Today’s Digital Edition

  • Election Commission rejects opposition parties’ demand regarding VVPAT slips, says counting will take place as already planned.

  • Appointment of four new judges to Supreme Court cleared. The Supreme Court will be functioning at its full strength of  31 when the four new judges take charge: Bar&Bench

 

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Digital Edition – 21 May

  • Leaders of opposition parties meet in Delhi. Meet CEC with a set of demands for counting day

  • EC clarifies that all EVMs’ are safe in strong rooms and are being monitored by representatives of political parties

  • AP CM Chandrababu Naidu is scheduled to meet JDS leaders HD Deve Gowda and HD Kumaraswamy tonight

 

Editor’s Pick

Participated in the meeting of leaders of Opposition parties in New Delhi. Also met the CEC: Kanimozhi – DMK RS MP

Pic Credit: @KanimozhiDMK

BJP President Amit Shah:

I congratulate Team Modi Sarkar for their hard work and remarkable achievements in the last 5 years.

Let us keep this momentum going for a New India under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi.

Sharing pictures of Aabhar Milan of Union Council of Ministers at BJP HQ, New Delhi.

Pic Credit: @AmitShah

Remembering Rajiv Gandhi

‘My father was gentle, loving, kind & affectionate.

He taught me to love & respect all beings. To never hate. To forgive.

I miss him.

On his death anniversary, I remember my father with love & gratitude’:
Rahul Gandhi – Congress President

Pic Credit: @RahulGandhi

For the past eight years the ADMK Govt., by not releasing water for irrigation on time has been disrupting the livelihood of farmers, what is the happiness they get by doing this? : MK Stalin

Polled EVMs are absolutely safe in Strongrooms: Election Commission

All polled EVMs and VVPATs are brought under security cover to the designated strongrooms, which is sealed with double locks

Certain complaints of alleged movement of EVMs, purportedly to replace the polled EVMs in the strongrooms, have been doing the rounds in sections of media. Election Commission of India would like to emphatically and unambiguously clarify that all such reports and allegations are absolutely false, and factually incorrect. The visuals seen viral on media do not pertain to any EVMs used during the polls.

After the close of polls, all polled EVMs and VVPATs are brought under security cover to the designated strongrooms, which is sealed with double locks, in the presence of the candidates and in the presence of Observers of the Election Commission. The entire process of storage and sealing of the strongroom is covered under videography. Continuous CCTV coverage is done till completion of counting. Each strongroom is guarded with round-the-clock security by Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF). Further, the candidates or their designated agents remain present at the strongroom for 24X7 vigil at all times.

On the counting day, the strongrooms are opened in the presence of the candidates/agents and Observer under videography. Before the counting of EVMs commences, the counting agents are shown the address tags, seals and serial number of the EVMs to satisfy themselves to the genuineness and authenticity of the machinesused in the actual polls.

The provisions and protocols have been explained to the political parties on multiple occasions including in several of the 93 meetings held with them at the Commission since announcement of elections. All Chief Electoral Officers and District Election Officers have again been advised to brief the candidates on the elaborate counting arrangements.

As can be appreciated, the detailed administrative protocols, security framework and procedural guidelines mandated by the Commission completely foreclose and pre-empt the possibility of any mischief or manipulation in the polled EVMs and VVPATs stored in the designated strongrooms under the 24X7 watch of the CAPF as well as the candidates.

The aspersions in clips being used in media merely pertain to the storage or movement of Reserve unused EVMs. However any case of lapse even in handling of Reserve EVMs is thoroughly investigated and disciplinary action taken against the officers responsible. An EVM Control Room 011- 23052123 will also be functioning at Nirvachan Sadan for handling any EVM related complaints till the completion of counting. This will become operative from 11am on 22.5.2019.

A traditional welcome in Bishkek

 

Following a tip-off India Coast Guard Ship apprehended a Karachi registered Pakistani Fishing Boat ‘AL-MADINA’ with 06 crew onboard off Gujarat coast this morning & seized 194 packets of Narcotics substance. Boat is being escorted to Jakhau for investigation.

Pic Credit: @IndiaCoastGuard

 

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