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  2. ECI appoints Shri M K Das as Special Police Observer for Bye-Elections to Legislative Assembly of Madhya Pradesh

    No. ECI/PN/80/2020        
    Dated: 16th October, 2020
    PRESS NOTE
     
    ECI appoints Shri M K Das as Special Police Observer for Bye-Elections to Legislative Assembly of Madhya Pradesh
    Election Commission of India has appointed Sh. Mrinal Kanti Das (IPS 1977 Retd.) as Special Police Observer for the upcoming Bye-Elections to the Legislative Assembly of Madhya Pradesh. 
    As Special Police Observer, Sh. M K Das is assigned to observe the conduct of bye-elections and poll preparedness, especially with regard to security related issues. 
    It may be recalled that given his formidable domain expertise and impeccable track record, Sh. M K Das, who retired as Director General of Manipur Police, was also deputed as Special Police Observer for General Election to the Legislative Assembly of NCT of Delhi, 2020. Earlier, he was deputed in the same capacity for Tripura and Mizoram during the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections, and also the Jharkhand Assembly elections of 2019. 

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  3. Election Commission directs State Government of MP to cancel transfers of 12 Joint/Deputy Collectors in poll-bound districts

    No. ECI/PN/79/2020        
    Dated: 15th October, 2020
    PRESS NOTE
    Election Commission directs State Government of MP to cancel transfers of 12 Joint/Deputy Collectors in poll-bound districts
    Commission today directed the State Government to cancel the transfer of 12 Joint/Deputy Collectors which were issued on 8th Oct 2020 in poll-bound districts.
    It came to the notice of Commission that these transfers were issued during the period of Model Code of Conduct. 
    Commission discussed the matter at length and after taking into consideration the recommendation of Chief Electoral Officer, Madhya Pradesh, Commission has directed the State Government to cancel these transfers with immediate effect. 
    Commission reiterated that in case any poll going district has an acute necessity to fill a vacant post during the operation of Model Code of Conduct, State Government in consultation with Chief Electoral Officer, Madhya Pradesh, shall send panel of suitable officers for Commission's consideration and approval.

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  4. Biennial Elections to the Council of States to fill the seats of members retiring on 25.11.2020-reg.

    No. ECI/PN/78/2020
    Dated 13th October, 2020
    PRESS NOTE
    Sub: Biennial Elections to the Council of States to fill the seats of members retiring on 25.11.2020-reg.
    The term of office of 11 members of the Rajya Sabha elected from following 02 States is due to expire on their retirement in November, 2020 as detailed below:-        
    S.No
    Name of State
    Name of Member
    Date of Retirement
     
    1.       
    UTTAR PRADESH
    Dr. Chandrapal Singh Yadav
     
     
     
     
     
     
    25.11.2020
     
     
    2.       
    Javed Ali Khan
    3.       
    Arun Singh
    4.       
    Neeraj Shekhar
    5.       
    P.L. Punia
    6.       
    Hardeep Singh Puri
    7.       
    Ravi Prakash Verma
    8.       
    Rajaram
    9.       
    Ramgopal Yadav     
    10.   
    Veer Singh
    11.   
    UTTARAKHAND
      Raj Babbar 
     
    Sl.No.
    Events
    Dates & Days
      Issue of Notifications
    20th October, 2020  (Tuesday)
      Last date of making nominations
    27th October, 2020 (Tuesday)
      Scrutiny of nominations
    28th October, 2020 (Wednesday)
      Last date for withdrawal of candidatures
    02nd November, 2020 (Monday)
      Date of Poll
    09th November, 2020 (Monday)
      Hours of Poll
    09:00 am-04:00 pm
      Counting of Votes
    09th November, 2020 (Monday)
    at 05:00 pm
      Date before which election shall be completed
    11th November, 2020 (Wednesday)


     
    2. The Commission has decided  to hold biennial elections to the Council of States  from Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand to fill up the above said vacancies  in accordance with the following Schedule:- 
    3. The Commission has directed that for the purpose of marking preference(s) on the ballot paper only integrated violet colour sketch pen(s) of pre-fixed specification, provided by the Returning Officer, shall be used. No other pen shall, under any circumstances, be used in the above said elections.
    4.The Commission has also directed the Chief Secretaries concerned to depute a senior officer from the State to ensure that the extant instructions regarding COVID-19 containment measures are complied with while making arrangements for conducting the elections.
    5. Broad Guidelines to be followed during entire election processes for all persons:-
    Every person shall wear face mask during every election related activity At the entry of hall/ room/ premises used for election purposes:-  Thermal Scanning of all persons shall be carried out   Sanitizer shall be made available at all locations Social distancing shall be maintained as per the extant COVID-19 guidelines of the State Govt. and Ministry of Home Affairs. 6.For broad guidelines to be followed strictly during the conduct of election during Covid-19, please refer to the guideline available on Commission’s website under link:- https://eci.gov.in/files/file/12167-broad-guidelines-for-conduct-of-general-electionbye-election-during-covid-19/
    7.            Further, the Commission has also appointed the Chief Electoral Officers concerned as Observer of the election in the respective States.

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  5. Towards ACCESSIBLE, INCLUSIVE AND SAFE elections during COVID-19

    No. ECI/PN/77/2020
    Date: 12th October, 2020
    PRESS NOTE
    Towards ACCESSIBLE, INCLUSIVE AND SAFE elections during COVID-19
    Election officials reach out to voters eligible for Postal Ballots in Bihar
    More than 52,000 eligible voters opt for postal ballots in 71 Phase-1 constituencies
    As the nomination process for 71 constituencies, spread over 16 districts of Bihar, where the date of polling is October 28, 2020 will end today, being last date of withdrawal, Booth Level Officers of these Constituencies reached out to more than four lakh electors belonging to senior citizen (above 80 years of age) and PwD categories. More than fifty two thousand such electors have exercised their option to vote through postal ballots. These electors will be provided postal ballots on pre-informed date(s) by the ROs with proper security and videography arrangements to ensure secrecy, safety, and transparency in the process. Remaining electors intend to visit the booth on the poll day for franchise. This is the first time that postal ballot facility is extended to both the categories in Bihar elections.
    Earlier, during Commission’s visit to Bihar from September 29 – October 01, 2020, attention was drawn to certain concerns regarding the implementation of this provision for the above categories of voters. To comprehensively address these concerns, on October 03, 2020, Commission had directed:
    “BLO will visit to the houses of the concerned electors, as provided by the RO, in the Polling Station area and deliver Form- 12-D to the concerned electors. If an elector is not available, he/she will share his/her contact details and revisit to collect it within five days of the notification.  The elector may or may not opt for postal ballot in the acknowledgement attached with the Form 12-D.  If he/she opts for postal ballot, then the BLO will collect the filled-in Form 12-D from the house of the elector within five days of the notification and deposit it with the RO forthwith.  BLO shall deposit all the acknowledgement forms with the RO along with all Form 12-D.  Sector Officer shall supervise it under the overall supervision of RO.” In subsequent two phases of elections in Bihar and in bye-elections in all other States, this exercise will continue so that electoral process becomes more accessible, inclusive and SAFE for these categories during the period of COVID-19. BLOs will visit approximately 12 lakh such electors’ homes in Bihar in the next two phases for this purpose. 

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  6. Bye-elections in 10-Dumka (ST) and 35-Bermo Assembly Constituency of the Legislative Assembly of Jharkhand- Regarding.

    Bye-elections in 10-Dumka (ST) and 35-Bermo Assembly Constituency of the Legislative Assembly of Jharkhand- Regarding. 

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  7. General Election to Legislative Assembly of Bihar 2020- Allotment of Broadcast/Telecast time to National/State Political Parties -regarding.

    No. ECI/PN/75/2020/Communication 
    Dated: 9th October, 2020
     
    PRESS NOTE
    Sub: General Election to Legislative Assembly of Bihar 2020- Allotment of Broadcast/Telecast time to National/State Political Parties -regarding.
    Considering the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and enhanced relevance of non-contact based campaign, Election Commission of India, in consultation with Prasar Bharti Corporation has decided to double the broadcast/telecast time allotted to each National Party and recognized State Party of Bihar State on Doordarshan and All India Radio during the ongoing General Election to the Legislative Assembly of Bihar, 2020.
    2. A copy of the Commission’s Order No.437/TA-LA/1/2020/Communication, dated 9th October, 2020 regarding allotment of Broadcast/Telecast time to National/State political parties in the General Election to the Legislative Assembly of Bihar, 2020 is enclosed for the information of the general public.
     

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  8. Registration of political parties under Section 29A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 – Public Notice Period – regarding.

    No. ECI/PN/74/2020               
    Date: 8th October, 2020
    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 Assembly of Bihar,2020 on 25th September, 2020.  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.  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 07.10.2020.  For all parties, including  of those parties which have already published the Public Notice in less than 7 days prior to 07.10.2020, objection, if any, can be submitted latest by  5.30 PM  on 10th October, 2020 or by the end of the originally provided  30 days period, whichever is earlier. 
    3. This relaxation will remain in force till 20th October, 2020, the last date of nomination for Phase 3 of the General Election to the Legislative Assembly of State of Bihar. 

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  9. Conducting free, fair, participative and safe elections in Bihar a priority: CEC

    No. ECI/PN/73/2020 
    Date: 5th October, 2020
    PRESS NOTE
     
    Conducting free, fair, participative and safe elections in Bihar a priority: CEC
    ECI Organizes Virtual cum in-person Briefing Meeting of Election Observers amid Corona Backdrop for Legislative Assembly Elections in Bihar 
     
    Election Commission of India today organized a Briefing Meeting for Observers to be deployed for the forthcoming Bihar Legislative Assembly Elections as also bye elections across the states, schedule for which was announced on 25th September, 2020 and subsequently.  This meeting was uniquely positioned as a blend of virtual and physical gathering with more than 700 General, Police and Expenditure Observers joining virtually from 119 locations across the country and about 40 Observers posted in Delhi joining in person.

                Speaking to the Observers, Chief Election Commissioner Sh. Sunil Arora gave a global perspective on the impact of Covid 19 on election schedules around the world and the detailed deliberation and assessments done by ECI before taking the decision to conduct elections in Bihar. He underscored the need to be extra careful as this election will be keenly watched by the world community being the largest election in the world to be held amid the pandemic. He reiterated ECI’s commitment to conduct an election that is free, fair, transparent, ethical and also Covid Safe. He stated that the strength of a democracy rests in its primary stakeholder- the voter . All efforts must be made to instil confidence in the voter to come to the polling station on election day to cast her/his vote safely and freely. He called upon the Observers to assume the role of friend, philosopher and guide to the local election machinery, guide and hand-hold them and help resolve their issues. He lauded the commitment and dedication of some of the special expenditure observers in the past who made sure that level playing field was made available during election. Such observers, by virtue of their formidable domain knowledge and absolute impartiality, attest to the faith that was reposed in ECI as an institution by the founding fathers of our Constitution.
      Election Commissioner Shri Sushil Chandra emphasised the significance of role of Observers.  He pointed out that two Special Expenditure Observers have already been appointed by the Commission and if required other such Special Observers would also be appointed as the election process progresses.  Shri Chandra pointed out that familiarization with laid down instructions specifically the highlights of the broad guidelines issued by the Commission on 21st August, 2020 as also by the CEO Bihar should be strictly adhered to.  He advised officers to pro-actively redress complaints and ensure impartially  while discharging their duties.
    Speaking on the occasion, Election Commissioner Shri Rajiv Kumar drew the attention of the officers that as Observers they have a statutory duty to perform on  behalf of Election Commission of India.  He said the officers should always bear in mind they are the actual face of ECI on the ground.  He reminded the officers that Bihar Elections needs to be showcased  to the  world as all attention is focussed on these Elections.He said the Observers play an important role in guiding, mentoring and advising the field teams.
    Sessions in the half- day long  briefing held today for the Delhi based Observers, as also for Officers attending online from other States and UTs, were addressed by Secretary  General, ECI, Shri Umesh Sinha and other DECs.  Giving a panoramic view of election process, Shri Sinha specifically briefed the officers on Election Planning, Security Management, SVEEP and Media aspects.  Sr. Dy. Election Commissioner Shri Dharmendra Sharma informed the Observers of the training process already conducted for the polling personnel.  Dy. Election Commissioner Shri Sudeep Jain spoke to the Observers on the EVM VVPAT management system as also the Electoral Roll issues.
      DEC, Shri Chandra Bhushan Kumar, who is also Bihar State In-charge at ECI, detailed out the legal provision, Model  Code of Conduct issues specifically in COVID scenario for Bihar Elections.  DEC, Shri Ashish Kundra briefed the Observers on the specific IT applications while. Director Expenditure and Director Media too briefed the Observers on their specific role in Expenditure monitoring and effective use of Media Certification and Monitoring Committees. 

    Each of the sessions laid emphasis on the extra dimension of Covid safe election and the broad guidelines issued by the Commission on this subject and the seminal role that Observers would play in ensuring that these guidelines and instructions on various facets are followed in letter and spirit.

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  10. Schedule for Bye-Elections to fill casual vacancies in Legislative Assembly of Manipur

    Schedule for Bye-Elections to fill casual vacancies in Legislative Assembly of Manipur:

     
     

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  11. ECI appoints Special Expenditure Observer for Bihar

    No. ECI/PN/71/2020
    Dated: 4th October, 2020
    PRESS NOTE
    ECI appoints Special Expenditure Observer for Bihar
    Election Commission of India has appointed Ms. Madhu Mahajan, ex-IRS(IT):1982 and Sh. B. R Balakrishnan, ex-IRS(IT):1983 as Special Expenditure Observers for General Election to Legislative Assembly of Bihar, 2020. 
    Special Expenditure Observers in consultation with the Chief Electoral Officer of Bihar will be supervising and monitoring the work being done by the electoral machinery and ensure that stringent and effective enforcement action is undertaken based on intelligence inputs and complaints received through C-VIGIL, voter Helpline 1950 against all persons/entities trying to induce voters by distributing cash, liquor & freebies etc. 
    It may be recalled that given their formidable domain expertise and impeccable track record, Ms. Madhu Mahajan, ex-IRS(IT):1982 was also appointed as Special Expenditure Observer for Tamil Nadu and Karnataka during Lok Sabha Election, 2019 and Maharashtra Assembly Election, 2019 and Sh. B. R Balakrishnan, ex-IRS(IT):1983 was also appointed as Special Expenditure Observer for bye-election to 89-Huzurnagar AC, Telangana, held in 2019. 

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  12. General Election to the State Legislative Assembly of Bihar, 2020 - Media Coverage during the period referred to in Section 126 of the RP Act, 1951.

    No, ECI/PN/70/2020
    Date 1st October, 2020


    The schedule for holding General Election to the State Legislative Assembly of Bihar 2020 has been announced on 25th September, 2020. Poll is scheduled to be held in three phases in the state on 28/10/0020, 03/112020 & 07/11/2020, Section 126 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 prohibits displaying any election matter by means, inter alia, of television or similar apparatus, during the period of 48 hours before the hour fixed for conclusion of poll in a constituency. 
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  13. Biennial election to the Karnataka Legislative Council from 02 Graduates’ and 02 Teachers’ Constituencies

    No. ECI/PN/69/2020 Dated:     
    29th September, 2020
    PRESS NOTE
    Subject:   Biennial election to the Karnataka Legislative Council from 02 Graduates’ and 02 Teachers’ Constituencies.                             
                      The term of office of 04 members of the Karnataka Legislative Council from Graduates’ and Teachers’ Constituencies has fallen vacant on 30th June, 2020, due to the retirement of the sitting members. A statement showing the details of these seats is given below:-
    Karnataka
    Sl. No.
    Name of  Constituency
    Name of the Member
    Date of retirement
      Karnataka South-East Graduates’
    R. Chowda Reddy, Thoopalli
     
     
    30.06.2020
    2.       
    Karnataka West Graduates’
    S.V. Sankanur
    3.       
    Karnataka North-East Teachers’
    Sharanappa Mattur
    4.       
    Bangalore Teachers’
    Puttanna
     
    2.      Considering the unforeseen situation of public health emergency due to COVID-19 and the guidelines & orders passed under the Disaster Management Act, 2005 by the competent authority, the Election Commission, on 08.06.2020 passed an Order under Article 324 of Constitution of India read with section 16 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, and directed that the process of election to the abovementioned seats be initiated at a later date after reviewing the prevailing situation.
    3.         The Commission, having considered the inputs received from CEO, Karnataka has now decided that above mentioned biennial election to the Karnataka State Legislative Council from Graduates’ and Teachers’ Constituencies, be held in accordance with the following programme:-
     
     
    1.       
    Issue of Notification
    01st October, 2020 (Thursday)
    2.       
    Last date of making nominations
    08th October, 2020 (Thursday)
    3.       
    Scrutiny of nominations
    09th October, 2020 (Friday)
    4.       
    Last date for withdrawal of candidature
    12th October, 2020 (Monday)
    5.       
    Date of Poll
    28th October, 2020 (Wednesday)
    6.       
    Hours of Poll
    08:00 am to 05:00 pm
    7.       
    Counting of votes
    02nd November, 2020 (Monday )
    8.       
    Date before which election shall be completed
    05th November, 2020 (Thursday)
     
    4.         The Model Code of Conduct concerning these elections will come into force with immediate effect in the concerned Constituencies. Please see the details in Commission’s website under the link: https://eci.gov.in/files/file/4070-biennial-bye-elections-to-the-legislative-councils-from-council-constituencies-by-graduates%E2%80%99-and-teachers%E2%80%99-and-local-authorities%E2%80%99-constituencies-%E2%80%93-mcc-instructions-%E2%80%93-regarding/
    5.         Broad Guidelines to be followed during entire election processes for all persons:-
    I.          Every person shall wear face mask during every election related activity
    II.         At the entry of hall/ room/ premises used for election purposes:
    (a) Thermal Scanning of all persons shall be carried out:
    (b) Sanitizer shall be made available at all locations
    III.        Social distancing shall be maintained as per the extant COVID-19 guidelines of the State Govt. and Ministry of Home Affairs.
    IV.        As far as practicable, large halls should be identified and utilized to ensure social distancing norms.
    V.         Adequate number of vehicles shall be mobilized for movement of polling personnel, security personnel to ensure compliance of COVID-19 guidelines.
    6.         For broad guidelines to be followed strictly during the conduct of election during Covid-19, please refer to the guideline available on Commission’s website under link:- https://eci.gov.in/files/file/12167-broad-guidelines-for-conduct-of-general-electionbye-election-during-covid-19/
     
    (PRAFULL AWASTHI)
                                                                                                                         UNDER SECRETARY  

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  14. Bye-Elections in the Parliamentary Constituencies and Legislative Assemblies of various States

    Bye-Elections in the Parliamentary Constituencies and Legislative Assemblies of various States.

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  15. Schedule for Bye-Election to fill casual vacancy in the Parliamentary Constituency of Bihar and Legislative Assemblies of various States

    Schedule for Bye-Election to fill casual vacancy in the Parliamentary Constituency of Bihar and Legislative Assemblies of various State.


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  16. Announcement of date of poll and counting of votes for deferred bye-election to the Nizamabad Local Authorities’ constituency of Telangana

    No. ECI/PN/66/2020 
    Dated: 25th September, 2020

     PRESS NOTE
    Announcement of date of poll and counting of votes for deferred bye-election to the Nizamabad Local Authorities’ constituency of Telangana
                The Election Commission of India, vide Press Note No. ECI/PN/30/2020, dated 05.03.2020 announced bye-election to the Telangana Legislative Council from Nizamabad Local Authorities’ constituency to fill the vacancy caused due to disqualification of the sitting member Shri R. Bhoopathi Reddy, which was notified vide Notification No.100/TL-LC/08/2019-LAC, dated 12.03.2020. After the last date of withdrawal on 23.03.2020, the list of contesting candidates in Form 7B was published with 03 candidates in fray. The election was to be conducted on 07.04.2020 (Tuesday) and the date before which election was to be completed as earlier announced by the Commission was 13.04.2020 (Monday) as per the notification dated 12.03.2020.
    2.         Considering the unforeseen situation of public health emergency due to COVID-19 and the guidelines & orders passed under the Disaster Management Act, 2005 by the competent authority, the Election Commission, under Article 324 of Constitution of India read with Section 16 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, vide its Notification dated 24.03.2020 extended the period of election by 60 days, which was further extended by 45 days and to a later date vide Notification dated 22.05.2020 and 06.07.2020 respectively.
     3.        It was also specified that the list of activities already carried out under the Notification dated 12.03.2020 was to remain valid for the purpose of remaining activities as was prescribed under the said notification.
    4.         The Commission, having considered the inputs received from the Chief Electoral Officer, Telangana has now decided that above mentioned bye-election to the Nizamabad Local Authorities’ constituency of Telangana be held in accordance with the following programme:- 
    Events
    Date
    Date of Poll
    9th October, 2020 (Friday)
    Hours of Poll
    09:00 am to 05:00 pm
    Counting of Votes
    12th October, 2020 (Monday)
    Date before which election shall be completed
    14th October, 2020 (Wednesday)
     
    5.         The Model Code of Conduct concerning this election will come into force with immediate effect in the constituency. Please see the details in Commission’s website under the link:
    https://eci.gov.in/files/file/4070-biennial-bye-elections-to-the-legislative-councils-from-council-constituencies-by-graduates%E2%80%99-and-teachers%E2%80%99-and-local-authorities%E2%80%99-constituencies-%E2%80%93-mcc-instructions-%E2%80%93-regarding/
    6.         Broad Guidelines to be followed during entire election processes for all persons:-
                I.          Every person shall wear face mask during every election related activity
               II.         At the entry of hall/ room/ premises used for election purposes:
                          (a) Thermal Scanning of all persons shall be carried out:
                          (b) Sanitizer shall be made available at all locations
             III.       Social distancing shall be maintained as per the extant COVID-19 guidelines of the State Govt. and Ministry of Home Affairs.
             IV.       As far as practicable, large halls should be identified and utilized to ensure social distancing norms.
             V.        Adequate number of vehicles shall be mobilized for movement of polling personnel, security personnel to ensure compliance of COVID-19 guidelines.
    7.         For broad guidelines to be followed strictly during the conduct of election during Covid-19, please refer to the guideline available on Commission’s website under link:- https://eci.gov.in/files/file/12167-broad-guidelines-for-conduct-of-general-electionbye-election-during-covid-19/
     
     
     

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  17. Biennial election to the Bihar Legislative Council from 04 Graduates’ and 04 Teachers’ Constituencies.

    No. ECI/PN/65/2020 Dated:     
    25th September, 2020
    PRESS NOTE
    Subject:   Biennial election to the Bihar Legislative Council from 04 Graduates’ and 04 Teachers’ Constituencies. The term of office of 08 members of the Bihar Legislative Council from Graduates’ and Teachers’ Constituencies has fallen vacant on 06th May, 2020, due to the retirement of the sitting members. A statement showing the details of these seats is given below:-
    Bihar
    Sl. No.
    Name of  Constituency
    Name of the Member
    Date of retirement
      Patna Graduates’
    Neeraj Kumar
     
     
     
     
    06.05.2020
    2.       
    Darbhanga Graduates’
    Dilip Kumar Choudhary
    3.       
    Tirhut Graduates’
    Devesh Chandra Thakur
    4.       
    Kosi Graduates’
    Dr. N.K. Yadav
    5.       
    Patna Teachers’
    Naval Kishore Yadav
    6.       
    Darbhanga Teachers’
    Dr. Madan Mohan Jha
    7.       
    Tirhut Teachers’
    Sanjay Kumar Singh
    8.       
    Saran Teachers’
    Kedar Nath Panday
     
    2.      Considering the unforeseen situation of public health emergency due to COVID-19 and the guidelines & orders passed under the Disaster Management Act, 2005 by the competent authority, the Election Commission, on 03.04.2020 passed an Order under Article 324 of Constitution of India read with section 16 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, and directed that the process of election to the abovementioned seats be initiated at a later date after reviewing the prevailing situation.
    3.         The Commission, having considered the inputs received from CEO, Bihar has now decided that above mentioned biennial election to the Bihar State Legislative Council from Graduates’ and Teachers’ Constituencies, be held in accordance with the following programme:-
     
    1.       
    Issue of Notification
    28th   September, 2020 (Monday)
    2.       
    Last date of making nominations
    05th October, 2020 (Monday)
    3.       
    Scrutiny of nominations
    06th October, 2020 (Tuesday)
    4.       
    Last date for withdrawal of candidature
    08th October, 2020 (Thursday)
    5.       
    Date of Poll
    22nd October, 2020 (Thursday)
    6.       
    Hours of Poll
    08:00 am to 05:00 pm
    7.       
    Counting of votes
    12th November, 2020 ( Thursday )
    8.       
    Date before which election shall be completed
    14th November, 2020 ( Saturday )
     
    4.         The Model Code of Conduct concerning these elections will come into force with immediate effect in the concerned Constituencies. Please see the details in Commission’s website under the link: https://eci.gov.in/files/file/4070-biennial-bye-elections-to-the-legislative-councils-from-council-constituencies-by-graduates%E2%80%99-and-teachers%E2%80%99-and-local-authorities%E2%80%99-constituencies-%E2%80%93-mcc-instructions-%E2%80%93-regarding/
    5.         Broad Guidelines to be followed during entire election processes for all persons:-
                I.          Every person shall wear face mask during every election related activity
               II.         At the entry of hall/ room/ premises used for election purposes:
                          (a) Thermal Scanning of all persons shall be carried out:
                          (b) Sanitizer shall be made available at all locations
             III.        Social distancing shall be maintained as per the extant COVID-19 guidelines of the State Govt. and Ministry of Home Affairs.
             IV.        As far as practicable, large halls should be identified and utilized to ensure social distancing norms.
             V.         Adequate number of vehicles shall be mobilized for movement of polling personnel, security personnel to ensure compliance of COVID-19 guidelines.
    6.         For broad guidelines to be followed strictly during the conduct of election during Covid-19, please refer to the guideline available on Commission’s website under link:- https://eci.gov.in/files/file/12167-broad-guidelines-for-conduct-of-general-electionbye-election-during-covid-19/
     

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  18. Schedule for General Election to the Legislative Assembly of Bihar-2020

    Schedule for General Election to the Legislative Assembly of Bihar-2020
    Poll Events
    Phase-I (71 ACs)
    Phase-II (94 ACs)
    Phase-III (78 ACs)
    Date of Issue of Notification
    01.10.2020
    (Thursday)
    09.10.2020
    (Friday)
    13.10.2020
    (Tuesday)
    Last date of making nomination
    08.10.2020
    (Thursday)
    16.10.2020
    (Friday)
    20.10.2020
    (Tuesday)
     
    Date of Scrutiny
    09.10.2020
    (Friday)
    17.10.2020
    (Saturday)
    21.10.2020
    (Wednesday)
    Last date of withdrawal
    12.10.2020
    (Monday)
    19.10.2020
    (Monday)
    23.10.2020
    (Friday)
     
    Date of Poll
    28.10.2020
    (Wednesday)
    03.11.2020
    (Tuesday)
    07.11.2020
    (Saturday)
     
    Date of Counting
    10.11.2020
    (Tuesday)
    10.11.2020
    (Tuesday)
    10.11.2020
    (Tuesday)
    Date of completion
    12.11.2020
    (Thursday)
    12.11.2020
    (Thursday)
    12.11.2020
    (Thursday)

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  19. No Directions from ECI to CBDT wrt IT notice to Sharad Pawar

    No. ECI/PN/63/2020
    23rd September 2020
    PRESS NOTE
    No Directions from ECI to CBDT wrt IT notice to Sharad Pawar
    In some sections of Media it has been reported that Income Tax notice has been issued to Shri Sharad Pawar, Member of Parliament on the directions of Election Commission of India. 
    In this context, it is stated that Election Commission of India has not issued any such direction to CBDT to issue notice to Shri Pawar.

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  20. Factually Incorrect reporting by a section of the media

    No. ECI/PN/62/2020
    Dated: 22nd September, 2020
    PRESS NOTE
    Factually Incorrect reporting by a section of the media
     
    It has come to the notice of Election Commission of India that a section of the media has wrongly interpreted the statement made by CEC Sh Sunil Arora in his inaugural address at the International Webinar held in New Delhi on 21st September 2020.
    Please note that the ECI press release issued at  1630hrs on 21.9.2020, specifically read "CEC mentioned that the Commission would take a decision within the next two to three days, on visiting Bihar."
    All media organisations who have based their stories quoting copy of ANI are requested to take note of official press release of ECI and correct the news items to read only about the ECI's visit to be scheduled to State of Bihar in near future.
    Please note that Commission's schedule of visit to State of Bihar has no correlation with announcement of dates of Bihar Elections, as stated/ alluded by the ANI copy. 
     
        (Pawan Diwan)
    Under Secretary

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  21. Conducting elections amid a pandemic - Democracies share valuable insights at ECI webinar

    No. ECI/PN/61/2020
    Dated: 21st September, 2020
    PRESS NOTE
    Conducting elections amid a pandemic - Democracies share valuable insights at ECI webinar
    CEC underscores commitment of EMBs to the conduct of timely, free, fair and participatory elections
     
    Chief Election Commissioner, Shri Sunil Arora, today underscored the commitment of Election Management Bodies (EMBs) across the world, for the conduct of timely, free, fair and participatory elections to foster democracy in the world. He recalled former US President Abraham Lincoln's allusion to democracies as governments “of the people, by the people, and for the people.” 
    CEC also recalled a quote by Nelson Mandela: “Courage is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
    Speaking at the conclusion of the International Webinar on "Issues, Challenges and Protocols for Conducting Elections during COVID-19: Sharing Country Experiences", Shri Arora highlighted the common threads that emerged from the event. 
    CEC emphasized that today’s webinar brings out clearly the importance of training the officials involved with the conduct of elections. 
    During his intervention, Election Commissioner Shri Sushil Chandra emphasized that in the shadow of COVID-19, elections have not only to be free and fair, but also ensure safety for the electors as well as polling officials and security personnel on duty. He said that presentations from various countries show comprehensive preparedness required before, during and after elections. The ultimate concern is to ensure that voters feel safe while voting in covid times. He also emphasized effective communication with voters regarding safety protocols adopted by the Commission. 
    In his remarks, Election Commissioner Shri Rajiv Kumar noted that even amid the pandemic, electors have high expectations for the smooth conduct of elections. Mutual sharing of ideas and experiences of conducting elections amidst challenges of COVID19 at this webinar, will go a long way in introducing safety provisions and services with all protocols in place and will strengthen the democracies despite challenges posed. He further appealed to participating election bodies to reiterate the resolve to protect political rights of citizens and thereby democratic processes and institutions. 
    Among the countries that made presentations were Fiji, Republic of Korea, Mongolia,  Taiwan, South Africa, Bangladesh and Malawi. The international organizations participating were International IDEA, A-WEB and IFES.
    The webinar provided an excellent opportunity for all the participants to exchange ideas and learn from each others’ experience of holding and managing elections in the challenging times of COVID 19 pandemic, to ensure free, fair, transparent as well as safe elections.   
    More details about the webinar are available at http://indiaawebcentre.org
     
     
     
        (Pawan Diwan)
    Under Secretary
     

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  22. Democracies world over come together to share experiences of conducting elections during Covid 19

    No. ECI/PN/60/2020
    Dated: 21st September, 2020
    PRESS NOTE
    Democracies world over come together to share experiences of conducting elections during Covid 19
    ECI hosts International Webinar on ‘Issues, Challenges and Protocols for Conducting Elections during COVID-19: Sharing Country Experiences’ 
    Two Publications released on the occasion; India A-WEB Centre to bring out an ‘A-WEB India Journal of Elections’.
    CEC highlights scale of elections to be conducted in Bihar amid the Covid19 pandemic; Commission to take a decision soon on visiting the State.
    On completion of one year of Chairmanship of the Association of World Election Bodies (A-WEB), Election Commission of India today hosted an International Webinar on the Theme ‘‘Issues, Challenges and Protocols for Conducting  Elections during COVID-19 : Sharing Country Experiences’. It was an occasion for democracies world over to come together to share experiences of conducting elections during Covid19. 
    It may be recalled that last year on 03 Sep 2019 India had taken  over as Chair of A-WEB for 2019-2021 term during the 4th  General Assembly of A-WEB held at Bengaluru. Inaugurating the Webinar, Hon’ble Chief Election Commissioner of India and Chairperson, A-WEB Shri Sunil Arora spoke of the "tough predicament" faced by Election Management Bodies across the world - whether and how to hold scheduled elections in a state of public health emergency. 
    He said the contextual framework of every country was different, the extent and trajectory of the disease varied and so did the capacity of each country to respond to the novel corona virus and its catastrophic impact. He mentioned countries such as South Korea, Australia, Malawi, Taiwan, Mongolia and many others who went ahead with scheduled elections even as they put in place the enormous arrangements required to ensure the health and safety of people while conducting election. 
    Shri Sunil Arora mentioned that Elections in India pose formidable challenges on account of large electorate, geographical and linguistic diversity and differing climatic conditions. Explaining in detail the scale of the upcoming elections to the Legislative Assembly of Bihar, he mentioned that the total number of electors is 72.9 million. 

    Explaining the impact of Covid-19 on the election, Shri Arora highlighted how Covid19 exigencies and social distancing measures necessitated a revisit of ECI's extant instructions. The maximum number of electors at a polling station was reduced from 1500 to 1000, and consequently, the number of polling stations jumped by 40 per cent, from 65,000 to 100,000. These changes have huge logistics and manpower implications. CEC mentioned that the Commission would take a decision within the next two to three days, on visiting Bihar. 
    Chief Election Commissioner also mentioned that ECI has placed a lot of emphasis on extending facilitation to senior citizens, women, Persons with disabilities and in current circumstances, ensuring franchise to Covid positive voters and those in quarantine. In this context, the CEC mentioned how, beginning with the elections to the Legislative Assembly of Jharkhand in November-December 2019, and elections to the Legislative Assembly of Delhi in February 2020, the postal ballot facility was extended to voters who are aged more than 80 years, persons with disability and those who engaged in specified essential services. This facility of postal ballot has been extended to Covid positive electors who are in quarantine/hospitalized. 
    Shri Sunil Arora mentioned the specific and detailed guidelines that have been drawn up on conducting election during the time of Covid. He also mentioned the successful conduct of elections to 18 seats of the Rajya Sabha in the month of June, 2020. He noted that elections are due in the states of West Bengal, Assam, Kerala, Puducherry and Tamil Naduin the first half of the year 2021. 
     CEC recalled the AWEB General Assembly, held in Bengaluru in September 2019. He  noted that the Webinar today is being held under the aegis of India A-WEB Centre on the occasion of completion of one year of ECI’s term as Chair of A-WEB.
    Mentioning the two publications being released today viz. ‘Brief Profiles of the Countries, member EMBs and Partner Organisations of A-WEB’ and  ‘COVID 19 and International Election Experience’, he said these would be a useful tool for researchers and practitioners alike. He said that A-WEB India Centre has also progressed considerably towards publishing a world class journal called “AWEB Journal of Elections’. The first issue of this journal will be released in March 2021. 

    Over 120 delegates from 45 countries across the world (viz.   Angola, Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Cambodia, Cameroon, Colombia, Democratic Republic of  Congo, Dominica, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Fiji, Georgia, Indonesia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Republic of Korea, Kyrgyz Republic,  Liberia, Malawi, Maldives, Moldova, Mongolia, Mozambique, Nigeria, Palestine, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Sao Tome and Principe, Solomon Islands, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Sweden, Taiwan, Tonga, Turkey, Uzbekistan and Zambia) and 4 international organizations (viz. International IDEA,  International Foundation of Electoral Systems (IFES), Association of World Election Bodies (A-WEB) and European Centre for Elections)  participated in the Webinar today.

    The Association of World Election Bodies (A-WEB) is largest association of Election Management Bodies (EMBs) worldwide.   At present A-WEB has 115  EMBs as Members & 16 Regional Associations/Organisations as Associate Members.  ECI has been very closely associated with the process of formation of  A-WEB since 2011-12.

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  23. ECI going to host International Webinar on ‘Issues, Challenges and Protocols for Conducting Elections during COVID-19 : Sharing Country Experiences’ on 21st September 2020

    No. ECI/PN/59/2020 Dated:
    20st September, 2020
    PRESS NOTE
     
    ECI going to host  International Webinar on 
    ‘Issues, Challenges and Protocols for Conducting
    Elections during COVID-19 : Sharing Country Experiences’ 
    on 21st September 2020
    The Election Commission of India is going to organize  an International Webinar on 21st September 2020, on the Theme ‘‘Issues, Challenges and Protocols for Conducting  Elections during COVID-19 : Sharing Country Experiences’ on its completion of one year of Chairmanship of the Association of World Election Bodies (A-WEB).
     2. The Association of World Election Bodies (A-WEB) is largest association of Election Management Bodies (EMBs) worldwide.   At present A-WEB has 115  EMBs as Members & 16 Regional Associations/Organisations as Associate Members.  ECI has been very closely associated with the process of formation of  A-WEB since 2011-12.     ECI hosted   the 4th  General Assembly of A-WEB on 03 Sep 2019 at Bengaluru and took  over as Chair of A-WEB for 2019-2021 term.  
    3. In accordance with the decision taken at the Extraordinary meeting of the A-WEB Executive Board held at Bengaluru on 02 Sep 2019,  an India A-WEB Centre  has been established at New Delhi,  for world class documentation, research and training for sharing the best practices and capacity building of officials of A-WEB members.     ECI has provided all the resources for this Centre.  A number of initiatives, led by  Shri Sunil Arora, Hon’ble Chief Election Commissioner of India and Chairperson, A-WEB are being taken under the aegis of India A-WEB Centre.
    4. This is the first Webinar being held by the India A-WEB Centre.   Over 120 delegates from 45 countries across the world (viz.   Angola, Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Cambodia, Cameroon, Colombia, Democratic Republic of  Congo, Dominica, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Fiji, Georgia, Indonesia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Republic of Korea, Kyrgyz Republic,  Liberia, Malawi, Maldives, Moldova, Mongolia, Mozambique, Nigeria, Palestine, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Sao Tome and Principe, Solomon Islands, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Sweden, Taiwan, Tonga, Turkey, Uzbekistan and Zambia) and 4 international organizations (viz. International IDEA,  International Foundation of Electoral Systems (IFES), Association of World Election Bodies (A-WEB) and European Centre for Elections)   are going to participate in the Webinar.   
    5. The India A-WEB Centre   has, in a very short period of its existence,  come out with two very useful publications viz. ‘Brief Profiles of the Countries, member EMBs and Partner Organisations of A-WEB’  and ‘COVID 19 and International Election Experience’ which will be released at the Webinar for the benefit of the entire A-WEB community.   The Centre is going to bring out a number of publications and documents, including a world class quarterly ‘A-WEB India Journal of Elections’.  A brochure on the Journal is  also being released at the Webinar.       
    6. At the Webinar, presentations will be made by participating EMBs and organisations.  Session I which will be chaired by Shri Sushil Chandra, Hon’ble Election Commissioner will include presentations by Fiji, Republic of Korea, Mongolia and Taiwan  as well as International IDEA and A-WEB  where these EMBs and organisations are going to   share the   challenges faced as well as their experiences  and perspectives for  holding elections during COVID 19.   Session II, which will be chaired by Shri Rajiv Kumar, Hon’ble Election Commissioner will have presentations from  South Africa, Indonesia, Bangladesh, India, Malawi and IFES.   
    7.  It is hoped that interactions and discussions at the International Webinar on 21 Sep 2020 will provide a good opportunity to all the participants to exchange ideas and learn from each others’ experience of holding and managing elections in challenging times of COVID 19 pandemic to ensure free, fair, transparent as well as safe elections.   
     
     
     
     
       

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  24. PRESS RELEASE

    No. ECI/PN/58/2020                                         
    Dated: 11th September, 2020
    PRESS RELEASE
    In continuation of the detailed instructions dated 10.10.2018 and 6.3.2020  issued by ECI in the matter of publicity of criminal antecedents by the contesting candidates as well as by the political parties nominating such candidates, it was discussed at length in the Commission’s meeting today. Commission decided to further streamline the instructions concerning publicity of criminal antecedents by candidates concerned and by the political parties, who nominate them for elections. Commission has always emphasised on this moral yardstick for overall betterment of electoral democracy. 
    2. Highlights of the modified instructions are as follows:
    A.  Revised Timeline for Publicity 
    As per the revised guideline, the candidates as well as the political parties, regarding candidates nominated by them, will publish the details of criminal antecedents, if any, in newspapers and television in following manner: 
    (i) First publicity:       Within first 4 days of last date of withdrawal. (ii) Second publicity:   Within 5th to 8th day of last date of withdrawal (iii) Third publicity:       From 9th day till the last day of campaign, i.e. two days prior to date of poll) This timeline will help the voters in exercising their choices in more informed manner.
    B. Regarding the publicity by uncontested winning candidates as well as the political parties who nominate them, it is clarified that uncontested winner candidates as well as the political parties who nominate them shall also publicise the criminal antecedents, if any, as prescribed for other contesting candidates and political parties. 
    3. As decided by Commission, a Compendium of all instructions and formats issued so far, in this matter, is being published for the benefit of stakeholders. This will help in creating more awareness amongst the voters and other stakeholders.
    4. All instructions, in this regard, must be complied by the  contesting candidates with criminal antecedents and the political parties regarding their nominated candidates.
    5. These modified instructions shall apply with immediate effect.   

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  25. PRESS RELEASE

    No. ECI/PN/57/2020                                          
    Dated: 4th September, 2020
     
    PRESS RELEASE
    Commission meeting was held today regarding holding of  bye-elections due in various states. Presently, there are 65 clear vacancies due for bye-elections in Assembly/Parliamentary Constituency, out of which there are 64 vacancies in the State Legislative Assemblies of various states and 1(one) vacancy for Parliamentary Constituency.
    The Commission reviewed the reports and inputs from Chief Secretaries/ Chief Electoral Officers of many of the concerned states seeking deferment of the bye-elections in their states in view of several factors including the extra-ordinary heavy rains in some places and other constraints like pandemic etc.
    Considering that General Assembly Elections of Bihar are also due and required to be completed before 29th November 2020, Commission has decided to conduct all the 65 bye-elections and the General Assembly Elections of Bihar around the same time. One of the major factors in clubbing them together is the relative ease of movement of CAPF/ other law and order forces, and related logistics issues.
    Announcement of schedule of Bihar General Assembly Elections as well as these bye-elections will be done by the Commission at appropriate time.

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