EVM Ballot Unit Found On Rajasthan Highway, Fans Tampering Worries

HIGHLIGHTS

  • EVM was found on the highway number 27 near Mugawali village
  • Two officials have been suspended on grounds of negligence
  • Counting of votes will be held on December 11

An Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) was found lying on a road in Shahabad area of Kishanganj Assembly Constituency in Baran district of Rajasthan on Friday.

After the voting in Rajasthan, the EVM was found lying unclaimed on the highway number 27 near Mugawali village in Baran district. And after the villagers reported about the same, the police took possession of the machine.

A seal on the EVM revealed that the machine was used during the election.

Two officials, Abdul Rafeek and Naval Singh Patwari, have been suspended on the grounds of negligence, according to news agency ANI.

A turnout of 72.7% was recorded in Rajasthan in Friday’s polling.

Around 52,000 polling booths, including at least one all-women booth in each constituency, were set up. More than 2 lakh EVMs and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines were used for the polling.

In the 200-member Rajasthan Assembly, over 2,000 candidates are fighting for 199 assembly seats.

Counting of votes for the Rajasthan assembly election will be held on December 11.

 

 

 

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579 Candidates Withdraw Nominations Ahead Of Rajasthan Assembly Polls : EC

At least 579 candidates withdrew their nominations for the upcoming Rajasthan Assembly polls on Thursday, an official said.

Among the prominent leaders who withdrew their nominations include Gyan Dev Ahuja and Bhawani Singh Rajawat whereas in the Congress, Ramchandra Sardana also decided not to contest the polls following talks with senior party leaders.

According to the chief electoral officer, 579 candidates have withdrawn their nominations and the figure is likely to be updated further.

Till November 19, 3,293 candidates had filed 4,285 nominations, of which 612 nominations were rejected, he said.

 

 

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Rajasthan: Total 3,294 file nominations for polls

In Rajasthan, total 3 thousand two hundred 94 candidates have filed nominations for the polls. Record 2 thousand 242 candidates filed their nomination on the last day yesterday.

AIR correspondent reports that according to Election Department, 3 thousand 12 male, 2 hundred 81 females and one transgender have filed nominations.

7 hundred 66 candidates from Scheduled Caste and 3 hundred 69 candidates from Scheduled tribes are included in the list of candidates. One thousand 5 hundred 25 persons have filed nominations as an independent candidate.

Maximum 71 candidates filed nominations on Kishanpole Seat and 65 persons filed nomination on Adarsh Nagar seat. Senior leaders of BJP and Congress now trying to convince their rebel candidates to withdraw their nominations.

In Telangana, a total of 3,584 candidates have filed their nominations. Over 2,000 nominations were filed yesterday alone. Congress filed the highest number of 300 nominations followed by TRS – 272, BJP – 270, BSP – 182, CPIM – 64 and TDP – 52.

Elections LIVE : Chhattisgarh Assembly Elections 2018 – 71.93% votes recorded in the second phase

64.8% polls recorded till 5 PM

64.8 per cent polling till 5 pm in second phase of elections in Chhattisgarh says Election Commission. Though polling officially closes at 5, those still in line and have been given slips will vote. Also, bear in mind that data released till 5 pm will have been tabulated a little earlier than that officials say.

In 2013, the total voting percentage was 77.12 per cent. Poll officials estimate final numbers to be around that, or a little higher perhaps.

Voter turnout recorded at 58.47% till 4 pm

At 4 pm, the voter turnout in the second phase of Chhattisgarh Assembly elections stood at 58.47%.

Chhattisgarh records 45% voter turnout till 2pm

Chhattisgarh records 45% voter turnout till 2 pm in the second phase of Assembly elections taking place on Tuesday.

Voter turnout at 25.2% till 12pm

At 12 pm, the voter turnout stood at 25.2% as polling for the second phase takes place Tuesday.

Chhattisgarh Assembly Elections 2018 LIVE: With as many as 1,079 candidates in the fray, over 1.54 crore voters, including 77.53 lakh male, 76.46 lakh female and 877 transgender, will cast their votes today.

 

The second and final phase of the Chhattisgarh Assembly elections began Tuesday for 72 of the 90 seats in the state amid tight security arrangements. With as many as 1,079 candidates in the fray, over 1.54 crore voters, including 77.53 lakh male, 76.46 lakh female and 877 transgender, will cast their votes today. While polling began at 7 am in two of the 19,336 booths, the rest are following the usual time of 8 am to 5 pm. To ensure peaceful polling, over one lakh security personnel have been deployed and extra vigil is being maintained in Naxal-affected districts of Gariaband, Dhamtari, Mahasamund, Kabirdham, Jashpur and Balrampur.

The ruling BJP holds 43 of the 72 seats, with the party sweeping several areas in the Chhattisgarh plains in the 2013 elections. The Congress is confident of consolidating its position and overturning deficits in the plains with farmer anger against the BJP.

There is a third element for the first time in a bipolar state, after Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), former chief minister Ajit Jogi’s Janata Congress Chhattisgarh and the Communist Party of India (CPI) joined hands to contest the polls.

Chhattisgarh Polls : Scrutiny of nominations held for final phase of elections; Monday is last day of withdrawal

In Chhattisgarh, scrutiny of nominations for the second phase of assembly elections took place today.

AIR correspondent reports, in Chhattisgarh, more than two thousand six hundred nominations were filed by the candidates in 72 assembly segments, which are going for poll in second phase.

Yesterday was the last day for filing of nomination papers. On the last day, over one thousand three hundred nominations were filed.

In last assembly elections in the year 2013, one thousand eighty two aspirants had filed their nomination papers from these 72 constituencies.

More than one crore 53 lakh voters, including 76 lakh females, are eligible to exercise their franchise in second phase.

The last date for withdrawal of nomination papers is November five. Vikalp Shukla, AIR News, Raipur

Chhattisgarh has 90 constituencies. Assembly elections are scheduled to be held in two phases on November 12th and 20th.

 

 

 

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Braille-enabled EVMs, voter slips for the first time in Rajasthan

For the first time in Rajasthan, at all the polling stations across the state, braille-enabled Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) will be used for visually impaired people. Voter slips in braille script too would be provided to all the visually impaired voters during the upcoming assembly election.

“EVM machines with in-built braille script will be used for the first time in the election this time in Rajasthan. All the new M3 EVM machines are enabled with braille. Such machines will be in all the booths,” said state chief electoral officer Anand Kumar.

There are 51,796 polling stations and 4,36,125 persons with disabilities (PwD) voters in the state. Around 72,694 voters are visually impaired.

Braille is a system of raised dots that can be read with the fingers by people who are blind or who have low vision. It is a tactile reading and writing system used by blind and visually impaired people who cannot access print material.

“The visually impaired persons can either go to polling stations with a companion or they can go on their own. If they go on their own, they are provided Braille-enabled voting facility. The ballot paper is attached to the ballot unit and in the same sequence ballot sheets in Braille script are also made available in the polling stations,” said deputy chief electoral officer Vinod Pareek.
“The braille sheets are given to the visually impaired persons when they arrive at the polling stations. From those sheets they can identify which serial number to press. After that they can go to the polling chamber, where they can feel the sheet which is attached to the unit and press the button they wish to. The new ballot units have these numberings in-built or inscribed,” he explained. There are about 76,000 such ballot units, he added.
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Rajasthan Polls 2018: Conflicting ECI & IT norms may land candidates in legal trouble

Candidates appearing for Rajasthan assembly election may face legal troubles in future as election expenditure norms set by the Election Commission of India (ECI) contradicts the latest updatation of Income Tax department. A delegation of Congress leaders has spotted the change and submitted memorandum to the state election department which has decided to look into the matter.

The commission in its ‘Compendium of Instructions on Election Expenditure Monitoring’ has detailed the dos and don’ts pertaining to election expenditures that the candidates appearing for the polls can incur. In 247 pages of the compendium, the commission has stated that candidate shall have to make payments exceeding Rs 20,000 through account payee cheque/draft only. The commission has referred section 40A (3) of Income Tax Act, 1961 in order to regulate this for the candidates. It further adds, “If a party is incurring any expenditure, it shall ensure that no payment in excess of Rs 20,000 is made in a day to any person or company or entity in cash, except where (a) the payment is made in a village or town, which is not served by a bank; or (b) the payment is made to any employee or party functionary towards salary, pension or for reimbursement of his expenses.”

Strangely, the cash payment limit of Rs 20,000 is not in sync with the cash limit imposed by the Income Tax department. The department has reduced the limit of cash through a notification dated April 4, 2017 and kept it between Rs 10,000 and  Rs 20,000. With the latest notification,  the candidates are in the state of confusion whether they should file the expenditure details accordingly to the election body or the income tax department. Their major worry is that they may be in legal trouble for flouting both rules, which are contradictory to each other.

Vijay Garg, who heads the Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee Chartered Cell (CA), has detected the contradictory provision and intimated to the chief electoral office (CEO) Anand Kumar about the same. When contacted the CEO Kumar assured that the department has taken cognizance of the issue and it is being examined by the ECI to which it has been already forwarded.

ECI Should Come With A Corrigendum

“After the candidates file the expenditure details, the ECI forward it to the income tax department. Now as the income tax has set Rs 10,000 ceiling for cash payment, it would disallow payment exceeding the limit and add in the income of assesee. The ECI should come with a corrigendum and ratify income tax fresh cash limit,” said Vijay Garg.

 

 

 

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