Election

EC launches Mobile App “cVIGIL”

Election Commission has launched a mobile application named ‘cVigil’ for citizens to share proof of malpractices by political parties, their candidates and activists. The application facilitates sharing of geo-tagged photographic and video evidence without disclosing the sender’s identity. The app will be operational only in election-bound states where dates of polling have been announced.

President Tayyip Erdogan returns to power

President Tayyip Erdogan of Justice and Development Party has declared victory in Turkey’s Presidential election. He was earlier President and Prime Minister of Turkey for 15 years. He has now become first executive President of the country. He has secured a majority of 52.5% against Muharrem Ince, of the opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), received 30.8% of the votes.

President Kovind to embark on 3-nation visit

President Ram Nath Kovind will embark on a three-nation tour to Greece, Suriname and Cuba. On the first leg of the visit, the President will leave for Athens. President Kovind will leave for Suriname on the 2nd leg. A number of agreements and MoUs in the areas of health and medicine, elections, IT, Ayurveda are scheduled to be signed.

Election Commission launches RTI portal

The Election Commission of India launched an online RTI portal to help applicants seeking information under the Right To Information Act. The portal can be accessed on the home page of the commission’s website ‘eci.nic.in’. The portal also facilitates online reply to applications and also for making first appeal and reply thereto.

Egypt Prez sworn in for 2nd term in office

In Egypt, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was sworn in for a second four-year term in office. Sisi won 97% of valid votes in the March presidential election. Sisi ousted Egypt’s first freely elected president Mohamed Morsi and won his first term in 2014 with an overwhelming majority of the vote.

EU to observe Zimbabwe polls for first time

The European Union will deploy observers to Zimbabwe’s general election expected in July, the first time in 16 years the bloc will monitor polls in the southern African country. The EU and Zimbabwe’s government signed a memorandum outlining guidelines for election monitors. Zimbabwe formally invited the EU in March to send an election observation mission.

EC plans to discuss about unpublished roll

The Election Commission will soon examine the New Zealand model, which allows eligible people to vote even if their names are not on the printed roll for valid reasons. The concept of a ‘unpublished’ (confidential) roll will also be discussed. ‘Unpublished’ roll is for those who fear making their details available on the printed roll for security reasons.

Nasir Ul Mulk to be the interim Prime Minister

28 : Pakistan has appointed former Chief Justice Nasir Ul Mulk as interim Prime Minister until general elections are held on July 25, 2018. Mulk has also served as the interim chief of the Election Commission of Pakistan. The interim administration usually does not make any major decisions until the new government is elected.

App to help voters to share malpractice proof

Election Commission will launch multi-lingual mobile application called “Model Code of Conduct Violation Reporting App” ahead of the 2019 elections. It aims to share evidence of malpractice by political parties, their candidates & activists directly with the electoral body. It was made available for the 1st time in Bengaluru in the run-up to the recently concluded Karnataka Assembly polls.

Venezuela’s Maduro won presidential vote

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro won a new six-year term in what is being seen as a controversial vote. Country’s main opposition coalition, Democratic Unity Roundtable, had boycotted the election. The two most popular opposition leaders, Henrique Capriles and Leopoldo Lopez, were barred from running in the vote. Several democratic countries have rejected to recognize the vote.