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BJP asks EC to disallow GPP candidates to use ‘bat’ symbol

Ahmedabad: Gujarat BJP has lodged a complaint with the Election Commission (EC) that newly-formed Gujarat Parivartan Party (GPP) candidates should not be allowed to fight the polls using the the symbol of a bat as it “violated” EC’s instructions.

GPP is a party floated recently by BJP rebel and former chief minister Keshubhai Patel. The party was given the symbol of the bat by EC recently.

“GPP violated two EC provisions when it has been given a symbol of ‘bat’ to use in the elections,” BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman claimed.

“EC had given the symbol to GPP on the condition that it will field candidates in all 182 constituencies and submit form ‘A’ and ‘B’ required to file nomination papers of each candidate to the state chief electoral officer as well as to the Returning Officer of the constituency. However, GPP violated both conditions and so we have complained to EC regarding the issue,” Sitharaman said.

“Our demand is that GPP candidates should be given individual symbols in each constituency as they failed to comply with EC instructions,” she said.

BJP’s legal cell head Parindu Bhagat said they have filed complaints with every Returning Officer of all constituencies going to polls in phase one and also with the state chief electoral officer’s office in Gandhinagar.
Meanwhile, BJP also announced they will be holding rallies of Chief Minister Narendra Modi at 26 places simultaneously using 3D holographic technology on November 29.

Elections will be held in Gujarat in two phases on December 13 and December 17 while votes will be counted on December 20.


Source: http://zeenews.india.com/news/gujarat/bjp-asks-ec-to-disallow-gpp-candidates-to-use-bat-symbol_813126.html

Gujarat polls to be fully computer-aided

Ahmedabad: Gujarat Assembly elections next month may go down in the history of the democratic process in the country as the first fully computer-aided elections, a top official said.

“This is the first time that any election, right from the stage of preparing and updating voters’ rolls to the final results, will be conducted with the extensive aid and support of computers and electronics,” Chief Election Officer Vijay Nehra said.

With constant guidance, directives and monitoring by the Election Commission, state election apparatus has been using computers and software in almost every minor and major process, related to the Assembly elections in the state.

“At every step, we are constantly taking extensive help of the software, which has been developed specifically for the purpose of effective and speedy electioneering,” Nehra said.

For the polling in 182 Assembly seats, voting will take place on December 13 and 17 and 3.8 crore voters are expected to take part in it.

Election Commission has developed a software called Electronic Roll Management System (ERMS) for the whole process of elections.
“With the help of this software we have not only achieved 100 percent Photo Identity cards to every registered voters but it is being used for different election related functions too,” he added.

This software gives search and advance search options for any electorate related queries which can expedite the various processes and bring the effectiveness, he said.

Apart from preparing and updating electoral rolls, issuing photo identity cards, election officials in each districts will use assignment of Electronic Voting Machine to every constituency.



Source: http://zeenews.india.com/news/state-election-2012/gujarat/gujarat-polls-to-be-fully-computer-aided_809009.html

One-third seats marked as ‘expenditure sensitive’ in Guj: I-T

Ahmedabad: To keep a strict vigil on cash and bullion movement in poll-bound Gujarat, I-T department has deputed its teams in every district and airport in the state and have also flagged around one-third seats as ‘expenditure sensitive’, a top official said here on Friday.

The Election Commission and the I-T department have kept around 60 out of total 182 constituencies in this slot and have decided on a bigger deployment there.

“We have placed one team in every district of Gujarat, which shall be functioning under investigation wing. A control room operational 24X7 with a toll free helpline number has also been set up in Ahmedabad,” Harish Kumar, Gujarat I-T Director Investigation said.

Certain constituencies have been identified as sensitive for cash and bullion movement, where deployment shall be bigger, he said.

As per officials, any person or a group of persons if found carrying over Rs 2.5 lakh unaccounted cash, will be detained.

The Election Commission announced yesterday that Assembly polls in Gujarat will be held in two phases — on December 13 and 17. The notification for the polls will be issued on November 17 and counting of votes will take place on December 20.

Election authorities have roped in departments like Customs, Income Tax as well as officials of local civic bodies, who will be working in tandem with EC-appointed expenditure observers and assistant observers.

Source: http://zeenews.india.com/news/gujarat/one-third-seats-marked-as-expenditure-sensitive-in-guj-i-t_803891.html

Narendra Modi welcomes announcement of Gujarat poll schedule

Ahmedabad: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday welcomed the announcement of state assembly poll dates by the Election Commission.

“Elections are the biggest festival of democracy. We will take part with true festive spirit. I welcome the announcement of the poll dates,” Modi wrote on twitter, welcoming the declaration

The Assembly polls in Gujarat are to be held in two phases on December 13 and 17, the EC announced. The counting of votes for Gujarat shall take place on December 20.

Modi has been running a very aggressive campaign in the run-up to the election.

Currently, he is on Swami Vivekanand Yuva Vikas Yatra, under which, the entire state will be covered by October 10.

Source: http://zeenews.india.com/news/gujarat/narendra-modi-welcomes-announcement-of-gujarat-poll-schedule_803531.html

PA Sangma to float National People’s Party

Shillong: Defeated presidential candidate Purno A Sangma will float the National People’s Party (NPP) in Meghalaya on Friday, an aide said Thursday.

“The NPP will be led by Mr Sangma,” the aide told IANS. “NPP will be tribal-centric but will be open to all.”

Its symbol will be a book. The party will soon seek recognition from the Election Commission.

 According to the aide, the new party will draw most of its members from the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Mr Sangma’s former party.

President poll: EC cancels Mulayam Singh Yadav’s vote

New Delhi: The Election Commission has cancelled Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav’s vote in the Presidential poll that took place on Thursday. Mulayam Singh Yadav had marked his vote for Bharatiya Janata Party’s President nominee PA Sangma ‘by mistake’, so he asked for a second ballot paper and was given the same.

PA Sangma’s camp had Mulayam Singh Yadav with tearing his ballot paper after mistakenly voting in favour of the BJP-backed candidate in and had demanded cancellation of the second ballot paper issued to him.

In a written complaint to the Returning Officer for the poll, Sangma’s election agent Satya Pal Jain had objected to the grant of second ballot paper to Mulayam, saying he was “not entitled to another one (ballot)” under the law.

“Mulayam Singh Yadav marked his ballot paper in favour of Sangma and then realising his mistake tore it and requested the Returning Officer to give him another ballot paper, who issued another ballot paper to him. We have objected to the tearing of first ballot paper and objected to him being given another ballot paper, which he is not entitled to,” Jain said in his complaint.

The Sangma camp had sought cancellation of the second ballot paper issued to him and demanded that the first vote marked by him be considered valid.



Source: http://ibnlive.in.com/news/president-poll-ec-cancels-mulayams-vote/272488-37-64.html 


Presidential polls on July 19: CEC

New Delhi: The Election Commission of India announced the schedule for the Presidential election on Tuesday. As per the schedule, announced by the CEC VS Sampath in the national capital, voting to elect the new President of India will take place on 19 July. The notification for the same will be on June 16.

The last day for making nominations is June 30 and the scrutiny will be done on July 02. The last for withdrawal of nominations is July 04 and the counting will take place on July 22.

With the announcement of dates has thus set in motion the process of election to the country’s top post.

President Pratibha Patil’s term ends on July 24. The notification for the last Presidential election was issued on June 13.

The EC has already started work on the checklist of 41 tasks for the Presidential election, officials said.
Speculation is rife about the next incumbent for the President’s post and a number of names are already doing the rounds with Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee emerging as the strongest contender.




Source: http://zeenews.india.com/news/nation/presidential-polls-on-july-19-cec_781367.html

EC likely to notify Presidential Polls today

New Delhi: The Election Commission of India is likely to issue its notification for the Presidential election on Tuesday.

New Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) VS Sampath is expected to make the announcement by today evening, thereby setting in motion the process of election to the country’s top post.

President Pratibha Patil’s term ends on July 24 the process for Presidential poll will be set in motion soon after the Commission issues its notification in this regard.

The notification for the last Presidential election was issued on June 13.

 Sampath said that an orientation workshop for the returning officer, assistant returning officers and presiding officers for the Presidential poll was held last month.

The EC has already started work on the checklist of 41 tasks for the Presidential election, officials said.

Speculation is rife about the next incumbent for the President’s post and a number of names are already doing the rounds with Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee emerging as the strongest contender.



Source: http://zeenews.india.com/news/nation/ec-likely-to-notify-presidential-polls-today_781367.html

Would like to conduct Jharkhand Rajya Sabha polls before Presidential elections: CEC

New Delhi: Chief Election Commisssioner SY Quraishi has said that he would like to conduct the scrapped Jharkhand Rajya Sabha elections before the Presidential polls. The Jharkhand Rajya Sabha elections were cancelled by the election Commission.
The Election Commission on Friday countermanded the Rajya Sabha polls in Jharkhand in the wake of allegations of horse trading and seizure of over Rs 2 crore in cash, saying the election process there “has been seriously vitiated”.
“The Commission is satisfied that the current election process for Rajya Sabha election from Jharkhand has been seriously vitiated and cannot be permitted to proceed,” the 3-member EC headed by Quraishi said in a 12-page order.
“Accordingly, the Commission hereby recommends under Article 324 of the Constitution read with Section 21 of the General Clauses Act, 1897,…to the President that she may be pleased to rescind the notification of March 12 calling upon the elected members of Jharkhand Legislative Assembly to elect two members to the Council of States,” it said.
While Rajya Sabha elections have been countermanded in the past, this is the first time that such a step has been taken on account of vitiation of the election process because of money power.
The Commission’s decision came after a day-long meeting to inquire into the source of the huge cash seizures made by Income Tax authorities in Ranchi on Friday morning.
The order came following complaints by several political parties to the EC over use of money power and horse trading in these polls.

Source: http://ibnlive.in.com/news/jharkhand-rs-polls-likely-before-prez-polls-cec/244515-37-64.html

RS polls: EC stops counting of votes in Jharkhand

New Delhi/Ranchi: The Election Commission on Friday ordered stopping of counting of votes for Rajya Sabha elections in Jharkhand, following the seizure of over Rs 2 crore from the car of a candidate’s kin.

The EC also stopped counting of votes in Uttarakhand.

The counting of votes will not be taken until the EC investigates the matter thoroughly.

In its communication to the returning officers of the Assemblies of Jharkhand and Uttarakhand, the EC asked them to submit detailed and comprehensive reports of the conduct of polls Friday with special reference to any untoward incident immediately after voting was over.

The recovery of cash came on a day when polls for the Upper House are being held in Jharkhand.
The cash was seized allegedly from a car owned by the younger brother of an independent Rajya Sabha candidate, RK Agarwal.

“The cash was seized near Rampur haat under Namkum police station between 6.30 am and 7.00 am from the car,” Income Tax department’s Jharkhand Director Ajay Kumar said.

“The car belongs to Suresh Agarwal, the younger brother of (independent RS candidate) R K Agarwal, while the cash came from his relative Praskash Khemani’s place at Jamshedpur,” he added.

R K Agarwal is one of the independent candidates for the Rajya Sabha elections for two seats from Jharkhand which are scheduled today.

Following interrogation of Suresh Agarwal and another person, Kumar said it was allegedly revealed that the cash had come from Khemani’s place.

“Prakash Khemani is related to R K Agarwal. We have launched raids in his place,” Kumar said.

He said some names of legislators were also found in the vehicle’s car.
Jharkhand Assembly was today adjourned twice following din over seizure of cash that got linked to the Rajya Sabha elections.

As soon as the House convened, the Opposition led Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantric) Pradip Yadav, Samresh Singh and Congress MLAs Sourav Narayan Singh and others demanded a reply from the government over the news.

Senior BJP MLA Raghuvar Das said the Congress had “no right” to raise the issue of corruption after the cash-for-vote scandal erupted in 2009.

Speaker C P Singh adjourned the House for 15 minutes after the Opposition trooped to the well and raised anti-horse-trading slogans.

Similar scenes were witnessed even after the House reconvened, prompting the speaker to adjourn the house till 2 pm.

The RS polls for two seats from Jharkhand are going on today.

Source: http://zeenews.india.com/news/jharkhand/rs-polls-ec-stops-counting-of-votes-in-jharkhand_767169.html