Free Press Journal
  • TRS for an early poll

    The Election Commission has ruled out simultaneous elections to the State assemblies and the Lok Sabha. Speaking with the media the other day, Chief Election Commissioner, O P Rawat, said without a legal framework, simultaneous polls cannot be held. Though the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP chief Amit Shah have often talked of ‘one nation, one election’, without an enabling constitutional amendment, this cannot be done. In other words, the

  • Slums show disrespect of politicians for democracy

    Legislators are supposed to uphold the Constitution. That includes a commitment to democracy, to free and fair elections. Unfortunately, India’s slums are testimony to the fact that politicians do not believe in free and fair elections. They believe in grabbing power, even if it means buying votes, or worse, marginalising other voters.

  • Polling to zila parishads, panchayat samitis underway in Punjab

    Chandigarh: Polling to the zila parishads and panchayat samitis began in Punjab on Wednesday morning amid tight security arrangements. The voting commenced at 8 am and will continue till 4 pm, officials said. A total of 354 zila parishad members and 2,900 panchayat samiti members were going to be elected in these polls, they added.

  • ‘Current laws inadequate to check abuse of money in polls’

     New Delhi : Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) O P Rawat said Saturday the present set of laws are “inadequate” to tackle the menace of black money in elections, and noted that Cambridge Analytica like “machinations” of data theft, data harvesting and fake news pose a potent threat to the electoral process in the country.

  • Early poll in Telangana

    As expected, the Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao has dissolved the State Assembly and gone for an early election. Elections in the State were not due till April-May next year but clearly espying advantage Rao has sought to delink it from the parliamentary poll. His resignation has been accepted and the Assembly dissolved. However, the Election Commission has said the timing of the Assembly poll will be decided with due deliberation

  • Mark Zuckerberg seeks more time to fix Facebook

    San Francisco: As countries over the world including India face elections amid the spread of fake news and political interference on social media platforms, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has asked for some more time to fix his network that has over two billion users.

  • TRS for an early poll

    The Election Commission has ruled out simultaneous elections to the State assemblies and the Lok Sabha. Speaking with the media the other day, Chief Election Commissioner, O P Rawat, said without a legal framework, simultaneous polls cannot be held. Though the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP chief Amit Shah have often talked of ‘one nation, one election’, without an enabling constitutional amendment, this cannot be done. In other words, the

  • Rs 4,555 crore needed to buy EVMs for ‘imminent’ simultaneous polls: Law panel   

    New Delhi: The Law Commission has said over Rs 4,500 crore will be needed to buy new EVMs and paper trail machines for “imminent” simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and state assemblies. In its draft report on simultaneous polls issued last week, the law panel quoted the Election Commission as saying that around 10,60,000 polling stations will be set up for the 2019 general elections.

  • ‘One nation, one poll’ not possible without changes in Constitution, says Chief Election Commissioner

    Bhopal : ‘One nation, one poll’ is not possible until changes are made in the Constitution and law, said Chief Election Commissioner (CEC), Om Prakash Rawat on Wednesday. When asked about alleged errors or discrepancies in the voter list, he said, “The voter list of all the country is correct. The Election Commission has itself identified some discrepancies and we are undertaking a campaign to correct any such errors”.

  • Capping money in elections

    Efforts to check the excessive use of money power to influence elections are unlikely to succeed, despite the on-going efforts of the Election Commission of India. It is so because parties invariably find ways to bypass whatever restrictions are put by law on election spending. It should be noted that when T N Seshan came to head the ECI, he did a lot to clean up the election process. On the surface,

  • Anti-Dalit canard must stop

    It is said that Ram Vilas Paswan is a bellwether of the electoral mood of the country. He has a habit of switching camps on the eve of elections and, invariably, finding himself on the winning side at the end of them. Whether this time too he will behave true to his habit or he will develop cold feet is not known. Also, Prime Minister Modi being made of the sterner stuff,

  • Pakistan elections 2018: Imran Khan may not remain army’s poodle

    Even the best laid plans of mice and men can go awry. If the Pakistan army wanted Imran Khan to score a runaway victory in the elections, it will be disappointed. If an inability to reach the halfway mark forces the former cricketer and international playboy to constitute a coalition, the already confused scene in Pakistan will become more muddled.  The reason is that Imran cannot have any truck with either his

  • Bhopal: Use manifesto meetings for campaigning, says Narendra Singh Tomar

    Bhopal: Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, in the first meeting of BJP manifesto committee, asked the members to conduct manifesto meeting at every divisional headquarter and use it to campaign for the party. Tomar asked the members to also conduct meetings for feedback on manifesto in each division and main districts across the state.

  • After Karnataka, acid test of Maharashtra Legislative Council polls awaits BJP

    Mumbai: After having quit ahead of the floor test in Karnataka assembly, elections to six local authorities constituencies in Maharashtra legislative council will prove another acid test for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). For the BJP, it will be a matter of prestige to wrest the Osmanabad-Latur-Beed local authorities constituency seat, while for the Shiv Sena winning Raigad-Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg local authorities seat will be a matter of prestige. It

  • LOTUS BLOOMS

    “Elections will come and go. Victory and defeat also goes on.”

  • Karnataka votes to elect new Assembly tomorrow     

    Bengaluru: After a rancorous campaign over three months, Karnataka will vote to elect a new Assembly in a three-cornered contest tomorrow. The ruling Congress and the BJP are the main contenders for power, while former prime minister H D Deve Gowda’s JD(S) is likely to play the kingmaker, according to most surveys and opinion polls.