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  1. 10th National Voters’ Day celebrated to mark the Foundation Day of ECI

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

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  2. 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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  3. Announcement of date of poll and counting of votes for deferred bye-election to the Dhule-cum Nandurbar Local Authorities’ Constituency of Maharashtra.

    No. ECI/PN/89/2020
    Dated: 17th November, 2020
    PRESS NOTE
     Announcement of date of poll and counting of votes for deferred bye-election to the Dhule-cum Nandurbar Local Authorities’ Constituency of Maharashtra.
    The Election Commission of India, vide Press Note No. ECI/PN/29/2020, dated 04.03.2020 announced bye-election to the Maharashtra Legislative Council from Dhule-cum-Nandurbar Local Authorities’ constituency to fill the vacancy caused due to resignation of the sitting member Shri Amrishbhai Rasiklal Patel, which was notified vide Notification No.100/MT-LC/02/2020-LAC, dated 05.03.2020. After the last date of withdrawal on 16.03.2020, the list of contesting candidates in Form 7B was published with 02 candidates in fray. The election was to be conducted on 30.03.2020 (Monday) and the date before which election was to be completed as earlier announced by the Commission was 01.04.2020 (Wednesday) as per the notification dated 05.03.2020.
    2. Considering the unforeseen situation of public health emergency due to COVID-19 and the guidelines & orders passed under the Disaster Management Act, 2005 by the competent authority, the Election Commission, under Article 324 of Constitution of India read with Section 153 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, vide its Notification dated 24.03.2020 extended the period of election by 60 days, which was further extended by 45 days and to a later date vide Notification dated 22.05.2020 and 06.07.2020 respectively.
     3. It was also specified that the list of activities already carried out under the Notification dated 05.03.2020 was to remain valid for the purpose of remaining activities as was prescribed under the said notification.
    4. The Commission, having considered the inputs received from the Chief Electoral Officer, Maharashtra has now decided that above mentioned bye-election to the Dhule-cum-Nandurbar Local Authorities’ Constituency of Maharashtra be held in accordance with the following programme:- 
    Events
    Date
    Date of Poll
    01st December, 2020 (Tuesday)
    Hours of Poll
    08:00 am to 05:00 pm
    Counting of Votes
    03rd December, 2020 (Thursday)
    Date before which election shall be completed
    07th December, 2020 (Monday)
    5.  The Model Code of Conduct concerning this election will come into force with immediate effect in the constituency. Please see the details in Commission’s website under the link:
    https://eci.gov.in/files/file/4070-biennial-bye-elections-to-the-legislative-councils-from-council-constituencies-by-graduates%E2%80%99-and-teachers%E2%80%99-and-local-authorities%E2%80%99-constituencies-%E2%80%93-mcc-instructions-%E2%80%93-regarding/
    6.   Broad Guidelines to be followed during entire election processes for all persons:-
    I.    Every person shall wear face mask during every election related activity
    II.   At the entry of hall/ room/ premises used for election purposes:
    (a) Thermal Scanning of all persons shall be carried out
    (b) Sanitizers shall be made available at all locations
    III.       Social distancing shall be maintained as per the extant COVID-19 guidelines of the State Govt. and Ministry of Home Affairs.
    IV.       As far as practicable, large halls should be identified and utilized to ensure social distancing norms.
    V.        Adequate number of vehicles shall be mobilized for movement of polling personnel, security personnel to ensure compliance of COVID-19 guidelines.
    7. For broad guidelines to be followed strictly during the conduct of election during Covid-19, please refer to the 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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  4. Announcement of date of poll and counting of votes for deferred bye-election to the Nizamabad Local Authorities’ constituency of Telangana

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

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

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Biennial Election to the Bihar Legislative Council by the members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) – reg.

    No. ECI/PN/40/2020 
    Dated: 15thJune, 2020
    PRESS NOTE
    Biennial Election to the Bihar Legislative Council by the members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) –  reg.
     The term of 09 members of the Bihar Legislative Council elected by the members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) has expired on 06.05.2020. Details are given as under:
    S.No.
    Name of the Member
    Date of Retirement
    1.            
    Ashok Choudhary
     
     
     
     
    06.05.2020
    2.            
    Krishan Kumar Singh
    3.            
    Prashant Kumar Shahi
    4.            
    Sanjay Prakash
    5.            
    Satish Kumar
    6.            
    Radha Mohan Sharma
    7.            
    Sonelal Mehta
    8.            
    Md. Haroon Rashid
    9.            
    Hira Prasad Vind
     
    2.      Considering the prevailing unforeseen situation of public health emergency due to COVID-19 and the guidelines & orders passed under the Disaster Management Act, 2005 by the competent authority, the Election Commission, on 03.04.2020 passed an Order under Article 324 of Constitution of India read with section 16 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951,and directed that the process of election to the abovementioned seats shall be initiated at a later date after reviewing the prevailing situation.
     3.       The Commission, after receiving inputs from CEO, Bihar,has now decided that above mentioned biennial election to the Bihar Legislative Council by members of Legislative Assembly be held in accordance with the following programme:
     
    S. No.
    Events
    Dates
    1.    
    Issue of Notification
    18th June, 2020 (Thursday)
    2.    
    Last Date of making nominations
    25th June, 2020 (Thursday)
    3.    
    Scrutiny of nominations
    26th June, 2020 (Friday)
    4.    
    Last date for withdrawal of candidatures
    29th June, 2020 (Monday)
    5.    
    Date of Poll
    06th July, 2020 (Monday)
    6.    
    Hours of Poll
    09:00 am to 04:00 pm
    7.    
    Counting of Votes
    06th July, 2020 (Monday)at 05:00 pm
    8.    
    Date before which election shall be completed
    08th July, 2020 (Wednesday)
     
    4.       Adequate measures for close monitoring of the election process by appointing observers shall be taken to ensure free and fair election.
    5.       Commission has also directed the Chief Secretary of the State to depute a senior officer from the State to ensure that the extant instructions regarding COVID-19 containment measures are complied with while making arrangements for conducting the elections.

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

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

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

    No. ECI/PN/39/2020
    Dated: 9thJune, 2020
    PRESS NOTE
     Biennial Election to the Karnataka Legislative Council by the members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) –  reg.
     The term of 07 members of Karnataka Legislative Council elected by the members of respective Legislative Assembly (MLAs) is expiring on 30.06.2020. Details are given as under: -
    S.No.
    Name of the Member
    Date of Retirement
    1.            
    Naseer Ahmed
     
     
     
    30.06.2020
    2.            
    Jayamma
    3.            
    M.C. Venugopal
    4.            
    N.S. Bose Raju
    5.            
    H.M. Revanna
    6.            
    T.A. Sharavana
    7.            
    D.U. Mallikarjuna
     
    2.      The Commission, after receiving inputs from CEO, Karnataka has decided that above mentioned biennial elections to the Karnataka Legislative Council by members of Legislative Assembly be held in accordance with the following programme:
    S. No.
    Events
    Dates
    1.    
    Issue of Notification
    11th June, 2020 (Thursday)
    2.    
    Last Date of making nominations
     
    18th June, 2020 (Thursday)
    3.    
    Scrutiny of nominations
    19th June, 2020 (Friday)
    4.    
    Last date for withdrawal of candidatures
     
    22nd June, 2020 (Monday)
    5.    
    Date of Poll
    29th June, 2020 (Monday)
    6.    
    Hours of Poll
    09:00 am to 04:00 pm
    7.    
    Counting of Votes
    29th June, 2020 (Monday) at 05:00 pm
    8.    
    Date before which election shall be completed
     
    30th June, 2020 (Tuesday)
             3.       Adequate measures for close monitoring of the election process by appointing observers shall be taken to ensure free and fair election.
    4.     Commission has also directed the Chief Secretary of the State to depute a senior officer from the State to ensure that the extant instructions regarding COVID-19 containment measures are complied with while making arrangements for conducting the elections.

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  11. Biennial election to the Karnataka Legislative Council from 02 Graduates’ and 02 Teachers’ Constituencies

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

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  12. Biennial election to the Maharashtra Legislative Council from 03 Graduates’ and 02 Teachers’ Constituencies.

    No. ECI/PN/85/2020
    Dated: 02nd November, 2020
    PRESS NOTE
    Subject:   Biennial election to the Maharashtra Legislative Council from 03 Graduates’ and 02 Teachers’ Constituencies.
                                
                     
                      The term of office of 05 members of the Maharashtra Legislative Council from Graduates’ and Teachers’ Constituencies has expired on 19th July, 2020, due to the retirement of the sitting members as detailed below:-
    Maharashtra
    Sl. No.
    Name of  Constituency
    Name of the Member
    Date of retirement
      Aurangabad Division Graduates’
    Chavan Satish Bhanudasrao
     
     
     
     
    19.07.2020
    2.       
    Pune Division Graduates’
    Chandrakant (Dada) Bachhu Patil*
    {*Elected in Maharashtra Legislative Assembly on 24.10.2019(A/N)}
    3.       
    Nagpur Division Graduates’
    Anil Madhukar Sole
    4.       
    Amravati Division Teachers’
    Shrikant Deshpande
    5.       
    Pune Division Teachers’
    Dattatraya Achyutrao Sawant
     
    2.      Considering the unforeseen situation of public health emergency due to COVID-19 and the guidelines & orders passed under the Disaster Management Act, 2005 by the competent authority, the Election Commission, on 16.07.2020 passed an Order under Article 324 of Constitution of India read with section 16 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, and directed that the process of election to the abovementioned seats be initiated at a later date after reviewing the prevailing situation.
    3.         The Commission, having considered the inputs received from CEO, Maharashtra has now decided that above mentioned biennial election to the Maharashtra State Legislative Council from Graduates’ and Teachers’ Constituencies, be held in accordance with the following programme:-
     
    1.       
    Issue of Notification
    05th November, 2020 (Thursday)
    2.       
    Last date of making nominations
    12th November, 2020 (Thursday)
    3.       
    Scrutiny of nominations
    13th November, 2020 (Friday)
    4.       
    Last date for withdrawal of candidature
    17th November, 2020 (Tuesday)
    5.       
    Date of Poll
    01st December, 2020 (Tuesday)
    6.       
    Hours of Poll
    08:00 am to 05:00 pm
    7.       
    Counting of votes
    03rd December, 2020 (Thursday)
    8.       
    Date before which election shall be completed
    07th December, 2020 (Monday)

    4        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/
    5.         Broad Guidelines to be followed during entire election processes for all persons:-
    I.          Every person shall wear face mask during every election related activity
    II.         At the entry of hall/ room/ premises used for election purposes:
    (a) Thermal Scanning of all persons shall be carried out:
    (b) Sanitizer shall be made available at all locations
    III.        Social distancing shall be maintained as per the extant COVID-19 guidelines of the State Govt. and Ministry of Home Affairs.
    IV.        As far as practicable, large halls should be identified and utilized to ensure social distancing norms.
    V.         Adequate number of vehicles shall be mobilized for movement of polling personnel, security personnel to ensure compliance of COVID-19 guidelines.
    6.         For broad guidelines to be followed strictly 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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  13. 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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  14. Biennial election to the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council from 05 Graduates’ and 06 Teachers’ Constituencies.

    No. ECI/PN/ 84/2020
    Dated:  02nd November, 2020
     
    PRESS NOTE
    Subject:  Biennial election to the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council from 05 Graduates’ and 06 Teachers’ Constituencies.
    The term of office of 11 members of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council from Graduates’ and Teachers’ Constituencies has expired on 06th May, 2020, due to the retirement of the sitting members as detailed below:-
    Uttar Pradesh
    Sl. No.
    Name of  Constituency
    Name of the Member
    Date of retirement
      Lucknow Division Graduates’
    Kanti Singh
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    06.05.2020
    2.       
    Varanasi Division Graduates’
    Kedar Nath Singh
    3.       
    Agra Division Graduates’
    Dr. Aseem Yadav
    4.       
    Meerut Division Graduates’
    Hem Singh Pundir, Shikshak Neta
    5.       
    Allahabad-Jhansi Division Graduates’
    Dr. Yagya Dutt Sharma
    6.       
    Lucknow Division Teachers’ 
    Umesh Dwivedi
    7.       
    Varanasi Division Teachers’ 
    Chet Narayan Singh
    8.       
    Agra Division Teachers’ 
    Jagveer Kishore Jain
    9.       
    Meerut Division Teachers’ 
    Omprakash Sharma Neta, Shikshak Dal
    10.   
    Bareilly-Moradabad Division Teachers’ 
    Sanjay Kumar Mishra
    11.   
    Gorakhpur-Faizabad Division Teachers’ 
    Dhruv Kumar Tripathi
     
    2.      Considering the unforeseen situation of public health emergency due to COVID-19 and the guidelines & orders passed under the Disaster Management Act, 2005 by the competent authority, the Election Commission, on 03.04.2020 passed an Order under Article 324 of Constitution of India read with section 16 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, and directed that the process of election to the abovementioned seats be initiated at a later date after reviewing the prevailing situation.
    3.         The Commission, having considered the inputs received from CEO, Uttar Pradesh has now decided that above mentioned biennial election to the Uttar Pradesh State Legislative Council from Graduates’ and Teachers’ Constituencies, be held in accordance with the following programme:-
    1.       
    Issue of Notification
    05th November, 2020 (Thursday)
    2.       
    Last date of making nominations
    12th November, 2020 (Thursday)
    3.       
    Scrutiny of nominations
    13th November, 2020 (Friday)
    4.       
    Last date for withdrawal of candidature
    17th November, 2020 (Tuesday)
    5.       
    Date of Poll
    01st December, 2020 (Tuesday)
    6.       
    Hours of Poll
    08:00 am to 05:00 pm
    7.       
    Counting of votes
    03rd December, 2020 (Thursday)
    8.       
    Date before which election shall be completed
    07th December, 2020 (Monday)
     
    4.         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/
    5.         Broad Guidelines to be followed during entire election processes for all persons:-
    I.          Every person shall wear face mask during every election related activity
    II.         At the entry of hall/ room/ premises used for election purposes:
    (a) Thermal Scanning of all persons shall be carried out:
    (b) Sanitizer shall be made available at all locations
    III.        Social distancing shall be maintained as per the extant COVID-19 guidelines of the State Govt. and Ministry of Home Affairs.
    IV.        As far as practicable, large halls should be identified and utilized to ensure social distancing norms.
    V.         Adequate number of vehicles shall be mobilized for movement of polling personnel, security personnel to ensure compliance of COVID-19 guidelines.
    6.         For broad guidelines to be followed strictly 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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  15. Biennial Elections to the Council of States to fill the seats of members retiring between June to July 2020-reg.

    Biennial Elections to the Council of States to fill the seats of  members retiring between June to July 2020-reg.
     



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

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


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

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

    No. ECI/PN/41/2020
    Dated: 15thJune, 2020
     
    PRESS NOTE
     Bye Election to the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council by the members ofLegislative 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 follow:
     
    Name of Member
    Nature of election
    Cause of vacancy
    Term up to
    Sri DokkaManikyaVara Prasad
    By MLAs
    Resignation on 09.03.2020
    29.03.2023
     
    2.           The Commission, after receiving inputs from CEO, Andhra Pradesh, 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 vacancyas per the following schedule: -
     
    S.No.
    Events
    Dates
    1.    
    Issue of Notifications
    18th June, 2020 (Thursday)
    2.    
    Last Date of making nominations
    25th June, 2020 (Thursday)
    3.    
    Scrutiny of nominations
    26th June, 2020 (Friday)
    4.    
    Last date for withdrawal of candidatures
    29th June, 2020 (Monday)
    5.    
    Date of Poll
    06th July, 2020 (Monday)
    6.    
    Hours of Poll
    09:00 am-04:00 pm
    7.    
    Counting of Votes
    06th July, 2020 (Monday) at 05:00 pm
    8.    
    Date before which election shall be completed
    08th July, 2020 (Wednesday)
    3.       Adequate measures for close monitoring of the election process by appointing observers shall be taken to ensure free and fair election.
    4.       Commission has also directed the Chief Secretary of the State to depute a senior officer from the State to ensure that the extant instructions regarding COVID-19 containment measures are complied with while making arrangements for conducting the elections.

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

    No. ECI/PN/46/2020
    Dated: 30thJuly, 2020
    PRESS NOTE
     Sub:-          Bye Election to the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council by the members ofLegislative 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 follow: 
    Name of Member
    Nature of election
    Cause of vacancy
    Term up to
    Sri MopideviVenkataRamanaRao
    By MLAs
    Resignation
    on 01.07.2020
    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 vacancyas per the following schedule: - 
    S.No.
    Events
    Dates
    1.     
    Issue of Notifications
    06th August, 2020 (Thursday)
    2.     
    Last Date of making nominations
    13th August, 2020 (Thursday)
    3.     
    Scrutiny of nominations
    14th August, 2020 (Friday)
    4.     
    Last date for withdrawal of candidatures
    17th August, 2020 (Monday)
    5.     
    Date of Poll
    24th August, 2020 (Monday)
    6.     
    Hours of Poll
    09:00 am to 04:00 pm
    7.     
    Counting of Votes
    24th August, 2020 (Monday) at 05:00 pm
    8.     
    Date before which election shall be completed
    26th August, 2020 (Wednesday)
    3.       Commission has also directed the Chief Secretary of the State to depute a senior officer from the State to ensure that the extant instructions regarding COVID-19 containment measures are complied with while making arrangements for conducting the elections.

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  20. Bye Election to the Council of States from Bihar -reg.

    No. ECI/PN/90/2020
    Dated: 19th November, 2020
    PRESS NOTE
    Subject:   Bye Election to the Council of States from Bihar -reg.
    There is one casual vacancy in the Council of States from Bihar as per following details: -
    State
    Name of Members
    Reason
    Date of vacancy
    Term Up to
    Bihar
    Shri Ram Vilas Paswan
    Death
    08.10.2020
    02.04.2024
    2. The Commission has decided to hold bye-election to the Council of States from Bihar to fill up the above said vacancy in accordance with the following schedule: -
    S. No
    Events
    Dates
    1 Issue of Notifications
      26th November, 2020 (Thursday)
    2 Last date of making nominations
    03rd December, 2020 (Thursday)
    3 Scrutiny of nominations
    04th December, 2020  (Friday)
    4 Last date for withdrawal of candidatures
    07th December, 2020  (Monday)
    5 Date of Poll
    14th December, 2020 (Monday)
    6 Hours of Poll
    09:00 am-04:00 pm
    7 Counting of Votes
    14th December, 2020  (Monday) at 05:00 pm
    8 Date before which election shall be completed
    16th December, 2020 (Wednesday)
     
    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, 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.
    5.         Further, the Commission has also appointed the Chief Electoral Officer, Bihar as Observer for this election.

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  22. Bye Election to the Council of States from Karnataka -reg.

    No. ECI/PN/86 /2020
    Dated: 02nd November, 2020
     
    PRESS NOTE
    Subject:   Bye Election to the Council of States from Karnataka -reg.
    There is one casual vacancy in the Council of States from Karnataka as per following details: -
    State
    Name of Members
    Reason
    Date of vacancy
    Term Up to
    Karnataka
    Shri Ashok Gasti
    Death
    17.09.2020
    25.06.2026
     2.               The Commission has decided to hold bye-election to the Council of States from Karnataka to fill up the above said vacancy in accordance with the following schedule: -
    S. No
    Events
    Dates
    1. Issue of Notifications
      11th November, 2020 (Wednesday)
    2. Last date of making nominations
    18th November, 2020 (Wednesday)
    3. Scrutiny of nominations
    19th November, 2020  (Thursday)
    4. Last date for withdrawal of candidatures
    23rd November, 2020 (Monday)
    5. Date of Poll
    01st December, 2020 (Tuesday)
    6. Hours of Poll
    09:00 am-04:00 pm
    7. Counting of Votes
    01st December, 2020  (Tuesday) at 05:00 pm
    8. Date before which election shall be completed
    04th December, 2020 (Friday)
     
    3.         Broad Guidelines to be followed during entire election processes for all persons:-
    I.          Every person shall wear face mask during every election related activity
    II.         At the entry of hall/ room/ premises used for election purposes:
    (a) Thermal Scanning of all persons shall be carried out:
    (b) Sanitizer shall be made available at all locations
    III.        Social distancing shall be maintained as per the extant COVID-19 guidelines of the State Govt. and Ministry of Home Affairs.
    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.
    5.         Further, the Commission has also appointed the Chief Electoral Officer, Karnataka as Observer for this election.          
     

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  24. Bye Election to the Maharashtra Legislative Council by the members of respective Legislative Assembly (MLAs) – reg.

    No. ECI/PN/02/2020
    Dated: 3rd January, 2020
    PRESS NOTE
    Subject:     Bye Election to the Maharashtra Legislative Council by the members of respective Legislative Assembly (MLAs) – reg. 
     There is one casual vacancy in the Maharashtra Legislative Council by the members of respective Legislative Assembly. The details of the vacancy are as follow:
    S.No
    Name of Member
    Name of Constituency
    Cause of vacancy
    Term up to
    1.
    Shri Munde, Dhananjay Panditrao                    
    By MLAs
    Elected in Maharashtra Legislative Assembly on 24.10.2019 (Afternoon)
    07.07.2022
     2. The Commission has decided to hold bye-election to the Maharashtra Legislative Council by the Member of the respective Legislative Assembly to fill the above mentioned vacancy as per the following schedule: -  
    S.No.
    Subject of Programme
    Dates and Days
    1.       
    Issue of Notifications
    07th January, 2020  (Tuesday)
    2.       
    Last Date of making nominations
    14th January, 2020 (Tuesday)
    3.       
    Scrutiny of nominations
    15th January, 2020 (Wednesday)
    4.       
    Last date for withdrawal of candidatures
    17th January, 2020 (Friday)
    5.       
    Date of Poll
    24th January, 2020 (Friday)
    6.       
    Hours of Poll
    9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.
    7.       
    Counting of Votes
    24th January, 2020 (Friday) at 5.00 p.m.
    8.       
    Date before which election shall be completed
    28th January 2020 (Tuesday)

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  25. Bye Elections to the Council of States from Uttar Pradesh and Kerala -reg.

    No. ECI/PN/45/2020
    Dated: 30th July, 2020 
    Press Note
    Subject:      Bye Elections to the Council of States from Uttar Pradesh and Kerala -reg.
      There are two casual vacancies in the Council of States one each from Uttar Pradesh and Kerala as per following details: -
    State
    Name of Members
    Reason
    Date of vacancy
    Term Up to
    Uttar Pradesh
    Beni Prasad Verma
    Death
    27.03.2020
    04.07.2022
    Kerala
    M.P. Veerendra Kumar
    Death
    28.05.2020
    02.04.2022
    2.  The Commission has decided to hold bye-elections to the Council of States from Uttar Pradesh and Kerala to fill up the above said vacancies in accordance with the following schedule: -
    S. No
    Events
    Dates
      Issue of Notifications
    06th August, 2020 (Thursday)
      Last date of making nominations
    13th August, 2020 (Thursday)
      Scrutiny of nominations
    14th August, 2020 (Friday)
      Last date for withdrawal of candidatures
    17th August, 2020 (Monday)
      Date of Poll
    24th August, 2020 (Monday)
      Hours of Poll
    09:00 am to 04:00 pm
      Counting of Votes
    24th August, 2020 (Monday) at 05:00 pm
      Date before which election shall be completed
    26th August, 2020 (Wednesday)
    3.       Commission has also directed the Chief Secretaries concerned to depute a senior officer from the State to ensure that the extant instructions regarding COVID-19 containment measures are complied with while making arrangements for conducting the elections.

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