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  1. ECI releases an Atlas on General Elections 2019

    No. ECI/PN/70/2021
    Dated: 18th June, 2021
     
    ECI releases an Atlas on General Elections 2019  
    Chief Election Commissioner, Shri Sushil Chandra along with Election Commissioner Shri Rajiv Kumar and Election Commissioner Shri Anup Chandra Pandey released 'General Elections 2019 - An Atlas' on June 15, 2021.  Shri Chandra commended the officers of the Commission for compiling this innovative document and hoped that this would inspire academicians and researchers to further explore the vast landscape of the Indian elections.

    The Atlas encompasses all the data and statistical figures of this monumental event. It has 42 thematic maps and 90 tables depicting various facets of the elections. The Atlas also shares interesting facts, anecdotes and legal provisions related to the Indian elections.
    Since the first General Elections in 1951-52, the Commission has been publishing compilation of electoral data in the form of narrative and statistical books.  17th General Elections conducted in 2019 were the largest democratic exercise in human history which witnessed the participation of 61.468 crore voters at 10.378 lakh polling stations spread over 32 lakh square kilometre territory of India. 
    In Indian elections, electoral data is primarily collected during the preparation of Electoral Roll by the Electoral Registration Officers and also in the process of conduct of elections by the Returning Officers. This data is then collated by these statutory authorities. Thereafter, after the culmination of the electoral process, the Election Commission of India collects this electoral data and prepares various reports for compilation, record and dissemination purposes. 
    In October 2019, the Commission released statistical reports based on the electoral data made available by the Returning Officers of 543 Parliamentary Constituencies. The maps and tables as placed in this Atlas depict that information and provide for better understanding and appreciation of electoral diversity of the country. In addition to contextualizing the data, these detailed maps reveal electoral patterns at various levels as well as indicate its spatial and temporal settings. With an aim to better visualize and represent the electoral data, this Atlas serves as an informative and illustrative document that brings to light the nuances of the Indian electoral process and empowers readers to analyse trends and changes. 

    The Atlas brings out salient features such as data of the 23 States and UTs where women voting percentage was more than the male voting percentage; information about the largest & smallest parliamentary constituency in terms of electors, candidates and performance of political parties amongst other parameters.
    The Atlas depicts the electors data in different categories and through various comparison charts like Elector Gender Ratio and electors in different age categories. The 2019 General Elections witnessed the lowest gender gap in the history of Indian elections. The Elector Gender Ratio which has shown a positive trend since 1971 was 926 in 2019 General Elections.
    The Atlas also compares the average number of electors per polling station in different states during 2014 & 2019 General Elections. The Election Commission of India set up over 10 lakh polling stations in General Elections 2019 with the lowest number of electors per polling station (365) in Arunachal Pradesh.   
    Amongst the various other categories, the atlas compares the number of contesting candidates in the General elections since 1951. In the 2019 General Elections, there were 8054 qualified contesting candidates after rejection of nominations & withdrawals from a total of 11692 nominations filed across the country.
    To check out the details, the e-Atlas is available at https://eci.gov.in/ebooks/eci-atlas/index.html. Suggestions, if any, can be shared with the EDMD division of the Commission.

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  2. ECI organises a virtual conference of Chief Electoral Officers

    No. ECI/PN/69/2021
    Dated: 15th June, 2021
    ECI organises a virtual conference of Chief Electoral Officers
    CEC emphasises voter centric services to be delivered swiftly & efficiently
    General Elections 2019- An ATLAS released during the Conference
    Election Commission of India today organized a virtual conference of the Chief Electoral Officers of all the States and UTs. The conference primarily focused on key thematic issues like smooth, efficient and voter friendly services, updation/purity of the electoral roll, integration of IT Applications, extensive voter outreach program, Media & Communication strategy, Expenditure monitoring, legal issues, EVM and VVPAT storage related infrastructure and training & capacity building.

    While addressing the CEOs, Chief Election Commissioner Sh. Sushil Chandra stressed the importance of such periodic review meetings for revamping back-end systems so that voter centric services can be delivered swiftly and efficiently on priority. Shri Chandra said that such CEO review meetings would be institutionalized and will be organized more frequently. Shri Chandra emphasized that CEOs should make sustained year round efforts to engage with new voters for registration and other services like correction, change of address etc for existing voters and awareness of hassle free facilitation platforms of Election Commission. He reiterated the importance of an updated and error free electoral roll. Shri Chandra asked the CEOs to share the best practices of the various innovative steps taken by the poll-gone states for learning and customization for future elections.

    Election Commissioner Sh. Rajiv Kumar in his address said that CEOs of the recently poll-gone states should suggest ways of scaling up/integrating their successful best practices such as mobile apps for absentee voters, criminal antecedents and randomization of polling /police personnel. He emphasized that protocols of SOPs for storage and movement of EVMs should be strictly adhered to and monitored by CEOs. He added that CEOs should ensure periodic physical inspection of EVM storage warehouses. Shri Kumar also said that CEOs should send their suggestions and ideas for new reforms to be taken up in the identified verticals being examined by the Core Committee.
    Election Commissioner Sh. Anup Chandra Pandey commended the CEOs for their constructive suggestions. He said that the non-election period should be utilized by CEOs to consolidate and fill up gaps of manpower resources and Infrastructure, plan for communication & awareness activities and step up training & capacity building as per their state specific needs.
    Secretary General Sh. Umesh Sinha reminded the CEOs that during the non-election period, the core work of purifying electoral rolls, redressal of grievances of voters, outreach activities for engaging with young & future voters through Electoral Literacy Clubs and other SVEEP measures, staffing & budgeting matters, training of CEO office teams should be taken up on priority so that CEO offices remain in full readiness for forthcoming elections.
    Senior DEC Shri Dharmendra Sharma, DECs Shri Sudeep Jain, Shri Chandra Bhushan Kumar and Shri Nitesh Vyas also interacted with CEOs on their specific thematic issues.
    During the conference, Chief Electoral Officers of Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal shared their experiences and lessons from conducting elections during the pandemic. The CEOs of Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttarakhand& Uttar Pradesh particularly briefed the Commission about various challenges, innovations and suggestions for upcoming assembly elections in their respective states.

    The Commission today during the review meeting also e-launched the ‘Atlas on General Elections 2019’. The Atlas encompasses all the data and statistical figures of this monumental event. This Atlas includes 42 thematic maps and 90 tables depicting various facets of the elections.The General Election 2019 Atlas serves as an informative and illustrative document that brings to light the nuances of the Indian electoral process. The maps and tables depict information in pictorial manner for better understanding and appreciation of the electoral diversity of the country. The Atlas brings out salient features such as data of the 23 states and UTs where women voting percentage was more than the male voting percentage; information about the largest parliamentary constituency in terms of electors, candidates and performance of political parties amongst other parameters. The e-Atlas is available at https://eci.gov.in/ebooks/eci-atlas/index.html. Any suggestions can be shared with the EDMD division of the Commission.


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  3. Polling in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and for Phase 3 Assembly Constituencies in Assam and West Bengal conducted peacefully Voting held in 1.5 lakh Polling Stations across 475 Assembly Constituencies

    No. ECI/PN/45/2021
    Dated: 6th April, 2021
    Polling in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and for Phase 3 Assembly Constituencies in Assam and West Bengal conducted peacefully 
    Voting held in 1.5 lakh Polling Stations across 475 Assembly Constituencies 
     

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

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

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  5. Shri Anup Chandra Pandey takes over as new Election Commissioner

    No. ECI/PN/68/2021
    Dated: 9th June, 2021
    PRESS NOTE
    Shri Anup Chandra Pandey takes over as new Election Commissioner
    Shri Anup Chandra Pandey today assumed charge as the new Election Commissioner (EC) of India. Shri Pandey joins the Election Commission of India as second Election Commissioner in a three- member body headed by Chief Election Commissioner Shri Sushil Chandra and Election Commissioner Shri Rajiv Kumar.

    Born on 15th February 1959, Shri Anup Chandra Pandey has been a 1984 batch Indian Administrative Service Officer. During the span of about 37 years of distinguished Government of India service, Shri Pandey has worked in various Ministries & Departments at the Centre and his state cadre of Uttar Pradesh.
    Shri Anup Chandra Pandey, a career bureaucrat holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Punjab Engineering College and a Master’s degree in Materials Management from Panjab University. Shri Anup Chandra who has a keen interest in study of history holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Ancient Indian History from Magadh University.
    Shri Pandey, superannuated as Chief Secretary, Government of Uttar Pradesh in August 2019. Prior to joining the Election Commission of India, Shri Pandey served as a Member National Green Tribunal Oversight Committee, Uttar Pradesh.
    Under his administrative leadership as Chief Secretary, the state successfully organized the Kumbh Mela at Prayagraj and Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas at Varanasi in 2019.
    Earlier, Shri Anup Chandra served as Industrial Development Commissioner of the state and successfully organized a mega Investor’s Summit at Lucknow in 2018. He also introduced various policy reforms in the industries and business sector including single window NiveshMitra Portal.
    As Additional Chief Secretary (Finance), Government of Uttar Pradesh. Shri Pandey’s endeavours led to successful designing, planning and implementation of Uttar Pradesh Farm Loan Waiver Scheme.
    Shri Pandey has held diverse portfolios during his deputation with the central government.  He served as Additional Secretary, Ministry of Defence and Joint Secretary, Ministry of Labour &Employment, Government of India where he represented the country at various international forums like G20 and International Labour Organization. He was also Director in Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and Department of Consumer Affairs.
    Shri Pandey has a keen interest in writing and has authored a book titled “Governance in Ancient India” which explores the evolution, nature, scope, functions and all related aspects of ancient Indian Civil Service from the Rig Vedic period to 650 AD.

    (Chief Election Commissioner, Shri Sushil Chandra, and Election Commissioner Shri Rajiv Kumar, formally welcoming Election Commissioner Shri Anup Chandra Pandey)

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

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

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

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  7. Election Commission unanimous that there should not be restriction on media reporting.

    No. ECI/PN/63/2021                                                    
    Dated: 5th May 2021
     
    PRESS NOTE
     
    Election Commission unanimous that there should not be restriction on media reporting.
    The Election Commission of India has taken note of recent narrative relating to its position in relation to media. The Commission has also come across certain press reports in the same regard. The Commission always has appropriate deliberations before any decisions are taken.  
    In the context of involvement of media, the Commission wishes to clarify that it stands sincerely committed to its faith in free media.   The Commission as a whole and each one of its members recognise the positive role played by media in the conduct of all elections in the past and present and in strengthening electoral democracy in the country. The Election Commission was unanimous that before Hon’ble Supreme Court there should not be any prayer for restriction on media reporting.  
    The Commission very specially recognises media’s role in enhancing effectiveness of election management and in reinforcing transparency from the very beginning of election process till the end, including transparent coverage during all processes, campaigning and from polling station level to counting. ECI’s approach on the collaboration with media is that of a natural ally and remains unchanged.
     

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  8. Bye Election to the Council of States -Deferment of election – reg.

    No. ECI/PN/67/2021 
    Dated: 28th May 2021
     
    PRESS NOTE 
    Bye Election to the Council of States -Deferment of election – reg. 
    There is one casual vacancy in the Council of States as per the details below:
    Name of State
    Name of the member
    Cause of vacancy
    Date of Vacancy
    Term upto
    Kerala
    Shri Jose K. Mani
    Resignation
    11.01.2021
    01.07.2024
    2.  As per the provisions of Section 151A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, the vacancy are required to be filled, through bye election within six months from date of occurrence of vacancy, provided that remainder of the term in relation to the vacancy is one year or more. 
    3.   The Commission has reviewed the matter today and has decided that due to outbreak of the second wave of COVID-19 in the country, it would not be appropriate to hold the said bye election till the pandemic situation significantly improves and conditions become conducive to hold above mentioned bye-election. 
    4.  The Commission will take a decision in the matter at appropriate time in the future after taking inputs from the concerned states and assessing the pandemic situation from mandated authorities like NDMA/SDMA.

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

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

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  10. ECI's Statement

    Dated: 25th April 2021 
     
    ECI’s Statement
    "A section of the media have reported about allegations made by Hon'ble Chairperson AITC and CM West Bengal that instructions have been given by some officers of ECI and Observers to arrest “TMC goons”.  Such statements supposedly attributed to ECI Officers and Observers are  absolutely baseless, false and misleading. No such instructions have been given by any Observer, Chief Electoral Officer or Officer of the Commission to act against workers of any Party (ies). 
    It has  also been reported that CM would be taking the matter to the honourable Court (s).
    No court case has so far been reported to CEO, WB's office or the Commission where any instance of preventive action against a non-criminal has come to the notice. Misleading narratives apart, leave alone any court case, no specific instance of illegal preventive action against any worker of party has been reported till 25.4.21. 
    Conduct of free, fair, intimidation free and violence free election requires close monitoring of all miscreants and history sheeters who have the potential to vitiate the polls. 
    Preventive actions under relevant provisions of CrPC, IPC are taken by all law enforcing agencies to ensure they are prevented from creating any mischief. 
     There are standing instructions for law enforcing agencies of all poll going States to ensure compilation of list of miscreants based on criminal history, including involvement in election related crime in the past.  Action is taken and must be taken against such miscreants who have potential of scaring genuine voters in any manner. 
     DEOs, Commissioners of Police, SPs , Observers , Chief Electoral officer of the State (s) going to poll and Commission review and ensure that such lists are compiled timely and acted upon in an impartial manner. Commission or Observers for that matter convey instructions in such matters through Chief Electoral officer."

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  11. POLL GONE STATES/UT GEAR UP FOR FOOLPROOF COUNTING WHILE HONOURING COVID PROTOCOL ARRANGEMENTS

    POLL GONE STATES/UT GEAR UP FOR FOOLPROOF COUNTING WHILE HONOURING COVID PROTOCOL ARRANGEMENTS

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  12. ECI push for wide ranging Reforms

    No. ECI/PN/66/2021 
    Dated: 13th May 2021
     
    PRESS NOTE 
    ECI push for wide ranging Reforms
     Election Commission of India in furtherance for continuing reforms process has decided to set up a Core Committee headed by Secretary General, ECI to identify learning, experiences, shortcomings from recently Poll-gone States of Assam, Bihar, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and UT of Puducherry.
     The committee is broadly tasked to identify: 
    1.   Shortcomings /gaps in ECI regulatory regime, if any and the gaps in implementation and enforcement at the level of CEOs/ District officials.
    2.   Need for Strengthening legal/ regulatory framework enabling  ECI to more effectively ensure compliance of guidelines / directions including the Covid norms;
    3.   Measures to ensure discharge of responsibility, like enforcement of covid protocol by the agencies/ authorities mandated under respective regulatory/ legal regime to do so irrespective of and in addition to ECI guidelines;
    4.   Gaps, if any in the guidelines or at implementation level in MCC / regulatory regime leading to avoidance/ non-compliance by the Candidates/ Political parties’ stakeholders; 
    5.   Measures to further strengthen the expenditure management regulation for inducement free election;  
    6.   Shortcomings in existing framework in providing protection to electoral machinery from possibility of reprisal after elections;  
    7.   Measures required for strengthening the offices of electoral machinery at the State level namely the offices of CEOs, DEOs and ROs; 
    8.   Issues related to Electoral Roll, Voter List and delivery of EPICs; 
    9.   Gaps in Communication strategy, if any.
     The Committee has also been asked to collate, analyse experiences, best practices across States/UT and suggest way forward and further reforms required.
     DECs of the ECI and CEOs of recent poll gone States and few select Special Observers and Observers will be members of the Committee.  While finalising its recommendations, the Committee will also take inputs from State Nodal Officers of different divisions like Police, Expenditure, Health authorities as well as from some DEOs, SPs & ROs identified by CEOs, Polling officials, BLOs about the issues and challenges faced at the grass root levels.
     The Committee will also examine the recommendations of the nine Working Groups (which were set up post Lok Sabha Elections, 2019) in light of experiences in the Poll gone States. The Commission had formed Nine working groups of CEOs and Commission Officers covering various  facets of election process including Electoral Roll issues, Polling Stations management, MCC, Voting processes & Materials inventory, Capacity Building, IT applications, Expenditure Management, SVEEP and Media interface as also Electoral Reforms.
     Recommendations of the Core Committee will help the Commission to chalk out way forward for forthcoming polls in future.  The Core Committee has been asked to submit its report within a month.

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

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

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  14. Matter of Recounting in Nandigram AC: RO is the Final Authority under Law 

    No. ECI/PN/62/2021
    Dated: 4th May, 2021
    PRESS NOTE
    Matter of Recounting in Nandigram AC: RO is the Final Authority under Law
    Certain sections of media have reported about the matter of recounting in Nandigram AC. Returning Officer (RO) of an Assembly Constituency performs statutory functions under the RP Act, 1951in quasi-judicial capacity independently. Whether it is nomination, polling or counting, the RO acts strictly in accordance with the extant electoral laws, instructions and guidelines of the ECI.
    2.  As far as the media reporting on ‘recount’ concerning Nandigram AC is concerned, as per Rule 63 of the Conduct of Election Rules, 1961, which lays down the process of dealing with recount request,it,inter alia, states,
    On such an application being made the returning officer shall decide the matter and may allow the application in whole or in part or may reject it in toto if it appears to him to be frivolous or unreasonable.
    In the light of the above, the RO takes a decision which can only be challenged through Election Petition under section 80 of the RP Act, 1951, which provides that,
    No election shall be called in question except by an election petition presented in accordance with the provisions of this Part. 
    3.  After the counting in Nandigram AC, the election agent of a particular candidate requested for recount, which was rejected by the RO, through a speaking order, on the basis of material facts available before him in accordance with the provisions of Rule 63, as above, and declared the result. In such a case, only legal remedy is to file an EP before the High Court.   
    4. CEO West Bengal, in this matter of Nandigram AC, has made available a copy of the Order of the RO and other relevant material related to counting. General Observer for the AC has also furnished a report in the matter. From the available material before the Commission, following facts reveal in respect of counting held on 2 May, 2021 in Nandigram AC: 
    I. Each counting table had one micro observer.  Their reports never indicated any impurity of counting process on their respective table. 
    II. The RO caused the entries of votes polled by each candidate after each round to be written on the display board which could be easily seen by the counting agents. No doubt was raised on the result of round-wise counting. This enabled the RO to proceed uninterruptedly with the counting of votes.
     III. On the basis of Form-17C duly completed by the counting supervisors, Returning Officer prepared a round-wise statement.  In addition, on the computer installed in the Counting Hall, parallel tabulation work was also done in an Excel sheet to counter check any human error.
     IV. A copy of each of the rounds’ results was shared with all the counting agents.
     V.  After every round, counting agents signed the result sheets.
     5.   Election related Officers on ground perform in extremely competitive political environment diligently with full transparency and fairness and therefore attribution of any motive in such cases is not desirable.
    6.  On the basis of media reports on undue pressure on the RO Nandigram, Commission directed the Chief Secretary West Bengal on 3 May 2021 to provide adequate security, which State Government has now provided.
    7. The Commission has further directed CEO West Bengal to ensure the safe custody of all election records including polled EVM/VVPAT, videorecording, statutory papers, counting records etc. strictly in accordance with laid down guidelines/instructions of the Commission. He will also coordinate with the State Government for additional security measures at such locations, if required.

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

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

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  16. Peaceful Polling concludes across 11,860 Polling Stations ins 35 ACs in last Phase of WB Elections - Repolling in Amtali Madhyamik Siksha Kendra polling station in 5- Sitalkuchi (SC)Assembly Constituency was also conducted today

    No. ECI/PN/58/2021
    Dated: April 29, 2021
    PRESS NOTE
    Peaceful Polling concludes across 11,860 Polling Stations in 35 ACs in last Phase of WB Elections - Repolling in Amtali Madhyamik Siksha Kendra polling station in 5- Sitalkuchi (SC)Assembly Constituency was also conducted today
    Strict preventive measures and Timely seizures of bombs and arms ensures violence free, peaceful elections
    Voters abide by Covid protocols at Polling Booths
    Voter Turnout (at 5 PM) for Phase VIII West Bengal Election 76.07 %
    ECI gives detailed instructions to District authorities to take action under extant rules against Covid protocol violators as also for steps to be followed for Counting arrangements

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  17. Extension of hours of Poll in bye-election to 26-Serchhip (ST) Assembly Constituency of Mizoram till 7.00 pm.

    No. ECI/PN/50/2021
    Dated: April 15, 2021
    PRESS NOTE
    Subject: Extension of hours of Poll in bye-election to 26-Serchhip (ST) Assembly Constituency of Mizoram till 7.00 pm.
    Under the programme for holding bye-election to 26-Serchhip (ST) Assembly Constituency announced by the Commission on 16th March 2021 and subsequent notification on the 23rd March 2021, the hours of poll were 7.00 AM to 6.00 PM of the 17th April, 2021.
    The Commission has now taken into account the request of extension of polling time to enable all the voters to exercise their franchise made by political parties and also recommended by the Chief Electoral Officer Mizoram. Accordingly, the Commission has today notified that the hours of poll for the bye-election to 26-Serchhip (ST) Assembly Constituency to be held on 17th April 2021 will be 7.00 AM to 7.00 PM i.e. extending it by one hour more.
    All the political parties and candidates are being informed and due notice will be put at polling stations about the extension of the timing. The Chief Electoral Officer, Mizoram has been directed to arrange wide publicity of this extension of timing so that voters can avail the benefit.
    Commission expects that its decision will help voters to turnout in large numbers and exercise their franchise.
     

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

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

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  19. ECI's statement on compliance of COVID norms during the poll process

    ECI's statement on compliance of COVID norms during the poll process

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  20. Peaceful polling held in 11,376 Polling Stations spread across 34 ACs in Phase VII WB Elections. Voter Turnout (at 5 PM) for Phase VII West Bengal Election 75.06%

    No. ECI/PN/56/2021
    Dated: 26th April 2021
    PRESS NOTE
    Peaceful polling held in 11,376 Polling Stations spread across 34 ACs in Phase VII WB Elections
    Voter Turnout (at 5 PM) for Phase VII West Bengal Election 75.06%
    Voters scrupulously follow Covid appropriate behaviour at Polling Booths
    ECI reiterates instructions to District authorities to take action under extant rules against Covid protocol violators
    5982 out of 11376 polling stations monitored live through webcasting;
    Timely seizure of bombs and arms ensures secure and peaceful elections

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  21. CEC HOLDS A REVIEW MEETING WITH CS West Bengal

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

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  22. Polling held in 14,480 Polling Stations spread across 43 ACs in Phase VI WB Elections. Voter Turnout (at 5 PM) for Phase VI West Bengal Election 79.09%

    No. ECI/PN/54/2021
    Dated: 22nd April 2021
    PRESS NOTE
    Polling held in 14,480 Polling Stations spread across 43 ACs in Phase VI WB Elections

    Voter Turnout (at 5 PM) for Phase VI West Bengal Election 79.09%

    Voters set an example of Covid appropriate behaviour at Polling Booths

    ECI invites attention of all Political Parties to abide by laid down Covid Protocol during 
    Campaigns 

    7466 out of 14,480 polling stations monitored live through webcasting; Drones used to 
    keep watch over vote proceedings

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  23. PRESS NOTE

    No. ECI/PN/52/2021
    Dated: April 16th, 2021
    PRESS NOTE
    For the ongoing West Bengal Assembly Election-2021, invoking its powers under Article 324, the Commission (1) curtails the timing of campaign upto 7 PM. There shall not be any campaign between 7PM and 10AM on campaign day.
    (2) extends the silence period from 48 hours to 72 hours in each of the remaining three phases.
    Commission also directs the political parties/candidates to provide masks, sanitizers, etc. to the participants and account for the cost in expenditure limits. In view of unprecedented public health situation and the imperative of ongoing elections, Commission today extended the silence period upto 72 hours (instead of 48 hours) and restricted the period of campaign upto 7PM (instead of 10PM). These orders have come into effect immediately.
    Commission further directed all the political parties to adhere to the COVID norms/instructions. It has directed:
    Candidates and Political Parties shall ensure absolute, repeat absolute, adherence to Covid guidelines in letter and sprit. Violations, if any, shall be sternly dealt with and action, including criminal action, taken as per extant legal framework. It shall be the responsibility of the organisers of public meetings, rallies, etc. to provide masks and sanitisers to every person attending these meetings, rallies, etc at their cost which shall be added and counted within limits of prescribed expenditure. Organisers shall also ensure proper usage of masks, sanitisers and also be responsible for maintaining minimum social distance by everyone. Star campaigners/political leaders/candidates/aspiring policy makers shall demonstrate by their personal example and nudge all supporters in the beginning of the rally, meeting and any other event during campaign to wear mask, use sanitisers and maintain social distance and put in place such crowd control measures as are necessary for observance of extant guidelines. District Election Officers and Returning Officers shall take strict measures to enforce Covid guidelines during campaign. They shall cancel public meetings, rallies, etc. if any violations are observed, in addition to invoking penal sections. Special Observers and General, Police and Expenditure Observers shall strictly monitor compliance of covid norms during campaign. The Commission has directed that Chief Secretary, West Bengal, CEO, West Bengal, all DEOs and ROs of the remaining three phases shall ensure strict compliance of this order and enforcement of extant guidelines. Special observers and other district/ constituency (ies) level observers shall regularly monitor compliance.
    The copies of the Order, dated 16.04.2021 issued under Art 324 of the Constitution of India as well as the letter, dated 16.04.2021 issued to the Political Parties, are enclosed, which are self explanatory

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  24. Polling in 15,789 Polling Stations spread across 45 Assembly Constituencies in West Bengal Phase V Elections, Bye-Election in 2 Parliamentary Constituencies and 12 Assembly Constituencies across 10 States conducted peacefully today

    No. ECI/PN/53/2021
    Dated: April 17th, 2021
    PRESS NOTE
    Polling in 15,789 Polling Stations spread across 45 Assembly Constituencies in West Bengal Phase V Elections, Bye-Election in 2 Parliamentary Constituencies and 12 Assembly Constituencies across 10 States conducted peacefully today;
    Huge Turnout of Women Voters; Voter Turnout (at 5 PM) for Phase V West Bengal Election 78.36%
    ECI thanks voters for strictly following COVID protocols
    Polling in 56-Samserganj and 58-Jangipur Assembly Constituency at West Bengal and 110-Pipili Bye-Election Assembly Constituency at Odisha stands adjourned
    8266 out of 15789 polling stations monitored live through webcasting
    Candidate in Noksen (ST) Bye-Election Assembly Constituency, Nagaland elected unopposed
     

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  25. Seizures in elections crosses historic milestone of Rs 1000 crores

    Seizures in elections crosses historic milestone of Rs 1000 crores

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