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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,…

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…

Celebration of Violence by Ideological Stormtroopers of the Regime is Sickening From the Secretary's Desk

Its been a challenging five years. Between 2017-2019 (between when the book was first published) until now, the lines have been even more sharply drawn. Between the vast majority of Indians committed to the fundamentals of constitutional and republican governance and a vocal section determined to violently alter the course of history, determinedly destroy the…

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…

#HateOffender: Tejasvi Surya’s Bigotry Exposed Join CJP's campaign for #HateFreeElections

From inflammatory tweets to #MeToo allegations BJP’s South Bangalore candidate Tejasvi Surya seems to have earned his stripes by practicing a particular brand of hate and misogyny. All in all he seems to be old wine in a new bottle. Presenting our Election Special series on #HateOffenders – men and women who specialize in hate…

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