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Making Every Vote Matter SOPs related to transfer, storage and handling of EVMs

Ever since they were first brought into play, EVMs have always attracted suspicion from different quarters. From fears of hacking to the possibility of malfunction, EVMs have remained controversial despite the Election Commission’s assurances. The ECI has in place certain ground rules about the transfer, storage, testing and use of the controversial devices. The EVMs and WPATs…

Take action against Hate Speech: PUCL to EC Human Rights Organisation lists examples of hateful and inflammatory content

Following over 65 complaints from individuals and organisations, including  one by cjp.org.in on the politico-religious Ram Navmi Rathyatras held by Vishwa Hindu Parishad cadres in Bengal, the People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) has written to the Election Commission urging action against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for violation of the Model Code of Conduct,…

Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut cocks a snook at Election Model Code of Conduct Says "To hell with the law!"

Showing shocking disregard for the law of the land and the election model code of conduct, Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut announced in an open rally his complete contempt for the law of the land. “As it is we are not the kind of people who follow the law. Then we are constantly reminded…

VHP plans 700 Shobha Yatras during Elections: Shouldn’t EC ban them? Glaring violation of Election Model Code of Conduct

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) plans to organise 700 shobha yatras to celebrate Ram Navami across South Bengal on April 14, just four days before the second phase of the general elections. Given that these yatras have a history of inflaming communal passions and leading to large scale violence, shouldn’t the Election Commission step in and put…

How Do We Ensure Hate Free Elections? Here are a few related provisions of the law

There is a very real fear that the 2019 General Elections will involve much campaigning contrary to the provisions of law. Broadly speaking there is a very real possibility of the elections being influenced by appeals on the grounds of religion, caste or community. It is proposed to be prepared for this very likely contingency…

Election Model Code of Conduct: How to Spot and Report Violations Community Resource

For candidates, election season is often a battle for political survival and sometimes they end up crossing ethical and legal lines. Therefore, the Election Commission of India came up with a Model Code of Conduct to monitor and regulate the behaviour of candidates and parties during elections. This was done to ensure that elections take…

Remove Penal Provisions on Citizens in Election Rules: CJP writes to EC Presently, voter can be jailed for filing false complaint for wrong choice in VVPAT slip

Elections are just round the corner and amidst fears about the tampering of Electronic Voting Machines (EVM), there is also a grave concern with respect to penal provisions related to Conduct of Election Rules. These provisions punish voters if they point out discrepancies in their Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) but are unable to…

Your Vote: A Right and A Duty This Voters' Day resolve to Vote Wisely

On 25 January 2019, India observes ‘National Voters’ Day’, once again. Thanks to the stewardship of the then Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh, the Union Cabinet of the UPA Government in 2011, decided that 25 January, which is the anniversary of the foundation of the Election Commission of India (ECI) and the eve…

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