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21.05.2019
THE HEADLINES

  • Election Commission asserts polled Electronic Voting Machines absolutely safe in strongrooms.

  • Election Commission says, dissents in its orders related to model code violations will not be made public.

  • NDA leaders meet in New Delhi to chalk out strategy on possible outcome of General Election.

  • In Arunachal Pradesh an MLA and 10 other people killed in an ambush.

  • In Boxing, 14 Indian women enter semi finals of India Open International Boxing tournament in Guwahati.

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The Election Commission has asserted that polled Electronic Voting Machines, EVMs are absolutely safe in strongrooms and the visuals seen viral on media do not pertain to any EVM used during the polls. The clarification came amidst certain complaints of alleged movement of EVMs, purportedly to replace the polled EVMs in the strongrooms in sections of the media. The Commission emphatically and unambiguously clarified that all such reports and allegations are absolutely false and factually incorrect.  In a statement, the poll panel said, after the close of polls, all polled EVMs and VVPATs are brought under security cover to the strongrooms, which is sealed with double locks, in the presence of the candidates and in the presence of observers. The entire process of storage and sealing of the strongroom is covered under videography and continuous CCTV coverage is done till completion of counting. It added that each strongroom is guarded with round-the-clock security by a Central Armed Police Forces and the candidates or their designated agents remain present at the strongroom for vigil at all times.

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The Election Commission has established a 24 hour EVM Control Room at Nirvachan Sadan in New Delhi. This will monitor complaints relating to polled EVMs. The complaints related to storage issues at strongrooms and any complaints during counting related to EVMs can be informed at control room number is 011-23052123. The number has 5 hunting lines.

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The full Election Commission that comprises CEC Sunil Arora and fellow commissioners Ashok Lavasa and Sushil Chandra today ruled that dissents and minority views in Election Commission orders, in cases of model code violations, would not be made public. The EC in a statement said, the dissent notes and minority views would remain part of records as it is the case now. The EC had maintained that since the poll code violation cases are not quasi judicial in nature, they are not signed by the chief election commissioner (CEC) and fellow commissioners, and thus, the dissent cannot be made part of the order.


Commissioner Ashok Lavasa had recused himself from the Model Code of Conduct violation cases, saying his dissent was not being made part of the orders. He had given his dissent in some of the commission's clean chits to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah in complaints of MCC violations.


Earlier in a statement on Saturday, the Election Commission had said that there have been so many times in the past when there has been a vast diversions of views.  It had further said that its three members are not expected to be template or clones of each other.

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A delegation of 22 opposition parties today urged the Election Commission that the verification of VVPAT slips of five randomly identified polling stations should be done prior to the initiation of counting of votes and not after the completion of last round of counting. The leaders demanded that if any discrepancy is found anywhere during the VVPAT verification, 100 per cent counting of paper slips of VVPATs of all polling stations of that assembly segment should be done.


Leaders who met the election commission from the different parties include Congress, TDP, Left Parties, BSP, NCP, TMC, RJD and Aam Aadmi Party. Talking to media in New Delhi after meeting the EC, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said :


"इलेक्शन कमीशन ने निकाला है जो ऑर्डर उसमें कहा है कि पहले काउंटिंग हो जाएगी और उसके बाद वीवीपैट देखेंगे। हम लोगों ने कहा 22 राजनीतिक दलों ने नहीं, पहले गिननी चाहिए वीवीपैट और उसके बाद दूसरे गिनने चाहिए। दूसरा अगर उन पांच पोलिंग स्टेशन पर डिस्क्रिपेंसी पाई गई तो पूरी विधानसभा के वीवीपैट को गिनना चाहिए।"


Earlier, today the Supreme Court dismissed a PIL filed by a Chennai-based group of technocrats seeking 100 per cent matching of VVPAT slips with EVMs during the counting of votes for Lok Sabha elections on Thursday.

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The BJP today condemned opposition parties for questioning the credibility of Electronic Voting Machines and asked them to accept their defeat with grace if the people voted Prime Minister Narendra Modi to power again.


Party leader and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said  EVMs were fine when its leaders like Mamata Banerjee, N Chandrababu Naidu and Captain Amarinder Singh win elections and come to power.


"इसी ईवीएम से जब कांग्रेस पार्टी जीते राजस्थान, मध्यप्रदेश और छत्तीसढ़ ईवीएम ठीक है। इसी ईवीएम से जब ममता जी बने दो-दो बार मुख्यमंत्री, अमरिंदर सिंह बने पंजाब के मुख्यमंत्री तो ईवीएम ठीक है। जब वो जीते तो ईवीएम ठीक है। अगर हमारे जीतने का अनुमान हो तो ईवीएम गड़बड़ है।"


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Former President Pranab Mukherjee today expressed concern over reports of alleged tampering of EVMs and asked the poll body to put all speculations to rest. Mr Mukherjee said, the safety and security of EVMs which are in the custody of ECI is the responsibility of the Commission. He said in a statement that there can be no room for speculations that challenge the very basis of democracy. The former President said, people's mandate is sacrosanct and has to be above any iota of reasonable doubt.

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The News Services Division of All India Radio (AIR) has made elaborate arrangements for providing authentic and latest results of Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in four states. For the first time, AIR, the biggest radio network of the country, will continuously broadcast special programmes on election results for 40 hours. Similarly, all 46 Regional News Units of AIR through out the country will mount special programmes and news bulletins in regional languages of their respective states.

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The leaders of National Democratic Alliance are currently meeting over dinner in New Delhi. During the meeting they will chalk out strategy on possible outcome of General elections. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is present in the meeting besides Bihar Chief Minister and JD(U) President Nitish Kumar, Shiromani Akali Dal Chief Parkash Singh Badal, Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray, Lok Janshakti Party head Ram Vilas Paswan and AIADMK leader and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami.


Earlier, BJP President Amit Shah held a meeting with Union Council of Ministers. The meeting held at party headquarters in New Delhi was called to thank them for their service of the nation. It was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Ministers including Rajnath Singh, Nirmala Sitharaman, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Smriti Irani, Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Ram Vilas Paswan.

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The Lok Sabha Elections were held in two phases in Karnataka on April 18 and April 23. There are over five crore 10 lakh voters in the state among them 4.03 lakh voters are Persons with Disability (PWD). The Election Commission provided necessary facilities to the PWD  voters to cast their vote without any problem.


"Among the 4.03 lakh PWD voters in the state, 11,951 booked wheel chair and pick-up and drop facilities by using 1950 help line and the Chunavana app to cast their vote. The State Election Commission appointed an officer in each district to get in touch with the Persons with Disability voters  and provided  the facility they need. This is the first general elections for which pick-up and drop facility has been offered in Karnataka. The government also signed up agreement with private cab operators and offered transport facilities to PWD voters under the Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives. R. Murthy, AIR News, Bengalurur"

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Elections in Kashmir region were held in five phases. Holding elections in Kashmir region particularly in the highly volatile south Kashmir constituency, was a huge challenge. The polling in the region remained peaceful barring few incidents.


"Amid unprecedented security arrangements, the polling was held under the supervision of General Observers, Expenditure Observers, Police Observers and Micro observers. Heavy deployment of staff was ensured across all the polling stations in three Parliamentary Constituencies in Kashmir Region. Several all women polling stations and model polling stations had been established across the three constituencies. The fate of 39 candidates is sealed in EVMs. It would be interesting to witness the fate of candidates like Dr Farooq Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti on the counting day. Election Commission has established 10 counting centers with 90 counting halls in the state. Tariq Rather, AIR News, Srinagar"

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In Arunachal Pradesh, Tirong Aboh, the sitting MLA from  the National People's Party from Khonsa West assembly constituency and 10 other people have been killed in an ambush by unidentified gunmen in Tirap District this afternoon. Arunachal Pradesh Director General of Police, SBK Singh said that Aboh was coming back from Dibrugarh in Assam, when his convoy was ambushed by suspected insurgent group at 12th Mile area, 20km from Khonsa headquarter of Tirap district. He said that the deceased include two PSOs, Aboh's son and his election agents.


Home Minister Rajnath Singh has expressed shock and anguish on the killing of MLA Tirong Aboh, his family and others in Arunachal Pradesh.

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The 24 hour count down for the launch of PSLV C 46 mission began at 4.30 early morning today. The Indian Space Research Organization will launch PSLV C 46 at 5.30 am tomorrow from the Sathish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota.


Scientists at the ISRO centre said that the fourth stage of the  fuel filling process was progressing  satisfactorily.

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In Assam, police has arrested ULFA militant Bijay Asom for hurling grenade in Guwahati recently. DGP Kula Saikia said, police arrested Asom from Tinsukia district. 12 persons were injured in the blast at Zoo Road area on 15th of this month. Banned outfit ULFA (Independence) claimed the responsibility of the blast. So far, police has arrested 6 ULFA militants and overground workers for their alleged involvement in the blast.

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14 Indian women boxer including  M C Mary Kom stormed into the Semi Finals in the second India Open International Boxing tournament. Mary Kom defeated Mala Rai from Nepal without giving her any scope to fight. Kalavani, Assam's girl Jamuna Boro, Manju Rani,  Monika, Jyoti and Meenakumari are entered into the Semi Finals. Other winning pugilists are - Vanlal Duati, Sonia, Shiksha , Neeraj , Kros Hamangaihaangi and Sandhyarani.


In men's category,  Ankit defeated his Philippines opponent. But in men's 64 kg category, India's Ashish lost to his Mauritius opponent.

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