Election Commission of India

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The Election Commission of India (ECI) is the key Indian body that conducts elections in India. S Y Quraishi is its Chief Election Commissioner (CEC).

ECI in 2017

  • April 2, 2017: The Election Commission of India has hit out at the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and said not to find fault in Electronic Voting Machines (EVMS) used in the Punjab elections.

ECI in 2011

  • Speaking at an international conference on best electoral practices in New Delhi on January 24, 2011, Chief Election Commissioner Dr. S Y Qureshi has expressed serious concern over money power in election and paid news.
  • Can NRIs have the right to vote? Indian Union Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi was reported to have said in January 2011 that the Indian Government is considering the issue of granting voting rights to Non-Resident Indians (NRIs). The ministry is said to have made suggestions to the Election Commission of India on the matter. According to the existing rules, a person not residing in the country for more than six months will have no right to vote. The Law Ministry and Overseas Indian Affairs Ministry had suggested to the ECI to allow NRIs to apply for vote through e-mail if they possessed Indian passports. Political parties can register complaints in case of doubts in the identity of any voter.
  • On January 28, 2011, ECI said it is sending a technical team, including members from the Electronic Voting Machine manufacturing companies BEL and ECIL to demonstrate the machines to Pakistan Election Commission.
  • On February 3, 2011, the Government notified rules that allows NRIs holding an Indian passport and have not acquired citizenship of another country can vote in elections in India. They can also contest elections as a candidate. CEC Quraishi clarifies that in instances where passports are withheld, the embassies can certify that the passport is indeed held by the employer and inform ECI that the person has not taken another country's citizenship in order to be eligible to vote / stand as a candidate in an election.
  • On February 4, 2011, the CEC Quraishi says the Commission hasn't yet decided on the possibility of early elections in Assam.
  • March 1, 2011: ECI announces elections schedule for Legislative Assemblies of Assam, India, Tamil Nadu, India, Kerala, India, West Bengal, India and Puducherry, India

ECI in 2010

  • In December 2010, the ECI wrote to the Income Tax Department seeking information on Income Tax payments by political parties with a view to check which parties have not filed their returns. According to Section (13A) of the Income-Tax Act, donations to political parties are exempt provided the political party disclose the funding details and file their returns.