Ritika Chopra

Articles By Ritika Chopra

EC overrules Lavasa 2-1, won’t record dissent from within panel

The Indian Express had reported that Lavasa had, on five occasions, opposed clean chits given to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah on charges of violating the MCC during their campaign for the Lok Sabha polls.

Election Results 2019: How EVMs travel from strong room to poll booth and back

Election Results 2019: Amid controversy over the movement of EVMs, a look at the EC procedures for storing these machines, commissioning them for polls, and how they travel from the strong room to the poll booth and back.

Sought prompt action after Supreme Court frowned on delays: Ashok Lavasa

The Indian Express had first reported that Lavasa had, on five occasions, opposed clean chits given to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah on charges of violating the MCC during their campaign for the Lok Sabha polls.

Ashok Lavasa note pushes poll panel to rethink clean chit to NITI, PMO

The clean chit was given despite Lavasa’s request on file for further clarification from NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant on whether the government think tank had indeed sought information from the collectors of Gondia, Wardha and Latur, and if the information was used for the PM’s visit.

Assembly polls in J&K likely to start after Amarnath Yatra

The 46-day annual pilgrimage to the south Kashmir Himalayas takes up a lot of the state administration’s time and requires heavy security deployment.

‘False’ MP poll bills: 2 Congress candidates get EC notice

The MP Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) issued notices on May 14 to Congress candidates Kalpana Verma and Shivjeet Singh “Bhaiya Raja”, who fought from Raigaon and Panna seats, respectively.

Poll body warns AAP against asking voters to accept bribe

The Commission’s warning comes in the wake of BJP’s complaint that AAP was distributing pamphlets in slum areas asking people to vote for the party, even if they accept money from the BJP and Congress.

AAP govt spokesperson defence fails to convince EC

As first reported by The Indian Express on May 9, Sharma, in his defence, had denied any violation of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) on the ground that his tweets are his personal opinion and are posted from his personal Twitter handle.

An Expert Explains: How EC evolved, what rules it follows in case of disagreement

The ECI mainly has administrative functions in the preparation of electoral rolls and conduct of elections. The Commission has to exercise its powers and perform its functions under Article 324 in conformity with the provisions of Sections 9 to 11 of The Election Commission Act, 1991.

EC seeks report on tweets by Delhi govt spokesperson

The Delhi CEO has conveyed Sharma’s defence as well as the status of his employment with the state government in his report submitted to the EC this week. The final decision rests with the Commission.

Congress complaint on ‘misuse’ by PMO: EC seeks Niti Aayog reply

Last week, the Congress had approached the EC with an allegation that the PMO had used the NITI Aayog to collect information in advance about places where Prime Minister Narendra Modi was set to campaign.

Explained: The challenge for EC in Telangana’s Nizamabad, why it sets a precedent

Nizamabad seat presented the EC with 185 candidates, more than any EVM had ever handled. What were the challenges, and how did the EC meet them in an exercise now being documented for future reference?

Election Commissioner Lavasa opposed five clean chits to Amit Shah, PM Modi

The Election Commission cleared yet another speech by Modi under the Model Code Saturday, pertaining to his rally in Patan on April 21 where he claimed he had warned Pakistan of dire consequences if it did not return IAF pilot Abhinandan.

Amit Shah’s Wayanad-Pak speech: EC clears him, one member dissenting

The disagreement in the poll panel was on Amit Shah’s speech in Nagpur on April 9 when he likened Wayanad, the second seat from where Congress president Rahul Gandhi is contesting, to Pakistan.

Divided poll panel: In two clean chits to PM Modi, EC’s decision was not unanimous

At least one Commissioner dissented on Wardha & Latur speeches but all-clear to Barmer address was unanimous.

EC over-rules its officers, gives second clean chit to Narendra Modi

The Election Commission Wednesday gave a second clean chit to Narendra Modi for his appeal to first-time voters by invoking the Balakot airstrikes in Latur, Maharashtra, on April 9.

Modi’s majority-minority speech: EC says does not violate poll code

Referring to Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s decision to also contest from Wayanad, Modi had said the party was “running away from majority-dominated areas” to “take refuge in areas where the majority is in minority”.

EPIC cards found dumped, poll officer tells commission postman is to blame

According to Satnam Singh, out of the 147 cards in question, 132 have been distributed to the respective voters and that the CEO’s office is trying to figure out addresses of the remaining 15.

Full EC hasn’t discussed any PM complaint since April 5

In the Supreme Court Monday, senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, who appeared for Silchar MP and Congress leader Sushmita Dev, mentioned the plea before a bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi.

Election Commission likely to announce repoll at 131 booths in West Tripura seat

Repoll will be announced once “availability of adequate security forces” on “suitable dates” is worked out by the Commission, The Indian Express has learnt.