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EVM credible, ballot paper worst alternative, say former election commissioners

EVM credible, ballot paper worst alternative, say former election commissioners

Amidst growing skepticism among political parties over the credibility of the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), former chief election commissioners (CEC) on Sunday asserted that machines cannot be hacked and thereby backed the Election Commission for throwing an open challenge to political parties and experts to see if they can tamper the polling machines.

Prompt action against those offering cash, gifts to voters: Election Commission

The Election Commission on Friday said prompt action would be taken against political parties or candidates who try to influence voters for the April 12 R K Nagar Assembly bypoll by offering cash or gifts.

Electoral bonds cannot become parallel currency: FM Jaitely

Electoral bonds cannot become parallel currency: FM Jaitely

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday said that the electoral bonds announced in Union Budget 2017-18 to promote legitimate funding of political parties cannot become a parallel currency and thus would be valid only for a specific duration.

Bimal Julka recuses from CIC bench hearing plea against political parties

Information Commissioner Bimal Julka has recused from the Central Information Commission (CIC) full bench hearing a complaint against political parties for defying the RTI Act.

Cap on cash donations to political parties: Former CECs say more can be done

Cap on cash donations to political parties: Former CECs say more can be done

The cap of Rs 2,000 per person on cash donations to political parties is a welcome move but the provisions can be made more stringent as parties can still find ways to bypass laws aimed at cleansing electoral system of black money, former Chief Election Commissioners feel.

File returns by December or lose tax exemptions: Govt to political parties

File returns by December or lose tax exemptions: Govt to political parties

Donations to political parties via electoral bonds will be confidential, donor's identity not to be disclosed, Adhia said.

Budget 2017: How 'cash donation cap of Rs 2000 on political parties' will curb black money, cleanse system

Budget 2017: How 'cash donation cap of Rs 2000 on political parties' will curb black money, cleanse system

With an aim to cleanse the political funding system and check black money, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday proposed to restrict cash donations to political parties from individuals to Rs 2,000. 

DNA: Analyzing the earnings of political parties

Analysis of the earnings of political parties. Watch this special segment and get to know more here.

DNA: Why different rules for political parties and common people?

Analysis of different rules for political parties and common people. Watch this special segment and get to know more here.

69% of political parties funding from unknown sources: Association for Democratic Reforms report

69% of political parties funding from unknown sources: Association for Democratic Reforms report

Political parties received Rs 7,833 crore funding from unknown sources between 2004-05 and 2014-15, which is 69 per cent of their total income, with Congress and BJP witnessing maximum income from such sources, says a report.

Assembly polls: Desist from seeking votes in name of religion and caste, EC tells political parties

Assembly polls: Desist from seeking votes in name of religion and caste, EC tells political parties

EC on Tuesday directed political parties to desist from seeking votes in the name of religion and caste.

Regional political parties got Rs 108 crore in donations above Rs 20k

Regional political parties got Rs 108 crore in donations above Rs 20k

Section 29C of the Representation of People Act, 1951 mandates that political parties submit their contribution details in excess of Rs 20,000 to the Election Commission.

SC rejects PIL against IT exemptions to political funding

The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed a PIL challenging income tax exemptions granted to donations made to political parties.

Donation sources of even Re 1 to political parties should be disclosed, says Bihar CM Nitish Kumar

Donation sources of even Re 1 to political parties should be disclosed, says Bihar CM Nitish Kumar

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar on Monday made a big statement in connection with donations to political parties.

Demonetisation: Enough provisions to scrutinise a/cs of political parties, says govt

Demonetisation: Enough provisions to scrutinise a/cs of political parties, says govt

There are enough provisions in the Income Tax Act to scrutinise the accounts of political parties even though their income is tax exempt, the government said Saturday.

Govt exempts deposit in bank a/cs of political parties from income tax subject to conditions

Govt exempts deposit in bank a/cs of political parties from income tax subject to conditions

This move by the government comes even as it levies stiff penalties on unaccounted cash in banks following the demonetisation move.

Why sudden resentment among political parties over black money after silence of 70 years? Part III

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Why sudden resentment among political parties over black money after silence of 70 years? Part II

Discussion on Political party's sudden resentment over black money after silence of seven years. Watch this special segment and get to know more here.