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  1. 11th National Voters’ Day (NVD) to be celebrated on 25th January 2021

    No. ECI/PN/06/2021                                                 
    Dated: 24th January 2021
     
    PRESS NOTE
    11th National Voters’ Day (NVD) to be celebrated on 25th January 2021
    Theme for this year’s NVD is ‘Making Our Voters Empowered, Vigilant, Safe and Informed’
     
    Election Commission of India is celebrating 11th National Voters Day on 25th January 2021. 
    Honourable President of India, Sri Ram Nath Kovind will be the Chief Guest at the national function being organized in New Delhi by the Election Commission of India. The event will be held at the Ashok Hotel, New Delhi and the Honourable President shall grace the occasion virtually from Rashtrapati Bhawan.
    Sri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Honourable Union Minister for Law and Justice, Communications and Electronics and Information Technology will grace the function as the Guest of Honour.
    The theme for this year’s NVD, ‘Making Our Voters Empowered, Vigilant, Safe and Informed’, envisages active and participative voters during elections. It also focuses on ECI’s commitment towards conducting elections safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    The National Voters’ Day has been celebrated on January 25 every year since 2011, all across the country to mark the foundation day of Election Commission of India, i.e. 25th January 1950. The main purpose of the NVD celebration is to encourage, facilitate and maximize enrolment, especially for the new voters. Dedicated to the voters of the country, the day is utilized to spread awareness among voters and for promoting informed participation in the electoral process. New voters are felicitated and handed over their Elector Photo Identity Card (EPIC) in the NVD functions.
    During the event, the Honourable President of India will confer the National Awards for the year 2020-21 and launch ECI’s Web Radio:‘Hello Voters’. The National Awards for the Best Electoral Practices will be conferred on State and District level officers for their outstanding performance in the conduct of elections in different spheres such as IT initiatives, Security Management, Election Management during COVID-19, Accessible Election and contribution in the field of voter awareness and outreach. National Awards will also be given to important stakeholders like national icons, CSOs and media groups for their valuable contribution towards voters’ awareness. 
    ECI’s Web Radio:‘Hello Voters’: This online digital radio service will stream voter awareness programmes. It will be accessible through a link on the Election Commission of India website. The programming style of Radio Hello Voters has been envisaged to match that of popular FM radio services. It will provide information and education on electoral processes through songs, drama, discussions, spots, stories of elections etc. in Hindi, English and regional languages from all over the country. 
    Sri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Honourable Union Minister for Law and Justice, Communications and Electronics and Information Technology will launch the e-EPIC programme and distribute e-EPICs and Elector Photo Identity Cards to five new voters.  e-EPIC, a digital version of the Elector Photo Identity Card can be accessed through the Voter Helpline App and websites https://voterportal.eci.gov.in/ and https://www.nvsp.in/.  
    Honourable Minister, Mr. Prasad will also release three publications of the Election Commission during the event. Copies of these documents will be presented to the Honourable President of India. 
    Details of the publications are given below:
    Conducting Election During Pandemic- A Photo Journey: This photo book encapsulates the challenging journey of conducting elections amidst a pandemic.  The Commission successfully conducted several elections in the country, beginning with the Biennial Election to the Rajya Sabha.  This was followed by Legislative Assembly Elections in Bihar, one of the biggest such exercises throughout the world during the pandemic. Bye-Elections were also conducted for 60 constituencies in various states of the country.  
    SVEEP Endeavours: Awareness initiatives during Lok Sabha Election, 2019: This book provides a detailed insight into voter awareness interventions, innovations and initiatives during the 17th General Election, conducted in 2019.  It documents the spirit of ‘Desh Ka Mahatyohar’, the biggest festival of democracy celebrated across the nation cutting through the barriers of gender, caste, creed and religion.
    Chalo Karen Matdaan: It is a comic book which aims at voter education in a fun and thought-provoking way. Targeting young, new and future voters, this comic contains interesting and relatable characters to educate voters at large on electoral processes.

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  2. Arrangements for the dissemination of trends and results for General Elections to the Legislative Assemblies of Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Puducherry & Bye-Elections to PC/AC of various States, 2021 on 2nd May 2021.

    No. ECI/PN/59/2021 
    Dated: 1st May 2021
     
    PRESS NOTE 
    Subject: Arrangements for the dissemination of trends and results for General Elections to the Legislative Assemblies of Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Puducherry & Bye-Elections to PC/AC of  various States, 2021  on 2nd May 2021. 
    The trends and results for General Elections to the Legislative Assemblies of Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Puducherry & Bye-Elections of various States, 2021  will be available w.e.f 8 AM on 02.05.2021, from the following places apart from all the counting centres:
                1. https://results.eci.gov.in The results are displayed on this website of the Election Commission of India and are updated every few minutes to display the current round wise trends and results of each constituency .
                2. The trends and results are also accessible through 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 the respective Counting Centers. The EC will be displaying the information as being filled in the systems by the Returning Officers from their respective Counting Centers. The final data for each PC/AC will be shared in Form 20 only.

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  3. Ban on Bike Rallies during 72 hours before the date of poll and poll day in the all poll going constituencies

    No. ECI/PN/34/2021
    Dated: 22nd March 2021
    PRESS NOTE
    Ban on Bike Rallies during 72 hours before the date of poll and poll day in the all poll going constituencies
    It has been brought to the notice of the Commission that in some places bikes are used by some antisocial elements to intimidate the voters before the poll day and on poll day.
    The Commission has considered the above issue and has decided that Bike Rallies shall not be allowed at any place 72 hours before date of poll and on the Poll day in all poll going constituencies. 
    Instructions in this regard has been issued to the Chief Electoral Officers of the poll bound states/UT, which is available at ECI’s website : https://eci.gov.in

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  4. Biennial Election to the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council by the members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) – reg.

    No. ECI/PN/11/2021
    Dated: 18th February, 2021
                                                                  
    PRESS NOTE
     Sub:- Biennial Election to the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council by the members of  Legislative Assembly (MLAs) –  reg.
    The term of 05 members of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council elected by the members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) is expiring on 29.03.2021. Details are given as under: -
     
    S. No
    Name of Member
    Date of Retirement
     
    1.       
    Gundumala Thippe Swamy
     
     
     
    29.03.2021
     
     
     
    2.       
    Gummidi Sandhya Rani
    3.       
    Vattikuti Veera Venkanna Chowdary
    4.       
    Shaik Mohammed Iqbal
    5.       
    Subhaschandra Bose Pilli
    (Vacant w.e.f 01.07.2020 due to resignation of the sitting member)
     
    2.         The Commission has decided to conduct above mentioned biennial election to the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council by members of Legislative Assembly in accordance with the following programme:-
     
    S. No.
    Events
    Dates
    1.       
    Issue of Notification
    25th February, 2021 (Thursday)
    2.       
    Last Date of making nominations
    04th March, 2021 (Thursday)
    3.       
    Scrutiny of nominations
    05th March, 2021  (Friday)
    4.       
    Last date for withdrawal of candidatures
    08th March, 2021  (Monday)
    5.       
    Date of Poll
    15th March, 2021  (Monday)
    6.       
    Hours of Poll
    09:00 am to 04:00 pm
    7.       
    Counting of Votes
    15th March, 2021 (Monday) at 05:00 pm
    8.       
    Date before which election shall be completed
    18th March, 2021 (Thursday)
     
    3.         Broad Guidelines to be followed during entire election process for all persons: -
    I.          Every person shall wear face mask during every election related activity
    II.         At the entry of hall/ room/ premises used for election purposes:
    (a) Thermal Scanning of all persons shall be carried out
    (b) Sanitizer shall be made available at all locations
    III.        Social distancing shall be maintained as per the extant COVID-19 guidelines of the State Govt. and Ministry of Home Affairs.
    4.         The Chief Secretary, Andhra Pradesh is being directed to depute a senior officer from the State to ensure that the extant instructions regarding COVID-19 containment measures are complied with while making arrangements for conducting the election.
     

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  5. Biennial Election to the Council of States from Kerala to fill the seats of members retiring on 21.04.2021-reg.

    No. ECI/PN/29/2021  
    Dated 17th March, 2021
     
    PRESS NOTE
     
    Sub: Biennial Election to the Council of States from Kerala to fill the seats of members retiring on 21.04.2021-reg.
    The term of office of 03 members of the Rajya Sabha elected from Kerala is due to expire on their retirement in April, 2021 as detailed below:-       
    S. No
    Name of Member
    Date of Retirement
     
    1.       
    Abdul Wahab
     
    21.04.2021
     
     
    2.       
    K. K. Ragesh
    3.       
    Vayalar Ravi
     2. The Commission has decided to hold biennial election to the Council of States from Kerala to fill up the above said vacancies in accordance with the following Schedule: -
    Sl. No.
    Events
    Dates & Days

    1 Issue of Notifications
    24th March, 2021 (Wednesday)

    2 Last date of making nominations
    31st March, 2021 (Wednesday)

    3 Scrutiny of nominations
    03rd April, 2021 (Saturday)

    4 Last date for withdrawal of candidatures
    05th April, 2021 (Monday)

    5 Date of Poll
    12th April, 2021 (Monday)

    6 Hours of Poll
    09:00 am-04:00 pm

    7 Counting of Votes
    12th April, 2021 (Monday) at 05:00 pm

    8 Date before which election shall be completed
    16th April, 2021 (Friday)
     
    3. Broad Guidelines to be followed during entire election process for all persons: -
    Every person shall wear face mask during every election related activity At the entry of hall/ room/ premises used for election purposes: Thermal Scanning of all persons shall be carried out: Sanitizer shall be made available at all locations Social distancing shall be maintained as per the extant COVID-19 guidelines of the State Govt. and Ministry of Home Affairs. 4. The Chief Secretary, Kerala is being directed to depute a senior officer from the State to ensure that the extant instructions regarding COVID-19 containment measures are complied with while making arrangements for conducting the said biennial election.
    5. Further, the Commission has also appointed the Chief Electoral Officer, Kerala as Observer for the election.

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  6. Biennial Election to the Council of States from Kerala to fill the seats of members retiring on 21.04.2021-reg.

    No. ECI/PN/36/2021                                                   
    Dated: 24th March 2021
     
    PRESS NOTE
    Sub: Biennial Election to the Council of States from Kerala to fill   the seats of members retiring on 21.04.2021-reg.
     
    The Commission vide Press Note No. ECI/PN/29/2021 dated 17.03.2021 had announced schedule for biennial election for 03 seats to Council of States from Kerala as mentioned therein, with the notification scheduled to be issued on 24.03.2021.
    In the meanwhile, a reference has been received from the Ministry of Law & Justice. Pending examination of the reference, the Commission has decided to keep the aforementioned proposed notification and schedule in abeyance till further orders.

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  7. Biennial Election to the Council of States from Kerala to fill the seats of members retiring on 21.04.2021-reg.

    Biennial Election to the Council of States from Kerala to fill the seats of members retiring on 21.04.2021-reg.     

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  8. Biennial election to the Legislative Councils of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana from Graduates’ and Teachers’ Constituencies-reg.

    No. ECI/PN/10/2021
    Dated: 11th February, 2021
    PRESS NOTE
    Subject:   Biennial election to the Legislative Councils of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana from Graduates’ and Teachers’ Constituencies-reg.
     The term of office of 02 members of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council from Teachers’ Constituencies and 02 members of the Telangana Legislative Council from Graduates’ Constituencies is expiring on 29thMarch, 2021due to the retirement of the sitting members as detailed below: -
    Andhra Pradesh 
    Sl. No.
    Name of  Constituency
    Name of the Member
    Date of retirement
    1 East-West Godavari Teachers’
    Ramu Surya Rao (R.S.R. Master)
     
    29.03.2021
    2                    
    Krishna-Guntur Teachers’
    A. S. Ramakrishna
    Telangana 
    1  
    Mahabubnagar-Ranga Reddy-Hyderabad Graduates’
    Ramachandra Rao N
     
    29.03.2021
    2
    Warangal-Khammam-Nalgonda
    Graduates’
    Dr. Palla Rajeshwar Reddy
    2.      The Commission has now decided that above mentioned biennial election to the Andhra Pradesh State Legislative Council from Teachers’ Constituencies and Telangana State Legislative Council from Graduates’ Constituencies, be held in accordance with the following programme: -
    Issue of Notification
    16th February, 2021 (Tuesday)
    Last date of making nominations
    23rd February, 2021 (Tuesday)
    Scrutiny of nominations
    24th February, 2021 (Wednesday)
    Last date for withdrawal of candidature
    26th February, 2021 (Friday)
    Date of Poll
    14thMarch, 2021 (Sunday)
    Hours of Poll
    08:00 am to 04:00 pm
    Counting of votes
    17th March, 2021 (Wednesday)
    Date before which election shall be completed
    22ndMarch, 2021 (Monday)
    3.         The Model Code of Conduct concerning these elections will come into force with immediate effect in the concerned Constituencies. Please see the details on Commission’s website under the link: https://eci.gov.in/files/file/4070-biennial-bye-elections-to-the-legislative-councils-from-council-constituencies-by-graduates%E2%80%99-and-teachers%E2%80%99-and-local-authorities%E2%80%99-constituencies-%E2%80%93-mcc-instructions-%E2%80%93-regarding/
    4.         Broad Guidelines to be followed during entire election processes for all persons: -
    Every person shall wear face mask during every election related activity At the entry of hall/ room/ premises used for election purposes: (a) Thermal Scanning of all persons shall be carried out: (b) Sanitizer shall be made available at all locations Social distancing shall be maintained as per the extant COVID-19 guidelines of the State Govt. and Ministry of Home Affairs. As far as practicable, large halls shall be identified and utilized to ensure social distancing norms. Adequate number of vehicles shall be mobilized for movement of polling personnel, security personnel to ensure compliance of COVID-19 guidelines. 5.         For broad guidelines to be followed strictly in conduct of election during COVID-19, please refer to the guidelines available on Commission’s website under link:- https://eci.gov.in/files/file/12167-broad-guidelines-for-conduct-of-general-electionbye-election-during-covid-19/.
     

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  9. Biennial Election to the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council by the members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) – reg.

    No. ECI/PN/03/2021
    Dated: 06th January, 2021
                                                                  
    PRESS NOTE
    Sub:- Biennial Election to the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council by the members of  Legislative Assembly (MLAs) –  reg.
    The term of 12 members of Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council elected by the members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) is expiring on 30.01.2021. Details are given as under: -
     
    S. No
    Name of Member
    Date of Retirement
     
    1.       
    Dr. Dinesh Sharma
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    30.01.2021
     
     
     
    2.       
    Ahmad Hasan
    3.       
    Ashu Malik
    4.       
    Dharm Veer Singh Ashok
    5.       
    Nasimuddin Siddiqui
    (Vacant due to disqualification w.e.f 22.02.2018 vide order dated 21.07.2020 issued by The Chairman of Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council)
    6.       
    Pradeep Kumar Jatav
    7.       
    Ramesh Yadav
    8.       
    Ramjatan
    9.       
    Laxman Prasad Acharya
            10.
    Virendra Singh
      11.
    Swatantra Dev
    12.
    Sahab Singh Saini
     2. The Commission has decided to conduct above mentioned biennial election to the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council by members of Legislative Assembly in accordance with the following programme:-
     
    S. No.
    Events
    Dates
    1.       
    Issue of Notification
    11th January, 2021 (Monday)
    2.       
    Last Date of making nominations
    18th January, 2021 (Monday)
    3.       
    Scrutiny of nominations
    19th January, 2021  (Tuesday)
    4.       
    Last date for withdrawal of candidatures
    21st January, 2021 (Thursday)
    5.       
    Date of Poll
    28th January, 2021 (Thursday)
    6.       
    Hours of Poll
    09:00 am to 04:00 pm
    7.       
    Counting of Votes
    28th January, 2021 (Thursday) at 05:00 pm
    8.       
    Date before which election shall be completed
    29th January, 2021 (Friday)
     3.  Broad Guidelines to be followed during entire election process for all persons: -
    Every person shall wear face mask during every election related activity At the entry of hall/ room/ premises used for election purposes: Thermal Scanning of all persons shall be carried out Sanitizer shall be made available at all locations Social distancing shall be maintained as per the extant COVID-19 guidelines of the State Govt. and Ministry of Home Affairs. 4. The Chief Secretary, Uttar Pradesh is being directed to depute a senior officer from the State to ensure that the extant instructions regarding COVID-19 containment measures are complied with while making arrangements for conducting the election.  

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  10. Biennial Elections to the Legislative Councils of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana respectively by the members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs)-Deferment of elections-reg.

    No. ECI/PN/65/2021 
    Dated: 13th May 2021
     
    PRESS NOTE
    Biennial Elections to the Legislative Councils of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana respectively by the members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs)-Deferment of elections-reg.
     The term of office of 03 (Three) members of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council and 06 (Six) members of Telangana Legislative Council elected by the members of respective Legislative Assemblies (MLAs) are expiring on 31.05.2021 and 03.06.2021 respectively as per the details below:
    Class of Constituency
    Date of Retirement
    No. of Seats
    Electors
    Andhra Pradesh
    By MLAs
    31.05.2021
    03
    Members of Legislative Assembly
    Telangana
    By MLAs
    03.06.2021
    06
    Members of Legislative Assembly
    2. As per the provisions of Section 16 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, the seats of State Legislative Council which are going to be vacant on expiration of the term of the members, are required to be filled up by holding biennial election before the said expiration of the term.

    3. The Commission has reviewed the matter today and has decided that due to outbreak of the second wave of COVID-19 in the country, it would not be appropriate
    to hold biennial election to the Legislative Councils of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana respectively till the pandemic situation significantly improves and conditions become conducive to hold these biennial elections. 
    4. The Commission will take a decision in the matter at appropriate time in the future after taking inputs from the concerned states and assessing the pandemic situation from mandated authorities like NDMA/SDMA.

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  11. Bye Election to the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council by the members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) – reg.

    No. ECI/PN/12/2021
    Dated: 18th February, 2021
     
    PRESS NOTE
    Sub:- Bye Election to the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council by the members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) – reg.
      There is one casual vacancy in the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council by the members of Legislative Assembly. The details of the vacancy are as follows:
     
    Name of Member
    Nature of election
    Cause of vacancy
    Term up to
    Challa Ramakrishna Reddy
    By MLAs
    Death
    on 01.01.2021
    29.03.2023
     
    2.            The Commission has decided to hold a bye-election to the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council by the members of the Legislative Assembly to fill the above mentioned vacancy as per the following schedule: -
     
    S. No.
    Events
    Dates
    1.        
    Issue of Notification
    25th February, 2021 (Thursday)
    2.        
    Last Date of making nominations
    04th March, 2021 (Thursday)
    3.        
    Scrutiny of nominations
    05th March, 2021  (Friday)
    4.        
    Last date for withdrawal of candidatures
    08th March, 2021  (Monday)
    5.        
    Date of Poll
    15th March, 2021  (Monday)
    6.        
    Hours of Poll
    09:00 am to 04:00 pm
    7.        
    Counting of Votes
    15th March, 2021 (Monday) at 05:00 pm
    8.        
    Date before which election shall be completed
    18th March, 2021 (Thursday)
                                                                                                   
    3.            Broad Guidelines to be followed during entire election process for all persons: -
    I.             Every person shall wear face mask during every election related activity
    II.            At the entry of hall/ room/ premises used for election purposes:
    (a) Thermal Scanning of all persons shall be carried out
    (b) Sanitizer shall be made available at all locations
    III.          Social distancing shall be maintained as per the extant COVID-19 guidelines of the State Govt. and Ministry of Home Affairs.
    4.            The Chief Secretary, Andhra Pradesh is being directed to depute a senior officer from the State to ensure that the extant instructions regarding COVID-19 containment measures are complied with while making arrangements for conducting the election.
     

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  12. Bye Election to the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council by the members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) – reg.

    No. ECI/PN/01/2021
    Dated: 06th January, 2021
     
    PRESS NOTE
    Sub:-            Bye Election to the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council by the members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) – reg. 
    There is one casual vacancy in the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council by the members of Legislative Assembly. The details of the vacancy are as follows: 
    Name of Member
    Nature of election
    Cause of vacancy
    Term up to
    Smt. Pothula Sunitha
    By MLAs
    Resignation
    on 01.11.2020
    29.03.2023
    2. The Commission, has decided to hold a bye-election to the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council by the members of the Legislative Assembly to fill the above mentioned vacancy as per the following schedule: - 
    S.No.
    Events
    Dates
    1.       
    Issue of Notifications
    11th January, 2021 (Monday)
    2.       
    Last Date of making nominations
    18th January, 2021 (Monday)
    3.       
    Scrutiny of nominations
    19th January, 2021  (Tuesday)
    4.       
    Last date for withdrawal of candidatures
    21st January, 2021 (Thursday)
    5.       
    Date of Poll
    28th January, 2021 (Thursday)
    6.       
    Hours of Poll
    09:00 am to 04:00 pm
    7.       
    Counting of Votes
    28th January, 2021 (Thursday) at 05:00 pm
    8.       
    Date before which election shall be completed
    01st February, 2021 (Monday)
                                                                           
    3. Broad Guidelines to be followed during entire election process for all persons: -
    Every person shall wear face mask during every election related activity    At the entry of hall/ room/ premises used for election purposes: Thermal Scanning of all persons shall be carried out Sanitizer shall be made available at all locations Social distancing shall be maintained as per the extant COVID-19 guidelines of the State Govt. and Ministry of Home Affairs.   4. The Chief Secretary, Andhra Pradesh is being directed to depute a senior officer from the State to ensure that the extant instructions regarding COVID-19 containment measures are complied with while making arrangements for conducting the election.

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  13. Bye Election to the Council of States from Assam -reg.

    No. ECI/PN/08/2021
    Dated: 04th February, 2021
                                                                                                                                                           
     
    PRESS NOTE
    Subject:   Bye Election to the Council of States from Assam -reg.
    There is one casual vacancy in the Council of States from Assam as per following details: -
    State
    Name of Members
    Reason
    Date of vacancy
    Term Up to
    Assam
    Shri Biswajit Daimary
    Resignation
    21.11.2020
    09.04.2026
    2.  The Commission has decided to hold bye-election to the Council of States from Assam to fill up the above said vacancy in accordance with the following schedule: -
    S. No
    Events
    Dates

    1 Issue of Notifications
      11th February, 2021 (Thursday)

    2 Last date of making nominations
    18th February, 2021 (Thursday)

    3 Scrutiny of nominations
    19th February, 2021 (Friday)

    4 Last date for withdrawal of candidatures
    22nd February, 2021 (Monday)

    5 Date of Poll
    01st March, 2021 (Monday)

    6 Hours of Poll
    09:00 am-04:00 pm

    7 Counting of Votes
    01st March, 2021  (Monday) at 05:00 pm

    8 Date before which election shall be completed
    03rd March, 2021 (Wednesday)
     
    3. Broad Guidelines to be followed during entire election process for all persons: -
    Every person shall wear face mask during every election related activity At the entry of hall/ room/ premises used for election purposes: Thermal Scanning of all persons shall be carried out: Sanitizer shall be made available at all locations Social distancing shall be maintained as per the extant COVID-19 guidelines of the State Govt. and Ministry of Home Affairs. 4.  The Chief Secretary, Assam is being directed to depute a senior officer from the State to ensure that the extant instructions regarding COVID-19 containment measures are complied with while making arrangements for conducting the election.
    5. Further, the Commission has also appointed the Chief Electoral Officer, Assam as Observer for this election. 

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  14. Bye Election to the Karnataka Legislative Council by the members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) – reg.

    No. ECI/PN/13/2021
    Dated: 18th February, 2021
     
    PRESS NOTE
    Sub:- Bye Election to the Karnataka Legislative Council by the members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) – reg.
    There is one casual vacancy in the Karnataka Legislative Council by the members of Legislative Assembly. The details of the vacancy are as follows:
     
    Name of Member
    Nature of election
    Cause of vacancy
    Term up to
    S. L. Dharmegowda
    By MLAs
    Death on 28.12.2020
    17.06.2024
     
    2.            The Commission has decided to hold a bye-election to the Karnataka Legislative Council by the members of the Legislative Assembly to fill the above mentioned vacancy as per the following schedule:
     
    S. No.
    Events
    Dates
    1.        
    Issue of Notification
    25th February, 2021 (Thursday)
    2.        
    Last Date of making nominations
    04th March, 2021 (Thursday)
    3.        
    Scrutiny of nominations
    05th March, 2021  (Friday)
    4.        
    Last date for withdrawal of candidatures
    08th March, 2021  (Monday)
    5.        
    Date of Poll
    15th March, 2021  (Monday)
    6.        
    Hours of Poll
    09:00 am to 04:00 pm
    7.        
    Counting of Votes
    15th March, 2021 (Monday) at 05:00 pm
    8.        
    Date before which election shall be completed
    18th March, 2021 (Thursday)
                                                                                                   
    3.            Broad Guidelines to be followed during entire election process for all persons: -
    I.             Every person shall wear face mask during every election related activity
    II.            At the entry of hall/ room/ premises used for election purposes:
    (a) Thermal Scanning of all persons shall be carried out
    (b) Sanitizer shall be made available at all locations
    III.          Social distancing shall be maintained as per the extant COVID-19 guidelines of the State Govt. and Ministry of Home Affairs.
    4.            The Chief Secretary, Karnataka is being directed to depute a senior officer from the State to ensure that the extant instructions regarding COVID-19 containment measures are complied with while making arrangements for conducting the election.
     

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  15. Bye Elections to the Bihar Legislative Council by the members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) – reg.

    No. ECI/PN/02/2021
    Dated: 06th January, 2021
     
    PRESS NOTE
    Sub:-  Bye Elections to the Bihar Legislative Council by the members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) – reg. 
    There are two casual vacancies in the Bihar Legislative Council by the members of Legislative Assembly. The details of the vacancies are as follows: 
    Name of Member
    Nature of election
    Cause of vacancy
    Term up to
    Sh. Vinod Narain Jha
    By MLAs
    Elected to Bihar Legislative Assembly on 11.11.2020
    21.07.2022
    Sh. Sushil Kumar Modi
    By MLAs
    Resignation on 09.12.2020
    06.05.2024
    2. The Commission has decided to hold two separate bye-elections to the Bihar Legislative Council by the members of the Legislative Assembly to fill the above mentioned vacancies as per the following common schedule: - 
    S. No.
    Events
    Dates
    1.       
    Issue of Notifications
    11th January, 2021 (Monday)
    2.       
    Last Date of making nominations
    18th January, 2021 (Monday)
    3.       
    Scrutiny of nominations
    19th January, 2021  (Tuesday)
    4.       
    Last date for withdrawal of candidatures
    21st January, 2021 (Thursday)
    5.       
    Date of Poll
    28th January, 2021 (Thursday)
    6.       
    Hours of Poll
    09:00 am to 04:00 pm
    7.       
    Counting of Votes
    28th January, 2021 (Thursday) at 05:00 pm
    8.       
    Date before which election shall be completed
    01st February, 2021 (Monday)
    3.  Broad Guidelines to be followed during entire election process for all persons: -
    Every person shall wear face mask during every election related activity At the entry of hall/ room/ premises used for election purposes: Thermal Scanning of all persons shall be carried out Sanitizer shall be made available at all locations Social distancing shall be maintained as per the extant COVID-19 guidelines of the State Govt. and Ministry of Home Affairs. 4. The Chief Secretary, Bihar is being directed to depute a senior officer from the State to ensure that the extant instructions regarding COVID-19 containment measures are complied with while making arrangements for conducting the election.

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  16. Bye Elections to the Council of States from Gujarat -reg.

    No. ECI/PN/09/2021
    Dated: 04th February, 2021

    PRESS NOTE
    Subject:   Bye Elections to the Council of States from Gujarat -reg.
     There are two casual vacancies in the Council of States from Gujarat. The details of the vacancies are as follows: -
    Sl. No.
    Name of Members
    Reason
    Date of vacancy
    Term Up to
    1.
    Shri Patel Ahmed Mohammad
    Death
    25.11.2020
    18.08.2023
    2.
    Shri Abhay Ganpatray Bhardwaj
    Death
    01.12.2020
    21.06.2026
    2.  The Commission has decided to hold two separate bye-elections to the Council of States from Gujarat to fill up the above mentioned vacancies as per the following common schedule: -
    S. No
    Events
    Dates

    1 Issue of Notifications
      11th February, 2021 (Thursday)

    2 Last date of making nominations
    18th February, 2021 (Thursday)

    3 Scrutiny of nominations
    19th February, 2021  (Friday)

    4 Last date for withdrawal of candidatures
    22nd February, 2021  (Monday)

    5 Date of Poll
    01st March, 2021 (Monday)

    6 Hours of Poll
    09:00 am-04:00 pm

    7 Counting of Votes
    01st March, 2021 (Monday) at 05:00 pm

    8 Date before which election shall be completed
    03rd March, 2021 (Wednesday)
     
    3.  Broad Guidelines to be followed during entire election process for all persons: -
    Every person shall wear face mask during every election related activity At the entry of hall/ room/ premises used for election purposes: Thermal Scanning of all persons shall be carried out: Sanitizer shall be made available at all locations Social distancing shall be maintained as per the extant COVID-19 guidelines of the State Govt. and Ministry of Home Affairs. 4. The Chief Secretary, Gujarat is being directed to depute a senior officer from the State to ensure that the extant instructions regarding COVID-19 containment measures are complied with while making arrangements for conducting the said bye elections.
    5.  Further, the Commission has also appointed the Chief Electoral Officer, Gujarat as Observer for the said elections.          
     

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  17. CEC HOLDS A REVIEW MEETING WITH CS West Bengal

    No. ECI/PN/55/2021 
    Dated: 24th April 2021
     
    PRESS NOTE 
    CEC HOLDS A REVIEW MEETING WITH CS West Bengal 
    The Election Commission led by Chief Election Commissioner Shri Sushil Chandra and Election Commissioner Shri Rajiv Kumar  today held meeting with the senior officers of West Bengal including Chief Secretary, ACS(Home), Secretary (Disaster Management), Secretary (Health), DGP, CP Kolkata. CEO West Bengal and State Police Nodal Officer cum ADG(L&O) were also present.
    The Commission noted with concern that during public campaigns for electioneering, the enforcement  under the Disaster Management Act, 2005 has  been less than adequate. Executive Committee of State Disaster Management Authority, chaired by the Chief Secretary of the State and  tasked with the enforcement of COVID-19 appropriate behaviour under the 2005 Act , need to step up its assigned statutory duty.District machinery, which is tasked with election works continue to remain responsible for enforcement of other laws including the DM Act simultaneously. The Commission directed that the SDMA and its functionaries must implement and monitor the implementation of COVID norms during the campaign and take appropriate action in case of any violation. Chief Secretary apprised the Commission that State is in receipt of and noted further directions of ECI  on enforcement of COVID-19 norms during electioneering. He assured that entire machinery has been directed to now onwards take more stringent and prompt steps for sensitization and enforcement of extant instructions under the Act.
    The Commission appreciated the State machinery in flawless arrangements in the polling booth for COVID appropriate behaviour and safe disposal of bio medical waste. It was informed that as per the directions given by the Commission,  following material has been provided foe election purposes
    Sl No
    Items
    Number Procured
    1
     Face Mask
                          2,46,88,000
    2
    Face shields for Polling Personnel & MO
                             17,05,851
    3
    Visor for Face Shield
                             16,81,680
    4
    Hand sanitisers  100 ml for use of polling personnel & MO
                             18,35,833
    5
    Hand sanitisers  500 ml for use of electors
                               2,72,000
    6
    Hand sanitisers 2 litre jerrican
                               1,52,000
    7
    PPEs ( Body suit,N 95 Mask,Gloves,Face shield,Goggles,Head Cover,Shoe cover)
                               1,31,600
    8
    Plastic Hand gloves ( single) for electors (considering 85% turn out)
                          9,00,00,000
    9
    Hand gloves ( in pairs) for PP Rubber)
                             53,76,000
    10
    Covered dustbins  (100 litres)
                               2,61,500
    11
    Plastic bags ( 24'')  to fit into dustbins
                               6,26,000
    Health Secretary also informed that as per Commission’s directions Nodal Health Officers have been assigned at each of the 294 ACs, all 24 CMOH are Nodal Health Officers for their district, apart from State level Nodal Health Officer. He also informed that elaborate arrangements have been made for collection and disposal of gloves discarded by the voters after use at the Polling Stations as bio-medical waste.
    While appreciating the good work done in the last 6 phases ensuring Covid safe arrangements at the polling stations,  Commission directed that regular monitoring of COVID compliant behaviour and action against the violations must be done by the authority. It further directed that appropriate and effective communication strategies must be put in place to inform the voters about Covid safe and secure environment at all polling stations as all Polling stations are being sanitised, all voters are wearing masks and are provided hand glove and hand sanitisation facility and social distancing is being maintained even in the queues. Chief Secretary assured the Commission that all actions for enforcement of covid appropriate behaviour during public gathering for electioneering purposes and otherwise also under the Disaster Management Act 2005 and all other relevant statutory provisions shall be ensured as directed by the Commission.

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  18. Central Police Forces are sent in Advance for Area Domination in concerned Poll Going States/UTs as a Standard Practice: ECI

    No. ECI/PN/14/2021                                          
    Dated: 22nd February 2021
     
    PRESS NOTE
    Central Police Forces are sent in Advance for Area Domination in concerned Poll Going States/UTs as a Standard Practice: ECI
     It has come to the notice of ECI that certain sections of media (e.g. Indian Express 22/2/2021, Hindustan Times 20/2/2021 etc. )have reported on Central Police Forces being sent specifically to State of West Bengal. 
    ECI would however like to state the following: 
    Central Police Forces (CPFs) are routinely sent to all the states and UTs where Lok Sabha/ Vidhan Sabha elections are to take place for advance area domination, especially in the critical and vulnerable sectors which are identified by meticulous advance reviews and concrete feedback from various sources including political parties and entities. This practice is going on some times in 1980s. 
    During Lok Sabha elections 2019, Central forces were sent to all states and UTs and the same has been done in all state elections which have been taking place. In the instant case also the CPFs have been sent to all the four states namely Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and one UT of Puducherry, where Assembly Elections are to take place. It may be of interest for the Media to know that these orders for CPF deployment were issued to the Chief Secretaries, the DGPs and the Chief Electoral Officers of all these five States/UT on the same day, i.e. 16 February 2021.

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  19. COVID-19 vaccination drive begins at ECI headquarters

    No. ECI/PN/23/2021 
    Dated: 4th March 2021
     
    PRESS NOTE
    COVID-19 vaccination drive begins at ECI headquarters
    Election Commission of India today started COVID-19 vaccination drive for its officers and staff working at Nirvachan Sadan, Delhi. Former Chief Election Commissioner Shri. M.S. Gill, took the first shot of vaccine, to mark the beginning of the vaccination drive. Chief Election Commissioner of India Shri Sunil Arora and Election Commissioners Shri Sushil Chandra and Shri Rajiv Kumar will get vaccinated after all the officials and staff at Election Commission have benefitted from the vaccination programme. 
    The Chief Election Commissioner, Shri Sunil Arora recently announced that all staff on poll duty for the upcoming assembly elections have been declared as ‘frontline workers’ and therefore will be vaccinated before assuming their election duties. He added that, the vaccination would encourage the poll duty officers to perform their duty without any COVID fear. Mr. Arora further said that the nationwide vaccination drive has made the situation more conducive for conducting elections. Special camp has also been setup at ECI with provision of doctors, ambulance etc.
    Under the special vaccination drive, lakhs of polling officials across five states and UT will take the vaccination shots before proceeding on election duty for the upcoming assembly elections.

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  20. Curtain Raiser ECI going to host International Virtual Election Visitors Programme 2021 during Elections for Legislative Assemblies of Assam, Kerala, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal (05- 06 April 2021)

    No. ECI/PN/43/2021
    Dated: 4th April 2021
     
    PRESS NOTE
    Curtain Raiser 
    ECI going to host International Virtual Election Visitors Programme 2021 
    during  Elections for Legislative Assemblies of Assam, Kerala, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal [05- 06 April  2021] 
    Election Commission of India is going to organize International   Virtual Election Visitors Programme (IEVP) 2021 for foreign Election Management Bodies (EMBs) / Organisations from  05-06 April 2021 during the ongoing    Elections for  Legislative Assemblies of Assam, Kerala, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal.  
    2. In the past, ECI has organized  International Election Visitor Programmes (IEVP) for  foreign EMBs/Organizations in 2014 Lok Sabha elections; elections for a few State Assemblies in Feb/March 2017; Lok Sabha Elections in May 2019 and International   Virtual Election Visitors Programme  2020 during Bihar Assembly elections.  The purpose of IEVP is to familiarise fellow  EMBs/Organisations from abroad  with our electoral system and best practices adopted in the world’s largest democracy.    
    3. The ongoing elections  in Assam, Kerala, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal have  an electorate of over 187.2 million, one of the largest in the world to vote so far amid the COVID19 pandemic.  It is a good opportunity to share our best practices and experience of conduct of our poll process as well as steps taken  to mitigate the effect of pandemic. 
    4. Over 106 delegates from over 26 countries across the world including  Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Cambodia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Republic of Korea, Madagascar,   Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius,   Mongolia, Nepal, Panama, Philippines, Romania, Russia,  South Africa, Suriname,   Ukraine,  Uzbekistan and Zambia etc.  and 3 international organizations (viz. International IDEA,  International Foundation of Electoral Systems (IFES) and Association of World Election Bodies (A-WEB)  are going to  participate in the IEVP 2021.  
    5. Besides that, the Ambassadors of Georgia and Uzbekistan, Acting High Commissioner of Sri Lanka and other members of Diplomatic Corps are also going to attend the IEVP 2021.
    6. The Programme for IEVP 2021 comprises a briefing session online on 05 April 2021 which would provide to the participants an  overview of the large canvas of Indian electoral process, the new initiatives taken by ECI on voter facilitation, transparency and accessibility of electoral system;  ECI’s response to  the changing needs of training and capacity building and the new formats necessitated by Covid 19 and  provide insights into the elections underway in the states of Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and the Union Territory of Puducherry.    With an electorate of more than 187.2 million, these elections pose formidable challenges and the preparations  made to address them as well as the unique initiatives taken to conduct a Covid safe election.  In the inaugural session the participants will be addressed by Shri Rajiv Kumar and Shri Sushil Chandra, Hon’ble Election Commissioners followed by Keynote Address by Shri Sunil Arora, Hon’ble Chief Election Commissioner of India and Chairperson, A-WEB.  
    7. On the sidelines of IEVP 2021, ECI would also be releasing the Inaugural issue of A-WEB Journal of Elections.   The Journal, published by the India A-WEB Centre (http://indiaawebcentre.org/ ) set up in 2019 at the ECI,   carries  Research Papers, Articles, Book Reviews etc from Eminent Writers, Experts, Researchers  and Practitioners from the A-WEB Community and from across democracies of the world in the area of Elections and Electoral Democracy.  A-WEB India Journal of Elections  is envisaged to be a Journal of the highest international standards and will  include peer reviewed contributions from members of the A-WEB community and beyond.
    8. On 06 April 2021,   the  delegates  will be given a live snapshot of how elections are conducted at some polling stations including familiarization with the electoral process ,polling station arrangements, ,facilitation of Persons with disabilities and senior citizens, and  interaction with various stakeholders .

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  21. Deferment of elections in 03 ACs due to surge in COVID-19-reg.

    No. ECI/PN/61/2021
    Dated: 3rd May 2021
    PRESS NOTE
    Subject- Deferment of elections in 03 ACs due to surge in COVID-19-reg.
    The adjourned poll in 110-Pipli AC (bye-election) of Odisha and 58-Jangipur, 56-Samserganj assembly constituencies of West Bengal due to death of contesting candidates of recognized political parties, are scheduled to be held on 16.05.2021.
    2. Commission after taking all material facts and inputs of CEO West Bengal and CEO Odisha in consideration and taking note of lockdown/restrictions under Disaster Management Act, 2005, as issued by NDMA/SDMA has decided to defer the scheduled poll and extend the period of elections in 110-Pipli AC of Odisha and 58-Jangipur & 56-Samserganj assembly constituencies of West Bengal. Fresh notification will be issued after assessing the pandemic situation.
    3. It is also directed that MCC in these Assembly Constituencies is hereby lifted from immediate effect and will be in operation from next date of notification.

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  22. DELIMITATION COMMISSION HOLDS MEETING TO SEEK VIEWS ON DELIMITATION PROCESS OF UT OF JAMMU AND KASHMIR.

    No. DC/PN/1/2021                                         
    Date : 18th February 2021
     
    PRESS NOTE
    DELIMITATION COMMISSION HOLDS MEETING TO SEEK VIEWS ON DELIMITATION PROCESS OF UT OF JAMMU AND KASHMIR.
    Delimitation Commission comprising of Chairperson Retd. Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai, Ex-Officio Member Shri Sushil Chandra (Election Commissioner) and Ex-Officio Member, Shri K.K Sharma (State Election Commissioner, J&K) today held a meeting in New Delhi with the Associate Members from Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, for seeking their suggestion/views on the process of delimitation in respect of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. 
    Chairperson Justice Desai welcomed Associate Members namely Dr. Jitendra Singh MoS & MP and  Shri Jugal Kishore Sharma, MP to the meeting. While Delimitation Commission had sent written intimation to all five Associated Members namely Dr Farooq Abdullah, Shri Mohammad Akbar Lone, Shri Hasnain Masoodi Shri Jugal Kishore Sharma and Dr. Jitendra Singh on 5th February 2021 itself, only two Members attended today's meeting.
    An overview on the process of delimitation based on the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act, 2019 and Delimitation Act, 2002 was presented before the Members detailing various Sections of these Acts related to the delimitation exercise of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. 
    The two Associate Members appreciated Commission’s efforts and suggested that delimitation of Constituencies shall be as far as practicable, be for geographically compact areas and while delimiting them regard shall be given to physical features; existing boundaries of administrative units; facilities of communication and public convenience. They also suggested to give special attention to the difficult terrains while carrying out the delimitation exercise in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
    Election Commissioner, Shri Sushil Chandra, welcomed their valuable inputs and expressed satisfaction of the Delimitation Commission on the suggestions and views of the Associate Members. The Members desired to put forward more suggestions in coming days. 

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  23. ECI condoles passing away of Former EC Dr. GVG Krishnamurty

    No. ECI/PN/49/2021
    Dated: 14th April 2021
    PRESS NOTE
    ECI Condoles passing away of Former EC Dr. GVG Krishnamurty
    Election Commission of India deeply mourns the passing away of Former Election Commissioner Dr GVG Krishnamurty. Aged 86 yrs Former Election Commissioner of India Dr Krishnamurty, breathed his last at about 10am today due to age related ailments. He is survived by his wife Mrs Padma Murty and his son Dr. G.V.Rao, Senior Advocate Supreme Court of India and daughter Dr.Radha Bodapati.
    Mourning the loss of an illustrious former member of ECI family, Chief Election Commissioner Sh Sushil Chandra recalled that Dr GVG Krishnamurty made exemplary contribution during his tenure in the Commission as Election Commissioner from 1st October 1993 to 30th September 1996. His contributions particularly in strengthening Laws and procedures of conducting elections will be long remembered by the Commission.
    Dr Krishnamurty’s last rites were held at Lodhi Road crematorium, Delhi. A wreath on behalf of ECI was laid in his honour.

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  24. ECI decides to defer bye-elections of Parliamentary and Assembly Constituencies in various States/UT in view of Pandemic-Regarding.

    No. ECI/PN/64/2021                                                    
    Dated: 5th May 2021
     
    PRESS NOTE
    Subject: ECI decides to defer bye-elections of Parliamentary and Assembly Constituencies in various States/UT in view of Pandemic- Regarding.
    There are notified three vacancies in Parliamentary Constituencies namely Dadra & Nagar Haveli, 28-Khandwa (Madhya Pradesh) & 2-Mandi (Himachal Pradesh) and eight vacancies in Assembly Constituencies namely 01-Kalka and 46-Ellenabad in Haryana, 155-Vallabhnagar in Rajasthan, 33-Sindgi in Karnataka, 47-Rajabala and 13-Mawryngkneng (ST) in Meghalaya, 08-Fatehpur in Himachal Pradesh and 124-Badvel (SC) in Andhra Pradesh. There are few more vacancies of seats for which reports and notifications are awaited and being confirmed.
     2. As per the provisions of section 151A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, the vacancies are required to be filled, through bye-elections within six months from the date of occurrence of vacancy, provided that the remainder of the term in relation to the vacancy is one year or more.
     3. The Commission has reviewed the matter today and has decided that due to outbreak of the second wave of COVID-19 in the country it would not be appropriate to hold bye-elections till the pandemic situation significantly improves and conditions become conducive to hold these bye-elections. 
     4. The Commission will take a decision in the matter at appropriate time in the future after taking inputs from the concerned states and assessing the pandemic situation from mandated authorities like NDMA/SDMA.

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  25. ECI holds meeting with Special Observers appointed for smooth conduct of General Elections to the Legislative Assembly of Assam, Kerala, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal -2021

    No. ECI/PN/22/2021                                            
    Dated: 4th March 2021
    PRESS NOTE
    ECI holds meeting with Special Observers appointed for smooth conduct of General Elections to the Legislative Assembly of Assam, Kerala, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal -2021
    Election Commission of India today organized a briefing meeting with Special Observers associated for the forthcoming General Election to the Legislative Assemblies of Assam, Kerala, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and West  Bengal 2021.  The meeting was held today  in Nirvachan Sadan in the newly refurbished Sukumar Sen Hall dedicated to the memory of First Chief Election Commissioner Sh Sukumar Sen. 
    Welcoming the newly appointed Special Observers, Chief Election Commissioner Sh. Sunil Arora appreciated the Special Observers for playing very important role in the past elections and helping ECI fulfil the Constitutional mandate of conducting free, fair, transparent, impartial an inducement-free Elections. Sh. Arora emphasised on greater coordination amidst all Enforcement Agencies functioning on the ground. He further added that the Special Observers will have additional role in supervising deployment of forces and their randomisation for poll duties.
    Election Commissioner Sh. Sushil Chandra drew their attention to Commission's recent order with respect to webcasting of all vulnerable booths and emphasised on making our elections totally inducement-free. EC Sh. Rajiv Kumar said that the Commission is very happy to have associated with all upright and efficient senior officers in order to conduct elections in a free, fair, transparent and safe manner. 
    The Special Observers, who worked during the previous elections, apprised the Commission of issues and challenges, based on their past experiences. 
    The following Officers have been appointed as Special General, Police and Expenditure Observers in the poll going States of Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal and UT of Puducherry. Sh. Sudarsanam Srinivasan, IAS (Retd.)(OR:80); Sh. Ashok Kumar, IPS (Retd.) TN:82 and Ms. Neena Nigam, IRS (Retd.) (IRS:83) will be the Observers for the State of Assam. Sh Ajay Nayak, IAS (Retd.) (BH:84), Sh. Vivek Dubey, IPS (Retd.) (AP:81) , Sh. B. Murali Kumar, IRS(Retd.) (IRS:1983) will be the Observers for West Bengal. Sh. Deepak Mishra, IPS(Retd.) (AGMUT:84) , Sh. Pushpinder Singh Puniha, IRS (Retd.) (IRS:1985) have been appointed as Observers for Kerala. Alok Chaturvedi, IAS (Retd.)(BH:86), for the State of Tamil Nadu and Sh. Manjeet Singh, IAS (Retd) (RJ:88) for UT of Puducherry whereas Dharmendra Kumar, IPS(Retd.) (AGMUT:84), Ms. Madhu Mahajan, IRS(Retd.) (IRS:1982) and Shri B R Balakrishnan, IRS(Retd.) (IRS:1983) will be the Observers for  both Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. All the Special Observers appointed hold an impeccable and brilliant track record of work in their career. 
    The Special Observers will be visiting their assigned States/UTs and superintend and monitor poll preparedness being done by State and district level officials. They will also have series of meetings with the General, Police and Expenditure Observers deployed in the field.  
     

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