Opposition tries to reach out to TRS, YSRCP to form government

Although, YSRCP and TRS have been in touch with opposition parties since the exit-poll results, the BJP has also been banking on the two parties to boost the NDA numbers if the mandate doesn’t turn out to be what the exit polls predicted. Read More
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Twenty-two opposition leaders meet EC to track EVMs

Two days before counting of votes begins, representatives of 22 opposition parties met the Election Commission officials to make a host of demands including “tracking” of electronic voting machines and extensive use of voter-verified paper audit trails. Read More
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CEC: Reports of Lavasa’s ‘recusal’ from MCC matters ‘unsavoury’

Chief election commissioner Sunil Arora reacted to media reports as “unsavoury and avoidable controversy”, which said that EC Ashok Lavasa recused himself from meetings on violations of the model code of conduct as his dissenting opinion were not recorded. Read More
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Oppn backs Mamata over EC’s Bengal decision, Didi says thanks

All the opposition leaders have expressed solidarity with Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee after the Election Commission ordered to cut short campaigning in the state by a day in the wake of clashes between TMC and BJP workers. Read More
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EC orders Twitter India to remove tweets with exit polls

With the seven-phase Lok Sabha election coming to an end, the Election Commission ordered Twitter India to remove all tweets related to exit polls. According to the Representation of the People Act, it is illegal to publish exit-poll results while an election is still going on. Read More
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Amid Bengal violence, EC to hold review meeting for last phase

A day after BJP and Trinamool Congress workers fought pitched battles during BJP president Amit Shah’s road show in Kolkata, the Election Commission has decided to hold a review meeting, although the poll panel didn’t reveal anything specifically on the violence. Read More
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SC rejects Tej Bahadur’s plea versus his nomination cancellation

The Supreme Court rejected former BSF jawan and Samajwadi Party-Bahujan Samaj Party alliance candidate Tej Bahadur Yadav’s petition challenging the Election Commission’s decision to reject his nomination from the Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency. Read More
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SC rejects opposition plea to review order on VVPAT count

The opposition parties had moved to the court after reports of defective EVMs emerged after the first phase of the Lok Sabha election. In some cases, it was reported, voters would cast their vote for a party but the EVM would record their vote for another party. Read More
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SC to EC: Resolve all cases related to Modi, Shah by May 6

The Supreme Court told the Election Commission that all Congress’s complaints against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah on violations of the election model code of conduct should be resolved by Monday. Read More
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EC overrules its officers’ opinions, gives second clean chit to Modi

The Election Commission gave a second clean chit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his appeal to first-time voters by invoking the Balakot air strike at a rally in Maharashtra’s Latur, just a day after it cleared Modi’s speech at Wardha under the model code of conduct. Read More
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