The burden of elections

Debate electoral reforms, but refrain from sullying the reputation of institutions. On May 23, the people of India delivered their verdict in electing members of Parliament, who would echo their voice in the Lok Sabha. In the biggest democratic exercise of the world, 613 million people, nearly twice the population of the US, exercised their […]


Election Commission yet to receive data on VVPAT slips

The slips of 20,625 VVPAT machines were counted in over 4,000 Assembly segments falling under the 542 Parliamentary constituencies, as per the Supreme Court directive. The Election Commission is yet to receive country-wide data on the mandatory matching of Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) slips with the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) results of five random […]


NOTA most popular in Bihar, 8 lakh shun parties

In 17 constituencies, the NOTA vote share was above 2%. Bihar registered the maximum None of The Above (NOTA) votes of about 8 lakh, with the highest share of 5.04% reported from the Gopalganj constituency, according to the Election Commission. In Gopalganj, 51,660 voters rejected all the candidates. Neelanjan Sircar, a Senior Visiting Fellow at […]


Only a marginal change in NOTA vote percentage

Wide variation seen across States; highest in Assam The percentage of votes for NOTA, or the none-of-the-above option, this year has remained virtually unchanged from last time, according to data from the Election Commission (EC) website. In 2019, about 1.04% of the voters felt that none of the candidates deserved their vote. In the 2014 […]


Haryana MLA faces two fresh FIRs for forging docs in 2009

The police on Monday registered two fresh FIRs against former Haryana MLA Sukhbir Kataria in a bogus voting case dating back to 2009, after receiving directions from the district court. The fresh cases were registered at the Sector 5 police station under sections of cheating, forgery and criminal conspiracy (sections 420, 468, 120-B of the […]


Day after praising EC, Pranab Mukherjee expresses concern over ‘tampering of voters’ verdict’

"I am concerned over reports of alleged tampering of voters' verdict. Safety and security of EVMs is Election Commission's responsibility," Mukherjee said in a statement. A day after Pranab Mukherjee lauded the Election Commission for “perfectly” conducting the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the former president on Tuesday expressed concern over reports of alleged “tampering of […]