely, Gujarat, Punjab, Odisha, and West Bengal. The positions of DM and SP in the districts are reserved for officers from the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and Indian Police Service (IPS), respectively. The Commission said that this action demonstrates its dedication and promise to ...

March 17, 2024 9:28 AM

Model Code of Conduct kicks in as Election Commission announces poll dates

The Model Code of Conduct (MCC) has come into effect from Saturday after the Election Commission of India announced the dates for elections to the Lok Sabha and four state assemblies, with Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar asking all political parties and their leaders to strictly adhere to the poll code. As the tenure of the 17th Lok Sabha is scheduled to end on June 16, 2024, polls for its 543 seats must be held prior to it. The general election for 543 Lok Sabha seats will be held in ...

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