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Bihar elections: EVMs to carry photos of candidates

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New Delhi: To avoid any confusion arising out of similar names or party symbols while voting, the Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi announced on Wednesday that the electronic voting machines (EVM) will carry photos of the candidates in the upcoming Bihar assembly elections.

The first phase of the five-stage poll is scheduled for October 12.

“This has been done to avoid confusion among voters to identify their candidates. In the last few elections, it was seen that there were so many candidates of the same name which created confusion among the voters.

“The matter was also taken to the Supreme Court. We believe that the voters should know and be able to identify their candidates. That’s why we have decided to use photos on the EVMs,” Zaidi said.

Bihar elections will be conducted in five phases starting October 12. The last phase of the polls will be held on November 5.

(With inputs from IANS)

 

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Kejriwal alleges EVM tampering, asking for postponement of MCD polls

He said paper ballot should be used in Delhi's civic polls to guarantee transparency.

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal
April 04, 2017: Alleging again that EVMs can be tampered with, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday demanded that Delhi’s civic polls should be postponed if needed to use the paper ballot.
Referring to an Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) in Madhya Pradesh found to have been manipulated, the AAP leader said the EVM had come from Uttar Pradesh and it raised questions about the BJP’s sweeping win in assembly elections in that state.

Kejriwal said all the EVMs to be used in the April 9 by-election in Madhya Pradesh had come from Govind Nagar constituency in Uttar Pradesh and demanded to know what was so special about Govind Nagar.

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 The Election Commission, he said, had violated its own rules that say that EVMs used in an election can’t be reused for 45 days because someone can petition against the result that would warrant an examination of the EVM.

Delhi’s civic polls are due on April 23 along with a by-election from Rajouri Garden to the Delhi assembly. Kejriwal said the EVMs to be used in Rajouri Garden too had come from Uttar Pradesh.

He said paper ballot should be used in Delhi’s civic polls to guarantee transparency.

And if the civic polls needed to be postponed to ensure the use of the paper ballot, they should be postponed, he added.

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Earlier, when the EVMs were defective, if a voter pressed the button for one party, the light for that would not glow. The voter would thus know the machine was faulty.

“But now the light glows correctly but the vote is recorded in the chip in favor of the BJP.

“So EVMs without VVPAT (paper trail) cannot be checked if they are defective or not.”

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Kejriwal asked the Election Commission to hand over to the AAP an EVM for 72 hours. “We have experts who will check if the chip can be rewritten or not.

“The software in the chips can be changed. This is happening on a large scale.” IANS

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Nitish set to take oath as Bihar Chief Minister

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New Delhi: Nitish Kumar is set to swear-in as the Bihar Chief Minister on Friday in the presence of significant leaders of the Alliances and the Congress.

Post a storming victory in the Bihar election against Narendra Modi-led NDA government, the combined JD(U)-RJD-Congress, famous as the Grand Alliance or the Mahaghatbandhan, are estimated to share seats in the cabinet according to their respective performance.

Several leaders are expected to attend the oath ceremony, mostly from the non-BJP block, that might make way for possible future political alignments.

The ceremony will take place at Gandhi Maidan in Patna and will be joined by Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, HD Deve Gowda, Sharad Pawar, Farooq Abdullah and leaders in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha such as Mallikarjun Kharge and Ghulam Nabi Azad.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also invited for the ceremony although he won’t be able to grace the occasion due to prior commitments. He has assigned deputed Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu to represent the Government at the gathering.

Two sunshade dais are prepared for the VVIPs and for those under Special Protection Group cover. On the main dais will be Nitish Kumar and the newly elected ministers. The neighbouring dais will be graced by the newly elected MLAs.

A special corridor is constructed for the women coming to attend the ceremony.

The site of the oath ceremony is being constantly supervised by the police, and security drills are taking place to practise ushering of VVIPs from Airport to the Gandhi Maidan.

The victory of the grand alliance was categorically endorsed under the expectation of Nitish leading Bihar as the Chief Minister.

Once rivals, Nitish and Lalu came together to defeat the BJP led NDA Government.This win has boosted the confidence of the party although now it will be under severe surveillance by the citizens to see whether they are worthy of the win or not.

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Arun Jaitley attributes BJP’s defeat to its loose talkers

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New Delhi: BJP leader and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday attributed the party’s resounding defeat in the Bihar assembly elections to its motormouth leaders whose remarks had “deflected from the main theme of development”.

“I did try to intervene on several occasions and correct that narrative. But… the camera has a special fondness for those who are capable of spoiling that narrative,” Jaitley told NDTV.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which had come to power at the Centre in 2014 on the development agenda, managed to win just 53 seats in Bihar despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi spearheading the election campaign in the state.

The finance minister also exuded confidence that the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill would be passed in parliament. “I think GST will get through. It’s only a matter of time,” he said.

The GST bill, which was passed by the Lok Sabha, was stalled by the opposition in the Rajya Sabha where the opposition is in the majority.

Jaitley, who also holds the portfolios of corporate affairs and information and broadcasting, said the government was committed to push ahead with reforms.

(IANS)