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

    No. ECI/PN/90/2020
    Dated: 19th November, 2020
    PRESS NOTE
    Subject:   Bye Election to the Council of States from Bihar -reg.
    There is one casual vacancy in the Council of States from Bihar as per following details: -
    State
    Name of Members
    Reason
    Date of vacancy
    Term Up to
    Bihar
    Shri Ram Vilas Paswan
    Death
    08.10.2020
    02.04.2024
    2. The Commission has decided to hold bye-election to the Council of States from Bihar to fill up the above said vacancy in accordance with the following schedule: -
    S. No
    Events
    Dates
    1 Issue of Notifications
      26th November, 2020 (Thursday)
    2 Last date of making nominations
    03rd December, 2020 (Thursday)
    3 Scrutiny of nominations
    04th December, 2020  (Friday)
    4 Last date for withdrawal of candidatures
    07th December, 2020  (Monday)
    5 Date of Poll
    14th December, 2020 (Monday)
    6 Hours of Poll
    09:00 am-04:00 pm
    7 Counting of Votes
    14th December, 2020  (Monday) at 05:00 pm
    8 Date before which election shall be completed
    16th December, 2020 (Wednesday)
     
    3.         Broad Guidelines to be followed during entire election process for all persons:-
    I.          Every person shall wear face mask during every election related activity
    II.         At the entry of hall/ room/ premises used for election purposes:
    (a) Thermal Scanning of all persons shall be carried out:
    (b) Sanitizer shall be made available at all locations
    III.        Social distancing shall be maintained as per the extant COVID-19 guidelines of the State Govt. and Ministry of Home Affairs. 
    4.         The Chief Secretary, Bihar is being directed to depute a senior officer from the State to ensure that the extant instructions regarding COVID-19 containment measures are complied with while making arrangements for conducting the election.
    5.         Further, the Commission has also appointed the Chief Electoral Officer, Bihar as Observer for this election.

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

    No. ECI/PN/89/2020
    Dated: 17th November, 2020
    PRESS NOTE
     Announcement of date of poll and counting of votes for deferred bye-election to the Dhule-cum Nandurbar Local Authorities’ Constituency of Maharashtra.
    The Election Commission of India, vide Press Note No. ECI/PN/29/2020, dated 04.03.2020 announced bye-election to the Maharashtra Legislative Council from Dhule-cum-Nandurbar Local Authorities’ constituency to fill the vacancy caused due to resignation of the sitting member Shri Amrishbhai Rasiklal Patel, which was notified vide Notification No.100/MT-LC/02/2020-LAC, dated 05.03.2020. After the last date of withdrawal on 16.03.2020, the list of contesting candidates in Form 7B was published with 02 candidates in fray. The election was to be conducted on 30.03.2020 (Monday) and the date before which election was to be completed as earlier announced by the Commission was 01.04.2020 (Wednesday) as per the notification dated 05.03.2020.
    2. Considering the unforeseen situation of public health emergency due to COVID-19 and the guidelines & orders passed under the Disaster Management Act, 2005 by the competent authority, the Election Commission, under Article 324 of Constitution of India read with Section 153 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, vide its Notification dated 24.03.2020 extended the period of election by 60 days, which was further extended by 45 days and to a later date vide Notification dated 22.05.2020 and 06.07.2020 respectively.
     3. It was also specified that the list of activities already carried out under the Notification dated 05.03.2020 was to remain valid for the purpose of remaining activities as was prescribed under the said notification.
    4. The Commission, having considered the inputs received from the Chief Electoral Officer, Maharashtra has now decided that above mentioned bye-election to the Dhule-cum-Nandurbar Local Authorities’ Constituency of Maharashtra be held in accordance with the following programme:- 
    Events
    Date
    Date of Poll
    01st December, 2020 (Tuesday)
    Hours of Poll
    08:00 am to 05:00 pm
    Counting of Votes
    03rd December, 2020 (Thursday)
    Date before which election shall be completed
    07th December, 2020 (Monday)
    5.  The Model Code of Conduct concerning this election will come into force with immediate effect in the constituency. Please see the details in Commission’s website under the link:
    https://eci.gov.in/files/file/4070-biennial-bye-elections-to-the-legislative-councils-from-council-constituencies-by-graduates%E2%80%99-and-teachers%E2%80%99-and-local-authorities%E2%80%99-constituencies-%E2%80%93-mcc-instructions-%E2%80%93-regarding/
    6.   Broad Guidelines to be followed during entire election processes for all persons:-
    I.    Every person shall wear face mask during every election related activity
    II.   At the entry of hall/ room/ premises used for election purposes:
    (a) Thermal Scanning of all persons shall be carried out
    (b) Sanitizers shall be made available at all locations
    III.       Social distancing shall be maintained as per the extant COVID-19 guidelines of the State Govt. and Ministry of Home Affairs.
    IV.       As far as practicable, large halls should be identified and utilized to ensure social distancing norms.
    V.        Adequate number of vehicles shall be mobilized for movement of polling personnel, security personnel to ensure compliance of COVID-19 guidelines.
    7. For broad guidelines to be followed strictly during the conduct of election during Covid-19, please refer to the guidelines available on Commission’s website under link:- https://eci.gov.in/files/file/12167-broad-guidelines-for-conduct-of-general-electionbye-election-during-covid-19/ 
     

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

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

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

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

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

    No. ECI/PN/88/2020  Dated: 09th November, 2020
    PRESS NOTE
    Subject: Arrangements for the dissemination of result trends for General Election to the Legislative Assembly of Bihar &
    Bye-Elections of various States, 2020 - 10th November 2020
    The result trends to Bihar Assembly and Bye-elections will be available w.e.f 8 AM, 10.11.2020 on the following places apart from all the counting centres. 
    1. https://results.eci.gov.in/ The results are displayed on the website of the Election Commission of India and are updated every few minutes to display the current round wise results of each constituency
    2. The results are also available from the “Voter helpline” Mobile app available at Google Play Store and Apple App Store. 
    The website / mobile app will display information filled in the system by the Returning Officers from their respective Counting Centers. The ECI will be displaying the information as being filled in the system by the Returning Officers from their respective Counting Centers.

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  8. ECI to host International Election Visitors Programme 2020 for Bihar Legislative Assembly Elections [05- 07 November 2020]

    No. ECI/PN/87/2020                                               
    4th November 2020
    PRESS NOTE
    ECI to host International Election Visitors Programme 2020 for Bihar Legislative Assembly Elections  
    [05- 07 November 2020] 
    The Election Commission of India is organizing an International Virtual Election Visitors Programme 2020 (IEVP) for foreign Election Management Bodies (EMBs)/Organisations from 05-07 Nov 2020, in the context of the ongoing Bihar Legislative Assembly Elections.  
    In the past, ECI has organized International Election Visitor Programmes (IEVPs) for foreign EMBs/Organizations in 2014 Lok Sabha elections; elections for a few State Assemblies in Feb/March 2017 and Lok Sabha Elections in May 2019 
    Bihar has an electorate of over 72 million, one of the largest in the world to vote so far amid the COVID19 pandemic. This provides us with an opportunity to share our best practices and experience of the conduct of our poll process during the pandemic period.  
    Delegates from over 40 countries across the world including  Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malawi, Maldives, Moldova, Mongolia, Mauritius, Nepal, Philippines, Suriname,  Trinidad and Tobago,  Ukraine,  Uzbekistan and Zambia etc.  and 3 international organizations (viz. International IDEA,  International Foundation of Electoral Systems (IFES) and Association of World Election Bodies (A-WEB)  have been invited to  participate in the IEVP 2020.  
    The Programme for IEVP 2020 comprises an online briefing session on 05 Nov. 2020 which would provide to the participants an overview of the large canvas of Indian electoral process, the new initiatives taken by ECI on voter facilitation, transparency and accessibility of electoral system;  and ECI’s response to  the changing needs of training and capacity building. The keynote address at the inaugural session will be delivered by Chief Election Commissioner Shri Sunil Arora. The session shall also be addressed by Election Commissioners Shri Rajiv Kumar and Shri Sushil Chandra. 
    On the second day, 06 Nov 2020, the Programme will provide a unique overview of the Commission’s flagship programme for voter awareness – SVEEP (Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation). The Chief Electoral Officer of Bihar will share the State’s experiences with the global audience.
    On 07 Nov 2020, the participants are being invited to a virtual tour of polling stations in Bihar. The visit will be amplified by exclusive footage, a walkthrough of the electoral process, and various arrangements at the polling station for a free, fair, participative and safe election.

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

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

    4        The Model Code of Conduct concerning these elections will come into force with immediate effect in the concerned Constituencies. Please see the details on Commission’s website under the link: https://eci.gov.in/files/file/4070-biennial-bye-elections-to-the-legislative-councils-from-council-constituencies-by-graduates%E2%80%99-and-teachers%E2%80%99-and-local-authorities%E2%80%99-constituencies-%E2%80%93-mcc-instructions-%E2%80%93-regarding/
    5.         Broad Guidelines to be followed during entire election processes for all persons:-
    I.          Every person shall wear face mask during every election related activity
    II.         At the entry of hall/ room/ premises used for election purposes:
    (a) Thermal Scanning of all persons shall be carried out:
    (b) Sanitizer shall be made available at all locations
    III.        Social distancing shall be maintained as per the extant COVID-19 guidelines of the State Govt. and Ministry of Home Affairs.
    IV.        As far as practicable, large halls should be identified and utilized to ensure social distancing norms.
    V.         Adequate number of vehicles shall be mobilized for movement of polling personnel, security personnel to ensure compliance of COVID-19 guidelines.
    6.         For broad guidelines to be followed strictly in conduct of election during COVID-19, please refer to the guidelines available on Commission’s website under link:- https://eci.gov.in/files/file/12167-broad-guidelines-for-conduct-of-general-electionbye-election-during-covid-19/.

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  10. Biennial election to the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council from 05 Graduates’ and 06 Teachers’ Constituencies.

    No. ECI/PN/ 84/2020
    Dated:  02nd November, 2020
     
    PRESS NOTE
    Subject:  Biennial election to the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council from 05 Graduates’ and 06 Teachers’ Constituencies.
    The term of office of 11 members of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council from Graduates’ and Teachers’ Constituencies has expired on 06th May, 2020, due to the retirement of the sitting members as detailed below:-
    Uttar Pradesh
    Sl. No.
    Name of  Constituency
    Name of the Member
    Date of retirement
      Lucknow Division Graduates’
    Kanti Singh
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    06.05.2020
    2.       
    Varanasi Division Graduates’
    Kedar Nath Singh
    3.       
    Agra Division Graduates’
    Dr. Aseem Yadav
    4.       
    Meerut Division Graduates’
    Hem Singh Pundir, Shikshak Neta
    5.       
    Allahabad-Jhansi Division Graduates’
    Dr. Yagya Dutt Sharma
    6.       
    Lucknow Division Teachers’ 
    Umesh Dwivedi
    7.       
    Varanasi Division Teachers’ 
    Chet Narayan Singh
    8.       
    Agra Division Teachers’ 
    Jagveer Kishore Jain
    9.       
    Meerut Division Teachers’ 
    Omprakash Sharma Neta, Shikshak Dal
    10.   
    Bareilly-Moradabad Division Teachers’ 
    Sanjay Kumar Mishra
    11.   
    Gorakhpur-Faizabad Division Teachers’ 
    Dhruv Kumar Tripathi
     
    2.      Considering the unforeseen situation of public health emergency due to COVID-19 and the guidelines & orders passed under the Disaster Management Act, 2005 by the competent authority, the Election Commission, on 03.04.2020 passed an Order under Article 324 of Constitution of India read with section 16 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, and directed that the process of election to the abovementioned seats be initiated at a later date after reviewing the prevailing situation.
    3.         The Commission, having considered the inputs received from CEO, Uttar Pradesh has now decided that above mentioned biennial election to the Uttar Pradesh State Legislative Council from Graduates’ and Teachers’ Constituencies, be held in accordance with the following programme:-
    1.       
    Issue of Notification
    05th November, 2020 (Thursday)
    2.       
    Last date of making nominations
    12th November, 2020 (Thursday)
    3.       
    Scrutiny of nominations
    13th November, 2020 (Friday)
    4.       
    Last date for withdrawal of candidature
    17th November, 2020 (Tuesday)
    5.       
    Date of Poll
    01st December, 2020 (Tuesday)
    6.       
    Hours of Poll
    08:00 am to 05:00 pm
    7.       
    Counting of votes
    03rd December, 2020 (Thursday)
    8.       
    Date before which election shall be completed
    07th December, 2020 (Monday)
     
    4.         The Model Code of Conduct concerning these elections will come into force with immediate effect in the concerned Constituencies. Please see the details on Commission’s website under the link: https://eci.gov.in/files/file/4070-biennial-bye-elections-to-the-legislative-councils-from-council-constituencies-by-graduates%E2%80%99-and-teachers%E2%80%99-and-local-authorities%E2%80%99-constituencies-%E2%80%93-mcc-instructions-%E2%80%93-regarding/
    5.         Broad Guidelines to be followed during entire election processes for all persons:-
    I.          Every person shall wear face mask during every election related activity
    II.         At the entry of hall/ room/ premises used for election purposes:
    (a) Thermal Scanning of all persons shall be carried out:
    (b) Sanitizer shall be made available at all locations
    III.        Social distancing shall be maintained as per the extant COVID-19 guidelines of the State Govt. and Ministry of Home Affairs.
    IV.        As far as practicable, large halls should be identified and utilized to ensure social distancing norms.
    V.         Adequate number of vehicles shall be mobilized for movement of polling personnel, security personnel to ensure compliance of COVID-19 guidelines.
    6.         For broad guidelines to be followed strictly in conduct of election during COVID-19, please refer to the guidelines available on Commission’s website under link:- https://eci.gov.in/files/file/12167-broad-guidelines-for-conduct-of-general-electionbye-election-during-covid-19/.

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

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

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

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


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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. Press Release

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

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  16. 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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  17. General Election to Legislative Assembly of Bihar 2020- Allotment of Broadcast/Telecast time to National/State Political Parties -regarding.

    No. ECI/PN/75/2020/Communication 
    Dated: 9th October, 2020
     
    PRESS NOTE
    Sub: General Election to Legislative Assembly of Bihar 2020- Allotment of Broadcast/Telecast time to National/State Political Parties -regarding.
    Considering the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and enhanced relevance of non-contact based campaign, Election Commission of India, in consultation with Prasar Bharti Corporation has decided to double the broadcast/telecast time allotted to each National Party and recognized State Party of Bihar State on Doordarshan and All India Radio during the ongoing General Election to the Legislative Assembly of Bihar, 2020.
    2. A copy of the Commission’s Order No.437/TA-LA/1/2020/Communication, dated 9th October, 2020 regarding allotment of Broadcast/Telecast time to National/State political parties in the General Election to the Legislative Assembly of Bihar, 2020 is enclosed for the information of the general public.
     

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  18. Election Commission directs State Government of MP to cancel transfers of 12 Joint/Deputy Collectors in poll-bound districts

    No. ECI/PN/79/2020        
    Dated: 15th October, 2020
    PRESS NOTE
    Election Commission directs State Government of MP to cancel transfers of 12 Joint/Deputy Collectors in poll-bound districts
    Commission today directed the State Government to cancel the transfer of 12 Joint/Deputy Collectors which were issued on 8th Oct 2020 in poll-bound districts.
    It came to the notice of Commission that these transfers were issued during the period of Model Code of Conduct. 
    Commission discussed the matter at length and after taking into consideration the recommendation of Chief Electoral Officer, Madhya Pradesh, Commission has directed the State Government to cancel these transfers with immediate effect. 
    Commission reiterated that in case any poll going district has an acute necessity to fill a vacant post during the operation of Model Code of Conduct, State Government in consultation with Chief Electoral Officer, Madhya Pradesh, shall send panel of suitable officers for Commission's consideration and approval.

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  19. ECI appoints Shri M K Das as Special Police Observer for Bye-Elections to Legislative Assembly of Madhya Pradesh

    No. ECI/PN/80/2020        
    Dated: 16th October, 2020
    PRESS NOTE
     
    ECI appoints Shri M K Das as Special Police Observer for Bye-Elections to Legislative Assembly of Madhya Pradesh
    Election Commission of India has appointed Sh. Mrinal Kanti Das (IPS 1977 Retd.) as Special Police Observer for the upcoming Bye-Elections to the Legislative Assembly of Madhya Pradesh. 
    As Special Police Observer, Sh. M K Das is assigned to observe the conduct of bye-elections and poll preparedness, especially with regard to security related issues. 
    It may be recalled that given his formidable domain expertise and impeccable track record, Sh. M K Das, who retired as Director General of Manipur Police, was also deputed as Special Police Observer for General Election to the Legislative Assembly of NCT of Delhi, 2020. Earlier, he was deputed in the same capacity for Tripura and Mizoram during the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections, and also the Jharkhand Assembly elections of 2019. 

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

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


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

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  21. 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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  23. Towards ACCESSIBLE, INCLUSIVE AND SAFE elections during COVID-19

    No. ECI/PN/77/2020
    Date: 12th October, 2020
    PRESS NOTE
    Towards ACCESSIBLE, INCLUSIVE AND SAFE elections during COVID-19
    Election officials reach out to voters eligible for Postal Ballots in Bihar
    More than 52,000 eligible voters opt for postal ballots in 71 Phase-1 constituencies
    As the nomination process for 71 constituencies, spread over 16 districts of Bihar, where the date of polling is October 28, 2020 will end today, being last date of withdrawal, Booth Level Officers of these Constituencies reached out to more than four lakh electors belonging to senior citizen (above 80 years of age) and PwD categories. More than fifty two thousand such electors have exercised their option to vote through postal ballots. These electors will be provided postal ballots on pre-informed date(s) by the ROs with proper security and videography arrangements to ensure secrecy, safety, and transparency in the process. Remaining electors intend to visit the booth on the poll day for franchise. This is the first time that postal ballot facility is extended to both the categories in Bihar elections.
    Earlier, during Commission’s visit to Bihar from September 29 – October 01, 2020, attention was drawn to certain concerns regarding the implementation of this provision for the above categories of voters. To comprehensively address these concerns, on October 03, 2020, Commission had directed:
    “BLO will visit to the houses of the concerned electors, as provided by the RO, in the Polling Station area and deliver Form- 12-D to the concerned electors. If an elector is not available, he/she will share his/her contact details and revisit to collect it within five days of the notification.  The elector may or may not opt for postal ballot in the acknowledgement attached with the Form 12-D.  If he/she opts for postal ballot, then the BLO will collect the filled-in Form 12-D from the house of the elector within five days of the notification and deposit it with the RO forthwith.  BLO shall deposit all the acknowledgement forms with the RO along with all Form 12-D.  Sector Officer shall supervise it under the overall supervision of RO.” In subsequent two phases of elections in Bihar and in bye-elections in all other States, this exercise will continue so that electoral process becomes more accessible, inclusive and SAFE for these categories during the period of COVID-19. BLOs will visit approximately 12 lakh such electors’ homes in Bihar in the next two phases for this purpose. 

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  24. Democracies world over come together to share experiences of conducting elections during Covid 19

    No. ECI/PN/60/2020
    Dated: 21st September, 2020
    PRESS NOTE
    Democracies world over come together to share experiences of conducting elections during Covid 19
    ECI hosts International Webinar on ‘Issues, Challenges and Protocols for Conducting Elections during COVID-19: Sharing Country Experiences’ 
    Two Publications released on the occasion; India A-WEB Centre to bring out an ‘A-WEB India Journal of Elections’.
    CEC highlights scale of elections to be conducted in Bihar amid the Covid19 pandemic; Commission to take a decision soon on visiting the State.
    On completion of one year of Chairmanship of the Association of World Election Bodies (A-WEB), Election Commission of India today hosted an International Webinar on the Theme ‘‘Issues, Challenges and Protocols for Conducting  Elections during COVID-19 : Sharing Country Experiences’. It was an occasion for democracies world over to come together to share experiences of conducting elections during Covid19. 
    It may be recalled that last year on 03 Sep 2019 India had taken  over as Chair of A-WEB for 2019-2021 term during the 4th  General Assembly of A-WEB held at Bengaluru. Inaugurating the Webinar, Hon’ble Chief Election Commissioner of India and Chairperson, A-WEB Shri Sunil Arora spoke of the "tough predicament" faced by Election Management Bodies across the world - whether and how to hold scheduled elections in a state of public health emergency. 
    He said the contextual framework of every country was different, the extent and trajectory of the disease varied and so did the capacity of each country to respond to the novel corona virus and its catastrophic impact. He mentioned countries such as South Korea, Australia, Malawi, Taiwan, Mongolia and many others who went ahead with scheduled elections even as they put in place the enormous arrangements required to ensure the health and safety of people while conducting election. 
    Shri Sunil Arora mentioned that Elections in India pose formidable challenges on account of large electorate, geographical and linguistic diversity and differing climatic conditions. Explaining in detail the scale of the upcoming elections to the Legislative Assembly of Bihar, he mentioned that the total number of electors is 72.9 million. 

    Explaining the impact of Covid-19 on the election, Shri Arora highlighted how Covid19 exigencies and social distancing measures necessitated a revisit of ECI's extant instructions. The maximum number of electors at a polling station was reduced from 1500 to 1000, and consequently, the number of polling stations jumped by 40 per cent, from 65,000 to 100,000. These changes have huge logistics and manpower implications. CEC mentioned that the Commission would take a decision within the next two to three days, on visiting Bihar. 
    Chief Election Commissioner also mentioned that ECI has placed a lot of emphasis on extending facilitation to senior citizens, women, Persons with disabilities and in current circumstances, ensuring franchise to Covid positive voters and those in quarantine. In this context, the CEC mentioned how, beginning with the elections to the Legislative Assembly of Jharkhand in November-December 2019, and elections to the Legislative Assembly of Delhi in February 2020, the postal ballot facility was extended to voters who are aged more than 80 years, persons with disability and those who engaged in specified essential services. This facility of postal ballot has been extended to Covid positive electors who are in quarantine/hospitalized. 
    Shri Sunil Arora mentioned the specific and detailed guidelines that have been drawn up on conducting election during the time of Covid. He also mentioned the successful conduct of elections to 18 seats of the Rajya Sabha in the month of June, 2020. He noted that elections are due in the states of West Bengal, Assam, Kerala, Puducherry and Tamil Naduin the first half of the year 2021. 
     CEC recalled the AWEB General Assembly, held in Bengaluru in September 2019. He  noted that the Webinar today is being held under the aegis of India A-WEB Centre on the occasion of completion of one year of ECI’s term as Chair of A-WEB.
    Mentioning the two publications being released today viz. ‘Brief Profiles of the Countries, member EMBs and Partner Organisations of A-WEB’ and  ‘COVID 19 and International Election Experience’, he said these would be a useful tool for researchers and practitioners alike. He said that A-WEB India Centre has also progressed considerably towards publishing a world class journal called “AWEB Journal of Elections’. The first issue of this journal will be released in March 2021. 

    Over 120 delegates from 45 countries across the world (viz.   Angola, Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Cambodia, Cameroon, Colombia, Democratic Republic of  Congo, Dominica, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Fiji, Georgia, Indonesia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Republic of Korea, Kyrgyz Republic,  Liberia, Malawi, Maldives, Moldova, Mongolia, Mozambique, Nigeria, Palestine, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Sao Tome and Principe, Solomon Islands, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Sweden, Taiwan, Tonga, Turkey, Uzbekistan and Zambia) and 4 international organizations (viz. International IDEA,  International Foundation of Electoral Systems (IFES), Association of World Election Bodies (A-WEB) and European Centre for Elections)  participated in the Webinar today.

    The Association of World Election Bodies (A-WEB) is largest association of Election Management Bodies (EMBs) worldwide.   At present A-WEB has 115  EMBs as Members & 16 Regional Associations/Organisations as Associate Members.  ECI has been very closely associated with the process of formation of  A-WEB since 2011-12.

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  25. Announcement of date of poll and counting of votes for deferred bye-election to the Nizamabad Local Authorities’ constituency of Telangana

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

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

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