Rajasthan re-polling on Dec. 7

Rajasthan re-polling on Dec. 7The Election Commission of India has announced that re-polling will be held in Rajasthan on 7th December.

Earlier, the date was fixed on 6 Dec.

Chief Electoral Office has recommended in Jaipur on Friday that repolling in about three dozen polling booths in the districts of Ajmer, Bharatpur, Bhilwara, Dausa, Dholpur, Jaipur, Jhalawar, Kota and Sawaimadhopur.

Repolling was recommended by the respective returning officers after complaints of rigging, EVM malfunctioning, and booth-capturing during polling in the desert state on Thursday.

Rajasthan records 68% polling

Rajasthan records 68% pollingAs many as 68 percent voters exercised their franchise for assembly polls in Rajasthan on Thursday.

"The polling percentage is expected to be around 68 percentages as we are still compiling the figures," election commission officials said. Same percent turnout was registered in the 2003 Assembly elections.

There were 43,000 polling stations in 33 districts where 43,000 EVMs were used. Mechanical problems were reported in about 150 EVMs which were replaced immediately, they said.

Rajasthan has a 200 seated assembly with 3.62 crore-strong voters.

Rajasthan polls today

Rajasthan polls todayFinal Stage is set for the assembly polls in Rajasthan on Thursday. Over 3.62 crore voters, including 1.72 crore women, are likely to exercise their franchise to elect 200 members to the House from among 2194 contestants.

Congress has put up candidates in all 200 constituencies and BJP in 199. As many as 1019 Independents are also in the fray.

The Election Commission had announced for single day polling for Rajasthan.

EC notice to Raje

Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje ScindiaThe Election Commission of India has issued notice to Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje Scindia for alleged violation of the model electoral code of conduct.

The notice was issued on Monday and the Commission sought her reply by Tuesday evening.

The notice against Scindia came after the Commission took cognizance of a report in Hindi daily Dainik Bhaskar that she gave Rs.500 to a child of Hunari Bai of village Bharia Mahuda in an election campaign meeting held at Chhoti Sarwan in Banswara district Nov 25 to solicit votes.

205 candidates for Mizoram poll

The fate of 205 candidates to the 40-member Mizoram Assembly will be decided on Tuesday as the state goes to poll with security beefed-up along state's sensitive border.

The 722-km international border along Bangladesh and Myanmar has been sealed, as also the borders with Manipur, Assam and Tripura.

Most of the polling booths in border areas are classified as hyper-sensitive or sensitive and additional state police personnel were deployed along the borders, especially with Manipur and Assam. Besides, the BSF and the Assam Rifles are manning international borders.

Centre-left squeeks ahead of centre-right in Romania polls

Bucharest  - Romania's centre-left Social Democrats (PSD) were leading the centre-right Democratic Liberals (PDL) of President Traian Basescu by less than a percentage point in the country's parliamentary elections Monday.

With 99.62 per cent of Sunday's ballots counted, figures released by the Central Electoral Commission gave the Social Democrats' 33.09 per cent in the lower house compared to Basescu's PDL 32.34 per cent.

In the Senate, the PSD collected 34.12 per cent, while the PDL garnered 33.57 per cent.

Prime Minister Calin Popescu Tariceanu's National Liberal Party languished in third place with 18.57 per cent in the lower house and 18.75 per cent in the Senate.