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  • Voting underway for DUSU elections at 52 centres in morning colleges

    New Delhi: Polling is underway for the Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) elections at 52 centres in colleges here, an official said Wednesday. As many as 1.35 lakh students will decide the fate of 23 candidates in in the DUSU polls. Senior faculty members have been posted as observers at the centres and around 700 electronic voting machines (EVMs) have been installed, the official said.

  • Hacking of Lok Sabha polls is not a distant possibility

    Major political parties have raised the issue of tampering of electronic voting machines (EVMs) and suggested going back to the ballot paper system. MNS Chief Raj Thackeray wrote a letter to presidents of all political parties and urged them to boycott the upcoming polls if the use of EVMs is not stopped. In the past, the election commission had challenged political parties to prove how the EVMs could be tampered with, but

  • Congress urges Election Commission to bring back ballot papers for 2019 elections

    New Delhi: In a fresh appeal to the Election Commission of India, the Congress Party has once again requested the poll body to bring back ballot papers for the 2019 general elections. According to sources, the party made the appeal ahead of the all-party meeting, called by the EC later today. Earlier in March, the Congress had asked the EC to allow voters to exercise their franchise by stamping the ballot paper in the

  • Poll with EVMs alone

    The Opposition parties now want to abandon electronic voting machines for exclusive paper balloting. They claim EVMs are manipulated and unreliable. By implication, they question the impartiality and fairness of the Election Commission of India. Most strident in this regard are the Congress Party and the Aam Aadmi Party. Others are muted, though they have not openly endorsed faith in the ECI. Losers invariably blame for defeat. When the Aam Aadmi Party

  • VVPAT, EVM-M3s to be used in Raj elections

    Jaipur : Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines and next generation EVMs will be used for the first time in Rajasthan in the ensuing assembly elections.

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    Maharashtra Bypolls: EC rejects Shiv Sena’s claim on faulty EVMs leading to loss of its candidate in Palghar

    New Delhi/Mumbai: The Election Commission has rejected all allegations levelled by the Shiv Sena that irregularities in electronic voting machines led to the defeat of its candidate in the Palghar Lok Sabha bypoll, saying the winning BJP candidate has been issued a certificate. In other words, the Sena demand for a re-poll has been rejected.

  • Chief Election Commissioner refutes reports of failure of EVMS, VVPAT

    New Delhi: The  on Tuesday refuted reports of large-scale failure of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) in the bye-elections held yesterday. Speaking to ANI, Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat said, “There were absolutely no problems in EVMs yesterday, yes problems were noticed in the VVPATs which was used for the first time in these constituencies and by the polling parties.”

  • BJP drops idea of simultaneous polls, but EC still working on it

    New Delhi : The ruling BJP has dropped the idea of early Lok Sabha elections or simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly polls propounded repeatedly by Prime Minister Modi even before the Karnataka results were out, but the Election Commission does not want to give up on any eventuality.

  • RTI: Contradictory numbers of EVMs from EC, suppliers raise question mark on polls

    According to Manoranjan S. Roy – who pursued the matter for nearly a year – against the figures provided by the EC on the number of EVMs received, BEL and ECIL have submitted data with huge differences in the numbers they have supplied, at times ranging from several thousands to lakhs of EVMs, raising questions on “where the excess number of EVMs are going, what is being done with them”.

  • Open to use of paper ballots instead of EVMs in future elections: BJP

    New Delhi: BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav on Saturday said that the party is open to discussions on reverting to use of paper ballots instead of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in future elections if there was consensus among other parties on the matter.

  • Use paper trail to make EVMs tamper-proof: Bombay High Court

    Mumbai: Voicing its concerns over rise in apprehensions of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) being tampered with, the Bombay High Court on Friday batted for the use of Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) system. The HC has accordingly dismissed a plea moved by a Congress candidate challenging the election of a BJP leader in the Maharashtra Assembly Elections, held in October 2014.

  • Oppn to take up cudgels against EVM once again

    A viewpoint in Cong is that Opposition parties should totally boycott elections in Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland unless EC agrees to revert back to paper ballots or counting of the VVPAT slips.

  • RK Nagar bypoll: Around 41% voter turnout by 1 pm

    Chennai: Polling progressed at a brisk pace in the RK Nagar assembly constituency here, with an estimated 41 per cent of the electorate casting their votes by 1 PM in the prestigious by-election.

  • Shiv Sena hints at EVM tampering in Gujarat polls

    Mumbai: The Shiv Sena today continued its tirade against the BJP over the Gujarat election results and hinted at the tampering of electronic voting machines in the polls.