Election Commission of India (ECI) grants permission for holding elections to the Legislative Council (MLCs) in Maharashtra. The necessary guidelines will need to be ensured for safety against #COVID19 during the elections, ANI reported.
"The tenure of 5 MLCs from graduates' constituency and 6 MLCs from teachers' constituency is coming to an end on May 6. Hence, elections should be held on these seats," Chief Electoral Officer of Uttar Pradesh Ajay Kumar Shukla said in a statement.
Election to fill up 55 seats in the Upper House of Parliament was to be held on March 26, but 37 candidates have already been elected without a contest.
These seats from 17 states are falling vacant on different dates in April due to retirement of members.
The law says that while Lok Sabha will have five seats from the UT of J&K, Ladakh will have one seat
Explaining the 'block chain' technology involved in the project, Senior Deputy Election Commissioner Sandeep Saxena said the concept is a "two-way electronic voting system, in a controlled environment, on white-listed IP devices on dedicated internet lines, enabled with biometric devices and a web camera".
Arora said EVMs can malfunction like a car or a pen but they cannot be tampered with, adding the machines are in use for 20 years now and there was no question of returning to the ballot paper.
Voting began at 8.00 am and will end across all 70 constituencies at 6.00 pm
Kejriwal has been asked to respond to the notice before 5.00 pm on Saturday, the day of polling in Delhi.
The Election Commission stated that Yogi Adityanath's remarks about Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal being "busy sponsoring and offering biryani in Shaheen Bagh" violated the Model Code of Conduct.
The decision comes after the Commission held a meeting with Delhi Chief Secretary, city police chief and other top officials to review poll preparedness.
A BJP leader had approached the Commission alleging that addressing members of the Delhi Bar Association on January 13, Kejriwal had said the government was ready to open mohalla clinics in bars and court premises provided space is allocated.
Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan said it does not behove the prime minister to make such remarks to impressionable minds while addressing the NCC rally on Tuesday here.
Chavan also welcomed the EC order against two BJP leaders, but remained critical of the prime minister's remarks at the NCC rally.
The 'general advisory' issued by the poll panel also said criticism of other parties or their work based on unverified allegations should be avoided.
Though legal action has been initiated against the BJP candidate from Model Town seat in Delhi, his post is yet to be taken down from Twitter.
A bench comprising Chief Justice S A Bobde and justices B R Gavai and Surya Kant asked the Centre and the Election Commission to file their responses within two weeks to the interim application filed by NGO 'Association for Democratic Reforms' for staying the scheme.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is seeking re-election. It is being challenged by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress
The Chief Election Officer had recently said that Delhi will be the first state/Union Territory in which a booth app shall be used in every polling station for the first time in the country
The chief secretary directed the urban development secretary to ensure that polling stations are set up as per EC specifications and have facilities such as ramps, sufficient toilets, etc
Seshan was known for having ruthlessly enforced the model code of conduct and led the game-changing electoral reforms in the 1990s
This process has to be completed before publication of draft roll on November 15
On the recommendation of the Election Commission, the Ministry of Law and Justice has amended the Conduct of Election Rules, 1961, on October 22, allowing senior citizens and person with disabilities in the absentee voter list.
According to officials from eight districts in the region, 127 ballot units, 108 control units and 630 VVPAT machines were replaced between 7.00 am and 5.00 pm
The state Congress unit also sent 187 complaints to the Election Commission of malfunctioning of EVMs.