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Why VVPATs aren't enough to build confidence in EVMs -Atanu Biswas

Still, doubts about EVMs have been planted, despite the fact that none of the Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines showed a mismatch with the EVM count . The Supreme Court ordered the Election Commission of India (ECI) that five VVPATs per assembly constituency (AC) should be matched with the EVM count of votes. Statistically speaking this is adequate to remove doubts about possible tampering of EVMs. In an earlier article in HT dated

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Save-RTI plea to President Ram Nath Kovind

t should therefore be ensured that the commission and its functionaries perform their duties independently and with complete autonomy. For this, it is necessary to elevate their status to that of the Election Commission of India’,” Gandhi’s petition says. The standing committee’s recommendation was accepted by the then UPA government, which had initially proposed to keep the information commissioners on a par with Union gove

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Lok Sabha passes Bill amending RTI Act amidst strong objection from Opposition

overnment. Speaker Om Birla announced that the Bill was passed with 218 ‘yes’ votes as against 79 ‘no’ votes. The Bill states that the functions being carried out by the Election Commission of India and the Central and State Information Commissions are totally different. The Election Commission is a Constitutional body. On the other hand the Central Information Commission and the State Information Commission are statutory

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Retired officials, veterans and academics remind Election Commission of transgressions

oncludes: “Viewed in totality, there is no doubt that the mandate of 2019 has been thrown into serious doubt. The concerns raised are too central to the well-being of our democracy for the ECI (Election Commission of India) to leave unexplained. “In the interests of ensuring that this never happens again, the ECI needs to pro-actively issue public clarifications in respect of each of these reported irregularities, and put in place steps

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Revealed: River of anonymous election cash that flowed to Calcutta -Anita Joshua

e bonds, the ruling BJP had been the biggest beneficiary of the inaugural bonds issued in March 2018. According to the BJP’s audit and income tax reports for 2017-18 — submitted to the Election Commission of India — the party got Rs 210,00,02,000 (Rs 210 crore) through electoral bonds. In its inaugural run in March 2018, electoral bonds worth Rs 222 crore had been issued, putting what the BJP got from that tranche at 95 per cen

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'Missing' EVMs -Venkitesh Ramakrishnan

21 opposition parties, to match 50 per cent of VVPATs (Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trails) in each Assembly segment of a parliamentary constituency with the EVM results highlighted these issues. The Election Commission of India’s (ECI) response to a large number of these issues has been characterised as ambiguous and specious by political observers, opposition politicians and retired senior civil servants. The ECI’s resistance to the dema

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Despite EVMs, EC officials can 'make or mar' poll results

erdict of millions of voters in 2019 elections sealed inside EVMs, there are fresh fears of foul play and potential manipulations, thanks to certain alleged loopholes in the counting processes of the Election Commission of India (ECI), warns an expert on election laws. In order to avoid this, there is a clamour that the ECI must provide a printout of the votes cast in each EVM to all candidates or their Counting Agents, which can be later tallied

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On the political fringes -Manish K Jha & Ajeet Kumar Pankaj

nature of mainstream politics While political commentators have been busy analysing voter preferences in the general election 2019, one segment, namely migrants, continues to be overlooked. The Election Commission of India (EC), on February 21, clarified that NRI voters cannot cast votes online, and that an NRI who holds an Indian passport can vote in his/her hometown after registering as an overseas voter. But the roughly 60 million people movi

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Congress complaint on 'misuse' by PMO: EC seeks Niti Aayog reply -Ritika Chopra

had approached the EC with an allegation that the PMO had used the NITI Aayog to collect information in advance about places where Prime Minister Narendra Modi was set to campaign. New Delhi: The Election Commission of India (EC) has sought NITI Aayog’s comments on the Congress’s allegation that the government policy think-tank was misused by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) for election purposes. A letter, The Indian Express

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PM Kisan scheme: 'Centre has paid farmers around Rs. 10,500 cr so far'

0-crore Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-Kisan) scheme. Each farmers will get Rs. 6,000 per year in three equal instalments. Many states have not submitted data of beneficiaries. However, the Election Commission of India (ECI) allowed the Union Agriculture Ministry to transfer the first and second tranche of the payment to all those beneficiaries registered under the scheme before the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) that kicked in from March 10.

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