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  1. 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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  2. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Press Note dated 16/06/2020

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

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  8. Noted Experimental Artist, Ms. Farhat Jamshed, presents an artwork to CEC

    No. ECI/PN/82/2020/Communication
    Dated: 21st October, 2020
     
    PRESS NOTE
    Noted Experimental Artist, Ms. Farhat Jamshed, presents an artwork to CEC
    Noted experimental artist, Ms. Farhat Jamshed, visited Election Commission of India today. She presented an artwork designed by her, to Chief Election Commissioner Shri Sunil Arora, which has now been installed in the chamber of CEC. According to Ms. Jamshed, this artwork is inspired by the ‘core principles’ and ‘inner light’ that constitute our country into a democracy. Appreciating her work and immense talent, Shri Arora wished her the best for her future endeavours.

    Ms. Farhat Jamshed has been working for over two decades, creating artwork through an array of media, including wood, metal, clay and paint. Her extensive portfolio includes installations, furniture and paintings. Ms. Jamshed’s work showcases a variety of influences, including the traditions of Constructivism, new movements in installation, and immersive experiments in modern art.

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

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


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

    No. ECI/PN/83/2020        
    Dated: 21st October, 2020
    PRESS NOTE
    Election Commission has constituted a committee comprising Sh. Harish Kumar, Ex. IRS and DG (Investigation), Sh. Umesh Sinha, Secretary General and DG (Expenditure) to examine the issues concerning expenditure limit for a candidate in view of increase in number of electors and rise in Cost Inflation Index and other factors.  
    Considering the factor of COVID-19, the Ministry of Law & Justice on 19.10.2020 has notified an amendment in Rule 90 of Conduct of Elections Rules, 1961 enhancing the existing expenditure limit by 10%.  This increase of 10% will be applicable with immediate effect in ongoing elections.
    Expenditure limit for a candidate was last revised in 2014 vide notification dated 28.02.2014, while in respect of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana it was revised vide notification dated 10.10.2018.  
    In last 6 years the limit was not increased despite increase in electorate from 834 million to 910 million in 2019 to 921 million now.  Further, Cost Inflation Index during this period has increased from 220 to 280 in 2019 to 301 now.  
    The committee will have following terms of reference:-
    i. To assess the change in number of electors across the States/Union Territories and its bearing on expenditure. ii. To assess the change in Cost Inflation Index and its bearing on the pattern of expenditure incurred by the candidates in recent elections. iii. To seek views/inputs of the political parties and other stakeholders. iv. To examine other factors which may have bearings on expenditure. v. To examine any other related issue. The Committee will submit its report within 120 days of its constitution.

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

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

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  12. ECI appoints Special Expenditure Observer for Bihar

    No. ECI/PN/71/2020
    Dated: 4th October, 2020
    PRESS NOTE
    ECI appoints Special Expenditure Observer for Bihar
    Election Commission of India has appointed Ms. Madhu Mahajan, ex-IRS(IT):1982 and Sh. B. R Balakrishnan, ex-IRS(IT):1983 as Special Expenditure Observers for General Election to Legislative Assembly of Bihar, 2020. 
    Special Expenditure Observers in consultation with the Chief Electoral Officer of Bihar will be supervising and monitoring the work being done by the electoral machinery and ensure that stringent and effective enforcement action is undertaken based on intelligence inputs and complaints received through C-VIGIL, voter Helpline 1950 against all persons/entities trying to induce voters by distributing cash, liquor & freebies etc. 
    It may be recalled that given their formidable domain expertise and impeccable track record, Ms. Madhu Mahajan, ex-IRS(IT):1982 was also appointed as Special Expenditure Observer for Tamil Nadu and Karnataka during Lok Sabha Election, 2019 and Maharashtra Assembly Election, 2019 and Sh. B. R Balakrishnan, ex-IRS(IT):1983 was also appointed as Special Expenditure Observer for bye-election to 89-Huzurnagar AC, Telangana, held in 2019. 

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  13. 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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  14. Schedule for Bye-Elections to fill casual vacancies in Legislative Assembly of Manipur

    Schedule for Bye-Elections to fill casual vacancies in Legislative Assembly of Manipur:

     
     

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  15. Bye-election to the Maharashtra Legislative Council from Yavatmal Local Authorities' Constituency.

    No. ECI/PN/03/2020                                                                                              
    Dated: 3rd January, 2020
    PRESS NOTE
    Subject:      Bye-election to the Maharashtra Legislative Council from Yavatmal Local Authorities' Constituency. 
     There is one casual vacancy in the Maharashtra Legislative Council from Yavatmal Local Authorities' Constituency. The details of vacancy are as under: - 
    Name of Member
    Cause of vacancy
    Date of Vacancy
    Date of retirement
    Tanaji Jaywant Sawant
    Elected in Maharashtra Legislative Assembly 
    24.10.2019 (Afternoon)
    05.12.2022
     2.  The Commission has decided to hold bye-election to the Maharashtra Legislative Council to fill the above mentioned vacancy in accordance with the following schedule: -
    S.No
    EVENTS
    DATES & 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
    31st January, 2020 (Friday)
    6.        
    Hours of poll   
     8.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.
    7.        
    Counting of Votes
    04th February, 2020 (Tuesday)
    8.        
    Date before which election shall be completed
    06th February, 2020 (Thursday)
      
    3. The Model Code of Conduct concerning the said election will come into force with immediate effect in the concerned Constituency. Please see the details in Commission’s website under
    https://eci.gov.in/files/file/4070-biennial-bye-elections-to-the-legislative-councils-from-council-constituencies-by-graduates’-and-teachers’-and-local-authorities’-constituencies-–-mcc-instructions-–-regarding/
     

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  16. Conducting free, fair, participative and safe elections in Bihar a priority: CEC

    No. ECI/PN/73/2020 
    Date: 5th October, 2020
    PRESS NOTE
     
    Conducting free, fair, participative and safe elections in Bihar a priority: CEC
    ECI Organizes Virtual cum in-person Briefing Meeting of Election Observers amid Corona Backdrop for Legislative Assembly Elections in Bihar 
     
    Election Commission of India today organized a Briefing Meeting for Observers to be deployed for the forthcoming Bihar Legislative Assembly Elections as also bye elections across the states, schedule for which was announced on 25th September, 2020 and subsequently.  This meeting was uniquely positioned as a blend of virtual and physical gathering with more than 700 General, Police and Expenditure Observers joining virtually from 119 locations across the country and about 40 Observers posted in Delhi joining in person.

                Speaking to the Observers, Chief Election Commissioner Sh. Sunil Arora gave a global perspective on the impact of Covid 19 on election schedules around the world and the detailed deliberation and assessments done by ECI before taking the decision to conduct elections in Bihar. He underscored the need to be extra careful as this election will be keenly watched by the world community being the largest election in the world to be held amid the pandemic. He reiterated ECI’s commitment to conduct an election that is free, fair, transparent, ethical and also Covid Safe. He stated that the strength of a democracy rests in its primary stakeholder- the voter . All efforts must be made to instil confidence in the voter to come to the polling station on election day to cast her/his vote safely and freely. He called upon the Observers to assume the role of friend, philosopher and guide to the local election machinery, guide and hand-hold them and help resolve their issues. He lauded the commitment and dedication of some of the special expenditure observers in the past who made sure that level playing field was made available during election. Such observers, by virtue of their formidable domain knowledge and absolute impartiality, attest to the faith that was reposed in ECI as an institution by the founding fathers of our Constitution.
      Election Commissioner Shri Sushil Chandra emphasised the significance of role of Observers.  He pointed out that two Special Expenditure Observers have already been appointed by the Commission and if required other such Special Observers would also be appointed as the election process progresses.  Shri Chandra pointed out that familiarization with laid down instructions specifically the highlights of the broad guidelines issued by the Commission on 21st August, 2020 as also by the CEO Bihar should be strictly adhered to.  He advised officers to pro-actively redress complaints and ensure impartially  while discharging their duties.
    Speaking on the occasion, Election Commissioner Shri Rajiv Kumar drew the attention of the officers that as Observers they have a statutory duty to perform on  behalf of Election Commission of India.  He said the officers should always bear in mind they are the actual face of ECI on the ground.  He reminded the officers that Bihar Elections needs to be showcased  to the  world as all attention is focussed on these Elections.He said the Observers play an important role in guiding, mentoring and advising the field teams.
    Sessions in the half- day long  briefing held today for the Delhi based Observers, as also for Officers attending online from other States and UTs, were addressed by Secretary  General, ECI, Shri Umesh Sinha and other DECs.  Giving a panoramic view of election process, Shri Sinha specifically briefed the officers on Election Planning, Security Management, SVEEP and Media aspects.  Sr. Dy. Election Commissioner Shri Dharmendra Sharma informed the Observers of the training process already conducted for the polling personnel.  Dy. Election Commissioner Shri Sudeep Jain spoke to the Observers on the EVM VVPAT management system as also the Electoral Roll issues.
      DEC, Shri Chandra Bhushan Kumar, who is also Bihar State In-charge at ECI, detailed out the legal provision, Model  Code of Conduct issues specifically in COVID scenario for Bihar Elections.  DEC, Shri Ashish Kundra briefed the Observers on the specific IT applications while. Director Expenditure and Director Media too briefed the Observers on their specific role in Expenditure monitoring and effective use of Media Certification and Monitoring Committees. 

    Each of the sessions laid emphasis on the extra dimension of Covid safe election and the broad guidelines issued by the Commission on this subject and the seminal role that Observers would play in ensuring that these guidelines and instructions on various facets are followed in letter and spirit.

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

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

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  18. Commission decides not to extend the facility of postal ballot to electors above 65 years of age in General Assembly Elections in Bihar and by elections due in near future in view of constraints of logistics, manpower and safety protocols of Covid-19    

    No. ECI/PN/43/2020  
    Date: 16th July, 2020
     
     
    PRESS NOTE
    Subject: Commission decides not to extend the facility of postal ballot to electors above 65 years of age in General Assembly Elections in Bihar and by elections due in near future in view of constraints of logistics, manpower and safety protocols of Covid-19             
    In view of COVID-19 pandemic, lockdown guidelines have been issued in the country from time to time by National Disaster Management Authority, under the Disaster Management Act, 2005. In the guideline dated 17.05.2020, issued by Union Home Secretary and Chairperson National Executive Committee, constituted under the Disaster Management Act, 2005,  it has been specified vide para 7 that,
    “Protection of vulnerable persons: Persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women, and children below the age of 10 years, shall stay at home, except for essential and health purposes.”  
    Simultaneously, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare prescribed detailed procedure of quarantine (Home/Institutional) for COVID-19 positive/suspect persons vide its instructions dated 05.04.2020 and 18.05.2020. 
    2. Considering this extraordinary situation, Commission had recommended extension of optional postal ballot facilities to voters above 65 years in order to minimize their vulnerability and exposure at the Polling stations and to Covid positive voters and voters under quarantine so that they are not deprived of their voting rights. On the recommendation of the Commission, Ministry of Law & Justice notified the amended rules accordingly on 19.06.2020. However, before implementing this enabling provision, due notification is issued by the Commission, under section 60(c) of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 at the time of election. Before implementing these enabling provisions, Commission continually assesses the field situation and logistics of operationalization. 
    3.    Commission has been constantly monitoring the electoral preparedness for the coming by-elections and General elections of Assembly in Bihar, in view of this unprecedented environment. Commission has already limited the number of electors to one thousand for each polling station for ease of voting, especially for elderly and vulnerable sections of electors, in COVID-19 situations. In view of this, the State is creating additional 34,000 (approximately) polling stations (45% more), which will increase the total number of polling stations to around 1,06,000. This would entail formidable logistical challenges of mobilizing 1.8 lakh more polling personnel and other additional resources including requirement of much larger number of vehicles in the State of Bihar. Similar challenges would be there for the coming by-elections also.  
    4.     Considering all these issues, challenges and constraints and in view of the decision to limit the number of electors at each polling station to 1000, Commission has decided not to issue the notification to extend the facility of postal ballot to the electors above 65 years of age in the coming General Elections in Bihar and by- elections due in the near future. However, facility of optional postal ballot to electors who are above 80 years of age, PwD Voters, the electors engaged in essential services and voters who are COVID-19 positive/suspect in quarantine (home/institutional) will be extended in these elections.
     
     

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  19. 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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  20. Registration of political parties under Section 29A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 – Public Notice Period – regarding.

    No. ECI/PN/74/2020               
    Date: 8th October, 2020
    PRESS NOTE
    Subject :  Registration of political parties under Section 29A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 – Public Notice Period – regarding.
    Registration of Political parties is governed by the provisions of Section 29A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951. A party seeking registration under the said Section with the Commission has to submit an application to the Commission within a period of 30 days following the date of its formation as per guidelines prescribed by the Commission in exercise of the powers conferred by Article 324 of the Constitution of India and Section 29A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951. As per existing guidelines, the applicant association is, inter-alia, asked to publish proposed Name of the party in two national daily news papers and two local daily newspapers, on two days for submitting objections, if any, with regard to the proposed registration of the party before the Commission within   30 days from such publication.  Notice so published is also displayed on the website of the Commission. 
    2. The Commission has announced the General Elections for the Legislative Assembly of Bihar,2020 on 25th September, 2020.  It has been brought to the notice of the Commission that in view of prevailing restrictions on account of Covid -19, there was dislocation and delay in moving applications for registration, which in turn led to delay in registration as a Political Party.  Therefore, after considering  all aspects of the matter, the Commission has given a relaxation and has reduced the notice period from 30 days to 7 days for the parties who have published their public notice on or before 07.10.2020.  For all parties, including  of those parties which have already published the Public Notice in less than 7 days prior to 07.10.2020, objection, if any, can be submitted latest by  5.30 PM  on 10th October, 2020 or by the end of the originally provided  30 days period, whichever is earlier. 
    3. This relaxation will remain in force till 20th October, 2020, the last date of nomination for Phase 3 of the General Election to the Legislative Assembly of State of Bihar. 

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  21. Clarification regarding bye-elections

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

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

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

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  23. General election to the Legislative Assembly of NCT of Delhi, 2020 - Media Coverage during the period referred to in Section 126 of the RP Act, 1951.

    No. ECI/PN/05/2020              
    Date: 9th January, 2020
     
    PRESS NOTE
    Sub: General election to the Legislative Assembly of NCT of Delhi, 2020 - Media Coverage during the period referred to in Section 126 of the RP Act, 1951.
     
    The Schedule for holding General Election to the Legislative Assembly of NCT of Delhi, 2020 has been announced on 6th January, 2020.  Poll is scheduled to be held in single phase on 08.02.2020. Section 126 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 prohibits displaying any election matter by means, inter alia, of television or similar apparatus, during the period of 48 hours before the hour fixed for conclusion of poll in a constituency. The relevant portions of the said Section 126 are re-produced below:
    (126. Prohibition of public meeting during period of forty-eight hours ending with hour fixed for conclusion of poll-
    (1) No person shall-
    (a).....................
    (b) Display to the public any election matter by means of cinematograph, television or other similar apparatus;
    (c)........................
    In any polling area during the period of forty-eight hours ending with the hour fixed for the conclusion of the poll for any election in the polling area.
    (2) Any person who contravenes the provisions of sub-section (1) shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with both.
    (3) In this Section, the expression “election mater” means any.matter intended or calculated to influence or affect the result of an election
    2. During elections, there are sometimes allegations of violation of the provisions of the above Section 126 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 by TV channels in the telecast of their panel discussions/debates and other news and current affairs programmes. The Commission has clarified in the past that the said Section 126 prohibits displaying any election matter by means, inter alia, of television or similar apparatus, during the period of 48 hours ending with the hour fixed for conclusion of poll in a constituency. "Election matter" has been defined in that Section as any matter intended or calculated to influence or affect the result of an election. Violation of the aforesaid provisions of Section 126 is punishable with imprisonment up to a period of two years, or with fine or both.
    3. The Commission once again reiterates that the TV/Radio channels and cable networks/internet website/social media platforms should ensure that the contents of the programmes telecast/broadcast/ displayed by them during the period of 48 hours referred to in Section 126 do not contain any material, including views/appeals by panelists/participants that may be construed as promoting/ prejudicing the prospect of any particular party or candidate(s) or influencing/ affecting the result of the election. This shall, among other things include display of any opinion poll and of standard debates, analysis, visuals and sound-bytes.
    4. In this connection, attention is also invited to Section 126A of the R.P. Act 1951, which prohibits conduct of Exit poll and dissemination of its results during the period mentioned therein, i.e. the hour fixed for commencement of poll and half an hour after the time fixed for close of poll.
    5. During the period not covered by Section 126, concerned TV/Radio/Cable/FM channels/internet websites/Social Media platforms are free to approach the state/ district/ local authorities for necessary permission for conducting any broadcast/Telecast related events (other than exit polls) which must also conform to the provisions of the model code of conduct, the programme code laid down by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting under the Cable Network  (Regulation)  Act  with  regard to decency,  maintenance  of communal  harmony,  etc.  All Internet websites and Social Media platforms must also comply with the provisions of The Information      Technology      Act,      2000     and      ECI     guidelines No-491/SM/2013/Communication, dt 25thOctober, 2013, for all political content on their platform. As regards political advertisement, the same needs pre-certification by the Committees set up at State/District level as per the Commission's order  No. 509/75/2004/JS-I, dt 15th April,2004.
    6. Attention of all print media is also drawn to the following guidelines issued    by Press Council of India to follow for observance during the election:
    i. It will be the duty of the Press to give objective reports about elections and the candidates.  The newspapers are not expected to indulge in unhealthy election campaigns, exaggerated reports about any candidate/party or incident during the elections.  In practice, two or three closely contesting candidates attract all the media attention. While reporting on the actual campaign, a newspaper may not leave out any important point raised by a candidate and make an attack on his or her opponent. ii. Election campaign along communal or caste lines is banned under the election rules. Hence, the Press should eschew reports, which tend to promote feelings of enmity or hatred between people on the ground of religion, race, caste, community or language. iii. The Press should refrain from publishing false or critical statements in regard to the personal character and conduct of any candidate or in relation to the candidature or withdrawal of any candidate or his candidature, to prejudice the prospects of that candidate in the elections. The Press shall not publish unverified allegations against any candidate/party. iv. The Press shall not accept any kind of inducement, financial or otherwise, to project a candidate/party. It shall not accept hospitality or other facilities offered to them by or on behalf of any candidate/party.
    v. The Press is not expected to indulge in canvassing of a particular candidate/party. If it does, it shall allow the right of reply to the other candidate/party.
    vi. The Press shall not accept/publish any advertisement at the cost of public exchequer regarding achievements of a party/ government in power.
    vii. The Press shall observe all the directions/ orders/instructions of the Election Commission/Returning Officers or Chief Electoral Officer issued from time to time.
    7. Attention of the electronic media is invited to the "Guidelines for Election Broadcasts" issued by NBSA dt 3rd March, 2014.
    i. News broadcasters should endeavour to inform the public in an objective manner, about relevant electoral matters, political parties, candidates, campaign issues and voting processes as per rules and regulations laid down under The Representation of the People Act 1951 and by the Election Commission of India. ii. News channels shall disclose any political affiliations, either towards a party or candidate. Unless they publicly endorse or support a particular party or candidate, news broadcasters have a duty to be balanced and impartial, especially in their election reporting.
    iii. News broadcasters must endeavour to avoid all forms of rumor, baseless speculation and disinformation, particularly when these concern specific political parties or candidates. Any candidate/political party, which has been defamed or is a victim of misrepresentation, misinformation or other similar injury by broadcast of information should be afforded prompt correction, and where appropriate granted an opportunity of reply.
    iv. News broadcasters must resist all political and financial pressures which may affect coverage of elections and election related matters.
    v. News broadcasters should maintain a clear distinction between editorial and expert opinion carried on their news channels.
    vi. News broadcasters that use video feed from political parties should disclose it and appropriately tagged.
    vii. Special care must be taken to ensure that every element of news/ programmes dealing with elections and election related matters is accurate on all facts relating to events, dates, places and quotes. If by mistake or inadvertence any inaccurate information is broadcast, the broadcaster must correct it as soon as it comes to the broadcaster's notice with the same prominence as was given to the original broadcast.
    viii. News broadcasters, their journalists and officials must not accept any money, or valuable gifts, or any favour that could influence or appear to influence, create a conflict of interest or damage the credibility of the broadcaster or their personnel.
    ix. News broadcasters must  not  broadcast  any  form  of  'hate  speech' or other obnoxious content  that may lead  to incitement  of violence or promote public unrest or disorder as election campaigning based  on communal or caste factors is prohibited under Election Rules. News broadcasters should strictly avoid reports which tend to promote feelings of enmity or hatred among people, on the ground of religion, race, caste, community, region or language.
    x. News broadcasters are required to scrupulously maintain a distinction between news and paid content.  All paid content should be clearly marked as "Paid Advertisement" or "Paid Content”: and paid content must be carried in compliance with the "Norms & Guidelines on Paid News" dated 24.11.2011 issued by NBA.
    xi Special care must be taken to report opinion polls accurately and fairly, by disclosing to viewers as to who commissioned, conducted and paid for the conduct of the opinion polls and the broadcast. If a news broadcaster carries the results of an opinion poll or other election projection, it must also explain the context, and the scope and limits of such polls with their limitations. Broadcast of opinion polls should be accompanied by information to assist viewers to understand the poll's significance, such as  the methodology used, the sample size, the margin of error, the fieldwork dates, and data used. Broadcasters should also disclose how vote shares  are converted to seat shares.
    xii. The broadcasters shall not broadcast any "election matter" i.e. any matter intended or calculated to influence or affect the result of an election, during the 48 hours ending with the hours fixed for the conclusion of poll in  violation of Section 126(1)(b) of  the Representation of the People Act1951.
    xiii. The Election Commission of India (ECI) will monitor the broadcasts made by news broadcasters from the time elections are announced until the conclusion and announcement of election results. Any violation by member broadcasters reported to the News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA) by the Election Commission will be dealt with by the NBSA under its regulations.
    xiv. Broadcasters should, to the extent possible, carry voter education programmes to effectively inform voters about the voting process,  the importance of voting, including how, when and where to vote, to register to vote and the secrecy of the ballot.
    xv. News broadcasters must not air any final, formal and definite results until such results are formally announced by the Election Commission of India, unless such results are carried with clear disclaimer that they are unofficial or incomplete or partial results or projections which should not be taken as final results.
    8. Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) has also developed a “Voluntary Code of Ethics” for all the participating social media platforms to ensure free, fair & ethical usage of their platforms to maintain integrity of electoral process during the General Elections to the Lok Sabha 2019. As agreed by IAMAI, vide letter dated 23.09.2019, the “Voluntary Code of Ethics” shall be observed during all elections. Accordingly, the Code is also applicable in Delhi Assembly Elections 2020. Attention of all concerned Social Media platforms is invited to the following text of “Voluntary Code of Ethics” dt 20th March, 2019:   
    i. Participants will endeavour to, where appropriate and keeping in mind the principle of freedom of expression, deploy appropriate policies and processes to facilitate access to information regarding electoral matters on their products and/ or services.
    ii. Participants will endeavour to voluntarily undertake information, education and communication campaigns to build awareness including electoral laws and other related instructions. Participants will also endeavour to impart training to the nodal officer at ECI on their products/ services, including mechanism for sending requests as per procedure established by law.
    iii. Participants and the Election Commission of India (ECI) have developed a notification mechanism by which the ECI can notify the relevant platforms of potential violations of Section 126 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 and other applicable electoral laws in accordance with procedures established by law. These valid legal orders will be acknowledged and/ or processed within 3 hours for violations reported under Section 126 as per the Sinha Committee recommendations. All other valid legal requests will be acted upon expeditiously by the Participants, based on the nature of reported violation.
    iv. Participants are creating/opening a high priority dedicated reporting mechanism for the ECI and appoint dedicated person(s) / teams during the period of General Elections to interface with and to exchange feedback as may assist with taking expeditious action upon receipt of such a lawful request, following due legal process, from the ECI.
    v. Participants will provide a mechanism for relevant political advertisers, in accordance with their obligations under law, to submit pre-certificates issued by ECI and/or Media Certification & Monitoring Committee (MCMC) of the ECI in relation to election advertisements that feature names of political parties, candidates for the Haryana & Maharashtra Assembly Elections and the Bye-Elections to various Parliamentary Constituencies and Assembly Constituencies being held simultaneously. Further, Participants shall expeditiously process/action paid political advertisements lawfully notified to Participants by the ECI that do not feature such certification.
    vi. Participants will commit to facilitating transparency in paid political advertisements, including utilising their pre-existing labels/ disclosure technology for such advertisements.
    vii. Participants will, pursuant to a valid request received from the ECI, via Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) provide an update on the measures taken by them to prevent abuse of their respective platforms.
    viii. IAMAI will coordinate with the Participants on the steps carried out under this Code and IAMAI as well as Participants will be in constant communication with the ECI during the election period.
    The above guidelines should be duly observed for compliance by all the concerned media.

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

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

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

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

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

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