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Electronic voting machines were once illegal -KC Gopakumar

rs. Mr. Jose won the re-poll. The Supreme Court order declaring the EVM-aided election null had held that the Election Commission should have conducted the poll under the laws prevailing then, the Representation of the People Act 1951 and the Conduct of Election Rules 1961. Both prescribed ballot papers, and said the Commission could not ‘‘innovate a new method.” The Election Commission had to suspend the use of voting machines

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Of politicians and some verdicts -N Gopalaswami

e parched earth of electoral reforms. First, the Supreme Court frowned upon freebies, which it said "shake the root of free and fair elections." Then came the verdict on Section 8(4) of the Representation of the People Act 1951 (the Act) being ultra vires of the Constitution and along with it the barring of jailed persons from electoral contest. For its part, the Allahabad High Court banned caste-based rallies, the staple of many a political

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An overdue cleansing has begun -Soli J Sorabjee

volving moral turpitude should be ineligible to stand for election. Political parties, whilst loudly proclaiming their desire for clean politics, were not agreeable to the requisite amendments in the Representation of the People Act 1951 (RP Act), and continued to give tickets to tainted criminals who possessed the indispensable attribute of winnability. The recent landmark judgment of the Supreme Court, delivered on July 10 by a bench comprising

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EC can’t disqualify candidate over poll accounts, paid news: Government -P Sainath

reme Court. The Court, so far, has not made any ruling on the matter in this particular case. The question involved, says the government affidavit, is “whether the ECI, under Section 10A of the Representation of the People Act 1951, has jurisdiction and power to conduct an enquiry and to look into the correctness or falsity of the return of election expenses maintained and filed by a candidate in an election.” It then argues that &ldquo

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Paid news claims its price

Umlesh Yadav, sitting MLA from Bisauli in Uttar Pradesh, is a landmark order that notches some firsts for India's electoral democracy. Ms Yadav was disqualified on Thursday under Section 10-A of the Representation of the People Act 1951 for a period of three years for failing to provide a “true and correct account” of her election expenses. She had failed to include in her official poll accounts the amount she spent on advertisements, dre

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