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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,…

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…

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