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  1. Election Commission of India submits list of newly elected members to the 17th Lok Sabha to the Hon'ble President of India

    Election Commission of India
    Nirvachan Sadan, Ashoka Road, New Delhi-110001
     
    No. ECI/PN/60/2019                                                                                                                                                                                                         Dated: 25th May, 2019
    PRESS NOTE
    Subject: Election Commission of India submits list of newly elected members to the 17th Lok Sabha to the Hon'ble President of India
     
    Chief Election Commissioner, Shri Sunil Arora along with  Election Commissioners Shri Ashok Lavasa and Shri Sushil Chandra, called on the Hon’ble President of India at 1230 hrs today (May 25, 2019). A copy of the Notification issued by the Election Commission of India in terms of Section 73 of the Representation of People’s Act, 1951, containing the names of Members elected to the House of the People – following General Elections to the 17th Lok Sabha – was submitted by them to the Hon’ble President.
     
              Afterwards, the Chief Election Commissioner, both the Election Commissioners and senior officers of the Election Commission of India went Rajghat to seek blessings of the Father of the Nation after the conclusion of the elections.
     
     
     

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  2. VVPAT Counting Sequence to remain as per Supreme Court Approved guidelines: ECI

    VVPAT Counting Sequence to remain as per Supreme Court Approved guidelines: ECI

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  3. General Election to the House of the People – 2019 Real-Time Dissemination of Counting Day Trends and Results

    No. ECI/PN/58/2019                                                           Dated: 22nd May, 2019
    Press Note
     
    General Election to the House of the People – 2019
    Real-Time Dissemination of Counting Day Trends and Results
     
    The Counting of Votes for General Election to the House of the People – 2019 shall be held on 23rd May, 2019.  In this regard, the Commission has come up with a new IT based initiative, which will enable the system in providing real-time trends and results of the vote counting across the States/UTs.  The counting trends and results will be available on the ECI Website at the URL https://results.eci.gov.in  as well as on the Voter Helpline App, both iOS and Android Mobile Apps.  The dissemination will start functioning from 8.00 a.m. on the Counting Day and would be continuously updated.
    The Voter Helpline App can be downloaded from the Google Play Store or Apple Play Store.  For the first time, the citizens can use a smart phone to know the results.  They can use the available filter to find out the winning/leading or trailing candidate details, along with the Constituency-wise or State-wise results from the Voter Helpline App.  The citizens can bookmark their favourite candidate and watch the real-time results, as per their convenience on the Voter Helpline App or make a wish list to track the real-time status.
    The local display of the trends and results by the CEOs/ROs/DEOs will also be done through the Digital Display Panels provided by Election Commission of India.

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  4. Control room at ECI

    No. ECI/PN/57/2019                                                           Dated: 21st May, 2019
    Press Note
     
    Control room at ECI
    A 24 hour EVM Control Room has been made functional at Nirvachan Sadan to monitor complaints relating to polled EVMs. The complaints related to storage issues at strongrooms, security of strongrooms,  permissions to candidates to post their agents at strongrooms, cctv monitoring, movement of any EVMs, and any complaints during counting related to EVMs can be informed at control room number is 011-23052123 (with 5 hunting lines)
     

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  5. Polled EVMs are absolutely safe in Strongrooms

    Election Commission of India
    Nirvachan Sadan, Ashoka Road, New Delhi-110001
     
    No. ECI/PN/56/2019                                                                                                                                                                Dated: 21st May, 2019
                                                          PRESS NOTE
    Subject: Polled EVMs are absolutely safe in Strongrooms
     
    Certain complaints of alleged movement of EVMs, purportedly to replace the polled EVMs in the strongrooms, have been doing the rounds in sections of media. Election Commission of India would like to emphatically and unambiguously clarify that all such reports and allegations are absolutely false, and factually incorrect. The visuals seen viral on media do not pertain to any EVMs used during the polls.
    After the close of polls, all polled EVMs and VVPATs are brought under security cover to the designated strongrooms, which is sealed with double locks, in the presence of the candidates and in the presence of Observers of the Election Commission. The entire process of storage and sealing of the strongroom is covered under videography. Continuous CCTV coverage is done till completion of counting. Each strongroom is guarded with round-the-clock security by Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF). Further, the candidates or their designated agents remain present at the strongroom for 24X7 vigil at all times.
    On the counting day, the strongrooms are opened in the presence of the candidates/agents and Observer under videography. Before the counting of EVMs commences, the counting agents are shown the address tags, seals and serial number of the EVMs to satisfy themselves to the genuineness and authenticity of the machinesused in the actual polls.
    The provisions and protocols have been explained to the political parties on multiple occasions including in several of the 93 meetings held with them at the Commission since announcement of elections. All Chief Electoral Officers and District Election Officers have again been advised to brief the candidates on the elaborate counting arrangements.
    As can be appreciated, the detailed administrative protocols, security framework and procedural guidelines mandated by the Commission completely foreclose and pre-empt the possibility of any mischief or manipulation in the polled EVMs and VVPATs stored in the designated strongrooms under the 24X7 watch of the CAPF as well as the candidates. 
    The aspersions in clips being used in media merely pertain to the storage or movement of Reserve unused EVMs. However any case of lapse even in handling of Reserve EVMs is thoroughly investigated and disciplinary action taken against the officers responsible. An EVM Control Room no. 011- 23052123 will also be functioning at Nirvachan Sadan for handling any EVM related complaints till the completion of counting. This will become operative from 11 am on 22.5.2019.

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  6. Bye-elections to State Legislative Councils of Bihar, Maharashtra and Telangana by Members of respective Legislative Assemblies-reg.

    No. ECI/PN/55/2019               Dated: 14th May, 2019
     PRESS NOTE
    Subject:  Bye-elections to State Legislative Councils of Bihar, Maharashtra and Telangana by Members of respective Legislative Assemblies-reg.      
     There are four casual vacancies in State Legislative Councils of Bihar, Maharashtra and Telangana elected by the members of Legislative Assembly of concerned State as per the following details:
    S.No
    Name of State
    Constituencies-
    Date of Vacancy
    Term up to
    1.
    Telangana
    Hanmanth Rao Mynampally
    Resignation on 11.12.2018
    29.03.2023
    2.
    Bihar
    Dr. Suraj Nandan Prasad
    Death on 30.12.2018
    06.05.2020
    Syed Khurshid Mohammad Mohsin
    Death on 12.01.2019
    06.05.2024
    3.
    Maharashtra
    Deshmukh, Shivajirao Bapuso
    Death on 14.01.2019
    24.04.2020
     
    2.  The Commission has decided to hold bye elections to State Legislative Councils of Bihar, Maharashtra and Telangana by Members of respective Legislative Assemblies in accordance with the following programme: -
    Sl.No.
    Subject of Programme
    Dates and Days

    1 Issue of Notifications
    21st May, 2019 (Tuesday)

    2 Last Date of making nominations
    28th May, 2019 (Tuesday)

    3 Scrutiny of nominations
    29th May, 2019 (Wednesday)

    4 Last date for withdrawal of candidatures
    31st may, 2019 (Friday)

    5 Date of Poll
    07th June, 2019 ( Friday)

    6 Hours of Poll
    9.00 a.m.-4.00 p.m.

    7 Counting of Votes
    07th June, 2019 (Friday) at 5.00 p.m.

    8 Date before which election shall be completed
    10th June, 2019 (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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  7. Biennial Election to the Council of States from Assam - reg.

    No. ECI/PN/54/2019      Dated: 14th May, 2019
     PRESS NOTE
     Subject: Biennial Election to the Council of States from Assam -reg
    The term of office of 02 (two) members of the Rajya Sabha elected from Assam is going to expire on 14.06.2019 as per following details:
    State
    No. of seats
    Name of Member
    Date of retirement
    Assam
    2
    Dr. Manmohan Singh
    14.06.2019
    Santiuse Kujur
    2.  The Commission has decided to hold biennial election to Council of States from Assam in accordance with the following programme: -
    Sl.No.
    Subject of Programme
    Dates and Days

    1 Issue of Notifications
    21st May, 2019 (Tuesday)

    2 Last Date of making nominations
    28th May, 2019 (Tuesday)

    3 Scrutiny of nominations
    29th May, 2019 (Wednesday)

    4 Last date for withdrawal of candidatures
    31st may, 2019 (Friday)

    5 Date of Poll
    07th June, 2019 ( Friday)

    6 Hours of Poll
    9.00 a.m.-4.00 p.m.

    7 Counting of Votes
    07th June, 2019 (Friday) at 5.00 p.m.

    8 Date before which election shall be completed
    10th June, 2019 (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 election.
    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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  8. More than 65 Representatives from 20 Election Management Bodies across the World witness 17th Lok Sabha Elections as part of Election Commission's Election Visitors' Programme

    Election Commission of India
    Nirvachan Sadan, Ashoka Road, New Delhi-1100O1
     
     
    No. ECI/PN/53/2019                                                           Dated: 12th May, 2019
    Press Note
     
    More than 65 Representatives from 20 Election Management Bodies across the World witness 17th Lok Sabha Elections as part of Election Commission's  Election Visitors' Programme
     
    Heads and Representatives of 20 Election Management Bodies (EMBs) from across the World, namely Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Fiji, Georgia, Kenya, Republic of Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, Romania, Russia, Srilanka,  Suriname, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan and Zimbabwe and International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) have arrived in New Delhi to witness the ongoing General Elections to 17th Lok Sabha. More than 65 such delegates have been invited by Election Commission of India to join the Election Visitors Program. 
     
    Addressing the participants, the Chief Election Commissioner, Shri Sunil Arora lauded the foresight and vision of forefathers of Indian Constitution in establishing the Election Commission of India a day before the promulgation of the Republic. While quoting from Article 324 of the Constitution of India, Sh Arora reiterated that Election Commission of India is firmly committed to ensure free, fair and robust elections in the country. He added that Election Commission of India had never been deterred by the sceptics & critics and as always, is committed to function as per the principles and ideals enshrined in the Constitution of India by our visionary forefathers. "The objective and intention of the Commission is to always keep learning from the experiences of the past for necessary course corrections for the future" Shri Arora emphasised.
    Citing vignettes from recent phases of election coverage, Shri Arora said further efforts would be made to make the election process more robust, ethical, inclusive, accessible and participative. CEC announced that Committees will be set up to study best practices from the States, document issues and challenges faced; further improve upon procedural measures to strengthen learnings from these Elections and identify critical gaps if any. Shri Arora also highlighted the recent IT initiatives taken and particularly the effectiveness of c-Vigil Application of the ECI which has truly empowered the citizens in help reporting instances of violations of MCC and play critical role in the entire electoral process.
    Acknowledging the role of entire team of ECI in meeting the varied challenges in smoothly conducting elections in world’s largest democracy, Sh Arora, as a gesture of esprit de corps introduced the  ECI team leaders of different divisions at the headquarters to the Delegates. 
    Election Commissioner Sh Ashok Lavasa recalled that India has come a long way from 1950 when World was skeptical of decolonized India being able to handle democracy. "Its a tribute to forefathers of Indian Constitution that Universal Right to Vote was granted from day one" he pointed out. "We take comfort from the fact that from the first election of 1952 when mere 170 million electorates, spread across 2 lakh polling stations, the participative exercise of Indian Elections has now grown to more than 910 million voters for whom ECI machinery organizes more than 10 lakh polling stations". Sh Lavasa noted that adoption and adaptation of technology embraced by ECI has helped manage this large scale electoral process, making it one of the largest management exercise in the World.
    Shri Sushil Chandra in his address to the participants of the Election Visitors' Programme highlighted the comprehensive preparations set in place by ECI for the conduct of elections to the 17th Lok Sabha across 543 Parliamentary Constituencies of the country along with General Elections to the State Legislatures of Andhra Pradesh, Arunanchal Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim, in a free, fair and peaceful manner. "Abuse of money power in Elections is widely recognized as the greatest challenge faced both by the established and emerging democracies across the world", he pointed out. ECI accordingly has made elaborate arrangements for effective implementation of Election Expenditure Monitoring mechanism. Deployment of General, Police and Expenditure Observers as also Micro observers, to keep a watchful eye on the mammoth electoral process ensures the sanctity and purity of electoral process, he informed the Delegates.
    Senior officials of the Election Commission made comprehensive presentations to apprise the foreign delegates on the role and responsibilities of the Election Commission of India and various challenges in planning and organizing elections in the world’s largest democracy. Presentations regarding political party registrations; Election Commission’s advance training & research wing- India International Institute of Democracy & Election Management (IIIDEM); preparation of Electoral Rolls and IT initiatives; Electoral Voting Machines and VVPATs; briefing on Media and Social Media Interaction; Election laws and related matters were made. 
    Second issue of ECI's quarterly magazine "My Vote Matters" was also released on this occasion by the Commission. The Magazine presents a comprehensive glimpse of preparatory initiatives in different States for the ongoing elections. First issue of this magazine was presented by Chief Election Commissioner Sh Sunil Arora to the Hon'ble President of India Sh Ram Nath Kovind on the National Voters' Day 25th January 2019.
     
    Welcoming the Delegates, Shri Umesh Sinha, Sr. Deputy Election Commissioner underscored that these visits provide a good opportunity for sharing of experiences and an exchange of best practices among the Election Management Bodies. He also gave an overview of the election planning, security management and the initiatives taken by the Commission under its flagship programme SVEEP for voter education and awareness. He said that today all EMBs across the World need to learn from the experiences of each other to meet new challenges.
    The conduct of elections in India is an exercise gigantic in scale and complexity. On May 11, 2019 the eve of elections to the sixth phase, the delegates visited South Delhi, East Delhi, Chandnichowk, West Delhi and Gurgaon Parliamentary constituencies to get a glimpse of the poll preparedness activities, dispatch of polling parties and the massive logistic arrangements put in place to ensure a free, fair and festive elections. They interacted with the district level poll machinery headed by the DEO/RO .Thereafter the delegation visited India international Institute of Democracy and Election Management (IIIDEM), the new training and research campus of ECI located at Dwarka which has the capacity to train close to 900 personnel at one go. This state of the art campus will host several international and domestic training programs of ECI. The delegates were very keen to understand the entire panorama of election events in India. On May 12, 2019 they witnessed conduct of mock poll early in the morning at various polling stations at Dwarka. They interacted with the polling officials and understood the procedures and processes that make our elections so credible and transparent. 
    The delegates visited various polling stations in North West Delhi, East Delhi, Chandni Chowk. South Delhi and Gurgaon through the day to see the polling-in –action and the festive air that surrounds polling. They visited some polling stations which are managed entirely by women polling staff as also some model polling stations with the best of facilities for the voters. The delegates also interacted with the Chief electoral officer of Delhi to get the perspective on elections from the state level. They also visited the Election Museum at CEO office Delhi .The close of polling and the protocols that accompany the sealing of the machines was another aspect that the delegates will be exposed to during the day.
     
     
     
    The Delegates also included a team of 6 Members and 9 Sr. Election officers from Election Commission of Myanmar visiting India as part of training program being conducted by the India International Institute of Democracy and Election Management (IIIDEM) under the sponsorship of the Ministry of External Affairs. 

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  10. Schedule for bye-election to fill Casual vacancies in the State Legislative Assembly of West Bengal-reg.

    Schedule for bye-election to fill Casual vacancies in the State Legislative Assembly of West Bengal-reg.
     

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  11. Final Voter turnout of Phase 1 to Phase 7 of the Lok Sabha Elections 2019

    The document contains
    1. Final Voter turnout Phase 1 (Updated)
    2. Final Voter Turnout Phase 2 (Updated)
    3. Final Voter Turnout Phase 3
    4. Final Voter Turnout Phase 4  (Updated)
    5. Final Voter Turnout Phase 5
    6. Final Voter Turnout Phase 6 (*Provisional Data: subject to change)
    7. Final Voter Turnout Phase 7 (*Provisional Data: subject to change)
    **As on 22.05.2019
     
     

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  12. Schedule for bye-elections to fill casual vacancies from 89 - Agra and 23-Darjeeling Assembly Constituencies in the State Legislative Assemblies of Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal respectively

    ELECTION COMMISSION OF INDIA
                        Nirvachan Sadan, Ashoka Road, New Delhi-110001
    No. ECI/PN /50/2019                                                                   Dated:  19th April, 2019
     
    PRESS NOTE
    Subject :                 Schedule for bye-elections to fill casual vacancies from 89 - Agra and 23-Darjeeling Assembly Constituencies in the State Legislative Assemblies of Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal respectively – Regarding.                 
                There are two clear vacancies from 89–Agra and 23–Darjeeling Assembly Constituencies in the State Legislative Assemblies of Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, respectively, which needs to be filled up. 
                After taking into consideration various factors like, festivals, electoral rolls, etc., the Commission has decided to hold the bye-election to fill this vacancy as per the programme mentioned as under: -
    Sl No.
    Poll Events
    Schedule
    1
    Date of Issue of Gazette Notification
    22.04.2019 (Monday)
    2
    Last date of making Nominations
    29.04.2019 (Monday)
    3
    Date of Scrutiny of Nominations
    30.04.2019 (Tuesday)
    4
    Last date for withdrawal of Candidatures
    02.05.2019 (Thursday)
    5
    Date of Poll
    19.05.2019 (Sunday)
    6
    Counting of Votes
    23.05.2019 (Thursday)
    7
    Date before which election shall  be completed
    27.05.2019 (Monday)
     
    ELECTORAL ROLL
                The Electoral Rolls for the aforesaid Assembly Constituency w.r.t. 01.01.2019 as the qualifying date has been finally published.
     
    ELECTRONIC VOTING MACHINES (EVMs) and VVPATs
                            The Commission has decided to use EVMs and VVPATs in the bye-election in all the polling stations. Adequate numbers of EVMs and VVPATs have been made available and all steps have been taken to ensure that the polls are conducted smoothly with the help of these machines.
    IDENTIFICATION OF VOTERS
                            In consonance with the past practice, the Commission has decided that the voter’s identification shall be mandatory in the aforementioned bye- election at the time of poll. Electoral Photo Identity Cards (EPIC) shall be the main document of identification of a voter. The order issued by the Commission in this regard for the General Election to the House of People and State Legislative Assembly, 2019 shall apply for identification of voters at the time of poll in the said bye-election.
    MODEL CODE OF CONDUCT
                            The Model Code of Conduct has already come into force with announcement of General Election to Lok Sabha, 2019 on 10th March, 2019 in all States/UTs. The Model Code of Conduct shall be applicable to all candidates, political parties and the State Government concerned. The Model Code of Conduct shall also be applicable to the Union Government for the district of the State concerned.

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  13. Estimated Voter Turnout of Phase-2 of Lok Sabha Elections

    The estimated turnout Parliamentary Constituency wise data for the second phase of elections of Lok Sabha.
    The real-time data can be seen from the Mobile App > Voter turnout App.
    (Final Voter turnout is awaited as polling parties are returning)

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  14. Election to 8 Vellore Parliamentary Constituency stands rescinded ECI's decision based on reports of systematic design to influence voters, unearthed during Income Tax raids

    Election Commission of India
    Nirvachan Sadan, Ashoka Road, New Delhi-110001
    No. ECI/PN/49/2019                                                           Dated: 16th April, 2019
    Press Note
     
    Election to 8 Vellore Parliamentary Constituency stands rescinded ECI's decision based on reports of systematic design to influence voters, unearthed during Income Tax raids                                                                     
     
    The Election Commission of India made a recommendation to the Hon’ble President of India, under Article 324 of the Constitution read with Section 21 of the General Clauses Act, 1897, to rescind the Election to 8-Vellore Parliamentary Constituency, Tamil Nadu vide its proceedings no.464/ECI/LET/TERR/TN/SS-I/2019 dated 14.4.2019.
    The decision of the ECIto make this recommendation was based on detection of  a systematic design to influence voters in 8- Vellore Parliamentary Constituency during the election process. Thereport of the DGIT(Inv.), Chennai, Sh. B. Murali Kumar, dated 5th of April 2019, details the search and seizure operations u/s 132 of the I.T. Act carried out on 29th and 30th of March, 2019 at the residence of Sh. Durai Murugan, MLA and Treasurer of DMK Party and Sh. Kathir Anand, s/o Sh. Durai Murugan and contesting candidate for Vellore Parliamentary Constituency and at Kingston medical College, run by the Durai Murugan Educational Trust. The search team observed that evidently there was prior rummaging of the premises and removal of material including the control panel of the CCTV as well as the hard disks of the computers. Further discreet surveillance resulted in the confirmation that a large amount of cash and other incriminating material had indeed been shifted out of the college premises while the teams were being denied entry. 
    Further as per DGIT report, based on the intelligence gathered during the discreet surveillance, certain premises of close associates of the candidate Shri Kathir Anand and their relatives were identified and fresh searches u/s 132 of the Income Tax Act, 1961, at Katapadi Taluk, Vellore District were initiated on 01.04.2019 at the residence of Sh. Damodaran, brother in law of Sh.Srinivasan, a DMK functionary.  The search operations of the Income Tax Department on 1.4.2019 yielded a total cash seizure of Rs.11.48 Crores, most of which was packed in plastic packets with ward wise details. In addition, unused labels, loose sheets with details of ward-wise breakup of voters and documents related to Kingston Engineering College were found from the residence of Sh. Damodaran. Sh.Srinivasan claimed the ownership of Rs.11.48 Crores and in his statement recorded u/s 131 of IT Act stated that the cash was meant to influence voters in favour of DMK’s candidate. The fact that the claimant does not have any explained source of income and that the documents found with the cash pertain to an institution run by the family of the DMK candidate lays bare the nexus between the candidate and the sums so found. 
    The Special Expenditure Observer, Ms. Madhu Mahajan, filed a report on 8.4.2019 stating that the searches had unearthed a systematic design to influence voters through inducements and that such activities come under the ambit of  “corrupt practices” as per Section 123 of the RP Act, 1951.The Special Expenditure Observer was of the opinion that the situation is not conducive for the conduct of free and fair elections.
    The CEO Tamil Nadu filed his report on the 12.4.2019, wherein he has stated that the cash seizure of Rs. 11.48 Cr. along with evidence in the form of computer printouts detailing proposed assembly segment, ward and booth wise money distribution suggests a clear-cut pattern and design to induce the electors at a large scale across the Vellore Parliamentary Constituency. This organised way of inducement of voters had vitiated the electoral environment which was now not conducive for conducting inducement free, ethical election in Vellore Parliamentary Constituency at this juncture. 
    After taking into account all relevant facts and circumstances of the present case, the Commission was fully satisfied that the current electoral process in the said 8-Vellore Parliamentary Constituency in Tamil Nadu has been seriously vitiated on account of the above-mentioned unlawful activities on behalf of the candidate, Sh. Kathir Anand, and some members/ workers of the political party in question. In the Commission’s considered opinion, allowing the current electoral process to proceed and conducting the poll in the constituency on 18thApril, 2019, as scheduled, in such a vitiated atmosphere would have severely jeopardised the conduct of free and fair election in the said 8-Vellore Parliamentary Constituency. 
    The Hon’ble President, accepting the recommendation of the Election Commission of India, made in this regard, is pleased to partially rescind Notification No.1389(E) dt.19th March 2019 in so far as it relates to calling upon the said 8-Vellore Parliamentary Constituency in Tamil Nadu to elect a member to the Lok Sabha. 
     
     
     
     
     

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  15. Schedule for bye-elections to fill casual vacancy from 42 – Chincholi (SC) Assembly Constituency in the State Legislative Assembly of Karnataka – Regarding.

    Schedule for bye-elections to fill casual vacancy from 42 – Chincholi (SC) Assembly Constituency in the State Legislative Assembly of Karnataka – Regarding.

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  16. Commission Reviews Poll Arrangements with Central Observers in Tripura and West Bengal through Video Conferencing for next Phases of Polling

    ECI/PN/47/2019                                                           Dated: 15th April, 2019
    Press Note
    Commission Reviews Poll Arrangements with Central Observers in Tripura and West Bengal through Video Conferencing for next Phases of Polling
    Chief Election Commissioner Sh Sunil Arora and Election Commissioners Sh Ashok Lavasa and Sh Sushil Chandra today reviewed poll arrangements in specific constituencies of West Bengal and Tripura going to polls in Phase 2 & 3 of ongoing General Elections to Lok Sabha 2019. The review through  video conferencing was held with General Observers, Police Observers and Expenditure Observers deployed in Phase 2 and Phase 3 Parliamentary Constituencies in West Bengal namely the 3-Jalpaiguri, 4-Darjeeling, 5- Raiganj, 6- Balurghat, 7-Maldaha Uttar, 8-Maldaha Dakshin, 9-Jangipur and 11- Murshidabad in West Bengal and  Phase 2(final phase) of Tripura ie 2-Tripura East Parliamentary Constituency.
    The General Observers briefed the Commission on the preparedness in terms of Assured Minimum Facilities (AMF) at the Polling Stations; mapping of PWDs and the arrangements made for their facilitation at the Polling Stations; Awareness amongst the voters that Photo Voter Slips (PVSs) will no longer be treated as the Identification document but that the Voter has to necessarily bring  one of the 12 specified Identification Documents to be shown at the Polling Station on the poll day. Commission also reviewed the complaints, if any, from Political Parties, etc as received by Observers and their status. The preventive actions taken against the identified trouble makers and potential intimidators were also reviewed.
    Commission reviewed at length the Central Armed Police Forces deployment status in each of the Parliamentary Constituencies. The Police Observers briefed about Preparation of District Security/Force Deployment plan;  Use of Central Paramilitary Forces for area domination and confidence building measures and the Law and Order situation. The Special Central Police Observer for West Bengal and Jharkhand Sh Vivek Dube and Sh M K Das, the Special Central Police Observer for Tripura and Mizoram were also present in the meeting.
    The Expenditure Observers informed the Commission about Deployment of Flying Squads (FS), Static Surveillance Teams (SST) & Video Surveillance Teams;  Complaint Monitoring Cell;  Seizures made by FS, SST & Police and  Inspection of Candidates Accounts. 
    Commission impressed upon all the Observers to remain on constant vigil and ensure that the polls are conducted in absolutely free, fair and credible manner
     
     

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  17. Schedule for bye-election to fill casual vacancy in the State Legislative Assemblies of Tamil Nadu, Goa and Karnataka– Regarding.

    No. ECI/PN/46/2019                                                            Dated: 09th April, 2019
    Press Note
    Schedule for bye-election to fill casual vacancy in the State Legislative Assemblies of Tamil Nadu, Goa and Karnataka– Regarding.

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  18. General Election to the Lok Sabha and Legislative Assemblies of Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha & Sikkim 2019 and bye elections to 37 Assembly Constituencies of 12 States to be held simultaneously – Ban on Exit Poll.

    No. ECI/PN/45/2019                                                            Dated: 08th April, 2019
    Press Note
    General Election to the Lok Sabha and Legislative Assemblies of Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha & Sikkim 2019 and bye elections to 37 Assembly Constituencies of 12 States to be held simultaneously – Ban on Exit Poll.
    Election Commission of India, in exercise of the powers under sub-section(1) of Section 126A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 has notified the period between 7.00 A.M. on 11.04.2019 (Thursday) and 6.30 P.M. on 19.05.2019 (Sunday) as the period during which conducting any exit poll and publishing or publicizing  the result of exit poll by means of the print or electronic media or in any other manner shall be prohibited during the ongoing General election to the  Lok Sabha and Legislative Assemblies of Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha & Sikkim 2019 and bye elections from assembly constituencies.
    Further, under Section 126(1) (b) of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, displaying any election matter including results of any opinion poll or any other poll survey, in any electronic media, would be prohibited during the period of 48 hours ending with the hour fixed for conclusion of poll in each of the phases in the respective polling area during the aforesaid elections.
    Notification dated 7th April, 2019 issued in this regard is enclosed herewith for the information of all concerned.
     

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  19. Community Radio Stations across the country assure to contribute their best for voter education & awareness. 120 Community Radios attend SVEEP workshop of ECI at IIIDEM

    No. ECI/PN/44/2019                                                                                                                                       Dated: 30th March, 2019
    PRESS NOTE
    Community Radio Stations across the country assure to contribute their
    best for voter education & awareness.
    120 Community Radios attend SVEEP workshop of ECI at IIIDEM
     
    In a first of its kind initiative, the Election Commission of India has reached out to over 150 Community Radio stations from across the country to help educate and inform the voters. The event was organised by India International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Management (IIIDEM), in partnership with Seeking Modern Applications for Real Transformation (SMART), at IIIDEM, Dwarka, New Delhi. The main purpose of the workshop was for training and capacity building of Community Radios for voter education and awareness.
    In the Valedictory address on March 29, 2019, Mr. Umesh Sinha, Senior Deputy Election Commissioner, ECI said that the Community Radio is one of the best medium to reach the last voter of the country. He said that these workshops were just the beginning to a long term and sustained engagement and Community Radio can play a vital role in motivating and mobilising the voters, enlisting the underserved voters into the electoral roll, mobilising them to go to the polling booth, educating them about their rights and responsibilities, and making them an informed and educated voter. He emphasised that every voter is the first representative of the country, they are the soldiers and play an important role in protecting democracy. All voters across the country have the same power. Elections provide a level playing field as each vote has the same power, no matter who casts it –the richest of the rich or the poorest of the poor. He said that Community Radio can play an important role in strengthening democracy by developing content in their local dialects and deepening the process of voter education and awareness upto the grass root levels. He assured that Community Radio Stations will now become an integral part of the voter education programme.
    The workshop was inaugurated by Mr Chandra Bhushan Kumar, Deputy Election Commissioner & DG, IIIDEM on March 25, who iterated that Community Radios can play a pivotal role in increasing voter enrolment and participation in the “Festival of Democracy“. He said that the tag line of ‘No voter to be left behind’ was to ensure that each and every eligible voter irrespective of his or her economic status, class, caste or profession understands the importance of his or her vote. He talked about the measures taken to include migrant workers, homeless, tribal persons, persons with disabilities (PWD), service voters, NRIs. He said that the effort of the Commission is to ensure fair and fearless elections and that Community Radios can play an important role in assisting Election Commission. 
    Ms. Archana Kapoor, Founder of SMART, said that inclusion of Community Radio stations in the campaign is also recognition of the work by ECI, being done at the grass root levels by the stations. The stations will broadcast programmes in their own dialect and will develop 5 programmes each, besides broadcasting promotional material. Ms. Kapoor assured that Community Radio station, across the country, will contribute their best for voter education.

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  20. ECI collaborates with Indian Railways for Voter Awareness Campaign; Four long distance Trains to carry voter awareness messages

    No. ECI/PN/43/2019           Dated: 29th March, 2019
    PRESS NOTE
    ECI collaborates with Indian Railways for Voter Awareness Campaign; Four long distance Trains to carry voter awareness messages
    As part of Voter Awareness campaign for Lok Sabha Election 2019, Election Commission of India and Indian Railways have come together to utilize four long distance Trains to carry voter awareness and motivational messages. The Train displays important contact for the citizens including the Voter Helpline number and the National Voters’  Services Portal besides motivational messages urging them to Vote.
    Indian Railways has one of the largest railway networks in the world. As per the report submitted by the Ministry of Railways, on an average, Indian Railways carries 22.24 million passengers and 3.04 million tonnes of freight each day. This widespread network ensures that communication on this platform has a wide reach in urban as well as rural segments.
     
    The trains have been selected on the longest North-South route and East-West route and covers 19 States in all.
    Kerala Express is a daily train covering 3035 Kms in 8 States in 51 hours 10 minutes and has 41 stops. There are 20 stops with the stoppage of 5 minutes or more, details enclosed. Capitals covered by Kerala Express are Bhopal, Thiruvananthapuram.  Himsagar Express is a weekly train covering 3714 Kms in 12 States in 71 hours with  69 stops. There are 29 stops with the stoppage of 5 minutes or more including the last stop. State capitals are Thiruvananthapuram, Bhopal, Nizamuddin/New Delhi and Jammu Tawi.  Howrah Express is a daily train covering 2087 kms in 6 states in 37 hours 35 minutes with 63 stops. There are 19 stops with the stoppage of 5 minutes or more. Capitals covered are Ahmedabad, Raipur, Howrah. Guwahati Express is a weekly train covering 3237 kms in 7 states in 67 hours 40 min with 41 stops. There are 23 stops with the stoppage of 5 minutes or more. Capitals covered are Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Patna and Guwahati. On  29th March, 2019, Mr Ranbir Singh, CEO Delhi , Ms Padma Angmo, Director, Election Commission of India and Mr R N Singh, DRM, Delhi flagged off Kerala Express at New Delhi Railway Station. Kerala express will be flagged off by State Chief Electoral Officers and District Election Officers at the State and District HQs as it traverses across the country.  Similarly other three trains shall also be flagged off during their maiden journey in coming weeks.
    As the trains travel across the country, citizens will be encouraged to click a photograph with the train and upload it on social media, for further spreading the message.        
            
            

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  21. Committee of Officers to examine the matter related to the address of Prime Minister to the nation in the light of MCC - regarding

    ECI/PN/42/2019     Dated: 27th March, 2019
    PRESS NOTE
    The matter related to the address of the Prime Minister to the Nation on electronic media today afternoon has been brought to the notice of the Commission. The Commission has directed a Committee of Officers to examine the matter immediately in the light of Model Code of Conduct.

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  22. ECI appoints Special Central Police Observer for States of West Bengal and Jharkhand

    No. ECI/PN/41/2019     Dated : 26th March 2019
    PRESS NOTE
    ECI appoints Special Central Police Observer for States of West Bengal and Jharkhand
    Election Commission of India has appointed Sh K K Sharma (IPS 1982 Retd DG Border Security Force) as Special Central Police Observer for the States of West Bengal and Jharkhand. Sh Sharma would oversee the deployment and other security related issues in the said States.

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  23. ECI appoints Special Expenditure Observers for States of Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Nagaland and Telangana 

    No. ECI/PN/40/2019     Dated : 26th March 2019
    PRESS NOTE
    ECI appoints Special Expenditure Observers for States of Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Nagaland and Telangana 
    Election Commission of India has appointed two eminent former Civil Servants Sh. Gopal Mukherjee and Sh. D.D. Goel as Special Expenditure Observers for the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections. While Sh. Gopal Mukherjee ex-IRS (1980), former Member of CBDT has been deployed in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and Sh.D.D.Goel ex-IRS (1982), former DGIT(Inv.) been deployed in Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland.  Both these officers have extensive knowledge of search and seizure operations conducted by the I.T Department.
    The Special Observers 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 and Voter Helpline 1950 against all persons/entities  trying to induce voters by distributing cash, liquor & freebies etc.  in order to vitiate the poll process.
    Further, the Commission has decided to give additional charge of Gujarat and Karnataka to Sh. Shailendra Handa and Ms. Madhu Mahajan, respectively. It may be recalled that Commission had appointed these officers as Special Expenditure Observers on 19th March 2019. Sh Handa would thus be Special Expenditure Observer for Maharashtra and Gujarat while Ms Mahajan will be deployed in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
     

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  24. ECI conducts briefing sessions for 2nd batch of General, Police and Expenditure Observers for the Lok Sabha and State Legislative Assembly Elections - 2019

    No. ECI/PN/39/2019    Dated: 26th March, 2019
    PRESS NOTE
    ECI conducts briefing sessions for 2nd batch of General, Police and Expenditure Observers for the Lok Sabha and State Legislative 
    Assembly Elections - 2019 
    In continuation of the briefing held for the first batch of General, Police and Expenditure Observers held on 14th March, the Commission today conducted day long sessions for over a thousand more officers drawn from IAS, IPS, Indian Revenue Service and few other Central Services. These officers are being deployed as Observers in the ongoing Elections to the Lok Sabha and Legislative Assemblies of four States. 

    Addressing the participants, Chief Election Commissioner Shri Arora said that while all Observers are essentially the eyes and ears of the Commission, Senior Expenditure Observers are assuming an enormous role given the quantum of money power vitiating the election process. He added that the Commission has already appointed two Special Expenditure Observers for the States of Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Karnataka.  To further identify the role of  illegitimate resources in the elections, the Commission is considering appointing few more Special Expenditure Observers in more Expenditure Sensitive States. Shri Arora reminded the Observers of their enormous responsibility to ensure fair, ethical and transparent election process in the field. He asked them to be vigilant, impartial and accessible to all stakeholders to reinforce the faith in the minds of the citizen towards the electoral process. While elucidating the myriad responsibilities of  Observers, the CEC mentioned that Electoral Rolls are the bed rock of election process and Observers need to ensure the integrity of the Electoral Rolls.

    Reminding the Observers of their crucial role , Shri Arora said that The Commission reposes complete trust in the senior officers being deputed to the field and would like the Observers & CEOs to be the first and last point of contact. However, he also cautioned them that even a trace of proven malafide or partisanship, would lead to ruthless action from the Commission. He further added that, keeping pace with the changing times, the Commission has been proactive in making the electoral process participative by involving & empowering citizens particularly through cVigil App. He said that the cVigil App initiative which started as a pilot project in the Karnataka State elections and then implemented in the five State elections held last year, has now been extended pan India for the ongoing General Elections. 
    Shri Ashok Lavasa, Election Commissioner in his address stated that the Observers have been a critical part of the election process and machinery. He advised Observers to be alert, accessible and responsive and effective in the field to ensure fairness and transparency of the election process. He urged the Observers to be familiar with all the instructions & guidelines to ensure clarity in execution in the field. He said the senior Observers need to play dual roles of monitoring and mentoring. While addressing the Expenditure Observers, Shri Lavasa stressed that only the seizure figures may not be taken as a measure of the efficacy of enforcement machinery, but the money trail and actual perpetrators behind the consignment should be investigated. 
    Welcoming the participants, Election Commissioner Shri Sushil Chandra noted that Observers play an important role for the Election Commission for robust monitoring of the complete process in the field. He asked the Observers to ensure better co-ordination amongst all the Stakeholders in the field. Elaborating the diverse challenges for the Observers in the current scenario, he urged them to be vigilant and accessible. He mentioned that developing real time intelligence and monitoring of accounts of the candidates would be crucial to downplay the role of illegitimate resources adversely influencing the election process. Comprehensive Expenditure Monitoring Handbook, Observers Manual and National Election Planner were provided to the Observers to facilitate their work. 
    During the day long sessions, detailed thematic presentations were made on Election planning, Observer’s roles and responsibilities, electoral roll issues, enforcement of Model Code of Conduct, legal provisions, EVM/VVPAT management, media engagement and the wide array of activities undertaken for voter facilitation under the Commission’s flagship SVEEP (Systematic Voter’s Education and Electoral Participation) programme to apprise the Observers. The Observers were also acquainted with the various IT initiatives and mobile applications launched by the Commission for voter facilitation as well as effective and efficient management of election process in the field. Detailed presentations were made about ‘Observer App’, cVIGIL App and other initiatives

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  25. GENERAL ELECTIONS TO THE LOK SABHA, 2019 - PROGRESSIVE SEIZURE

    No. ECI/PN/38/2019 Dated: 26th March, 2019
    PRESS NOTE
    GENERAL ELECTIONS TO THE LOK SABHA, 2019 - PROGRESSIVE SEIZURE
    A total seizure of nearly Rs 540 crores has been made by various enforcement agencies across the country as on March 25, 2019. A break up of seizure of cash, liquor, drugs/narcotics, precious metals & freebies is given below.
    Summary:
    Total Cash Seizure : Rs. 143.47 Cr.
    Total Liquor Seizure : Worth Rs. 89.64 Cr.
    Total Drugs/Narcotics seizure : Worth Rs. 131.75 Cr.
    Total Precious Metals (Gold etc.) seizure : Worth Rs. 162.93 Cr
    Total Freebies/other items seizure : Worth Rs. 12.202 Cr.
    Download the file to view details

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