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  1. Bye Elections to the Legislative Councils of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana by the members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) – reg.

    No. ECI/PN/76/2019 
    Dated: 1st August, 2019
     
    Subject: Bye Elections to the Legislative Councils of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana by the members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) –  reg.
    There are three casual vacancies in the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council and one casual vacancy in the Telangana Legislative Council by the Members of Legislative Assembly. The details of the vacancies are as follow:
     
    ANDHRA PRADESH
    Name of Member
    Cause of vacancy
    Term Upto
    Karanam Balarama Krishna Murthy
     
     
    Resignation on 06.06.2019
    29.03.2023
    Alla Kali Krishna Srinivas
    29.03.2023
    Kolagatla Veerabhadra Swamy
    29.03.2021
    TELANGANA
    K Yadava Reddy
    Disqualification on 16.01.2019
    03.06.2021
    2. The Commission has decided to hold three bye-elections to the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council and one to the Telangana Legislative Council by the Members of the respective Legislative Assembly to fill the above mentioned vacancies in accordance with the following programme: -
    S.No.
    Subject of Programme
    Dates and Days
    1.     
    Issue of Notifications
    07th August, 2019 (Wednesday)
    2.     
    Last Date of making nominations
    14th August, 2019 (Wednesday)
    3.     
    Scrutiny of nominations
    16th August, 2019 (Friday)
    4.     
    Last date for withdrawal of candidatures
    19th August, 2019 (Monday)
    5.     
    Date of Poll
    26th August, 2019 (Monday)
    6.     
    Hours of Poll
    9.00 A.M. to 4.00 P.M.
    7.     
    Counting of Votes
    26th August, 2019 (Monday) at 5.00 P.M.
    8.     
    Date before which election shall be completed
    28th August, 2019 (Wednesday)

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  2. Bye Elections to the Council of States from Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh-reg.

    No. ECI/PN/75/2019
    Dated: 1st August, 2019
    Subject: Bye Elections to the Council of States from Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh-reg.
    There are two casual vacancies in the Council of States as per the following details: -
    S.No
    States
     Name of Member
    Cause of vacancy
    Term  of office up to
    1.     
    Rajasthan
    Madanlal Saini
    Death on 24.06.2019
    03.04.2024
    2.     
    Uttar Pradesh
    Neeraj Shekhar
    Resignation on 15.07.2019
    25.11.2020
    The Commission has decided to hold bye-elections to the Council of States from the above mentioned States to fill up the above said vacancies in accordance with the following programme: -
    Sl.No.
    Events
    Dates and Days
    1.
    Issue of Notifications
    07th August, 2019 (Wednesday)
    2.
    Last Date of making nominations
    14th August, 2019 (Wednesday)
    3.
    Scrutiny of nominations
    16th August, 2019 (Friday)
    4.
    Last date for withdrawal of candidature
    19th August, 2019 (Monday)
    5.
    Date of Poll
    26th August, 2019 (Monday)
    6.
    Hours of Poll
    9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
    7.
    Counting of Votes
    26th August, 2019 (Monday) at 5.00 p.m.
    8.
    Date before which election shall be completed
    28th August, 2019 (Wednesday)

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  3. Accessible Elections; a successful endeavor of Election Commission of India during Lok Sabha Election 2019

    ELECTION COMMISSION OF INDIA
    NirvachanSadan, Ashoka Road, New Delhi-110001
    PRESS NOTE
    No. ECI/PN/74/2019                                                           Dated: 28thJuly, 2019
     
    Accessible Elections; a successful endeavor of Election Commission of India during Lok Sabha Election 2019
    The motto of ‘Accessible Elections’ was one among the many initiatives of Election Commission to make the world’s largest democratic exercise inclusive and participative for all. During this election special focus was given to ensure the participation of Persons with Disabilities. A total of 62,63,701 PwDs were registered within an electorate of 910 million.
    Facilitation for Persons with Disabilities 
    The electors with disabilities and senior citizens were mapped polling station wise to provide them targeted and need based assistance on the day of poll. During the election all the polling stations were equipped with enough supply of wheelchairs and it was ensured that all polling stations had sturdy ramps for the convenience of PwD electors. All the polling stations in Lok Sabha Election 2019 had a sign language expert, signage and transport facility.
    To facilitate PwDs during the enrollment process door to door registration drives were carried out, a special mobile application was also developed by the Commission for easy registration. On the day of poll, electors with disabilities could also avail the services like pick up and drop, wheelchairs and special volunteers through this app.
    Special focus was laid on the sensitization of the polling personnel about the unique needs of the differently abled. For smooth and convenient voting experience the elderly and electors with disability were given priority access in the polling station. Further, they were provided with special volunteers who assisted and guided them at the polling station. 
    Braille signage on Electronic Voting Machine and Electors Photo Identity Card
    All the EVM that were used in the elections were embossed with Braille signage for the visually impaired voters’ assistance. 
    This election was a witness to many firsts in the domain of accessibility of all; it was the first time EPIC with braille was provided to all the visually impaired electors. Other documents like voters’ slip, voter guide had braille signage too. And lastly for the first time in this election, Accessibility Observers were introduced, who ensured all the polling stations are accessible to the PwDs.
    Assured Minimum Facilities
    For the convenience and facilitation of voters, polling stations were equipped with clean drinking water adequate furniture for voters in the queue, shed, and toilets for the voters. Facilities like medical aid with basic supplies were also provided on the day of poll. Proper arrangement of crèche with a trained attendant was also available for children accompanying the electors. More details on Assured Minimum Facilities can be found here https://eci.gov.in/files/file/9456-general-election-to-the-lok-sabha-2019-assured-minimum-facility-in-polling-stations-regarding/
    Special initiatives by State CEOs
    Other than nationwide initiatives states also innovated and enhanced the spirit of accessibility. In mountainous and hilly terrains of Uttarakhand, Himachal, J&K initiative of Divyang Sarathi and Divyang Dolis was rolled out to facilitate PwDs and senior citizens. In Delhi the officials innovated and provided Magnifying Sheets at every polling booth for better facilitation of electors with low vision. As an act of gratitude the Delhi CEO office also felicitated the centenarian voters and provided them with special services on the day of poll, celebrating the voters’ contribution in democracy.
     
     
     

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  4. ETPBS & Service Voter; a successful turnout for Lok Sabha Election 2019

    No. ECI/PN/73/2019 
    Dated: 21st July, 2019
     
    ETPBS & Service Voter; a successful turnout for Lok Sabha Election 2019
    Among the many milestones recorded during the recently concluded Lok Sabha Election 2019, Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballot System (ETPBS) is one of its kind, in the world’s largest democratic election process. Compared to 13,27,627 number of registered Service Electors of last General Election in 2014, a record highest number of 18,02,646 were enrolled as Service Electors through online registration with the dedicated portal https://www.servicevoter.eci.nic.in who were sent postal ballots electronically. For the first time a full-fledged online registration portal for service electors has been used to save processing time, resources and human errors. 
    Persons working in Central Forces under Arms Act and Government officials deployed in Embassies outside the country are, classified as Service Voters and are provisioned for online enrolment. Out of the total number of Service Electors, 10, 16,245 were from Ministry of Defence, 7,82,595 from Ministry of Home Affairs (Central Armed Police Forces), 3539 of Ministry of External Affairs and State Police 267. In the seven phases spanning election, total 18, 02,646 postal ballots were dispatched electronically using the flagship IT programme of Election Commission of India, known as ETPBS. In 2019, 10,84,266 e postal ballots were received indicating 60.14% turnout, which is significant improvement compared to 2014 when turnout was only 4%.. 
    ETPBS is developed by Election Commission of India, for the use of the Service Voters. It is a fully secured system, having two layers of security. Secrecy of voting is maintained through the use of OTP and PIN and no duplication of casted ETPB is possible due to the unique QR Code in the portal https://www. etpbs.in. Through this system the service voters cast their vote on an electronically received postal ballot, from anywhere outside their constituency, thus the chances of losing the voting opportunity has reduced. The purpose of the online system was to create convenient and easy-to-use online system for Defense Personnel to become Service Voters. 
    With the motto of “no voter to be left behind”, Election Commission of India’s ETPBS has empowered and ensured all eligible service electors with their constitutional power to vote while performing their duty for the nation.

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  5. Biennial election to Maharashtra Legislative Council from Aurangabad-cum-Jalna Local Authorities’ Constituency–reg.

    No. ECI/PN/72/2019 
    Dated: 19th July, 2019
     PRESS NOTE
    Subject:   Biennial election to Maharashtra Legislative Council from Aurangabad-cum-Jalna Local Authorities’ Constituency–reg.
     The term of office of a sitting member of the Maharashtra Legislative Council is due to expire as per the details given below:
    S.No.
    Name of the Member
    Name of Local Authorities’ Constituency
    Date of Retirement
    1.    
    Sh. Zambad Subhash Manakchand
    Aurangabad-cum-Jalna Local Authorities’ Constituency
    29-08-2019
     
    2.        Now, the Commission has decided to hold above mentioned Biennial Election to Maharashtra Legislative Council from Aurangabad-cum-Jalna Local Authorities’ Constituency, in accordance with the following schedule:
    EVENTS
     
    DATES & DAYS
    1
    Issue of Notifications
     
    25th  July, 2019 (Thursday)
    2
    Last date of making nominations
      01st  August, 2019 (Thursday)
    3
    Scrutiny of nominations
      02nd August, 2019 (Friday)
    5
    Last date for withdrawal of candidatures
      05th August, 2019 (Monday)
    6
    Date of poll
      19th August, 2019 (Monday)
    7
    Hours of poll
      8.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.
    8
    Counting of Votes
      22nd August, 2019 (Thursday)
    9
    Date before which election shall be completed
      26th August, 2019 (Monday)
     
    3.            The term of office of the member to be elected to the Maharashtra Legislative Council from the said Local Authorities’ Constituency shall be subject to the decision of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in SLP(C) No. 17123/2015 (Election Commission of India Vs Devesh Chandra Thakur & Others).
    4.            The Model Code of Conduct concerning this election will come into force with immediate effect in the concerned Constituency. Please see the details in Commission’s website under 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/

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  6. ECI Appoints Sh B Murli Kumar as Special Expenditure Observer for Election to 8 - Vellore PC, Tamil Nadu

    No. ECI/PN/71/2019
    Dated: 16th July, 2019
    PRESS NOTE
    ECI Appoints Sh B Murli Kumar as Special Expenditure Observer for Election to 8 - Vellore PC, Tamil Nadu
    The Election Commission of India has appointed Ex- DG IT Chennai Sh B Murli Kumar (ex IRS - 1983) as Special Expenditure Observer for 8-Vellore Parliamentary Constituency that goes to polls now on 5th August 2019. It may be recalled that on 14th April 2019, the Commission had  made a recommendation to the Hon’ble President of India, under Article 324 of the Constitution read with Section 21 of the General Clauses Act, 1897, to rescind the Election to 8-Vellore Parliamentary Constituency, Tamil Nadu.
    The decision of the ECI to rescind the election in Vellore PC was based on detection of  a systematic design to influence voters in 8- Vellore Parliamentary Constituency during the election process. 
    Sh. B. Murali Kumar was DGIT(Inv.), Chennai when search and seizure operations u/s 132 of the I.T. Act were carried out under his leadership and the IT team had made a cash seizure of Rs. 11.48 Cr. along with evidence in the form of computer printouts detailing proposed assembly segment, ward and booth wise money distribution suggesting a clear-cut pattern and design to induce the electors at a large scale across the Vellore Parliamentary Constituency. A total of Rs 61.76 crore were seized in various other search actions related to elections. 
    The then Spl Expenditure Observer Ms Madhu Mahajan had recommended countermanding of Election to 8 Vellore PC as this organised way of inducement of voters had vitiated the electoral environment and  the situation was not conducive for the conduct of free and fair elections

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  7. Schedule for election to 8-Vellore Parliamentary Constituency of Tamil Nadu

    No. ECI/PN/70/2019 
    Dated:    4th July, 2019
    PRESS NOTE
    Subject : Schedule for election to 8-Vellore Parliamentary Constituency of Tamil Nadu– Regarding.
    Notification calling General Election to 8-Vellore Parliamentary Constituency of Tamil Nadu vide Notification No.464/EPS/2019(2) dated 19.03.2019 was rescinded by the President in pursuance of the Commission’s proceeding no. 464/ECI/LET/TERR/TN/SS-I/2019 dated 14.04.2019.  The Commission issued Press Note No.ECI/PN/49/2019 dated 16th April, 2019 in this regard.
    3. Now, the Commission has considered the matter and has decided to hold the General Election of 8-Vellore Parliamentary Constituency of Tamil Nadu. In pursuance of Sections 30 and 56 of the R.P.Act, 1951, as per the programme mentioned as under: -
    Poll Events
    Schedule
    Date of Issue of Gazette Notification
    11.07.2019(Thursday)
    Last Date of Nominations
    18.07.2019(Thursday)
    Date for Scrutiny of Nominations
    19.07.2019(Friday)
    Last Date for Withdrawal of candidatures
    22.07.2019(Monday)
    Date of Poll
    05.08.2019(Monday)
    Date of Counting
    09.08.2019(Friday)
    Date before which election shall be completed
    11.08.2019(Sunday)
    ELECTORAL ROLL
    The Electoral Rolls for the aforesaid Parliamentary Constituency w.r.t 01.01.2019 as the qualifying date has been finally published.     
    ELECTRONIC VOTING MACHINES (EVMs) and VVPATs
    The Commission has decided to use EVMs and VVPATs in the election in all the polling stations. Adequate numbers of EVMs and VVPATs have been made available and all steps have been taken to ensure that the polls are conducted smoothly with the help of these machines.
    IDENTIFICATION OF VOTERS
    In consonance with the past practice, the Commission has decided that the voter’s identification shall be mandatory in the aforementioned  election at the time of poll. Electoral Photo Identity Cards (EPIC) shall be the main document of identification of a voter.  However, in order to ensure that no voter is deprived of his/her franchise, if his/her name figures in the electoral Rolls, separate instructions will be issued to allow additional documents for identification of voters at the time of poll in the said election.
    MODEL CODE OF CONDUCT
    The Model Code of Conduct shall come into force with immediate effect in the district(s) in which the whole or any part of Parliamentary Constituency going for election is included, subject to partial modification as issued vide Commission’s instruction No.437/6/INST/2016-CCS, dated 29th June, 2017( available on the Commission’s website).  The Model Code of conduct shall be applicable to all candidates, political parties and State Government concerned.  The Model Code of Conduct shall also be applicable to the Union Government for the district of the State concerned.

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  8. Schedule for General Elections to fill Vacancy from 96-Patkura Assembly Constituency in the State Legislative Assembly of Odisha where poll was adjourned.

    No. ECI/PN/69/2019
    Dated: 04th July, 2019
    PRESS NOTE
    Subject: Schedule for General-elections to fill vacancy from 96 – Patkura Assembly Constituency in the State Legislative Assembly of Odisha where poll was adjourned – Regarding.
    The General Election to Legislative Assembly of Odisha was scheduled in four phases. 96-Patkura AC from Odisha was scheduled for poll on 29.04.2019 in th 4th Phase. Sh. Bed Prakash Agarwalla, contesting candidate of BJD (Biju Janata Dal) from 96-Patkura AC died on 20.04.2019, the detailed schedule of the poll was as follows:
    Issue of Notification
    02-04-2019
    Last Date for filing Nominations
    09-04-2019
    Scrutiny of Nominations
    10-04-2019
    Last date for withdrawal
     of Candidature
    12-04-2019
    Date of Poll
    29-04-2019
    Counting of Votes
    23-05-2019
    Date before which the election
     shall be completed
    27-05-2019
    In this connection, the poll under section 52(1)(c) of the Representation of People Act, 1951 on account of death of contesting candidate was adjourned by Returning Officer. Further, the Commission vide its notice dated 24.04.2019 to the concerned recognized state party (BJD) called upon to nominate another candidate for the said election within 7 days of the issue of the such notice under the provisions of section 52(2) of R.P. Act, 1951.
    Consequently, the Commission vide its notification No. 492/ECI/NOT/TERR/ES-II/OR-LA/2019 dated 24.04.2019 notified the schedule of adjourned poll, which was as follows:
    Last Date for making Nominations
    01-05-2019
    Scrutiny of Nominations
    02-05-2019
    Last date for withdrawal
     of Candidature
    04-05-2019
    Date of Poll
    19-05-2019
    Counting of Votes
    23-05-2019
    Date before which the election
     shall be completed
    27-05-2019
     
    In view of “FANI” cyclone, the CEO Odisha proposed to postpone the schedule of elections mentioned above with date of poll on 19.05.2019. Accordingly, the Commission decided to extend the completion of the election from 96-Patkura AC for 60 days.
    Now, the Commission after taking into consideration various factors like, festivals, electoral rolls, etc., the Commission has decided to hold the adjourned poll to fill this vacancy as per the programme mentioned as under: -
    Date of Poll
    20-07-2019 (Saturday)
    Counting of Votes
    24-07-2019 (Wednesday)
    Date before which the election
     shall be completed
    26-07-2019 (Friday)
    ELECTORAL ROLL
    The Electoral Rolls for the aforesaid Assembly Constituency w.r.t. 01.01.2019 as the qualifying date has been finally published.
    ELECTRONIC VOTING MACHINES (EVMs) and VVPATs
    The Commission has decided to use EVMs and VVPATs in the election in all the polling stations. Adequate numbers of EVMs and VVPATs have been made available and all steps have been taken to ensure that the polls are conducted smoothly with the help of these machines.
    IDENTIFICATION OF VOTERS
    In consonance with the past practice, the Commission has decided that the voter’s identification shall be mandatory in the aforementioned election at the time of poll. Electoral Photo Identity Cards (EPIC) shall be the main document of identification of a voter. However, in order to ensure that no voter is deprived of his/her franchise, if his/her name figures in the electoral rolls, separate instructions will be issued to allow additional documents for identification of voters at the time of poll in the said election.
    MODEL CODE OF CONDUCT
    The Model Code of Conduct shall come into force with immediate effect in the district(s) in which the whole or any part of the Assembly Constituency going for election is included, subject to partial modification as issued vide Commission's instruction No. 437 /6/1NST2016-CCS, dated 29th June, 2017 (available on the Commission's website). The Model Code of Conduct shall be applicable to all candidates, political parties and the State Government concerned. The Model Code of Conduct shall also be applicable to the Union Government for the district of the State concerned.

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  9. Biennial Election to the Council of States from Tamil Nadu, 2019 –reg.

    No. ECI/PN/68/2019 
    Dated: 25th June, 2019
    PRESS NOTE
     Biennial Election to the Council of States from Tamil Nadu, 2019 –reg.
    The term of office of 06 (six) members of the Council of States elected from Tamil Nadu is going to expire on 24.07.2019 as per following
    S.No.
    Name of Member
    Date of retirement
    1.
    T. Rathinavel
    24.07.2019
    2.
    Dr. V. Maitreyan
    3.
    K.R. Arjunan
    4.
    Dr. R. Lakshmanan
    5.
    D. Raja
    6.
    Kanimozhi (Elected to the House of the People on 23.05.2019)
    2.      The Commission has decided to hold a biennial election to the Council of States from Tamil Nadu in accordance with the following programme: - 
    Sl.No.
    Subject of Programme
    Dates and Days
      Issue of Notifications
    1st July, 2019 (Monday)
      Last Date of making nominations
    8th July, 2019 (Monday)
      Scrutiny of nominations
    9th July, 2019 (Tuesday)
      Last date for withdrawal of candidatures
    11th July, 2019 (Thursday)
      Date of Poll
    18th July, 2019 (Thursday)
      Hours of Poll
    9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.
      Counting of Votes
    18th July, 2019 (Thursday) at 5.00 P.M.
      Date before which election shall be completed
    22nd July, 2019  (Monday)
     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 election.
     4.      Adequate measures for close monitoring of the election process by appointing observers shall be taken to ensure free and fair election.

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  10. Election Commission of India Observes 5th International Day of Yoga

    No. ECI/PN/67/2019    Dated: 21st June, 2019
    PRESS NOTE
    Election Commission of India Observes 5th International Day of Yoga
    Election Commission of India today observed the 5th International Day of Yoga at ECI headquarters, Nirvachan Sadan, New Delhi by organising sessions on Yoga and gave the message for fit and healthy lifestyle.


    21st June is celebrated globally as International Day of Yoga. On this occasion ECI has organized a one hour session of Yoga in 6 batches for more than 400 participants including senior officers and staff. Election Commissioner, Shri Sushil Chandra, Director General, Shri Dhirendra Ojha and senior officers along with staff of the Commission participated in the yoga Session with great enthusiasm and positivity. The sessions were conducted under observation of qualified trainers and demonstrators from Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga.

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  11. IIIDEM organizes a 5-day Capacity Building Program on ‘Electoral Technology’ for Officials of Union Election Commission of Myanmar

    No. ECI/PN/66/2019    Dated: 20th June, 2019
    PRESS NOTE
    IIIDEM organizes a 5-day Capacity Building Program on ‘Electoral Technology’ for Officials of Union Election Commission of Myanmar
    Election Commissioner Sh. Sushil Chandra has emphasised the need of sharing best practices of Elections among Election Management Bodies to strengthen the democracy around the world. The Election Commissioner was addressing the Election Officials of Union Election Commission of Myanmar who are undergoing a five day training programme on Use of Technology in Elections at India International Institute of Democracy and Election Management (IIIDEM) in New Delhi today. He emphasized on the use of technology to create transparency, trust and fairness in electoral process. Further he added the successful implementation of technology in recent elections to Lok Sabha 2019 with the introduction of IT applications like Voter Helpline Application, Application for persons with disabilities, Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballot System, C-vigil and others besides the EVM and VVPAT. He motivated the participants to participate enthusiastically and identify various areas of implementing technology in the electoral process of Myanmar.
    The ongoing Capacity Building Programs on Electoral technology is the 7th program in the series of the 9 programs scheduled across 2018-2019. The program is being attended by the mid and senior level officers of Union Election Commission of Myanmar and the program is being conducted by the experienced resource persons from Election Commission of India. This programme is part of series of Capacity Building Programmes, which have been designed on the request of Union Election Commission of Myanmar through Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.  IIIDEM has conducted Training Need Analysis in 2017 to create an objective oriented training program for the officials of Union Election Commission of Myanmar for the forthcoming General Elections in 2020.  
    Mr. Dhirendra Ojha, Director General, ECI spoke about increasing use of social media by various stakeholders in the electoral process. 
    Mr. Vivek Khare, Director, IIIDEM informed about the training programs conducted so far for the Officials of Union Election Commission of Myanmar on various attributes of elections. Dr. Noor Mohammad, Senior Consultant IIIDEM, introduced the ongoing training programme on Electoral Technology and highlighted the importance of Electoral Technology in electoral process. 
    Mr. S B Joshi, Secretary, ECI presented the vote of thanks.

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  12. Bye Elections to the Council of States from Bihar, Odisha and Gujarat-reg.

    No. ECI/PN/65/2019
    Dated: 15th June, 2019
     PRESS NOTE
    Subject:      Bye Elections to the Council of States from Bihar, Odisha and Gujarat-reg.
    There are six casual vacancies in the Council of States from Bihar, Gujarat and Odisha occurred due to reasons as mentioned below:
    S.No
    States
     Name of Member
    Cause of vacancy
    Term  of office up to
    1.       
    Bihar
    Ravi Shankar Prasad
    Elected to 17th Lok Sabha on 23.05.2019
    02.04.2024
    2.       
    Gujarat
    Shah Amitbhai Anilchandra
    Elected to 17th Lok Sabha on 23.05.2019
    18.08.2023
    3.       
    Smriti Zubin Irani
    Elected to 17th Lok Sabha on 24.05.2019
    18.08.2023
    4.       
    Odisha
    Achyutananda Samanta
    Elected to 17th Lok Sabha on 24.05.2019
    03.04.2024
    5.       
    Pratap Keshari Deb
    Elected to Odisha Legislative Assembly. Seat became vacant on 09.06.2019
    01.07.2022
    6.       
    Soumya Ranjan Patnaik
    Resignation on 06.06.2019
    03.04.2024
                        
    Sl.No.
    Events
    Dates and Days
    1.
    Issue of Notifications
    18th June, 2019 (Tuesday)
    2.
    Last Date of making nominations
    25th June, 2019 (Tuesday)
    3.
    Scrutiny of nominations
    26th June, 2019 (Wednesday)
    4.
    Last date for withdrawal of candidatures
    28th June, 2019 (Friday)
    5.
    Date of Poll
    05th July, 2019 (Friday)
    6.
    Hours of Poll
    9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
    7.
    Counting of Votes
    05th July, 2019 (Friday) at 5.00 p.m.
    8.
    Date before which election shall be completed
    09th July, 2019 (Tuesday)
    The Commission has decided to hold bye-elections to the Council of States from the above mentioned States to fill up the above said vacancies in accordance with the following schedule for each of the vacancies - 
    It is further clarified that the vacancies for Bye-elections to all Houses, including the Rajya Sabha, are considered as separate vacancies and separate notifications are issued and separate poll is taken for each of the vacancies although the programme schedule for the bye-elections may be common. This is in conformity with the provisions of Section 147 to 151 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, and has been the consistent practice of the Commission in such cases. Holding of separate elections has been upheld by the Hon’ble Delhi High Court in Civil W.P. No. 132 of 1994 (A.K. Walia Vs Union of India & Others) and W.P. No. 9357 of 2006 (Satya Pal Malik Vs Election Commission of India) by its decision dated 14.01.1994 & 20.01.2009 respectively.

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  13. SVEEP Nodal Officers from across the country meet to deliberate upon the blueprint for the next five years

    No. ECI/PN/64/2019                                                                                                     
    Dated: 13th June, 2019
    PRESS NOTE
    Subject: SVEEP Nodal Officers from across the country meet to deliberate upon the blueprint for the next five years
    A two-day National Conference of SVEEP Nodal Officers was organized by the Election Commission of India on June 10-11, 2019 at TERI Retreat in Gurugram to review the strategy and implementation of outreach programmes during Lok Sabha Election 2019 and to chalk out the blueprint for the next 5 years.
    In the Closing Session on 11th June, while congratulating the SVEEP Nodal Officers from the 36 states/UTs for historic voter turnout, lowest ever gender gap in participation and systematic efforts for making elections accessible, Election Commissioner Shri Ashok Lavasa also exhorted the officers to introspect in true spirit on what else could have been done. He implored all to minutely identify the areas of concern and personally visit low turnout areas for better understanding of reason of low participation there. Flagging the gap in registration among the newly eligible 18-19 years old and the participation gap among the 32% of registered populace, Shri Lavasa said that Election Commission shall need to go beyond incremental progress and think of leap frogging for which substantive changes are perhaps needed in many aspect of election management.  Shri Lavasa asked the Officers to reach out to people outside the election machinery to get new ideas that can be incorporated.
    Earlier, Sr. Deputy Election Commissioner Shri Umesh Sinha appreciated the innovations taken up at the grassroot level by election officials. He said that officials should strive to achieve the efficiency where shorter time is taken to register an elector and for a registered elector to cast his or her vote making the entire process smoother and more convenient for the citizen. Shri Sinha also said that along with the quantity, one needs to focus upon improving the quality of electoral participation.
    SVEEP Nodal Officers from across the country gathered to share state experiences, challenges faced, good practices as well as case studies on Day 1. On the second day of the conference, the officers deliberated upon 6 topics viz. Critical Gaps, Accessible Elections, Youth & Gender, Electoral Literacy Clubs, Partnerships & Volunteering and use of Social Media, and chalked out strategy for the next Phase of SVEEP. A special session on Social Media was conducted in the morning on how to effectively engage with the voters on Twitter and Instagram.
    All the points chalked out during the Conference shall be further worked upon to detail out the Phase IV of the SVEEP programme which shall cover the year 2020-2024.

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  14. Conduct of Assembly Election in Jammu and Kashmir

    No. ECI/PN/63/2019                                                           Dated: 4th June, 2019
    Press Note
    Conduct of Assembly Election in Jammu and Kashmir
    Election Commission, under Article 324 of the Constitution and other extant laws/rules etc. have unanimously decided that holding of Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir shall be considered later in this year. The Commission will keep on regularly and on real time basis monitoring the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, taking inputs from all necessary quarters and after the conclusion of Amarnath Yatra will announce the election schedule for the conduct of assembly election in Jammu and Kashmir.

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  15. ECI organises Debriefing Conference of State Chief Electoral Officers; Nine Working Groups set up on Core issues

    No. ECI/PN/62/2019                                                           Dated: 3rd June, 2019
    Press Note
    ECI organises Debriefing Conference of State Chief Electoral Officers; 
    Nine Working Groups set up on Core issues
    Election  Commission of India organised in New Delhi today a day-long conference of Chief Electoral Officers of all States/UTs. The Officers were invited to deliberate on learnings from the recently concluded General Elections to the Lok Sabha 2019. 
    While lauding the performances of all the CEOs, Chief Election Commissioner Shri Sunil Arora noted that the recent Elections threw up a fair share of challenges for the Officers to strive to conduct free and fair elections. Taking note of diverse unexpected situations like that of Nizamabad unprecedented EVM arrangements, Odisha's challenge amidst inclement weather, etc., CEC complemented the officers of successfully managing the gigantic exercise. Sh Arora asked the State CEOs to particularly now focus on simplification of  processes from voters' perspective. He noted that conducting Elections in a diverse country like India has its specific State wise challenges. He advised the CEOs to suggest ways to strengthen the CEO and DEO offices so as to be able to meet the ever evolving requirements. He asked them to focus on the implementation plan - in particular the action to be taken at various levels i.e. ERO, RO, CEO and ECI Secretariat.

    The Commission has formed Nine working groups of CEOs and Commission Officers covering various facets of election process including Electoral Roll issues,  Polling Stations management, MCC, Voting processes & Materials inventory, Capacity Building, IT applications, Expenditure Management,  SVEEP and Media interface as also Electoral Reforms. All the groups will deliberate on the concerned subjects and will suggest feasible recommendations by August 2019. Individual CEOs would also be submitting their respective State experiences report also.
    Addressing the group, Election Commissioner Shri Ashok Lavasa said while the ECI system has well documented and codified procedures for conducting the Elections, the Officers need to adapt technology in measuring up to expectations of the Voters in achieving ease of registration and facilitate participation particularly. He asked the CEOs to come up with short-term, medium term and long term doable administrative and legal recommendations needed for bettering the Electoral system.
    Election Commissioner Shri Sushil Chandra highlighted the 2019 Election that saw many innovations as also challenges. Shri Chandra said a quantum jump and not just incremental jump is needed to see further improvements in the system. He emphasised that strides made in technology need to be harnessed to make voting not just an inclusive experience but a pleasurable experience. 

    The Commission thanked and congratulated all CEOs, ECI officers, field election staff for successful conduct of GE 2019. It was mentioned that ECI shall provide all resources from IIIDEM for completion of this exercise by the Working Groups.

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  16. ECI PRESS RELEASE ON VOTER TURNOUT DATA

    No. ECI/PN/61/2019    
    Dated: 1st June, 2019
    Press Note
    ECI PRESS RELEASE ON VOTER TURNOUT DATA
    Two categories of votes are counted to arrive at the final result of General Elections 2019, first is Votes polled in EVM by General voters from over 91.1 Crores electors at Polling Stations and second category is Postal Ballots returned from over18 Lakh Service voters and also from the polling personnel deployed for the poll duties, outside their Parliament Constituency in case of single elections and all polling personnel in case of simultaneous elections as was the case recently when besides the election to 17th Lok Sabha, the Assembly elections for four states namely Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim to Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha also went for poll.
    The provisional voter turnout data is displayed as percentage figure on Election Commission of India (ECI) Web site and Voter Helpline Mobile App on the poll day as uploaded by the Returning Officer(RO)/Assistant Returning Officer (ARO) based on the approximate percentage turnout figures obtained from Sector magistrates who in-turn get it periodically over phone/ in person from about 10 Presiding officers. After scrutiny of documents by the RO, provisional number of General voters’ turnout is compiled and uploaded on the ECI website based on the Polling Station wise tentative voter turnout data reported by the Presiding Officers, with male/female voter breakup, added together to get the PC wise provisional voter turnout. All these figures are provisional, based on estimates which are subject to change as is made clear from the disclaimer on the website that "the data is estimated and subject to change". This provisional voter turnout data is made available by ROs on regular intervals, which is collated by Chief Electoral Officers and ECI on the web site for wider dissemination and to ensure transparency in information dissemination.
    At the time of counting, postal ballots received up to 8 AM on Counting day are first pre-counted and valid Postal ballots are then taken up for after actual counting for both of the categories a. the Service voters and b. the polling personnel deployed for the poll duties. The Postal ballot count is added to the EVM General voters’ count to give the final votes polled in every PC and the votes secured candidate wise and the winning candidate is given return certificate in form 21E by the Returning Officers.
    Based on both the EVM votes and Postal Ballots counted, the Returning Officer prepares Form 21E and Index Card in which the breakup of voter turnout, including tendered votes for the Constituency, is tallied to get the final voter turnout for each Constituency. Form 21E is the return of election as specified under rule 64 of the Conduct of Election Rules, 1961, for which the sole authority is the Returning Officer concerned. Also, INDEX CARD in use since last over five decades, is prepared by the Returning officer to furnish the voting data (including postal ballot data), polled and counted, after the declaration of the Result, which becomes the final authenticated data for all purposes including analysis and research. For General Elections 2019, Commission has already directed all the Returning Officers on 26th March 2019 to send the INDEX CARDS within 15 days of the declaration of the Result.
    In earlier elections, it used to take months to collect such authenticated election data from all the ROs. Even in 2014, it took between 2 to 3 months after the declaration of results to collect and collate such data in authenticated form. Due to the innovative IT initiatives taken by the Commission this time, the final data on votes counted has been made available within a few days of declaration of results. The reconciliation of voters’ data for all PCs have been completed in all states and the Index Forms of all 542 PCs are expected to reach ECI from Returning Officers shortly, which after compilation, shall be immediately be made Public by the Election Commission.
    As made out clear in above paras, the provisional voter turnout data reported on ECI Website is only the tentative number of voters and not the final nos. therefore it is incorrect inference to find Ghost voters when there are none.
     

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  17. Election Commission of India submits list of newly elected members to the 17th Lok Sabha to the Hon'ble President of India

    No. ECI/PN/60/2019                                                                           Dated: 25th May, 2019
    PRESS NOTE
    Subject: Election Commission of India submits list of newly elected members to the 17th Lok Sabha to the Hon'ble President of India
     Chief Election Commissioner, Shri Sunil Arora along with  Election Commissioners Shri Ashok Lavasa and Shri Sushil Chandra, called on the Hon’ble President of India at 1230 hrs today (May 25, 2019). A copy of the Notification issued by the Election Commission of India in terms of Section 73 of the Representation of People’s Act, 1951, containing the names of Members elected to the House of the People – following General Elections to the 17th Lok Sabha – was submitted by them to the Hon’ble President.

    Afterwards, the Chief Election Commissioner, both the Election Commissioners and senior officers of the Election Commission of India went Rajghat to seek blessings of the Father of the Nation after the conclusion of the elections.
     
     
     

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  18. VVPAT Counting Sequence to remain as per Supreme Court Approved guidelines: ECI

    VVPAT Counting Sequence to remain as per Supreme Court Approved guidelines: ECI

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  19. General Election to the House of the People – 2019 Real-Time Dissemination of Counting Day Trends and Results

    No. ECI/PN/58/2019                                                           Dated: 22nd May, 2019
    Press Note
     
    General Election to the House of the People – 2019
    Real-Time Dissemination of Counting Day Trends and Results
     
    The Counting of Votes for General Election to the House of the People – 2019 shall be held on 23rd May, 2019.  In this regard, the Commission has come up with a new IT based initiative, which will enable the system in providing real-time trends and results of the vote counting across the States/UTs.  The counting trends and results will be available on the ECI Website at the URL https://results.eci.gov.in  as well as on the Voter Helpline App, both iOS and Android Mobile Apps.  The dissemination will start functioning from 8.00 a.m. on the Counting Day and would be continuously updated.
    The Voter Helpline App can be downloaded from the Google Play Store or Apple Play Store.  For the first time, the citizens can use a smart phone to know the results.  They can use the available filter to find out the winning/leading or trailing candidate details, along with the Constituency-wise or State-wise results from the Voter Helpline App.  The citizens can bookmark their favourite candidate and watch the real-time results, as per their convenience on the Voter Helpline App or make a wish list to track the real-time status.
    The local display of the trends and results by the CEOs/ROs/DEOs will also be done through the Digital Display Panels provided by Election Commission of India.

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  20. Control room at ECI

    No. ECI/PN/57/2019                                                           Dated: 21st May, 2019
    Press Note
     
    Control room at ECI
    A 24 hour EVM Control Room has been made functional at Nirvachan Sadan to monitor complaints relating to polled EVMs. The complaints related to storage issues at strongrooms, security of strongrooms,  permissions to candidates to post their agents at strongrooms, cctv monitoring, movement of any EVMs, and any complaints during counting related to EVMs can be informed at control room number is 011-23052123 (with 5 hunting lines)
     

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  21. Polled EVMs are absolutely safe in Strongrooms

    No. ECI/PN/56/2019                        Dated: 21st May, 2019
                                                          PRESS NOTE
    Subject: Polled EVMs are absolutely safe in Strongrooms
     Certain complaints of alleged movement of EVMs, purportedly to replace the polled EVMs in the strongrooms, have been doing the rounds in sections of media. Election Commission of India would like to emphatically and unambiguously clarify that all such reports and allegations are absolutely false, and factually incorrect. The visuals seen viral on media do not pertain to any EVMs used during the polls.
    After the close of polls, all polled EVMs and VVPATs are brought under security cover to the designated strongrooms, which is sealed with double locks, in the presence of the candidates and in the presence of Observers of the Election Commission. The entire process of storage and sealing of the strongroom is covered under videography. Continuous CCTV coverage is done till completion of counting. Each strongroom is guarded with round-the-clock security by Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF). Further, the candidates or their designated agents remain present at the strongroom for 24X7 vigil at all times.
    On the counting day, the strongrooms are opened in the presence of the candidates/agents and Observer under videography. Before the counting of EVMs commences, the counting agents are shown the address tags, seals and serial number of the EVMs to satisfy themselves to the genuineness and authenticity of the machinesused in the actual polls.
    The provisions and protocols have been explained to the political parties on multiple occasions including in several of the 93 meetings held with them at the Commission since announcement of elections. All Chief Electoral Officers and District Election Officers have again been advised to brief the candidates on the elaborate counting arrangements.
    As can be appreciated, the detailed administrative protocols, security framework and procedural guidelines mandated by the Commission completely foreclose and pre-empt the possibility of any mischief or manipulation in the polled EVMs and VVPATs stored in the designated strongrooms under the 24X7 watch of the CAPF as well as the candidates. 
    The aspersions in clips being used in media merely pertain to the storage or movement of Reserve unused EVMs. However any case of lapse even in handling of Reserve EVMs is thoroughly investigated and disciplinary action taken against the officers responsible. An EVM Control Room no. 011- 23052123 will also be functioning at Nirvachan Sadan for handling any EVM related complaints till the completion of counting. This will become operative from 11 am on 22.5.2019.

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  22. Bye-elections to State Legislative Councils of Bihar, Maharashtra and Telangana by Members of respective Legislative Assemblies-reg.

    No. ECI/PN/55/2019               Dated: 14th May, 2019
     PRESS NOTE
    Subject:  Bye-elections to State Legislative Councils of Bihar, Maharashtra and Telangana by Members of respective Legislative Assemblies-reg.      
     There are four casual vacancies in State Legislative Councils of Bihar, Maharashtra and Telangana elected by the members of Legislative Assembly of concerned State as per the following details:
    S.No
    Name of State
    Constituencies-
    Date of Vacancy
    Term up to
    1.
    Telangana
    Hanmanth Rao Mynampally
    Resignation on 11.12.2018
    29.03.2023
    2.
    Bihar
    Dr. Suraj Nandan Prasad
    Death on 30.12.2018
    06.05.2020
    Syed Khurshid Mohammad Mohsin
    Death on 12.01.2019
    06.05.2024
    3.
    Maharashtra
    Deshmukh, Shivajirao Bapuso
    Death on 14.01.2019
    24.04.2020
     
    2.  The Commission has decided to hold bye elections to State Legislative Councils of Bihar, Maharashtra and Telangana by Members of respective Legislative Assemblies in accordance with the following programme: -
    Sl.No.
    Subject of Programme
    Dates and Days

    1 Issue of Notifications
    21st May, 2019 (Tuesday)

    2 Last Date of making nominations
    28th May, 2019 (Tuesday)

    3 Scrutiny of nominations
    29th May, 2019 (Wednesday)

    4 Last date for withdrawal of candidatures
    31st may, 2019 (Friday)

    5 Date of Poll
    07th June, 2019 ( Friday)

    6 Hours of Poll
    9.00 a.m.-4.00 p.m.

    7 Counting of Votes
    07th June, 2019 (Friday) at 5.00 p.m.

    8 Date before which election shall be completed
    10th June, 2019 (Monday)
     
    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.   Adequate measures for close monitoring of the election process by appointing observers shall be taken to ensure free and fair election.
     
      

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  23. Biennial Election to the Council of States from Assam - reg.

    No. ECI/PN/54/2019      Dated: 14th May, 2019
     PRESS NOTE
     Subject: Biennial Election to the Council of States from Assam -reg
    The term of office of 02 (two) members of the Rajya Sabha elected from Assam is going to expire on 14.06.2019 as per following details:
    State
    No. of seats
    Name of Member
    Date of retirement
    Assam
    2
    Dr. Manmohan Singh
    14.06.2019
    Santiuse Kujur
    2.  The Commission has decided to hold biennial election to Council of States from Assam in accordance with the following programme: -
    Sl.No.
    Subject of Programme
    Dates and Days

    1 Issue of Notifications
    21st May, 2019 (Tuesday)

    2 Last Date of making nominations
    28th May, 2019 (Tuesday)

    3 Scrutiny of nominations
    29th May, 2019 (Wednesday)

    4 Last date for withdrawal of candidatures
    31st may, 2019 (Friday)

    5 Date of Poll
    07th June, 2019 ( Friday)

    6 Hours of Poll
    9.00 a.m.-4.00 p.m.

    7 Counting of Votes
    07th June, 2019 (Friday) at 5.00 p.m.

    8 Date before which election shall be completed
    10th June, 2019 (Monday)
    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 election.
    4.  Adequate measures for close monitoring of the election process by appointing observers shall be taken to ensure free and fair election
     

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  24. More than 65 Representatives from 20 Election Management Bodies across the World witness 17th Lok Sabha Elections as part of Election Commission's Election Visitors' Programme

    No. ECI/PN/53/2019                                                           Dated: 12th May, 2019
    Press Note
    More than 65 Representatives from 20 Election Management Bodies across the World witness 17th Lok Sabha Elections as part of Election Commission's  Election Visitors' Programme
    Heads and Representatives of 20 Election Management Bodies (EMBs) from across the World, namely Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Fiji, Georgia, Kenya, Republic of Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, Romania, Russia, Srilanka,  Suriname, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan and Zimbabwe and International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) have arrived in New Delhi to witness the ongoing General Elections to 17th Lok Sabha. More than 65 such delegates have been invited by Election Commission of India to join the Election Visitors Program. 
    Addressing the participants, the Chief Election Commissioner, Shri Sunil Arora lauded the foresight and vision of forefathers of Indian Constitution in establishing the Election Commission of India a day before the promulgation of the Republic. While quoting from Article 324 of the Constitution of India, Sh Arora reiterated that Election Commission of India is firmly committed to ensure free, fair and robust elections in the country. He added that Election Commission of India had never been deterred by the sceptics & critics and as always, is committed to function as per the principles and ideals enshrined in the Constitution of India by our visionary forefathers. "The objective and intention of the Commission is to always keep learning from the experiences of the past for necessary course corrections for the future" Shri Arora emphasised.
    Citing vignettes from recent phases of election coverage, Shri Arora said further efforts would be made to make the election process more robust, ethical, inclusive, accessible and participative. CEC announced that Committees will be set up to study best practices from the States, document issues and challenges faced; further improve upon procedural measures to strengthen learnings from these Elections and identify critical gaps if any. Shri Arora also highlighted the recent IT initiatives taken and particularly the effectiveness of c-Vigil Application of the ECI which has truly empowered the citizens in help reporting instances of violations of MCC and play critical role in the entire electoral process.
    Acknowledging the role of entire team of ECI in meeting the varied challenges in smoothly conducting elections in world’s largest democracy, Sh Arora, as a gesture of esprit de corps introduced the  ECI team leaders of different divisions at the headquarters to the Delegates. 
    Election Commissioner Sh Ashok Lavasa recalled that India has come a long way from 1950 when World was skeptical of decolonized India being able to handle democracy. "Its a tribute to forefathers of Indian Constitution that Universal Right to Vote was granted from day one" he pointed out. "We take comfort from the fact that from the first election of 1952 when mere 170 million electorates, spread across 2 lakh polling stations, the participative exercise of Indian Elections has now grown to more than 910 million voters for whom ECI machinery organizes more than 10 lakh polling stations". Sh Lavasa noted that adoption and adaptation of technology embraced by ECI has helped manage this large scale electoral process, making it one of the largest management exercise in the World.
    Shri Sushil Chandra in his address to the participants of the Election Visitors' Programme highlighted the comprehensive preparations set in place by ECI for the conduct of elections to the 17th Lok Sabha across 543 Parliamentary Constituencies of the country along with General Elections to the State Legislatures of Andhra Pradesh, Arunanchal Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim, in a free, fair and peaceful manner. "Abuse of money power in Elections is widely recognized as the greatest challenge faced both by the established and emerging democracies across the world", he pointed out. ECI accordingly has made elaborate arrangements for effective implementation of Election Expenditure Monitoring mechanism. Deployment of General, Police and Expenditure Observers as also Micro observers, to keep a watchful eye on the mammoth electoral process ensures the sanctity and purity of electoral process, he informed the Delegates.
    Senior officials of the Election Commission made comprehensive presentations to apprise the foreign delegates on the role and responsibilities of the Election Commission of India and various challenges in planning and organizing elections in the world’s largest democracy. Presentations regarding political party registrations; Election Commission’s advance training & research wing- India International Institute of Democracy & Election Management (IIIDEM); preparation of Electoral Rolls and IT initiatives; Electoral Voting Machines and VVPATs; briefing on Media and Social Media Interaction; Election laws and related matters were made. 
    Second issue of ECI's quarterly magazine "My Vote Matters" was also released on this occasion by the Commission. The Magazine presents a comprehensive glimpse of preparatory initiatives in different States for the ongoing elections. First issue of this magazine was presented by Chief Election Commissioner Sh Sunil Arora to the Hon'ble President of India Sh Ram Nath Kovind on the National Voters' Day 25th January 2019.
    Welcoming the Delegates, Shri Umesh Sinha, Sr. Deputy Election Commissioner underscored that these visits provide a good opportunity for sharing of experiences and an exchange of best practices among the Election Management Bodies. He also gave an overview of the election planning, security management and the initiatives taken by the Commission under its flagship programme SVEEP for voter education and awareness. He said that today all EMBs across the World need to learn from the experiences of each other to meet new challenges.
    The conduct of elections in India is an exercise gigantic in scale and complexity. On May 11, 2019 the eve of elections to the sixth phase, the delegates visited South Delhi, East Delhi, Chandnichowk, West Delhi and Gurgaon Parliamentary constituencies to get a glimpse of the poll preparedness activities, dispatch of polling parties and the massive logistic arrangements put in place to ensure a free, fair and festive elections. They interacted with the district level poll machinery headed by the DEO/RO .Thereafter the delegation visited India international Institute of Democracy and Election Management (IIIDEM), the new training and research campus of ECI located at Dwarka which has the capacity to train close to 900 personnel at one go. This state of the art campus will host several international and domestic training programs of ECI. The delegates were very keen to understand the entire panorama of election events in India. On May 12, 2019 they witnessed conduct of mock poll early in the morning at various polling stations at Dwarka. They interacted with the polling officials and understood the procedures and processes that make our elections so credible and transparent. 
    The delegates visited various polling stations in North West Delhi, East Delhi, Chandni Chowk. South Delhi and Gurgaon through the day to see the polling-in –action and the festive air that surrounds polling. They visited some polling stations which are managed entirely by women polling staff as also some model polling stations with the best of facilities for the voters. The delegates also interacted with the Chief electoral officer of Delhi to get the perspective on elections from the state level. They also visited the Election Museum at CEO office Delhi .The close of polling and the protocols that accompany the sealing of the machines was another aspect that the delegates will be exposed to during the day.
    The Delegates also included a team of 6 Members and 9 Sr. Election officers from Election Commission of Myanmar visiting India as part of training program being conducted by the India International Institute of Democracy and Election Management (IIIDEM) under the sponsorship of the Ministry of External Affairs. 

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