The Supreme Court Monday sought response from the Centre and the Election Commission on a PIL seeking a direction to them to frame of guidelines to ensure that more citizens cast their votes in the polls.
The Election Commission has put restrictions on the presence of political functionaries in Patiala (urban) and Talwandi Sabo Assembly constituencies where by-polls are to be held on August 21, after the campaign period is over.
The Election Commission has called a meeting with BSP, NCP and CPI next week to hear their views on a show cause notice to withdraw their `national party` status following their performance in the Lok Sabha elections.
Election Commission on Saturday asked the Punjab Chief Minister and his ministers to refrain from making political speeches during the Independence Day celebrations in view of the by-polls in the state.
Concerned over some state governments "unilaterally" withdrawing cases related to electoral offences after the end of the poll process, the Election Commission has asked the states to take such cases to their logical end even if it takes time.
In a temporary reprieve to Congress leader and former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan, the Delhi High Court on Monday put a stay on the Election Commission showcause notice sent to him after he was found guilty of fudging poll expenses.
The Supreme Court on Friday issued notice to the Election Commission(EC) on a PIL which sought directions for mandatory display of photographs of people contesting elections on EVMs to curb the menace of dummy namesakes.
BJP on Monday raised its apprehensions of a large number of Bangladeshi infiltrators getting into voter`s list and urged the Election Commission to take cognisance of the matter before the upcoming assembly elections in Jharkhand.