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  1. Media Coverage during the period referred to in Section 126A of R.P. Act, 1951-violations-regarding

    No. 491/Media Policy/2019-Communication   
    Dated: 27th November, 2019
     
    To,
                All Print and Electronic Media
     Sub:    Media Coverage during the period referred to in Section 126A of R.P. Act, 1951 – violations – regarding.
     Madam/Sir,
                Attention of all media is invited to the Commission’s letter no. 491/Media Policy/2017 – Communication dated 30th March, 2017 (enclosed) by which the Commission had issued an advisory to all the media (electronic and Print) to refrain from telecasting/publishing programmes which in any way whatsoever predict the results of the elections during the prohibited period under 126A to ensure free, fair and transparent election.
    2.         The Commission is of the view that prediction of results of elections in any form or manner by way of predictions etc. by Astrologers, Tarot Readers, Political Analysts or by any persons during the prohibited period is violation of the spirit of Section 126A which aims to prevent the electors of constituencies still going to polls from being influenced in their voting by such predictions about the prospects of the various political parties.
    3.         In view of the above, all the media (Electronic and Print) are hereby advised not to publish/publicize any such article/programme related to the dissemination of results, during the prohibited period between 7.00 AM on 30.11.2019 (Saturday) and 5.30 PM on 20.12.2019(Friday) in the current General Election to the State Legislative Assembly of Jharkhand, 2019.

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  2. General Election to the Legislative Assembly of Jharkhand 2019- Commission's Direction regarding transmission of postal ballot papers for service voters- electronically regarding

    General Election to the Legislative Assembly of Jharkhand 2019- Commission's Direction regarding transmission of postal ballot papers for service voters- electronically regarding

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  3. General Elections to the State Legislative Assembly of Jharkhand, 2019- Commission's order regarding identification of electors.

    General Elections to the State Legislative Assembly of Jharkhand, 2019- Commission's order regarding identification of electors- Bilingual.

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  4. General Election to the Legislative Assembly of Jharkhand 2019- Use of Electronic Voting Machines and VVPAT

    General Election to the Legislative Assembly of Jharkhand 2019- Use of Electronic Voting Machines and VVPAT

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  6. Bye Election to the Legislative Assembly of Karnataka, 2019. Commission's Direction regarding transmission of postal ballot papers for service voters electronically.

    Bye-Election to the Legislative Assembly of Karnataka, 2019. Commission's
    Direction regarding transmission of postal ballot papers for service voters electronically-ETPBs regarding.

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  7. Bye Elections to fill Casual Vacancy in Fifteen (15) Assembly Constituency of Karnataka - Instructions on Grant of Paid Holiday and Prohibition on Sale on Liquor

    Bye Elections to fill Casual Vacancy in Fifteen (15) Assembly Constituency of Karnataka -
    Instructions on
    1.Grant of Paid Holiday; and
    2.Prohibition on Sale on Liquor 

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  8. Bye Elections to the Legislative Assembly of Karnataka, 2019. - Use of Electronic Voting Machines and VVPAT-reg.

    Bye Elections to the Legislative Assembly of Karnataka, 2019. - Use of Electronic Voting Machines and VVPAT-reg.

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  9. Bye Elections to the State Legislative Assembly of Karnataka, 2019- Commission's order regarding identification of electors

    Bye Elections to the State Legislative Assembly of Karnataka, 2019- Commission's order regarding identification of electors

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  11. Revised schedule for Special Summary Revision of Photo Electoral Rolls with reference to 01.01.2020 as the qualifying date and Elector’s Verification Programme (EVP)- regarding.

    No.23/2019-ERS (Vol.-III)     Dated:11th November, 2019
     
     
    To,
                The Chief Electoral Officers of all States & UTs
                (except Haryana, Jharkhand, Jammu & Kashmir, Maharashtra and NCT of Delhi)
     
    Subject: -   Revised schedule for Special Summary Revision of Photo Electoral Rolls with reference to 01.01.2020 as the qualifying date and Elector’s Verification Programme (EVP)- regarding.
     
    Reference:- 
       1.  Letter Nos.23/LET/ECI/FUNC/ERD-ER/2019, dated 25.07.2019
       2.  Letter No.23/2019-ERS (Vol.-III), dated 31.07.2019
       3.  Letter No.23/LET/ECI/FUNC/ERD-ER/2019, dated 02.08.2019
       4.  Letter No.23/2019-ERS (Vol.-III), dated 09.08.2019
       5.  Letter No.23/2019-ERS (Vol.-III), dated 30.08.2019
       6.  Letter No.23/2019-ERS (Vol.-III), dated 28.09.2019 and
       7.  Letter No.23/2019-ERS (Vol.-III), dated 12.10.2019
     
    Sir/Madam,
    I am directed to refer to the Commission’s letters mentioned above on the subject cited whereby schedule for the Special Summary Revision of Photo Electoral Rolls w.r.t. 01.01.2020 and Electors Verification Programme (EVP) along with the necessary instructions/guidelines were communicated. The Commission has reviewed the progress of EVP andobserved that large numbers of Forms received for inclusion/deletion/correction, are yet to be disposed of before draft publication. The Commission has also received requests from some CEOs for more time to complete the remaining work.
    2.         Keeping in view the position stated above,the Commission has decided to extend the period for completion of EVP and accordingly change the schedule of SSR, 2020, as per the table given below. 
    S.No.
    Activity
    Period
      1.
    Elector’s Verification Programme (EVP) and other pre-revision activities including rationalization of polling stations.
     Upto 30.11.2019 (Saturday)
    2.
    Publication of Integrated draft electoral roll
    On 16.12.2019 (Monday)
    3.
    Period for filing claims & objections
    16.12.2019 (Monday) to 15.01.2020 (Wednesday)
    4.
    Disposal of claims and objections
    By 27.01.2020 (Monday)
    5.
    Preparation of supplements
    By 04.02.2020 (Tuesday)
    6.
    Final publication of electoral roll
    On 07.02.2020 (Friday)
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    3.         All the officials/ officers concerned shall be informed of the Commission’s above directions for its compliance.
    4.        Wide publicity to the modified schedule of SSR, 2020 shall be made through all available media. Political Parties shall be informed of the modified schedule in writing.

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  12. Special Summary Revision of Photo Electoral Rolls w.r.t. 01.01.2020 as the qualifying date and Elector’s Verification Programme in Haryana and Maharashtra - regarding.

    By E-Mail/Speed Post
     
    ELECTION COMMISSION OF INDIA
    NIRVACHAN SADAN, ASHOKA ROAD, NEW DELHI -110001
    No.23/2019-ERS (Vol.-IV)
      Dated: 9th November, 2019
    To,
             The Chief Electoral Officers of
    1.      Haryana, Chandigarh, and
    2.      Maharashtra, Mumbai.
     
    Subject: -        Special Summary Revision of Photo Electoral Rolls w.r.t. 01.01.2020 as the qualifying date and Elector’s Verification Programme - regarding.
     
    Reference:-
        1.  Letter No.23/LET/ECI/FUNC/ERD-ER/2019, dated 25.07.2019
        2.  Letter No.23/2019-ERS (Vol.-III), dated 31.07.2019
        3.  Letter No.23/LET/ECI/FUNC/ERD-ER/2019, dated 02.08.2019
        4.  Letter No.23/2019-ERS (Vol.-III), dated 30.08.2019
        5.  Letter No.23/2019-ERS (Vol.-III), dated 28.09.2019
        6.  Letter No.23/2019-ERS (Vol.-III), dated 12.10.2019
    Sir,
    I am directed to state that as per existing policy, revision of electoral rolls with reference to 1st January of the coming year as the qualifying date is done in later part of each year in all States/UTs (normally in the last quarter of a year). Since general election to Legislative Assemblies of Haryana and Maharashtrahave recently been concluded, the commission has decided that a Special Summary Revision be undertaken in the States of Haryana and Maharashtra to give opportunity to the left out electors and new electors who are going to be eligible for enrollment with reference to 01.01.2020as the qualifying date. The Commission, taking all aspects into consideration, has directed to undertake Special Summary Revision of Photo Electoral Rolls of intensive nature w.r.t. 01.01.2020 as qualifying date in the States of Haryanaand Maharashtra as per the schedule below:-
     
    S.No.
    Activity
    Period
    Pre- Revision activities:-
      1.
    Elector’s Verification Programme (EVP) in a campaign mode with the help of SVEEP and other pre-revision activities including rationalization of polling stations.
     From 11.11.2019 (Monday) to 20.12.2019 (Friday)
    Revision Activities:-
    2.
    Publication of Integrated draft electoral roll
    On 30.12.2019 (Monday)
    3.
    Period for filing claims & objections
    30.12.2019 (Monday) to
    30.01.2020  (Thursday)
    4.
     
     
    Special campaign dates
     
     
    04.01.2020 (Saturday) &
    05.01.2020 (Sunday)
    11.01.2020 (Saturday) &
    12.01.2020 (Sunday)
    5.
    Disposal of claims and objections
    By 10.02.2020 (Monday)
    6.
    Checking of health parameters and obtaining Commission’s permission for final publication
    By 20.02.2020 (Thursday)
    7.
    Updating database and printing of supplements
    By 26.02.2020 (Wednesday)
    8.
    Final publication of electoral roll
    On 02.03.2020 (Monday)
             2.         The Commission has decided that the revision shall be a Special Summary Revision with reference to 01.01.2020 as the qualifying dateand shall be undertaken as per the above schedule, in accordance with provisions contained inManual on Electoral Roll, 2016 along with subsequent relevant instructions.
    3.         The CEO shall go through the schedule and if any minor change in the above schedule is required, a request should be made with full justification to the Secretary/Pr.Secretary in charge of the concerned territorial division in the Commission,for the Commission’s approval within seven days from the date of issue of this letter. No change in the schedule approved by the Commission will be permitted, thereafter.

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  13. Postal ballot voting facility for senior citizens and PWDs who wish to vote through postal ballot-- Commission's Notification-regarding

    Postal ballot voting facility for senior citizens and PWDs who wish to vote through postal ballot-- Commission's Notification regarding

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  15. Ref. Case 3(P) of 2017- Reference from Hon’ble President of India under Section 15(4) of the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi Act, 1991- disqualification of Shri Sanjeev Jha and 10 Others, MLA - reg.

    File No. 113/3(P)/NCT Delhi/2017/Registry
    COMMISSION’S OPINION DATED 26.08.2019 and Hon’ble President’s Order dated 28th October, 2019. - REFERENCE FROM HON’BLE PRESIDENT OF INDIA - DISQUALIFICATION OF SHRI SANJEEV JHA AND 10 OTHERS, MLA.
    Allegation of disqualification- for- holding office of profit- Co-Chairperson in District Disaster Management Authorities in 11 districts in Delhi.
    Constitution of India- disqualification under Section 15(1)(a)- Held- not disqualified- no remuneration by way of salary, allowances, sitting fee etc. nor any other facility like staff car, office space, supporting staff, telephone, residence provided – Exemption under Item 14 of Schedule to Delhi Members of Legislative Assembly (Removal of Disqualification Act, 1997.
    The Election Commission held that Item 14 of the Schedule to Delhi Members of Legislative Assembly (Removal of Disqualification Act), 1997 provides for exemption for the office of Chairman, Director or Member of a statutory or non-statutory body or committee etc. constituted by Government of NCT, provided that the said Chairman, Director or Member are not entitled to any remuneration.

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  16. Postal ballot facility for the categories of Senior Citizen and Persons with Disabilities-Direction and guidelines-reg.

    Postal ballot facility for the categories of Senior Citizen and Persons with
    Disabilities-Direction and guidelines-reg.

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  17. Immediate action to be taken for enforcement of Model Code of Conduct after announcement of General Election to the Legislative Assembly of Jharkhand, 2019

    Immediate action to be taken for enforcement of Model Code of Conduct after announcement of General Election to the Legislative Assembly of Jharkhand, 2019

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  18. Release of funds under MPs'/MLAs' Local Area Development Scheme - General Election to the Legislative Assembly of Jharkhand, 2019

    Release of funds under MPs'/MLAs' Local Area Development Scheme - General Election to the Legislative Assembly of Jharkhand, 2019

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  19. Application of Model Code of Conduct - General Election to the Legislative Assembly of Jharkhand, 2019

    Application of Model Code of Conduct - General Election to the Legislative Assembly of Jharkhand, 2019

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  20. Bye Elections - Instructions regarding enforcement of Model Code of Conduct

    Bye-election to fill casual vacancies in State Legislative Assemblies of Uttarakhand and West Bengal - Instructions regarding enforcement of Model Code of Conduct

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  21. Bye Elections - Instructions regarding release of funds under MPs'/MLAs' Local Area Development Scheme.

    Bye-election to fill casual vacancies in State Legislative Assemblies of Uttarakhand and West Bengal - Instructions regarding release of funds under MPs'/MLAs' Local Area Development Scheme.

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  22. General Election to Lok Sabha, 2019 - Security Measures for polled Electronic Voting Machine and VVPATs stored in Strong Rooms for Counting of Votes

    General Election to Lok Sabha, 2019 -  Security Measures for polled Electronic Voting Machine and VVPATs stored in Strong Rooms for Counting of Votes

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  23. Transfer/Posting Advisory - NCT of Delhi

    General Elections to Legislative Assembly of NCT of Delhi - Advisory for Transfer/Posting of officers connected with conduct of elections.

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  24. Commission’s order to Sh. Gopal Bhargav of Bhartiya Janata Party

    Commission’s order to
    Sh. Gopal Bhargav of Bhartiya Janata Party
    and Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Assembly of Madhya Pradesh

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  25. Pre-certification of Political Advertisements in Print Media on the day of poll & one day prior to poll in Haryana & Maharashtra– regarding.

    No. 491/MCMC/2019/Communication                                                   
    Dated: 15th October, 2019
     
    To
          The Chief Electoral Officers of
          Haryana & Maharashtra.
     
    Subject: -    Pre-certification of Political Advertisements in Print Media on the day of poll & one day prior to poll in Haryana & Maharashtra– regarding.
     
    Sir, 
     I am directed to state that instances of advertisements of offending and misleading nature published in print media have been brought to the notice of the Commission in the past. Such advertisements in the last stage of the election vitiate the entire election process. The affected candidates and parties will not have any opportunity of providing clarification/rebuttal in such cases.
     2. In order to ensure that such instances are not repeated, and no untoward incident takes place because of any inflammatory, misleading or hate advertisements, the Commission, in exercise of its powers under Article 324 of the Constitution, and all other powers enabling it in this behalf, hereby directs that no Political Party or Candidate or any other Organization or Person shall publish any Advertisement in the print media on poll day and one day prior to poll day i.e. 20th and 21st October, 2019, unless the contents of the Advertisement proposed to be published by the Political Parties, Candidates etc. are got Pre-certified by them from the MCMC Committee at the State/District level, as the case may be, in your State.   
     3. It is further directed that in order to facilitate the process of pre-certification of the newspaper advertisements and as instructed above, MCMC at State/district level be immediately alerted and activated in order to examine and pre-certify all such advertisements received from the political parties and candidates and others.  It should also be ensured that the decision by MCMC is made expeditiously.
    4. The above direction of the Commission may be brought to the notice of Presidents of all political parties, contesting candidates and Newspapers in the State and also given wide publicity to all Media of Mass Communication for general information and strict compliance.
    5. These directions shall come into force immediately.
     6. A copy of the instruction issued in this behalf may be endorsed to the Commission urgently.

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