Fiji’s Labour Party remains unconvinced about the Electoral Commission’s independence calling for their resignation if they are not able to carry out their duties independently. Labour Party president Lavinia Padarath said the commission appear “to be accepting objectionable provisions of the Electoral Decree that could undermine the conduct of free and fair elections. This is totally unacceptable,” Padarath said. “The commission should be left alone to act independently. If it is not allowed to do so, then the proper course for its members would be to resign because it is now a question of their integrity and credibility.”
India: Green chilli, chappals and stethoscope among 85 free symbols for Independent candidates | The Indian Express
Eatables such as green chilli, carrot, cauliflower and cake, daily use items such as nail cutter, chappals, purse and helmets besides instruments and appliances such as stethoscope, plate stand, dish-antenna and air-conditioner form an interesting list of more than 85 free symbols to be allotted to Independent candidates in Lok Sabha fray. The list also has symbols of different sports including carom, chess-board, cricket bat and batsman for poll aspirants willing to accept these symbols. As many as 36 candidates filed their nominations as independents from Pune Lok Sabha seat on the last date of the filing of nominations on Wednesday, said election authorities. The election commission has set aside reserved symbols for national parties including BJP, Congress, NCP, CPI, CPI (M), BSP, Shiv Sena and MNS.
The Election Commission Tuesday allotted symbols to different political parties for the upcoming general elections. Symbol of Tiger has been allotted to PML-N‚ Bicycle PML-Q ‚ Scale Jamaat-e-Islami‚ Lantern Awami National Party‚ Kite MQM‚ Flower Pakistan Muslim League-F‚ Wheel Jamhoori Watan Party‚ Missile Tehrik-e-Tahafuz Pakistan‚ and Book has been allotted to JUI-F. The Commission allotted the symbol of Bat to Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf‚ Tree to PMAP‚ Inkpot with pen to Pakistan Awami Muslim League and Camel to Balochistan National Party.