Voter Helpline App (for Android)
हिंदी में देखें   |   Skip to main content   |   Screen Reader Access   |   A-   |   A+   |   Theme
Jump to content
  • Search In
    • More options...
    Find results that contain...
    Find results in...
    How to Search

Press Releases

  

Sub Category  

32 files

  1. ECI DEFERS RAJYA SABHA POLL IN VIEW OF COVID-19; FRESH DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED LATER

    No. ECI/PN/31/2020   
    Dated: 24th  March, 2020
    PRESS NOTE
    ECI DEFERS RAJYA SABHA POLL IN VIEW OF COVID-19;      
    FRESH DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED LATER
    On 25.02.2020, Election Commission of India announced elections to the Council of States to fill 55 seats of Members from 17 States, retiring in the month of April,2020, which were notified vide Notification No. 318/CS-Multi/2020(1) dated 06.03.2020. After the last date of withdrawal on 18.03.2020, respective Returning Officers declared 37 seats from 10 States filled in uncontested. Now, as per the reports received from the concerned Returning Officers, the biennial elections for 18 seats from the States of Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya and Rajasthan are to be conducted  on 26.03.2020 (Thursday) and the date before which election was to be completed as earlier announced by the Commission was 30.03.2020 (Monday).
    On 11.03.2020, World Health Organization has declared Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 a global pandemic. Ministry of Health & Family Affairs and Department of Personnel & Training, Government of India have issued various guidelines and instructions to monitor and contain the transmission of COVID-19. Government of India, vide its press note dated 22.03.2020, has asked all the State Governments to take all measures to break the chain of transmission of COVID-19. This includes suspension of all train services till 31.03.2020 including sub urban rail services; closure of all activities except essential services such as hospitals, telecom, medicine shops, provision stores etc. Subsequently, on 23.03.2020 it has also been informed that the operations of domestic schedule commercial airlines shall cease operations with effective from the mid night 23.59 IST hours on 24.03.2020. State Governments have issued various orders including curb on local transportation accordingly for management and containment of COVID-19. The States of Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya and Rajasthan have issued orders of lock down to contain the transmission of COVID-19.
    Commission has reviewed in detail the matter. The prevailing unforeseen situation of public health emergency indicates the need for avoidance of possibilities of gatherings of any nature, which expose all concerned to possible health hazard. The poll process in the above said elections would necessarily include the gathering of polling officials, agents of political parties, support officials and members of respective Legislative Assemblies on the poll day, which may not be suitable in view of the prevailing unforeseen situation and related advisories in the country.
    Section 153 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 specifies that the Election Commission for reasons which it considers sufficient, may extend the time for the completion of any election by making necessary amendments in the notification issued by it under section 30 or sub-section (1) of section 39; and accordingly, the Election Commission has deferred the poll and extended the period of said election under the provisions of section 153 of the said Act. The list of contesting candidates, already published for the said elections by the respective Returning Officers shall remain valid for the purposes of remaining activities, as prescribed under the said notification. Fresh date of poll and counting for the said biennial elections shall be announced in due course after reviewing the prevailing situation. 
     
     

    122 downloads

    Submitted

  2. Inviting comments/suggestions from the members of public on main recommendations of Working Groups of Various aspects of electoral management-reg.

    Inviting comments/suggestions from the members of public on main recommendations of Working Groups of Various aspects of electoral management-reg.

    1,508 downloads

    Submitted

  3. Submitted

  4. Submitted

  5. Submitted

  6. PARLIAMENTARY DELEGATION FROM SWEDEN VISITS ELECTION COMMISSION OF INDIA

    No. ECI/PN/27/2020                                                     
    26th February 2020
    PRESS NOTE
    PARLIAMENTARY DELEGATION FROM SWEDEN VISITS ELECTION COMMISSION OF INDIA
     
    A   delegation of ten MPs, members of the Committee on the Constitution in Riksdag, the Parliament of Sweden, visited the Election Commission of India today.  The delegation was led by Ms. Karin Enström, MP and   Chair of the Committee on the Constitution in Riksdag, accompanied by two Parliamentary officials and two diplomats from the Embassy of Sweden in New Delhi.  The delegation met the Chief Election Commissioner, Mr. Sunil Arora and the Election   Commissioners,  Mr. Ashok Lavasa and Mr. Sushil Chandra. 
    Chief Election Commissioner of India, Mr. Sunil Arora, welcomed the Swedish delegation.  In his address, he stated that the Commission is committed to hold free, fair, transparent, peaceful, inclusive, accessible, ethical and participative elections. He gave an overview of the last national elections held in India. He added that using modern tools of Information and Communication Technology, several innovative measures were taken up during the last Lok Sabha elections and recently held state elections to make electoral process hassle free and voter friendly. He said that special attention was paid to make elections accessible for Persons with disabilities and senior citizens.    He also briefed the visiting parliamentarians and officials about the international cooperation programme of the ECI, including setting up of India A-WEB (Association of world Election Bodies) Centre in New Delhi for documentation, research and training with the objective of  sharing the best practices and capacity building of the 115-member Association.  He mentioned that ECI is looking forward to working with Swedish Election Authority in future.  
    Mr. Ashok Lavasa, Election Commissioner mentioned that ECI has taken several steps to spread the progress of democracy. He said that the gender gap in the voting population, which was 16% in the past, had almost been eliminated in the GE 2019.  
    Shri Sushil Chandra, Election Commissioner briefed the delegates about the steps taken by ECI to curb use of money power in elections.
    Ms. Karin Enström, MP and   Chair of the Committee on the Constitution in Riksdag thanked the Commission for the warm welcome accorded to the Swedish delegation.  She gave an overview of the Swedish electoral system wherein simultaneous elections are held for municipal, county and national elections for Riksdag.  She stated that the delegation was impressed with the magnitude of Indian elections and the way this work is done by the ECI. 
    Mr. Umesh Sinha, Secretary General, ECI made a  presentation about the structure and functioning of the ECI in managing the largest election exercise in the world. A short film on Parliamentary Election-2019 was also screened for the Swedish delegation.  This was followed by a Question and Answer session wherein queries from the delegates relating to secrecy of voting, voting by overseas electors, facilities for voting by differently-abled persons, inclusive electoral participation, curbing money power etc. were answered.   

    236 downloads

    Submitted

  7. Biennial Elections to the Council of States to fill the seats of members retiring in April 2020-reg.

    No. ECI/PN/26/2020 
    Dated: 25th February, 2020
     Press Note
    Sub: Biennial Elections to the Council of States to fill the seats of members retiring in April 2020-­reg.
    The term of office of 55 members of the Rajya Sabha elected from 17 States is due to expire on their retirement in April, 2020 as detailed below: 
    Sl. No.
    State
    No. of seats
    Date of retirement
    1.
    Maharashtra
    7
     
     
     
    02.04.2020
    2.
    Odisha
    4
    3.
    Tamil Nadu
    6
    4.
    West Bengal
    5
    5.
    Andhra Pradesh
    4
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    09.04.2020
    6.
    Telangana
    2
    7.
    Assam
    3
    8.
    Bihar
    5
    9.
    Chhattisgarh
    2
    10.
    Gujarat
    4
    11.
    Haryana
    2
    12.
    Himachal Pradesh
    1
    13.
    Jharkhand
    2
    14.
    Madhya Pradesh
    3
    15.
    Manipur
    1
    16.
    Rajasthan
    3
    17.
    Meghalaya
    1
    12.04.2020
    2. A statement showing the details of the above mentioned vacancies is given in ‘Annexure-­‐‑A’. The Commission has decided that above mentioned biennial elections to the Council of States shall be held in accordance with the following programme:  
    Sl.No.
    Events
    Dates
    1.
    Issue of Notifications
    06th March, 2020 (Friday)
    2.
    Last date of making nominations
    13th March, 2020 (Friday)
    3.
    Scrutiny of nominations
    16th March, 2020 (Monday)
    4.
    Last date for withdrawal of candidatures
    18th  March, 2020 (Wednesday)
    5.
    Date of Poll
    26th March, 2020 (Thursday)
    6.
    Hours of Poll
    09:00 am to 04:00 pm
    7.
    Counting of Votes
    26th March, 2020 (Thursday)
     
    at 05:00 pm
    8.
    Date before which election shall be
    completed
    30th March, 2020 (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.

    1,275 downloads

    Submitted

  8. Working Groups of Election Commission present their draft Recommendations to ECI

    No. ECI/PN/25/2020                                          
    Dated: 18th February, 2020
    PRESS NOTE
    Working Groups of Election Commission present their draft Recommendations to ECI
    Nine working groups of ECI officials and over 20 Chief Electoral Officers met over two-days’ long conference in New Delhi to deliberate on the learnings from the General Elections to Lok Sabha and other elections held recently.  
    In his message to members of the working groups and CEOs, Chief Election Commissioner Shri Sunil Arora complemented the officers of the nine working groups for their pithy and cogent recommendations.  He said that the Commission will look into the recommendations of the working group and after consideration and acceptance, the recommendations will be put up in public domain for getting views of the stakeholders.  CEC Sh Arora was unable to be physically present at the concluding session.
    Addressing the officers, Election Commissioner Shri Ashok Lavasa advised the Officers to make implementable recommendations. He said that "while submitting their reports to the Commission, the groups should draw short term, medium-term and long term categorised actions for suggesting procedural or Rule or Law amending requirements.
    Election Commissioner Sh Sushil Chandra said the ultimate aim of the exercise has to be making the registration and voting experience pleasant for the voters. Sh Chandra said while the Groups have labored to identify the existing gaps and way forward in electoral processes, CEOs should take due help of technology to streamline procedures for future. Sh Chandra cited the example of recent Delhi elections where Booth App, QR code slips facilitated the polling experience for all users.
    The Commission had 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.
    The Commission thanked and congratulated all CEOs and all ECI officers for the in-depth deliberation and effort put in over months to arrive at these recommendations and action point.

    1,011 downloads

    Submitted

  9. Election Commission of India holds discussions with Legislative Department on Pending Electoral Reforms

    No. ECI/PN/24/2020                                          
    Dated: 18th February, 2020
    PRESS NOTE
    Election Commission of India holds discussions with Legislative Department on Pending Electoral Reforms
    Election Commission of India today held detailed discussions with the Legislative Department of Ministry of Law and Justice on various issues of pending electoral reforms. Chief Election Commissioner Shri Sunil Arora, Election Commissioners Shri Ashok Lavasa, Shri Sushil Chandra and senior officers of ECI met Shri Narayan Raju, Secretary of the Department along with Mrs Rita Vashishth, Addl Secretary and other officers at the meeting. 
    While welcoming the Law Secretary and other officers of the Ministry, CEC Shri Sunil Arora thanked the Department for facilitating postal ballot facilities for PwD and electors of above 80 years and electors belonging to essential services by the recent amendment in the Conduct of Election Rules on ECI's recommendation. Shri Arora also mentioned that there are more than 40 different proposals of electoral reforms which are pending since long and Commission is at present discussing some of these proposals. "Commission would like to have such meetings with Legislative Department at regular intervals to pursue all such pending proposals" he said. 
    Matters discussed during the meeting interalia included : More than one qualification date in an year for becoming Elector; Aadhar linkage with electoral roll; paid news and false affidavit as electoral offence/corrupt practice;  Print media and social media intermediaries to be covered under Section 126 of the RP Act 1951; Substituting the term 'wife' by 'spouse' in the RP Act 1951 to facilitate electoral registration to the spouse of women service officials in the category of service voter;  amendment in Contribution Form. Secretary Legislative Department,  Shri Raju assured that they are already examining these proposals.

    180 downloads

    Submitted

  10. Election Commission of India gets ‘Silver’ award for Excellence in Government Process re-engineering for digital transformation from Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG), Government of India.

    No. ECI/PN/23/2020                                          
    Dated: 17th February, 2020
     
    PRESS NOTE
    Election Commission of India gets ‘Silver’ award for Excellence in Government Process re-engineering for digital transformation from Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG), Government of India.
    The Election Commission of India has been awarded ‘Silver’ for Excellence in Government Process re-engineering for digital transformation for the year 2019-20. The award was given on 8th Feb 2020.

    Dr Sandeep Saxena Senior Deputy Election Commissioner handing over the award to Shri. Sunil Arora, Chief Election Commissioner of India
    The award seeks to recognize the projects that involved analysis and re-design of workflow and which resulted in improvement in outcomes related to efficiency, effectiveness of process, cost, quality, service delivery or a combination of these.
    The award was presented during the 23rd National Conference on e-Governance February 7-8, 2020 at Mumbai by Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG), Government of India.
    The award was given to Dr. Sandeep Saxena, Senior Deputy Election Commissioner and Dr Kushal Pathak, Director ICT & CISO as Project Head for the ERONET from ECI.
    ERONET standardised forms processing, standard database schema, and a standard template for eroll printing. It automates the process of electoral roll management starting from elector registration, field verification of electors, decision support system for Electoral registration officers and for providing extensive integrated value-added services. 
    ERONET is a common database for all States and UTs with data of 91 crore electors. It provides bedrock of electoral roll in providing various web services to Conduct of Elections applications of Election Commission of India.  

    105 downloads

    Submitted

  11. Commission to implement the directions of Hon’ble Supreme Court concerning criminal antecedents of candidates by reiterating its existing instructions with suitable modifications.

    No. ECI/PN/22/2020                                          
    Dated: 14th February, 2020
    PRESS NOTE
    Commission to implement the directions of Hon’ble Supreme Court concerning criminal antecedents of candidates by reiterating its existing instructions with suitable modifications.
    Election Commission has consistently espoused rigorous and loftiest normative standards in public life. Hon’ble Supreme Court on 13 February, 2020 in Contempt Pet. (C) No. 2192 of 2018 of W.P. (C) No. 536 of 2011 invoking Article 129 and Article 142 of the Constitution of India directed as under, 
    “1) It shall be mandatory for political parties [at the Central and State election level] to upload on their website detailed information regarding individuals with pending criminal cases (including the nature of the offences, and relevant particulars such as whether charges have been framed, the concerned Court, the case number etc.) who have been selected as candidates, along with the reasons for such selection, as also as to why other individuals without criminal antecedents could not be selected as candidates. 
     2) The reasons as to selection shall be with reference to the qualifications, achievements and merit of the candidate concerned, and not mere “winnability” at the polls. 
     3) This information shall also be published in: (a) One local vernacular newspaper and one national newspaper; (b) On the official social media platforms of the political party, including Facebook & Twitter. 
     4) These details shall be published within 48 hours of the selection of the candidate or not less than two weeks before the first date for filing of nominations, whichever is earlier. 
     5) The political party concerned shall then submit a report of compliance with these directions with the Election Commission within 72 hours of the selection of the said candidate. 
     6) If a political party fails to submit such compliance report with the Election Commission, the Election Commission shall bring such non-compliance by the political party concerned to the notice of the Supreme Court as being in contempt of this Court’s orders/directions.” 
    Election Commission whole-heartedly welcomes this landmark order, which is bound to go a long way in setting new moral yardsticks for overall betterment of electoral democracy. Earlier, Commission on 10 October 2018 issued detailed instructions and guidelines along with amended form of affidavit for ensuring publicity of criminal antecedents by the candidates and the concerned political parties for the information of voters. This is being implemented in all the elections since November, 2018.  Now, Commission proposes to reiterate these instructions with suitable modifications in order to implement the directions of Hon’ble Supreme Court in letter as well as in spirit. 
     
     

    223 downloads

    Submitted

  12. Arrangements for the dissemination of result trends for General Election to the Legislative Assembly of NCT of Delhi, 2020 - 11th February 2020

    No. ECI/PN/21/2020 
    Dated: 10th February, 2019
     
    PRESS NOTE
    Arrangements for the dissemination of result trends for General Election to the Legislative Assembly of NCT of Delhi, 2020 - 11th February 2020
    The result trends to Delhi Assembly elections will be available with effect from  8 AM on 11th February, 2020 on following places apart from all the counting centres.
    http://results.eci.gov.in The results are displayed on the website of the Election Commission of India and are updated every few minutes to display the current round wise results of each constituency The results are also available from the “Voter helpline” Mobile app available at Google Play Store and Apple App Store.
      The website / mobile app will display information as  filled in the system by the Returning Officers from their respective Counting Centers.

    891 downloads

    Submitted

  13. ECI REVIEWS DELHI's POLL PREPAREDNESS WITH SENIOR OFFICERS OF NEIGHBOURING STATES, NODAL OFFICERS and CENTRAL OBSERVERS

    No. ECI/PN/20/2020                                                
    Dated: 3rd February, 2020
     
    PRESS NOTE
    ECI REVIEWS DELHI's POLL PREPAREDNESS WITH SENIOR OFFICERS OF NEIGHBOURING STATES, NODAL OFFICERS and CENTRAL OBSERVERS 
    Election Commission of India led by Chief Election Commissioner Sh Sunil Arora and Election Commissioners Sh Ashok Lavasa and Sh Sushil Chandra today reviewed the Poll Preparedness for General Election to the Legislative Assembly of NCT of  Delhi, 2020 with Chief Secretary, Commissioner of Police and senior officials of Delhi Government as also with Chief Secretaries, DGPs and senior officers of the neighbouring States namely Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. Nodal Officers from Ministry of Home Affairs, CRPF, Ministry of Railways also joined the meeting.
    Chairing the Video Conferencing meeting from Nirvachan Sadan, Chief Election Commissioner Sh Arora took an in depth review to ensure that due steps have been taken for smooth coordination amongst various wings of the administration and police forces of adjoining States particularly at border check posts for preventing illegal movement of cash, liquor, arms or anti social elements. The Commission advised the concerned State Officers to ensure due facilitation of cashless treatment, if required, to security forces deployed on election duty. 
    The Commission also reviewed necessary activities for poll preparedness with Central Observers so assigned for the forthcoming Elections. General, Police and Expenditure Observers posted in each of the seventy Assembly Constituencies apprised the Commission of work done with respect to distribution of Photo voter slips, arrangements at Polling stations for Assured Minimum facilities, and management of PwD voters, availability of adequate number of wheel Chairs, Volunteers, EVM-VVPAT arrangements, night stay arrangements for polling personnel, grievance monitoring, Facilitation of Permissions to Political parties and candidates,  Security forces deployment plans, confidence building measures with local communities, seizures made by Flying Squads, inspection of candidates' accounts, publicity of criminal antecedents of candidates, cVigil and Paid news complaints,  expenditure and law and order sensitive pocket arrangements and Counting Day arrangements. 
    Observers assured the Commission that preparations are on schedule and gaining momentum with respect to all requisite polling day arrangements. Adequate deployment of Police forces and CAPF companies is being done and protest sites are under watch to ensure that no obstructions for polling personnel or voters would hamper movement on 8th February 2020.  Some Observers however pointed out that response for registration for special postal ballot facility and pick n drop facility for senior citizens has been rather low. CEO Delhi informed that registration date has accordingly been extended to 5th 
    February 2020. He added that distribution of wheel chairs at polling booths is being augmented where larger number of loco-motor disability voters have been registered.
    Commission emphasised that the directions of Supreme Court Orders on publicity of criminal antecedents and the consequential guidelines of the Commission have to be fully complied with in print as well as electronic media and notices issued to erring candidates. Commission inter-alia laid emphasis on the need to take strict action against intimidators and violators of law; enforcement of preventive action be taken promptly to ensure smooth movement near all Polling stations, maintain peace and ensure free fair polls on 8th February 2020; adequate night stay arrangements for polling staff on duty and due vigilance by expenditure observers needs to be stepped up and stringent action be taken so that electoral atmosphere is not vitiated. 
    Special Police Observer Sh M K Das assured the Commission that he is personally monitoring the situation at ground level in sensitive areas. Special Expenditure Observer Sh B Murali Kumar also assured the Commission that due care will be taken by field level teams to step up enforcement.  

    602 downloads

    Submitted

  14. ECI Reviews Delhi's Poll Preparedness with CEO Delhi, Chief Secretary, Commissioner Police & Senior Officers of Delhi Administration

    No. ECI/PN/19/2020                                          
    Dated: 31st January, 2020
     
    PRESS NOTE
    ECI Reviews Delhi's Poll Preparedness with CEO Delhi, Chief Secretary, Commissioner Police & Senior Officers of Delhi Administration
    Election Commission of India today convened a special meeting with the Chief Electoral Officer Delhi, Special Commissioner Police along with District Electoral Officers, District Commissioners of Police, Nodal officers and the Chief Executives of Local Bodies and held a comprehensive in-depth review of the poll preparedness for General Election to the Legislative Assembly of NCT of Delhi, 2020 and discussed all important aspects to ensure holding free and fair elections in Delhi. A meeting with Chief Secretary, Commissioner of Police, Home Secretary, Finance Secretary, Special Commissioners of Police and CEO Delhi was also held in which various important issues were discussed at length to ensure elections are held in a smooth manner in all Polling Stations on 8th February 2020 in Delhi.
                Chief Election Commissioner of India, Shri Sunil Arora said in keeping with the mandate of ECI, it is of prime importance that elections are conducted in free, fair, peaceful, accessible, inclusive, participative manner. He said ECI would be ready to handhold whenever required but field level officers should take swift action wherever warranted to ensure fair, just, legal and impartial elections. Shri Arora particularly invited the attention of administrative officers in border districts of Delhi to ensure that adequate Law and Order arrangements are made especially in the identified vulnerable polling booths so that all electors feel confident in exercising their voting rights in secure atmosphere.
                Addressing the meeting, Election Commissioner Shri Ashok Lavasa said while the general level of preparedness is a source of satisfaction, Officers need to be extra alert to ensure that no oversight in administrative control or efficiency is committed and groundwork is done regularly to handle any evolving situation.  Election Commissioner Shri Sushil Chandra cautioned the Officers against any complacency in ensuring zero-error execution and delivering peaceful elections in Delhi. He emphasised that local teams should keep coordination with IT teams and bordering State counterparts to ensure due attention in law & order and  expenditure sensitive pockets.
                Chief Secretary NCT Delhi apprised the Commission that all arrangements have been made to ensure free, fair and peaceful elections in Delhi. Commissioner of Police reassured that Delhi Police will keep a strict vigil on law and order situation and take prompt and strict action against violators of law.
                Sr. Deputy Election Commissioner, Shri Sandeep Saxena, in-charge of Delhi at ECI, initiated the review of efforts put in inter alia for Electoral Roll management, Polling Booth arrangements, Security personnel deployment, Quality and fidelity of Transportation Plan, Training of polling staff with special focus on electoral process, EVM-VVPAT procedures, Complaint redressal mechanism, Observers deployment, IT applications usage for voters' facilitation and for Polling officers on duty, arrangements of EVM strong room, counting day arrangements, etc.
                CEO Delhi Dr. Ranbir Singh assured the Commission that all preparation is on track to deliver peaceful polls. He said entire electoral machinery is fully geared with arrangements tied up with local bodies. Due care has been taken to have Voter I-cards distributed in time, special transport facilitation to senior citizens who have opted for postal ballot facility, QR code facility in 11 ACs to keep voters informed of their number in the queue at polling booths with additional staff in pilot areas. Respective DEOs and DCPs assured adequate surveillance, including that in border and rural fringes, Personnel management & training, Focus on Assured Minimum Facilities at the Polling stations, Appropriate Confidence Building Measures with local communities, Vulnerability mapping in law &order and  expenditure sensitive pockets, seizures & preventive action and precautions being taken.
                It may be recalled that a comprehensive review meeting to assess the poll preparedness with all concerned officials including CS, CoP, CEO, DEOs, DCPs, Chief Executives of Local Bodies and all other concerned senior government officers of Delhi Administration was conducted by the Commission on 26th December 2019. Earlier also Sr. DEC, Sh. Sandeep Saxena had conducted poll preparedness meetings on 4th November 2019, 10th December 2019 and on 28th January, 2020 with all Delhi Election related officials.

    144 downloads

    Submitted

  15. ECI appoints Sh B Murali Kumar as Special Expenditure Observer & Shri M K Das as Special Police Observer for General Election to the Legislative Assembly of NCT of Delhi, 2020

    No. ECI/PN/18/2020                                          
    Dated: 31st January, 2020
     
    PRESS NOTE
     
    ECI appoints Sh B Murali Kumar as Special Expenditure Observer & Shri M K Das as Special Police Observer for General
    Election to the Legislative Assembly of NCT of Delhi, 2020
    After the Review Meeting with Civil and Police Officers of Delhi, Election Commission of India has appointed Sh. B Murli Kumar (ex IRS-1983) as Special Expenditure Observer & Sh. Mrinal Kanti Das (IPS 1977 Retd.) as Special Police Observer for General Election to the Legislative Assembly of NCT of Delhi, 2020.
    As Special Expenditure Observer, Sh. Murali in consultation with the Chief Electoral Officer, Delhi, 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. Similarly Sh. Das as the Special Police Observer is assigned to oversee the deployment and other security related issues.
    It may be recalled that Sh. M K Das, who retired as Director General of Manipur Police, was also deputed earlier as Special Police Observer for Tripura and Mizoram during the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections and also the recently held Jharkhand Assembly elections. Given past experience in the Investigation Wing of Income Tax Department, Sh. B Murali Kumar was also appointed as Special Expenditure Observer for 8-Vellore Parliamentary Constituency and for the recently concluded Assembly elections in Maharashtra & Jharkhand.

    46 downloads

    Submitted

  16. ECI to hold special meeting to review Delhi's poll preparedness

    No. ECI/PN/17/2020 
    Dated: 30th January, 2020
    PRESS NOTE
    Subject: ECI to hold special meeting to review Delhi's poll preparedness
    Election Commission of India has decided to convene a special meeting on 31st January, 2020 at 4pm with the Chief Electoral Officer, Delhi along with District Electoral Officers, District Commissioners of Police, Nodal officers and the Chief Executives of Local Bodies to have another comprehensive review for the poll preparedness of ensuing Delhi Elections and to discuss all important aspects for conduct of free and fair Elections.
    This review meeting will be followed by another meeting at 5.30pm with Chief Secretary, NCT of Delhi, Commissioner Police, Home Secretary, Finance Secretary, Special Commissioners of Police and CEO Delhi to review various important issues related to conduct of peaceful, free, fair and smooth elections.
    It may be recalled that a comprehensive review meeting was conducted by the Commission on 26th December, 2019 to assess the poll preparedness with all concerned officials including CS, CoP, CEO, DEOs, DCPs, Chief Executives of Local Bodies and all other concerned senior government officers.
    Prior to this meeting, Sr. Deputy Election Commissioner, Sh. Sandeep Saxena, in-charge of Delhi at ECI, had conducted two poll preparedness meetings, one on 4th November 2019 and second on 10th December 2019, with all Election related officials. Secretary General, Sh. Umesh Sinha along with DG (Communications) Sh. Dhirendra Ojha had also conducted a separate meeting on some focused issues related to Elections. Again on 28th January, 2020 a full scale meeting of Chief Electoral Officer, District Electoral Officers, DCPs, and Chief Executives of Local Bodies was conducted by Sr. DEC Sh. Saxena to assess the preparedness.

    48 downloads

    Submitted

  17. Election Commission has ordered the removal of Sh. Anurag Thakur and Sh. Parvesh Sahib Singh from the list of star campaigners of Bhartiya Janta Party

    No. ECI/PN/16/2020                                                            
    Dated: 29th January, 2020
     
    PRESS NOTE
    Election Commission has ordered the removal of Sh. Anurag Thakur and Sh. Parvesh Sahib Singh from the list of star campaigners of Bhartiya Janta Party for the general elections to the Legislative Assembly of the NCT of Delhi with immediate effect and until further orders.

    286 downloads

    Submitted

  18. General election to the Legislative Assembly of NCT of Delhi, 2020 – Ban on Exit Poll.

    No. ECI/PN/ 15 /2020                                              
    Dated: 28th January, 2020
    Press Note
    Sub: General election to the Legislative Assembly of NCT of Delhi, 2020 – Ban on Exit Poll.
    Election Commission of India, in exercise of the powers under sub-section(1) of Section 126A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 has notified the period between 8.00 A.M. and 6.30 P.M. on 8th February, 2020 (Saturday) as the period during which conducting any exit poll and publishing or publicizing the result of exit poll by means of the print or electronic media or in any other manner shall be prohibited in the ongoing General Election to the Legislative Assembly of NCT of Delhi, 2020.
    Further, under Section 126(1)(b) of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, displaying any election matter including results of any opinion poll or any other poll survey, in any electronic media, would be prohibited during the period of 48 hours ending with the hour fixed for conclusion of poll in the aforesaid General election.
    Notification dated 24th January, 2020 issued in this regard is enclosed herewith for the information of all concerned.

    97 downloads

    Submitted

  19. Submitted

  20. 10th National Voters’ Day celebrated to mark the Foundation Day of ECI

    No. ECI/PN/13/2020          
    Dated: 25tH January, 2020
    PRESS NOTE
    10th National Voters’ Day celebrated to mark the Foundation Day of ECI
    The 10th National Voters’ Day (NVD) was celebrated across the country today. President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind presided over the national level event held at New Delhi. Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister for Law & Justice, Communications and Electronics and Information Technology also graced the event as the Guest of Honour. The Chief Election Commissioner Shri Sunil Arora, Election Commissioners Shri Ashok Lavasa and Shri Sushil Chandra, Secretary General Shri Umesh Sinha and Director General Shri Dharmendra Sharma received the dignitaries on the occasion.
    The theme for NVD 2020 was ‘Electoral Literacy for Stronger Democracy’ reiterating the commitment of Election Commission of India (ECI) towards electoral literacy for all to ensure maximum participation and informed & ethical voting. This year marks an important milestone in the history of Indian democracy as Election Commission of India (ECI) completes 70 years of its journey.
    President Sh. Ram Nath Kovind hailed the varied interventions taken up by ECI for the successful conduct of the 17th Lok Sabha Election in a free, fair and transparent manner. The President particularly appreciated the initiatives for reaching out to voters in the remotest corner to include their names in the electoral roll and to encourage them to exercise the Right to Vote, resulting in the historic voter turnout of 67.47%.He congratulated the new six new voters particularly who were given the Electoral Photo Identity Cards today. The President also particularly mentioned the Universal Adult Suffrage principle which helped all Indian eligible citizens to vote from the very beginning of the journey of Indian republic. Shri Kovind also took note of the special efforts undertaken by Election Commission of India to ensure that the gender gap was reduced to less than 0.1% in the last Lok Sabha General Election. He particularly lauded the Electoral Literacy Clubs’ efforts and use of vernacular language in reaching out to even in the remotest areas.
    On this occasion, the President gave away the National Awards for the Best Electoral Practices to Officers for their outstanding performance in the conduct of elections in different spheres. The district administrative and Security Officers were lauded for their efforts to ensure enrollment of new eligible voters with sustained efforts, launch of SVEEP Apps to facilitate polling experience, conduct of elections with innovative means, facilitating Persons with Disabilities at polling booths as also working amidst challenging circumstances such as severe cyclonic storm or coordinating security grid mechanisms. In addition, awards were also conferred on CSOs, Govt. Departments and Media Houses for their outstanding contribution in the field of voter awareness and outreach. 
    Two books were launched by Union Minister Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad and presented to the Hon’ble President. The first book was Belief in the Ballot-II, an anthology of 101 human stories from across the nation about Indian elections. An amalgamation of daring, interesting and inspiring stories of both election officers and voters, this anthology presents experiences of courage, sacrifice and dedication of the election personnel as well as the enthusiasm and commitment of the voters. 
    The second book launched was The Centenarian Voters: Sentinels of Our Democracy. This collection enumerates the stories and experiences of 51 centenarians across India, who braved difficult terrain, poor health and other challenges to come out and vote.
    Chief Election Commissioners and senior officials from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Maldives, Mauritius, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Tunisia graced the occasion. Reputed international organisations working in elections such as A-WEB, IFES and International IDEA were also a part of the occasion. Members of Political Parties, Members of Parliament besides Diplomats from various countries and representatives from national and international organizations working in the area of democracy and elections also attended the national function.
    The National Voters’ Day (NVD) is celebrated all over the country on January 25 every year since 2011 to mark the Foundation day of Election Commission of India, which was established on this day in the year 1950. This year, the celebrations were spread over three days to mark the 70 illustrious years of ECI establishment. On 23rd January, the Commission organized the first ever annual lecture series in memory of the first Chief Election Commissioner of India, Shri Sukumar Sen. Hon’ble former President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee, delivered the keynote lecture. On 24th January, an International Conference on “Strengthening Institutional Capacity” was organised.
    The main purpose of the NVD celebration is to encourage, facilitate and maximize the enrollment, especially for the new voters. Dedicated to the voters of the country, the Day is utilized to spread awareness among voters for promoting informed participation in the electoral process.
    Download link for National Voters’ Day Brochure: https://ecisveep.nic.in/files/file/1200-national-voters-day-2020-brochure/

    108 downloads

    Submitted

  21. CEC Sh Sunil Arora Assumes Chairmanship of The Forum of the Election Management Bodies of South Asia (FEMBoSA) for 2020

    No. ECI/PN/12/2020          
    Dated: 24th January, 2020
    PRESS NOTE
    CEC Sh Sunil Arora Assumes Chairmanship of The Forum of the Election Management Bodies of South Asia (FEMBoSA) for 2020

    10th Annual Meeting of (FEMBoSA) & International Conference on ‘Strengthening Institutional Capacity’ concludes at New Delhi
     
    New Delhi Resolution Unanimously Adopted by FEMBoSA Members 
     
    Chief Election Commissioner of India, Shri Sunil Arora today assumed Chairmanship of The Forum of the Election Management Bodies (EMBs) of South Asia (FEMBoSA) for the year 2020. The Outgoing Chair of FEMBoSA, Mr. K.M.Nurul Huda,  CEC of Bangladesh handed over the Logo of FEMBoSA to the Incoming Chair, Mr. Sunil Arora at the 10th Annual Meeting of  FEMBoSA held in New Delhi today.
    In his address, Mr. Nurul Huda stated that in keeping with the objectives of the Forum, members have been sharing experiences and skills and taking steps to enhance cooperation with other EMBs.   EMB Bangladesh presented the Stewardship Report on the activities of FEMBoSA members during the last year.
    Accepting the responsibility as Chairperson of the Forum, Sh Arora thanked the delegates for the trust and confidence reposed in the Election Commission of India. Sh. Arora said “The democratic scaffold and superstructure can be enacted and strengthened on the principle that the political power is validated by the will of the people. In democracy, power is won and legitimized only by regular elections, based on the universal, equal, direct and freely expressed suffrage”. Strong participatory and inclusive democracies are better able to ensure good governance and empowerment of all the citizens, he said. Sh. Arora added that for Capacity Building, Election Commission of India has established the India International Institute of Democracy and Election Management (IIIDEM) in June 2011. 
    FEMBoSA was established at the 3rd Conference of Heads of Election Management Bodies (EMBs) of SAARC Countries held at New Delhi in May, 2012. With its eight members, FEMBoSA represents a very large part of the democratic world and is an active regional association of EMBs.  Annual FEMBoSA meeting is held by rotation among the members.  The last (9th) annual meeting of FEMBoSA was held in Dhaka in September 2018.
    A New Delhi Resolution was unanimously adopted at the 10th FEMBoSA Annual Meeting today by the seven FEMBoSA members present at the meeting. The Members resolved to : Implement the Work Plan for 2020 as approved by the member EMBs in the 10th Meeting of FEMBoSA; Cooperate in capacity building of the member countries; Host election visitor programmes in the respective countries as feasible; Provide technical assistance to the members as requested and as feasible; Actively share best practices and knowledge in ICT tools and modules being used by the member EMBs and to develop standards for sustainable use of ICT in elections; Take steps to curb use of money power and muscle power; Enhance and ease participation of Persons with Disabilities and Senior Citizens in the election process; Maintain the permanent content management based web portal of FEMBoSA to share information among the EMBs through the www.fembosa.org web portal; Design and implement regional research projects.
    The Work Plan for 2020 on ‘Use of Technology in Elections’ calls for Members to undertake projects and initiatives on various aspects of use of technology in elections and present a report on their experiences and challenges faced in this regard at the next FEMBoSA Meeting. 
    On the sidelines of the Conference, ECI renewed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for cooperation in the field of election management with the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan. The MOU was signed by H.E. Mrs. Hawa Alam Nooristani, Chairwoman, IEC Afghanistan and by Shri Sunil Arora, CEC on behalf of ECI.   An MoU for cooperation in the field of election management was also signed with the Independent High Authority for Elections (ISIE) of Tunisia.  The MOU was signed by H.E. Mr. Nabil Baffoun, President, ISIE of Tunisia and by Shri Arora.
    An International Conference was also organised today on the theme “Strengthening Institutional Capacity”, where nearly 30 delegates gathered to attend the International Conference. The day long International Conference included delegates from participating FEMBoSA members as also participants from EMBs of Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgystan, Mauritius, Tunisia and three International Organisations viz. the A-WEB, International Foundation of Electoral Systems and International IDEA. Presentations were made by delegates from ECs of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Kyrgyz Republic, Maldives, Mauritius, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, IFES and Intl. IDEA. The representatives shared their experiences, best practices and initiatives. Experts also analysed barriers, policy interventions, strategies, programmes, good practices and technological innovation for strengthening Institutional capacity of EMBs.   
    On this occasion, CEC Sh Sunil Arora along with the two Election Commissioners of India Sh. Ashok Lavasa and Sh. Sushil Chandra and Secretary General, ECI Sh Umesh Sinha also launched the 10th issue of ECI’s magazine – ‘VOICE International’ which carries articles on the theme of “Innovative Methods of Voter Registration”. The 4th Issue of magazine “My Vote Matters” was also released on the occasion. A webportal on Association of World Election Bodies (A-WEB) was also unveiled. IIIDEM will host A-WEB Centre for documentation, research and training for sharing the best practices and capacity building of officials of A-WEB members. The Commission also released “ICT 2020; a compendium of 20 Apps for Election”.
    Election Commission of India has endeavoured to play a pioneering role in organizing free, fair and credible elections in a participative manner in the largest democracy in the world.  It enjoys impeccable reputation in imparting knowledge and sharing skills and best practices with other EMBs through its robust international cooperation programme.  In September 2019, ECI took over as Chair of the 115 member Association of World Election Bodies for 2019-21 term.  Earlier today, ECI assumed Chairmanship of FEMBoSA for 2020.  ECI remains committed to the ideals and objectives of these Associations and looks forward to further strengthen its cooperation and interaction with fellow EMBs to spread the march of democracy globally.

    63 downloads

    Submitted

  22. 10th National Voters’ Day to be celebrated on 25th January 2020 - Theme for NVD 2020 is ‘Electoral Literacy for Stronger Democracy’

    No. ECI/PN/11/2020          
    Dated: 24th January, 2020
     
    PRESS NOTE
    10th National Voters’ Day to be celebrated on 25th January 2020

    Theme for NVD 2020 is ‘Electoral Literacy for Stronger Democracy’
     
    Hon’ble President of India Sh. Ram Nath Kovind will be the Chief Guest at the 10th National Voters' Day being organized by Election Commission of India on 25th January 2020 at Manekshaw Centre, Delhi Cantt. Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister for Law and Justice, Communications and Electronics and Information Technology shall also grace the national function. This year marks an important milestone in the history of Indian democracy as Election Commission of India (ECI) completes 70 years of its journey.
    The National Voters’ Day (NVD) has been celebrated on January 25 every year since 2011, all across the country at over ten lakh locations across the nation, that include polling stations areas, sub divisions, divisions, district and state headquarters, to mark the Foundation day of Election Commission of India, which was established on 25th January 1950.The main purpose of the NVD celebration is to encourage, facilitate and maximize the enrolment, especially for the new voters. Dedicated to the voters of the country, the Day is utilized to spread awareness among voters for promoting informed participation in the electoral process. New Voters are felicitated and handed over their Elector Photo Identity Card in the NVD function.
    Belief in the Ballot-2, an anthology of 101 human stories from across the nation about Indian elections, developed in collaboration with the Publication Division will be launched on the occasion and the first copy shall be presented by the Commission to the Hon’ble President.
    'The Centenarian Voters: Sentinels of Democracy' with 51 stories of veteran voters across the nation who braved difficult terrain, poor health and other challenges to come out and vote will be launched on the occasion by the Hon'ble President.
    The National Awards for the Best Electoral Practices shall be conferred on District and State level Officers for their outstanding performance in the conduct of elections in different spheres such as IT initiatives, Security Management, Election Management and contribution in the field of voter awareness and outreach. 
    Chief Election Commissioners and delegates from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Maldives, Mauritius, Nepal, Srilanka and Tunisia, who are coming to New Delhi to attend the 10th Annual Meeting of the  Forum of the Election Management Bodies of South Asia (FEMBoSA), shall grace the occasion.  Reputed international organisations working in elections such as A-WEB, IFES and International IDEA will also be a part of the occasion. Members of Political Parties, Members of Parliament besides Diplomats from various countries and representatives from national and international organizations working in the area of democracy and elections are expected to attend the national function.
    The theme for NVD 2020 is ‘Electoral Literacy for Stronger Democracy’. The theme sets the tone for year-long activities which focus on voter education and renewal of citizens’ faith in the electoral process.

    400 downloads

    Submitted

  23. Shri Pranab Mukherjee delivers the 1st Sukumar Sen Memorial Lecture hosted by Election Commission of India to mark its 70th year of inception

    No. ECI/PN/10/2020      
    Dated: 23rd January, 2020
     
    PRESS NOTE
     
    Shri Pranab Mukherjee delivers the 1st Sukumar Sen Memorial Lecture hosted by Election Commission of India to mark its 70th year of inception
    Reprint of the Report on India's First Election released by Shri Pranab Mukherjee;  Postal Stamp in memory of Shri Sukumar Sen unveiled
     
    Election Commission of India today organised the 1st Sukumar Sen Memorial Lecture instituted as a tribute to the first Chief Election Commissioner of India. Sh Sen had served as the first Chief Election Commissioner of India from 21st March 1950 till 19th December, 1958. 
    Former President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee delivered the inaugural lecture on electoral processes of India and challenges of our electoral systems. Sh Mukherjee's lecture highlighted the importance of institutions in our National evolution. 
    Speaking on the occasion, Sh Mukherjee described Sh Sukumar Sen as "chosen to play obstetrician and to deliver Indian democracy’s first crop of nearly three thousand elected representative. Realising with surprising 
    un-I.C.S. humility that democracy likes its mechanics to be as self-effacing as possible, the Chief Election Commissioner became an unseen, undogmatic influence patiently judicial in his attitude to parties but insistent in regard to the machine he wielded".   Sh Mukherjee noted "Free, fair, popular and credible elections are a cornerstone, indeed the life blood of Democracy. Sen, by seamlessly conducting the first two general elections, aided India’s transition from a Crown colony to a sovereign Democratic Republic in practical terms.
    Sh Mukherjee recalled that "The Constituent Assembly of India, which prepared the Constitution, had intensely debated the issue of universal adult franchise. It had unhesitatingly adopted the principle of adult suffrage with the full knowledge of the difficulties involved." The Former president said "The foremost achievement of the First General Election lies in the fact that it cemented and painstakingly brought about unification of India". Indian democracy and its inherent power of assimilation has successfully thwarted insurgency and separate movements and elections have successfully co-opted varied groups into the electoral mainstream, he stated. "Indian Democracy has been tested time and again. Consensus is the lifeblood of Democracy. Democracy thrives on listening, deliberating, discussing, arguing and even dissent. Enthusiastic participation of people in the electoral process is the key to healthy democracy", he underlined.
    Speaking about the role of Election Commission, Sh Pranab Mukhejee said, "In my opinion, the Election Commission of India, respected and revered by the people and feared by the participants of elections, has mostly stood the test of time. The role of the Election Commission in the practical play of democracy in India has been simply outstanding. The challenges it has had to face have been daunting. The management of an electorate of over 900 million in 2019 that is nearly the combined population of third, fourth and fifth largest nations in the world, and ensuring fair polling is not an easy job. I compliment the Election Commission for this laudable achievement."
    Taking note of some of  the challenges that our electoral system  faces, Sh Mukherjee spoke of embargo on the sanctioning and implementation of developmental projects; Disproportionately large size of the electorate vis-à-vis the number of public representatives as also adequate representation of women in Parliament and the Assemblies that has emerged as a major area of concern. Highlighting the importance of institutions, Sh Mukherjee complemented "If democracy has succeeded, its largely due to the perfect conduct of elections by all Election Commissioners starting from Sukumar Sen to the present Election Commissioners". There can be no room for speculation that challenges the very basis of our democracy. People's mandate is sacrosanct and has to be above any iota of reasonable doubt, he emphasized.
    Earlier, in his opening remarks, Chief Election Commissioner Sh Sunil Arora said "Election Commission of India is indebted to Shri Pranab Mukherjee for kindly agreeing to deliver the First Sukumar Sen Memorial Lecture. There could not be a harmonious combination of theme and the speaker for this evening - a savant and a rajrishi". Shri Mukherjee, is considered a living encyclopedia of political, constitutional and historical matters. He was honoured with Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award, in 2019 for his distinguished contribution to public affairs. "Shri Mukherjee, as President of the republic, had addressed ECI's National Voters Day event twice in 2016 and 2017. We are delighted to have him back to deliver the inaugural Sukumar Sen Memorial Lecture", Sh Arora added. He also elaborated that the objective of this lecture is to make a positive intervention in the democratic and electoral discourse, within the ambit of the Constitutional mandate of the Election Commission of India. ECI wishes to involve a wide cross-section of people including political parties, leading constitutionalists, legal luminaries, academicians, civil society activists in it. He also remembered Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose on his 123rd birth anniversary today. 
    Shri Ashok Lavasa, Election Commissioner welcomed the gathering and Shri Sushil Chandra, Election Commissioner thanked the audience on this momentous occasion.
    It may be recalled that Sh Sukumar Sen commendably conducted the first two Lok Sabha elections of India held in 1952 and 1957 simultaneously with the Legislative Assembly Elections based on universal adult franchise under challenging circumstances and little precedence to guide him. On this occasion a reprint of the Report on India's First Election was released by Shri Pranab Mukherjee as also a postal stamp in memory of Shri Sukumar Sen was unveiled.  It is proposed that every year a leading figure, whether from India or abroad, who had made a recognizable contribution in furthering democracy, would be invited to deliver the lecture.
    Today's lecture was attended by Mr. Sen’s family members, grandchildren Dr Asis Mukerjee, Mrs Shyamali Mukerjee, Sanjiv Sen, Sonali Sen, Debdatta Sen, Sujaya Sen and great grandchildren Aditya Vikram Sen, Arjun Veer Sen as also a wide cross section of invitees from National Political Parties, Members of the Academia, Civil Society Organisations, senior civil servants, media persons as also the international delegates who have gathered in New Delhi to attend the 10th Annual Meeting of The Forum of the Election Management Bodies of South  Asia (FEMBoSA) & an International Conference on ‘Strengthening Institutional Capacity’ being hosted by ECI on 24th of January 2020. 
     
     
     
     
     
     

    32 downloads

    Submitted

  24. ECI to Host the 1st Sukumar Sen Memorial Lecture Former President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee to deliver the Lecture on 23rd January 2020

    No. ECI/PN/09/2020
    Dated: 22nd January, 2020
     
    Press Note
    ECI to Host the 1st Sukumar Sen Memorial Lecture Former President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee to deliver the Lecture on 23rd January 2020
    In its 70th year of inception, Election Commission of India has decided to institute an Annual Lecture Series as a tribute to the first Chief Election Commissioner of India, Shri Sukumar Sen. Sh Sen (1898-1963) commendably conducted the first two General Elections to the Lok Sabha and State Legislative Assemblies, thereby putting India firmly on the map of democracy. The rationale behind instituting the lecture is to make a positive and constructive intervention in the democratic discourse of the nation within the constitutional mandate of the Election Commission of India. 
    Former President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, has kindly consented to deliver the first of the Lectures on 23rd January 2020. In 2019, Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award of the Republic, was conferred upon him, for his achievements in public affairs. Spanning over a career of more than fifty years, Sh Mukherjee had occupied varied Ministerial posts of Finance, Commerce, External Affairs and Defence Minister at different times. Shri Mukherjee has extensive diplomatic experience and has served on the Board of Governors of Multilateral Institutions such as IMF, World Bank, Asian Development Bank and African Development Bank. Shri Mukherjee is a widely respected savant known for his encyclopedic knowledge of economic, constitutional and historical affairs. A prolific reader, he has authored several books on the Indian economy and the nation building. 
    While announcing the institution of Sukumar Sen Memorial Lecture Series on behalf of Election Commission at a book launch in New Delhi on 7th February 2019, Chief Election Commissioner Shri Sunil Arora had observed “It would be Commission's endeavor to involve a wide cross-section of civil society including political parties, media, constitutionalists, legal luminaries, academia etc. This lecture would be delivered by an eminent person from the democratic world, whose contribution for the spread and furtherance of democratic values and ideals is widely known and recognized”.
    Shri Sukumar Sen was born on 2 January, 1898. He was educated at Presidency College, Kolkata and University College, London. Shri Sen joined the Indian Civil Services in 1922. During his service, he held several important posts, including as Chief Secretary of West Bengal (1947-1950). He served as the first Chief Election Commissioner of India from 21st March 1950 till his retirement 19th December, 1958. He conducted the first two Lok Sabha elections of India held in 1952 and 1957 simultaneously with the Legislative Assembly Elections based on universal adult franchise under challenging circumstances and little precedence to guide him.
    Shri Sen is also credited with conducting the first general elections in the then Sudan in November-December, 1953 as the Chairman of the International Election Commission. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan for his distinguished contribution to public life. He was one of the earliest recipients of that award in 1954. 
    On this occasion a reprint of the Report on India's First Election would be released by Shri Pranab Mukherjee as also a postal stamp in memory of Shri Sukumar Sen would be unveiled.                                  

    90 downloads

    Submitted

  25. Election Commission of India gets ‘Award for Excellence’ for cVIGIL and Voter Helpline App

    No. ECI/PN/08/2020    
    Dated: 17th January, 2020
     
    Press Note
    Subject: Election Commission of India gets ‘Award for Excellence’ for cVIGIL and Voter Helpline App

    The two innovative ICT applications of Election Commission of India i.e. ‘cVIGIL’ and ‘Voter Helpline App’ developed in-house have won the eGovernance ‘Award of Excellence’ for the year 2019. The award was presented at KiiT, Bhubaneswar. Dr. Kushal Pathak, Director ICT & CISO, ECI and Chief Electoral Officer of Odisha, Sh. Sushil Kumar Lohani received the award on behalf of ECI. These awards were given by Computer Society of India (CSI), Special Interest Group on e-Governance (CSI SIG e-Gov) at KiiT, Bhubaneswar on 17th January 2020.
    cVIGIL empowers Citizens to report Model Code of Conduct Violations such as bribery, free gift, liquor distribution, playing loudspeakers beyond the permissible time during the elections. By using a simple mobile app, the citizen captures the live photo or video. The Election machinery comes into action immediately as they get the evidentiary proof of the violation. Every cVIGIL case is acted upon and replied back with the action taken in the 100-minute timeline. The cVIGIL is now been used in Delhi elections. Since its first pilot in five states’ Assembly General elections during October- December 2018 till the Jharkhand State Assembly General elections during November-December 2019, a total number of 1,71,745 cases have been filled through cVIGIL and from which 1,27,567 (74%) of the cases have been found correct. The mobile app is available at Google Play store here:
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=in.nic.eci.cvigil&hl=en_IN and in Apple Store here: https://apps.apple.com/in/app/cvigil/id1455719541
    Voter helpline App with 2.16 Crore downloads from the App stores of Google and Apple, this national award-winning application has taken roots as a major tool for citizen empowerment. The application provides an option for voters to search their name in 90+ crore electors database, fill forms for new voter registration, migration and corrections, allow downloading of digital photo voter slips, displays the complete information about the contesting candidates and their affidavits and most importantly allows voters to view the real-time results. The application is available from the google play store and Apple Store.
    These awards of excellence to the ICT initiatives of ECI recognizes the ICT vision of Election Commission of India and the efforts of ECI officials at all levels in bringing eGovernance initiatives to fruition for the benefit of the Citizens and the stakeholders.

    159 downloads

    Submitted

  

ECI Main Website

ECI Main websiteThe Election Commission of India is an autonomous constitutional authority responsible for administering election processes in India. The body administers elections to the Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha, State Legislative Assemblies in India, and the offices of the President and Vice President in the country. The Election Commission operates under the authority of Constitution per Article 324, and subsequently enacted Representation of the People Act. 

Voter Helpline App

Voter HelplineDownload our NEW Mobile App 'Voter Helpline' from Play Store. The Android App 'Voter Helpline' provides you easy searching of your name in Electoral Roll, filling up online forms, knowing about Elections, and most importantly, lodging grievance. You will have access to everything about Election Commission of India. You can view the latest Press release, Current News, Events, Gallery and much more. You can also track your form application and status of your grievance. Click here to download. Don't forget to give your feedback from the link provided within the Application.

×
×
  • Create New...