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

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

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  2. Schedule of General Election to the Legislative Assembly of NCT of Delhi, 2020

    Schedule
    Schedule for General Election to the Legislative Assembly of NCT of Delhi (All 70 Assembly Constituencies) 
    Poll Events
    Schedule
    Date of Issue of Gazette Notification
    14.01.2020 (Tuesday)
    Last Date for making Nominations
    21.01.2020 (Tuesday)
    Date for Scrutiny of Nominations
    22.01.2020 (Wednesday)
    Last date for withdrawal of candidature
    24.01.2020 (Friday)
    Date of poll 
    08.02.2020 (Saturday)
    Date of Counting
    11.02.2020 (Tuesday)
    Date of Completion 
    13.02.2020 (Thursday)
     

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  3. 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.

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

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


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  5. 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.

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  6. Press Note

    Election Commission of India approved the broad guidelines for conduct of general/bye elections during COVID-19 period. These are available at
    https://eci.gov.in/files/file/12167-guidelines-for-conduct-of-general-electionbye-election-during-covid-19/ 

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  7. 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.

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

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

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  9. Biennial Election to the Maharashtra Legislative Councils by the members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs)

    No. ECI/PN/35/2020                                                  
    Dated: 1st May, 2020
    PRESS NOTE
    Biennial Election to the Maharashtra Legislative Councils by the members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs)
     
    Election Commission today reviewed the matter concerning feasibility of conduct of biennial election for the 9 vacant seats of the MLC by MLAs in the state of Maharashtra. Shri Sunil Arora, Chief Election Commissioner joined the meeting with Shri Ashok Lavasa, Election Commissioner and Shri Sushil Chandra, Election Commissioner over video call (from USA).
    2. 9 seats of MLC by MLAs became vacant on 24 April 2020 in Maharashtra (Annexure A). ECI on 03 April 2020 issued an order under Article 324 to defer the elections till further orders in view of COVID-19 circumstances. 
    3. Election Commission has received a letter dated 30th April, 2020 of Chief Secretary, Maharashtra in which, the CS has pointed out the various measures taken to control pandemic and that in the State Government’s assessment, elections to the 9 seats of MLC by MLAs could be held in a safe environment. State Government has assured the Commission that the State Government is fully committed to ensuring that the said elections are held in total hygienic conditions with social distancing measures and other conditions imposed by the competent authorities.
    Citing the Union Home Ministry’s order dated 29th April 2020 concerning permitting the movement of migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students and other persons stranded due to lock-down orders,  State Government has reiterated that it will facilitate and ensure that the elections are conducted by following all directions in the matter.
    4. Commission also received a DO letter dated 30th April 2020 of Hon’ble Governor, Maharashtra addressed to the CEC indicating the feasibility of conducting elections in the State. In this connection, Governor Maharashtra has also mentioned that Shri Udhav Balasaheb Thackeray was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra on 28th November, 2019 and pointed out that as per constitutional provisions he has to become a member of either the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly or Legislative Council within a period of six months i.e. on or before the 27th May, 2020. He has further stated that the ground level situation is contained and as of now appears to be improving with several relaxations being made by the Government. Hence keeping in view, the entire situation, the Election Commission has been requested to consider working out modalities to hold elections.
    5. Commission also took note of representations from various political parties– the Maharashtra Vidhanmandal Congress Paksh, the Shiv Sena VidhiMandal Paksh and, the Rashtravadi Congress Party requesting Commission to conduct the said election, the schedule of which was deferred due to force majeure conditions. 
    6. While taking note of all the above, Commission reviewed the past precedents in such unforeseen situations.  In cases of former Prime Ministers Sh. P.V Narasimha Rao in 1991  and Sh. HD Deve Gowda in 1996;  and several Chief Ministers of states (like Sh. Ashok Gehlot, Chief Minister Rajasthan in 1991; Smt Rabri Devi, Chief Minister Bihar in 1997, Sh, Vijay Bhaskar Reddy, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh in 1993, Chief Minister Uttar Pradesh & 4 Ministers in 2017,  and Chief Minister  Nagaland in 2017), Commission conducted by-elections to fulfil similar constitutional requirement. Commission noted that this has been the consistent practice in the past. 
    7. After taking all these into consideration, Commission has decided to conduct the said biennial election in the State of Maharashtra. The details of schedule of the election is attached at Annexure B.
    8. Commission also decided that the Union Home Secretary, who is Chairperson of National Executive Committee in ex-officio capacity under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, should depute an officer of suitable seniority  to ensure that the preventive measures are put in place in keeping with the provisions of the said Act for the smooth conduct of the electoral process for the said election.
    9. Commission has also directed the Chief Secretary to depute an officer from the State to ensure that the extant instructions regarding COVID-19 are complied with while making arrangements for conducting the elections.
    10. Further Commission has appointed Chief Electoral Officer, Maharashtra as Observer for this election. 
    11. Commission also decided to review other deferred elections in the next week. 

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  10. 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.

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  11. Press Note dated 16/06/2020

    No. ECI/PN/42/2020                                      
    Dated: 16th June, 2020
    PRESS NOTE
    A meeting of full Election Commission comprising Chief Election Commissioner Shri Sunil Arora and two Election Commissioners Shri Ashok Lavasa and Shri Sushil Chandra, assisted by senior officers of the Commission, was held today. Amongst other issues, the Commission discussed the matter of taking cognizance of complaints of false affidavits filed by some candidates along with their nominations, which adversely affects the rights of voters as well as impinges on the purity of electoral process.
    The exercise of informed franchise is a foundational requirement for free and fair elections. In People’s Union for Civil Liberties v. Union of India (2003) 4 SCC 399 (PUCL case), Hon’ble Supreme Court observed: “..the foundation of a healthy democracy is to have well-informed citizens-voters.”  In this case, the Apex Court further observed: “A little man – a citizen – a voter is the master of his vote. He must have necessary information so that he can intelligently decide in favour of a candidate who satisfies his criterion of being elected as an MP or MLA.” The voter has a fundamental right under Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution to know about the candidates at an election. The genesis of the disclosure requirements, now incorporated in Form 26, appended to the Conduct of Election Rules, 1961 was the case of Union of India v. Association of Democratic Reforms (2002) 5 SCC 294. 
    In his/her affidavit, a candidate discloses (i) criminal antecedents; (ii) assets and liabilities; and (iii) educational qualifications. Subsequently, Commission in 2013, decided that the assets and liabilities of the candidates, as filed in their affidavits, would be verified by Central Board of Direct Taxes(CBDT).
    Filing of false affidavits by candidates during the nomination process, in terms of false or incomplete information,  is a key challenge as it undermines the rights of voters to be fully informed about their political representatives. Supreme Court in catena of judgments (Resurgent India v. Election Commission of India, 2014 14 SCC 189; Rambabu Singh Thakur v. Sunil Arora 2020 SCC online SC178) has held the truthful disclosure of all relevant information by a candidate as integral to the electoral process and any denial or false disclosure would tantamount to vitiating the integrity of elections. 
     Commission views the erosion of this fundamental right as an affront to the democratic ideals which underpin the system of government. Furnishing false information in election affidavits is a devious design to defeat the right of the voter to be informed and transparency in elections. The Commission has today decided to robustly address this challenge to further ensure free, fair and ethical elections in the country.
    Commission has been receiving complaints regarding furnishing of false information in the affidavits of some candidates. As per the extant provision, individuals are filing such complaints in the competent court under section 125A of the Representation of People Act, 1951. Now, Commission has reviewed this position  and decided that, in pursuit of a level-playing field, it will take cognisance of complaints, which indicate serious omission on the part of the candidate, and refer such matters to the relevant investigating authorities on a case-to-case basis.

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  12. Arrangements for the dissemination of result trends for General Election to the Legislative Assembly of Bihar & Bye-Elections of various States, 2020 - 10th November 2020

    No. ECI/PN/88/2020  Dated: 09th November, 2020
    PRESS NOTE
    Subject: Arrangements for the dissemination of result trends for General Election to the Legislative Assembly of Bihar &
    Bye-Elections of various States, 2020 - 10th November 2020
    The result trends to Bihar Assembly and Bye-elections will be available w.e.f 8 AM, 10.11.2020 on the following places apart from all the counting centres. 
    1. https://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
    2. 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 filled in the system by the Returning Officers from their respective Counting Centers. The ECI will be displaying the information as being filled in the system by the Returning Officers from their respective Counting Centers.

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

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


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

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

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  15. 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.  

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  16. Shri Rajiv Kumar takes over as new Election Commissioner

    No. ECI/PN/55/2020                                            
    Dated: 1st September, 2020
     
    PRESS NOTE
    Shri Rajiv Kumar takes over as new Election Commissioner
    Shri Rajiv Kumar today assumed charge as the new Election Commissioner (EC) of India. Sh Kumar joins the Election Commission of India with Chief Election Commissioner Shri Sunil Arora and Election Commissioner Shri Sushil Chandra.
    Born on 19th February 1960, Shri Rajiv Kumar is a 1984 batch Indian Administrative Service Officer.  During the span of more than 36 years of Government of India service, Shri Kumar has worked in various Ministries at the Centre and his state cadre of Bihar/Jharkhand. 

    Sh. Rajiv Kumar assuming charge as the new Election Commissioner of India
    Acquiring his academic degrees of B.SC, LL.B, PGDM and MA Public Policy, Shri Kumar has extensive work experience across Social Sector, Environment & Forests, Human Resources, Finance and Banking Sector. 
    He has keen commitment to use of technology applications and to bring about amendments in extant policy regime towards greater transparency, delivery
    of services to citizens directly, eliminating intermediaries. Sh Kumar retired as Finance Secretary, Government of India in February 2020. He was thereafter appointed as Chairman Public Enterprises Selection Board from April 2020 till demitting office on 31st August 2020.  Sh Kumar has also been Establishment Officer, Department of Personnel and Training from 2015-17 and prior to that Joint Secretary, Department of Expenditure with earlier assignments in Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Ministry of Environment and Forests as also Education department in State cadre.
    Sh Rajiv Kumar is an avid trekker with keen interest in Indian classical and devotional music.

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  17. PRESS RELEASE

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

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  18. CEC & ECs to contribute to Covid Funding in the form of voluntary reduction of thirty percent of their basic salary from ECI for one year

    No. ECI/PN/34/2020    
    Dated: 13th April, 2020
    PRESS NOTE
    CEC & ECs to contribute to Covid Funding in the form of voluntary reduction of thirty percent of their basic salary from ECI for one year
     
    At present, the country, as the rest of the world, is grappling with COVID-19 pandemic. It is evident that Government along with other agencies is engaged in the mammoth task of controlling the spread of this pandemic and taking various measures to manage and minimize its impact on public health and the national economy. The numerous steps being taken by the Government and Civil Society organisations  require vast resources for which contribution from all sources, including reducing the burden of salaries on the exchequer, might be helpful. 
    In view of the foregoing, Commission has decided to contribute in the form of voluntary reduction of thirty per cent in the basic salary paid by the Election Commission of India to Chief Election Commissioner Sh Sunil Arora and Election Commissioners Sh Ashok Lavasa and Sh Sushil Chandra for a period of one year commencing 1st April, 2020.
     
     
     

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  19. Registration of political parties under Section 29A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 – Political Parties Registration Tracking Management System (PPRTMS) – regarding.

    No. ECI/PN/01/2020   
    Dated:  01 January, 2020
     
    PRESS NOTE
    Subject :  Registration of political parties under Section 29A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 – Political Parties Registration Tracking Management System (PPRTMS) – regarding.
     
    Registration of political parties is governed by the provisions of Section 29A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951. An association seeking registration under the said Section has to submit an application to the Commission within a period of 30 days following the date of its formation, as per the guidelines prescribed by the Commission in exercise of the powers conferred by Article 324 of the Constitution of India and Section 29A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951.
    2.         In order to enable applicants to track the status of the application, the Commission has launched a “Political Parties Registration Tracking Management System(PPRTMS)”.  The salient feature in the PPRTMS is that the applicant, who is applying for party registration from 1st January, 2020 will be able to track the progress of his/her application and will get status update through SMS and e-mail.  The status can be tracked through the Commission’s portal at link https://pprtms.eci.gov.in/. The Commission in the month of December, 2019,  has amended the guidelines and issued a Press Note dated 02.12.2019 regarding registration of political party for the information of the general public.  The new guidelines is effective from 1st January, 2020 and is available on the Commission’s website https://eci.gov.in.

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  20. ANNOUNCEMENT OF DATE OF POLL AND COUNTING OF VOTES FOR DEFERRED RAJYA SABHA POLL

    No. ECI/PN/37/2020                                     
     Dated: 1st June, 2020
    PRESS NOTE
    ANNOUNCEMENT OF DATE OF POLL AND COUNTING OF VOTES FOR DEFERRED RAJYA SABHA POLL 
    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. Further, 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 were 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) as per the notification dated 06.03.2020.
    2. 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 of the said Act. Accordingly, considering the prevailing unforeseen situation of public health emergency due to COVID-19 and related advisories in the country, the Election Commission, vide its press note, dated 24.03.2020, deferred the poll and extended the period of said election under the provisions of section 153 of the said Act and decided that the announcement of fresh date of poll and counting for the said biennial elections will be made by the ECI after reviewing the prevailing situation. The Press Note also specified that the list of contesting candidates already published for the said election by the respective Returning Officers, is to remain valid for the purpose of remaining activities as was prescribed under the said notification (dated 06.03.2020).
    3. Now, Commission has reviewed the matter in detail. Considering all factors, including the guidelines dated 30.05.2020 issued by Union Home Secretary and Chairman, national Executive Committee (NEC) under the National Disaster Management Act, 2005, and taking into account the inputs obtained from the Chief Electoral Officers concerned, the Commission has decided that the date of poll and counting of votes in respect of the biennial elections for 18 seats from the States of Andhra Pradesh (4 seats), Gujarat (4 seats), Jharkhand (2 seats), Madhya Pradesh (3 seats), Manipur (1 seat), Meghalaya (1 seat) and Rajasthan (3 seats) shall be as per the following schedule:  
    Events
    Date
    Date of Poll
    19th June, 2020 (Friday)
    Hours of Poll
    09:00 am to 04:00 pm
    Counting of Votes
    19th June, 2020 (Friday) at 05:00 pm
    Date before which election shall be completed.         
    22th June, 2020 (Monday)
    4. Commission has also decided that the Chief Secretaries shall depute a senior officer from the State to ensure that the extant instructions regarding COVID-19 containment measures are complied with while making arrangements for conducting the elections.
    5. Further Commission has appointed Chief Electoral Officer concerned as Observer for the election in the respective State.

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  21. Press Release

    No: ECI/PN/48/2020                                  
    Dated 18th August, 2020
     
    Press Release
    The matter of issuing broad guidelines for General/Bye Elections during COVID-19 period was discussed in the Commission meeting today. Commission considered the views/suggestions given by the Political Parties. It also considered the suggestions/recommendations made by Chief Electoral Officers of States/UTs. After considering all these, Commission directed to frame broad guidelines, taking into account MHA/MOHFW guidelines on COVID-19, within three days. Commission directed that on the basis of these guidelines, Chief Electoral Officers of the election going States shall also prepare a comprehensive plan for State/district concerned for COVID-19 related measures, keeping in view, the local conditions,  during the conduct of elections.    
     

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  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.

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

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

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  24. Clarification regarding bye-elections

    No. ECI/PN/44/2020                                                 
    Dated: 23rd July, 2020
    PRESS NOTE
    Clarification regarding bye-elections
    This is with reference to letter No.99/bye-election/2020/EPS dated 22.7.2020 issued by Shri Sumit Mukherjee, Sr. Pr. Secretary in the Commission. This is causing some confusion in some sections of media. It is hereby clarified that the aforesaid communication is only in respect of eight constituencies regarding which a reference to Ministry of Law & Justice was made vide letter No. 99/bye-election/2020/EPS dated 03.7.2020 due to some extraordinary circumstances peculiar to these constituencies. However, the total number of bye-elections due is 56 Assembly Constituencies (including the eight referred to earlier) besides one Parliamentary Constituency. Out of these total number of 57 bye-elections, it is hereby clarified that the Commission has already taken a decision to hold all bye-election as per provisions of Section 151A of the R.P. Act, 1951. In any case the deferring of aforementioned eight bye-elections is only up to 7th September, 2020. This matter of timing etc. of bye-elections is also slotted for discussion in the Election Commission Meeting to be held tomorrow, i.e., 24.7.2020.
     
     
     
     
     

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  25. General Election to Legislative Assembly of NCT of Delhi 2020- Allotment of Broadcast/Telecast time to National/State Political Parties -regarding.

    No. ECI/PN/07/2020/Communication            
    Dated: 15th January, 2020
     
    PRESS NOTE
    Sub: General Election to Legislative Assembly of NCT of Delhi 2020- Allotment of Broadcast/Telecast time to National/State Political Parties -regarding.
    A copy of the Commission’s Order No.437/TA-LA/1/2020/Communication, dated 15th January, 2020 regarding allotment of Broadcast/Telecast time to National/State political parties in the General Election to the Legislative Assembly of NCT of Delhi, 2020 is enclosed for the information of the general public.
     
     

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