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    No. ECI/PN/10/2022 Dated: January 22, 2022 PRESS NOTE ECI extends ban on physical rallies and road shows till January 31, 2022 Relaxation for Physical public meetings of Political parties or contesting candidates for Phase 1 allowed from January 28, 2022 and for Phase 2 from February 1, 2022 Limit of 5 persons for door to door campaign enhanced to 10 persons Video vans for publicity permitted at designated open spaces with COVID restrictions The Election Commission of India today held a review meeting with the Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India through virtual mode. The Commission also held virtual meetings with Chief Secretaries, Chief Electoral Officers and Health Secretaries of Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh. Chief Election Commissioner Shri Sushil Chandra along with Election Commissioners Shri Rajiv Kumar and Shri Anup Chandra Pandey accompanied by Secretary General and concerned Deputy Election Commissioners held a comprehensive review of the present situation with respect to status and projected trends of COVID pandemic in the five poll going states. The Commission also reviewed Vaccination status and action plan for expeditiously completing vaccination for 1st, 2nd and booster dose for eligible persons amongst polling personnel. The Commission deliberated on relaxing restrictions for physical rallies in the wake of prevailing situation. After taking into consideration inputs and ground reports from these officers, the Commission also deliberated on requirements of the campaign period in phases where candidate list will be finalised on January 27, 2022 for Phase 1 and on January 31, 2022 for Phase 2 . After considering the present situation, facts and circumstances as also the inputs received in these meetings, Commission has decided as follows: (1) No road show, Pad-yatra, cycle/bike/vehicle rally and procession shall be allowed till January 31, 2022. (2) Since contesting candidates for Phase 1 elections will be finalised on January 27, 2022, Commission has decided to allow physical meetings of concerned Political parties or contesting candidates in designated open spaces with a maximum of 500 persons or 50% of the capacity of the ground or the prescribed limit set by SDMA, whichever number is lesser, from January 28, 2022 till February 8, 2022 (excluding the silence period). (3) Since contesting candidates for Phase 2 elections will be finalised on January 31 2022, Commission has decided to allow physical meetings of concerned Political parties or contesting candidates with public in designated open spaces with a maximum of 500 persons or 50% of the capacity of the ground or the prescribed limit set by SDMA, whichever number is lesser, from February 1, 2022 till February 12, 2022 (excluding the silence period). (4) The Commission has also enhanced the limit of door to door campaign. Instead of 5 persons, now 10 persons, excluding security personnel, will be allowed for door to door campaigns. Other instructions on door to door campaigns will continue. 5) Commission has already granted relaxation for the political parties to the extent that indoor meetings of a maximum of 300 persons or 50% of the capacity of the hall or the prescribed limit set by SDMA is allowed. (6) Commission has also allowed video vans for publicity with usual COVID restrictions at designated open spaces with a maximum of 500 viewers or 50 % of the capacity or the limit set by SDMA, whichever number is lesser, in the poll going States subject to public convenience and no hindrance to smooth flow of traffic. (Instructions in this regard are being sent to the CEOs separately). (7) Political parties and contesting candidates shall ensure the compliance of COVID appropriate behaviour & guidelines and Model Code of Conduct at all occasions during the activities connected with elections. (8) It shall be the responsibility of the DEO concerned to identify and to notify the designated spaces in advance for the aforesaid purposes. (9) All remaining restrictions as contained in the Revised Broad Guidelines for Conduct of Elections, 2022 issued on January 8, 2022 shall continue to operate. All concerned State/District authorities shall ensure full compliance of these instructions. The Commission will review these instructions at a subsequent date.
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    EOI FOR PUBLISHING OF ECI’s QUARTERLY MAGAZINE “MY VOTE MATTERS”
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    Bye Elections 2021 (Parliamentary and Assemblies) July to December, 2021
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    List of Parties seeking Registration: Gujarat Sarva Samaj Party Lok Jan Samaj Party (Bharat)
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    List of Parties seeking Registration: Lok Adhikar Lehar Punjab Party Sunehra Punjab Party Yuva Vahini Party Bharat Bharati Party
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    ECI Order to Samajwadi Party for violation of extant CoViD guidelines on 14.01.2022
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    List of Parties seeking registration New India New People Party Karmath Dal
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    Submission of Contribution Report for the Financial Year 2020-21
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    OBSERVER HAND BOOK, JANUARY 2022, ED.8 VOLUME 1, 2 & 3 NOTE: Contents of the Observer Hand Book are set of instructions extracted from the directions/orders of the Commission, however, the Observer Hand Book is indicative and new/updated/modified instructions/orders/directions are issued by various divisions of the Commission from time to time. Recently, the Commission has also issued the Broad Guidelines for Conduct of General/Bye election during COVID-19. You are required to familiarize yourselves with these guidelines and in case of any specific query/doubt you are requested to consult the Commission/ Chief Electoral Officer concerned.
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    Lists of Observers deployed in Phase 1 of ensuing General Elections-2022
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    Know Your Candidate

    The Election Commission of India has developed Know your Candidate (KYC) Applications for both Android and iOS platforms for informing about “Criminal Antecedents” status of candidates. This allows citizens to browse candidates with/ without Criminal Antecedents and empowers the citizens to know the criminal antecedents of the candidates. The Know your Candidate (KYC) is available on both the Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.eci.ksa and Apple App Store: https://apps.apple.com/in/app/kyc-eci/id1604172836 Scan the QR code to download the APP Google Play Store Apple App Store
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    No. ECI/PN/9/2022 Dated: January 17, 2022 PRESS NOTE After consideration of all facts made available, Election Commission has announced 2022 General Elections to the Legislative Assembly of State of Punjab on 8th January 2022 under which notification for the election is to be issued on 21st January 2022 and poll is to take place on 14th February 2022. Commission has received several representations from State Government, Political Parties and other organizations drawing attention regarding movement of a large number of devotees from Punjab to Varanasi for participation in Sri Guru Ravidas Ji Jayanti celebrations, which is observed on 16th February 2022. They have also brought to the notice that a large number of devotees start moving for Varanasi around a week before the day of celebration and keeping the poll day on 14th February 2022 will deprive large number of electors from voting. In view of this, they have requested to shift the poll date few days after 16th February 2022. Commission has also taken inputs from State Government and Chief Electoral Officer, Punjab in this regard. After considering these new facts emerging out of these representations, inputs from the State Government and Chief Electoral Officer, past precedence and all facts and circumstances in the matter, now Commission has decided to reschedule the General Elections to Legislative Assembly of Punjab in the following manner: 1. Date of Notification: 25th January 2022 (Tuesday) 2. Last date of Nomination: 1st February 2022 (Tuesday) 3. Date of Scrutiny: 2nd February 2022 (Wednesday) 4. Date of Withdrawal: 4th February 2022 (Friday) 5. Date of Poll: 20th February 2022 (Sunday). Counting of Votes will be taken up on 10th March 2022 (Thursday).
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    ECI notice to Samajwadi Party for violation of extant guidelines on 14.01.2022
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    No. ECI/PN/8/2022 Dated: January 15, 2022 PRESS NOTE ECI extends ban on physical rallies and roadshows until 22 January, 2022 ECI grants relaxation for the political parties to the extent that indoor meetings of maximum of 300 persons or 50% of the capacity of the hall or the prescribed limit set by SDMA ECI directs political parties to adhere to the provisions of MCC and the broad guidelines of COVID ECI directs State/ District Administration to ensure compliance of all instructions related to MCC and COVID The Election Commission of India today held separate virtual meetings with the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare; Chief Secretaries and Health Secretaries of Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh, as also the Chief Electoral Officers of these five poll going States. Chief Election Commissioner Shri Sushil Chandra along with Election Commissioners Shri Rajiv Kumar and Shri Anup Chandra Pandey accompanied by Secretary General and concerned Deputy Election Commissioners held a comprehensive review of present status and projected trends of COVID pandemic with special focus in the five poll going states. Vaccination status and action plan for expeditiously completing vaccination for 1st, 2nd and booster dose for eligible persons amongst Frontline workers and polling personnel was also reviewed. The Commission also discussed SDMA’s restrictions and state specific extant guidelines regulating the norms of gathering of persons during the period of pandemic. Now, therefore, after considering the present situation, facts and circumstances as also the inputs received in these meetings, the Commission has directed as follows: (1) No road show, Pad-yatra, cycle/bike/vehicle rally and procession shall be allowed till 22 January, 2022. Commission shall subsequently review the situation and issue further instructions accordingly. (2) No physical rally of Political parties or candidates (including probable) or any other group related to election shall be allowed till 22 January, 2022. (3) However, the Commission has granted relaxation for the political parties to the extent that indoor meetings of maximum of 300 persons or 50% of the capacity of the hall or the prescribed limit set by SDMA will be allowed. (4) Political parties shall ensure the compliance of COVID appropriate behaviour & guidelines and Model Code of Conduct at all occasions during the activities connected with elections. (5) All remaining restrictions as contained in the Revised Broad Guidelines for Conduct of Elections, 2022 issued on 8 January 2022 shall continue to operate. All concerned State/District authorities shall ensure full compliance of these instructions.
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    No. ECI/PN/7/2022 Date: 14th January, 2022 PRESS NOTE Subject: Registration of political parties under Section 29A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 – Public Notice Period – regarding. Registration of Political parties is governed by the provisions of Section 29A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951. A party seeking registration under the said Section with the Commission has to submit an application to the Commission within a period of 30 days following the date of its formation as per guidelines prescribed by the Commission in exercise of the powers conferred by Article 324 of the Constitution of India and Section 29A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951. As per existing guidelines, the applicant association is, inter-alia, asked to publish proposed Name of the party in two national daily news papers and two local daily newspapers, on two days for submitting objections, if any, with regard to the proposed registration of the party before the Commission within 30 days from such publication. Notice so published is also displayed on the website of the Commission. 2. The Commission has announced the General Elections for the Legislative Assemblies of Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh, 2022 on 8th January, 2022. It has been brought to the notice of the Commission that in view of prevailing restrictions on account of Covid -19, there was dislocation and delay in moving applications for registration, which in turn led to delay in registration as a Political Party. During General Election to Legislative Assemblies of Bihar, Assam, Kerala, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal also, the Commission relaxed this notice period in view of ongoing pandemic. Therefore, after considering all aspects of the matter, the Commission has given a relaxation and has reduced the notice period from 30 days to 7 days for the parties who have published their public notice on or before 08.01.2022. For all parties, including of those parties which have already published the Public Notice in less than 7 days prior to 08.01.2022, objection, if any, can be submitted latest by 5.30 PM on 21st January, 2022 or by the end of the originally provided 30 days period, whichever is earlier.
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    NAME OF THE PARTY SEEKING REGISTRATION: JANKRANTI VIKAS MORCHA
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    No. ECI/PN/6/2022 Dated: January 14, 2022 PRESS NOTE ECI organizes briefing meeting for General, Police and Expenditure Observers for the Assembly Elections in Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh Observers should be visible, accessible, neutral and ethical in their functioning : CEC Shri Sushil Chandra The Election Commission of India today organized a briefing meeting for Observers to be deployed for the forthcoming General Elections to the Legislative Assemblies of Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh. The schedule for these assembly elections was announced on 8th January 2022. Over 1400 officials attended the sessions, with 140 Officials attending it physically at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi and the rest joining virtually from States/UTs. Officers drawn from IAS, IPS, IRS and other accounts Services across the country are deployed as General, Police and Expenditure Observers. Addressing the Observers, Chief Election Commissioner Shri Sushil Chandra said that Observers during elections are the eyes and ears of the Election Commission of India and should be totally in command with eagle-eye on issues to ensure the conduct of free, fair, transparent and safe elections. Sh Chandra advised Observers to be updated with all electoral processes, including Postal ballot facility for Absentee Voters in the category of Sr citizens, PwD electors and Covid-19 suspects or affected persons; vigilant for any lapses in Model Code of Conduct and other ECI guidelines; strict enforcement of extant COVID guidelines as also counting procedures. While stressing on the Commission's zero-tolerance towards abuse of money power or any kind of inducements, CEC urged Expenditure Observers to sharpen their skills and be innovative in countering newer methods of inducement. He asked Observers to ensure proper publicity of cVIGIL App to empower citizens to report cases of violation to ensure prompt action by Flying Squads, Surveillance teams. CEC during his address directed that all the three Observers (General, Police & Expenditure) should work in coordination with Enforcement Agencies. He asked the Observers to visit more and more Polling Booths to check for Assured Minimum Facilities to facilitate senior citizens, Persons with Disabilities and women voters. Election Commissioner Shri Rajiv Kumar during his address highlighted that the Observer system has now got well established and it's an elaborate and robust interface of the Election Commission for guidance for field functionaries. He said Observers play a cardinal role in conduct of elections and thus need to be accessible and visible to the voters, candidates and political parties to personally attend to their suggestions & grievance redressal. Sh Kumar cautioned that even stray instances of human errors by polling personnel, non-compliance of covid protocols even at polling material distribution centers can create a deviant narrative and derail the smooth conduct of elections. He asked Observers to be vigilant and report any critical incident immediately to the Commission. He cautioned the Observers that they are always under strict and microscopic scrutiny by various stakeholders and thus should be careful and discreet about their own personal behavior and conduct during the election process. He said observers are representatives of the Commission and must be acutely aware and cognizant of this sacred and onerous duty entrusted upon them. Election Commissioner Shri Anup Chandra Pandey while acknowledging that conducting elections amidst COVID-19 is challenging, he exhorted the designated Observers to ensure that the level playing field is maintained for all Political Parties and candidates. He also directed to ensure that hassle free and voter friendly measures are provided at Polling stations for voters. He said ECI has stood the test of time in ensuring free, fair, transparent, inclusive and safe elections and experienced officers posted as Observers should act as guides and mentors to field officials. He stressed that observers should play a critical role in deployment of Central ParaMilitary forces in ensuring peaceful and intimidation-free elections. During his address, he highlighted various initiatives taken by the Commission for enhanced voter turnout including identification of low voter turn-out booths in the previous assembly elections. While highlighting the enhanced role of virtual campaigning in the current times, he mentioned the need to curtail misinformation and hate campaigns on social media platforms. During the half-day long sessions, Secretary General ECI Shri Umesh Sinha briefed the observers on Election Planning, Security Management & SVEEP aspects. During his address, he also highlighted the crucial role of Observers as Ombudsman who must report issues to ECI on a real time basis as also ensure their own neutral, ethical and cordial conduct when on the ground. Shri Sinha, who is also incharge of elections in State of Goa at ECI, briefed the officers on state specific issues. Senior Deputy Election Commissioner, Shri Chandra Bhushan Kumar briefed the observers on legal and MCC related issues. He also highlighted state specific details for Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh. Deputy Election Commissioner Shri Nitesh Vyas briefed the observers about EVM-VVPAT management highlighting critical checkpoints for the Observers and on Electoral Roll issues. He also briefed the observers on state specific issues for Punjab and Manipur. Deputy Election Commissioner Shri T. Sreekanth briefed the officials on various IT applications and initiatives of the Commission. Ms. Sheyphali Sharan, Director General (Media) briefed the Officers on media related aspects including Media Certification and Monitoring Committees, Paid News as also Social Media. Briefing sessions were also held on Training of Personnel and expenditure monitoring.
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