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  1. Schedule for bye-elections to fill casual vacancy in the Parliamentary Constituency of Kerala and Tamil Nadu – Regarding.

    No. ECI/PN/ 17/2021
    Dated:  26th February, 2021
     
    PRESS NOTE 
    Subject:  Schedule for bye-elections to fill casual vacancy in the Parliamentary Constituency of Kerala and Tamil Nadu – Regarding. 
    The Commission has decided to hold bye-election to fill vacancies in   6-Malappuram PC of Kerala and 39-Kanniyakumari PC of Tamil Nadu.
    After taking into consideration various factors like local festivals, electoral rolls, weather conditions, movement of forces, pandemic etc., the Commission has decided to hold bye-elections to fill these vacancies as per the programme mentioned as under:  
    Poll Events
    Date and Day
    Date of Issue of Gazette Notification
    12.03.2021
    (Friday)
    Last Date of Nominations
    19.03.2021
    (Friday)
    Date for Scrutiny of Nominations
    20.03.2021
    (Saturday)
    Last Date for Withdrawal of candidatures
    22.03.2021
    (Monday)
    Date of Poll
    06.04.2021
    (Tuesday)
    Date of Counting
    02.05.2021
    (Sunday)
    Date before which election shall be completed
    04.05.2021
    (Tuesday)
    1.   ELECTORAL ROLL
             The Electoral Rolls for the aforesaid Parliamentary and Assembly Constituencies w.r.t 01.01.2021 as the qualifying date has been finally published. 
    2.   ELECTRONIC VOTING MACHINES (EVMs) and VVPATs
             The Commission has decided to use EVMs and VVPATs in the bye-election in all the polling stations. Adequate numbers of EVMs and VVPATs have been made available and all steps have been taken to ensure that the polls are conducted smoothly with the help of these machines.
    3.   IDENTIFICATION OF VOTERS
             In consonance with the past practice, the Commission has decided that the voter's identification shall be mandatory in the aforementioned election at the time of poll. Electoral Photo Identity cards (EPIC) shall be the main document of identification of a voter. However, in order to ensure that no voter is deprived of his/her franchise, if his/her name figures in the electoral rolls, separate instructions will be issued to allow additional documents for identification of voters at the time of poll in the said election. 
    4.   MODEL CODE OF CONDUCT
             The Model code of conduct shall come into force with immediate effect in the district(s) in which the whole or any part of the Assembly constituency going for election is included, subject to partial modification as issued vide Commission’ s instruction No. 437/6/1NST/2016-CCS, dated 29th June, 2017 (available on the commission's website). The Model code of conduct shall be applicable to all candidates, political parties and the state Government concerned. The Model code of conduct shall also be applicable to the Union Government for the district of the State concerned.
             All the instructions issued for General Elections to Legislative Assembly of Bihar, 2020 shall also be applicable to the aforementioned Bye-elections. 
    5.   BROAD GUIDELINES TO BE FOLLOWED DURING THE CONDUCT OF BYE-ELECTIONS DURING COVID-19
             In view of spread of COVID-19, the Commission on 21st August, 2020 has issued broad guidelines, which is to be followed strictly during the conduct of election, which is available on Commission’s website.  The Commission’s all instructions relating to conduct of General Election in Kerala and Tamil Nadu during the COVID-19 period shall also be mutatis mutandis applicable for all bye-elections.

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  2. General election to the Legislative Assemblies of Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Puducherry, 2021

    General election to the Legislative Assemblies of Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Puducherry, 2021
    Schedule for General Election to the Legislative Assembly of West Bengal: 
    Poll Events
    Phase-I (30 ACs)
    Phase-II (30 ACs)
    Phase-III (31 ACs)
    Phase-IV (44 ACs)
    Phase-V (45 ACs)
    Phase-VI (43 ACs)
    Phase-VII (36 ACs)
    Phase-VIII (35 ACs)
    Date of Issue of Notification
    02.03.2021
    (Tuesday)
    05.03.2021
    (Friday)
    12.03.2021
    (Friday)
    16.03.2021
    (Tuesday)
    23.03.2021
    (Tuesday)
    26.03.2021
    (Friday)
    31.03.2021
    (Wednesday)
    31.03.2021
    (Wednesday)
    Last date of making nomination
    09.03.2021
    (Tuesday)
    12.03.2021
    (Friday)
    19.03.2021
    (Friday)
    23.03.2021
    (Tuesday)
    30.03.2021
    (Tuesday)
    03.04.2021
    (Saturday)
    07.04.2021
    (Wednesday)
    07.04.2021
    (Wednesday)
    Date of Scrutiny
    10.03.2021
    (Wednesday)
    15.03.2021
    (Monday)
    20.03.2021
    (Saturday)
    24.03.2021
    (Wednesday)
    31.03.2021
    (Wednesday)
    05.04.2021 
    (Monday)
    08.04.2021 
    (Thursday)
    08.04.2021
    (Thursday)
    Last date of withdrawal
    12.03.2021
    (Friday)
    17.03.2021
    (Wednesday)
    22.03.2021
    (Monday)
    26.03.2021
    (Friday)
    03.04.2021
    (Saturday)
    07.04.2021
    (Wednesday)
    12.04.2021
    (Monday)
    12.04.2021
    (Monday)
    Date of Poll
    27.03.2021
    (Saturday)
    01.04.2021
    (Thursday)
    06.04.2021
    (Tuesday)
    10.04.2021
    (Saturday)
    17.04.2021
    (Saturday)
    22.04.2021
    (Thursday)
    26.04.2021
    (Monday)
    29.04.2021
    (Thursday)
    Date of Counting
    02.05.2021
    (Sunday)
    02.05.2021
    (Sunday)
    02.05.2021
    (Sunday)
    02.05.2021
    (Sunday)
    02.05.2021
    (Sunday)
    02.05.2021
    (Sunday)
    02.05.2021
    (Sunday)
    02.05.2021
    (Sunday)
    Date of completion
    04.05.2021
    (Tuesday)
    04.05.2021
    (Tuesday)
    04.05.2021
    (Tuesday)
    04.05.2021
    (Tuesday)
    04.05.2021
    (Tuesday)
    04.05.2021
    (Tuesday)
    04.05.2021
    (Tuesday)
    04.05.2021
    (Tuesday)
      Schedule for General Election to the Legislative Assembly of Assam: 
    Poll Events
    Phase-I (47 ACs)
    Phase-II (39 ACs)
    Phase-III (40 ACs)
    Date of Issue of Notification
    02.03.2021 
    (Tuesday)
    05.03.2021 
    (Friday)
    12.03.2021 
    (Friday)
    Last date of making nomination
    09.03.2021 
    (Tuesday)
    12.03.2021 
    (Friday)
    19.03.2021 
    (Friday)
     Date of Scrutiny
    10.03.2021 
    (Wednesday)
    15.03.2021 
    (Monday)
    20.03.2021 
    (Saturday)
    Last date of withdrawal
    12.03.2021 
    (Friday)
    17.03.2021 
    (Wednesday)
    22.03.2021 
    (Monday)
    Date of Poll
    27.03.2021 
    (Saturday)
    01.04.2021 
    (Thursday)
    06.04.2021 
    (Tuesday)
    Date of Counting
    02.05.2021 
    (Sunday)
    02.05.2021 
    (Sunday)
    02.05.2021 
    (Sunday)
    Date of completion
    04.05.2021 
    (Tuesday)
    04.05.2021 
    (Tuesday)
    04.05.2021 
    (Tuesday)
     Schedule for General Election to the Legislative Assembly of Kerala: 
    Poll Events
    Single Phase (All 140 ACs)
    Date of Issue of Notification
    12.03.2021 
    (Friday)
    Last date of making nomination
    19.03.2021 
    (Friday)
    Date of Scrutiny
    20.03.2021 
    (Saturday)
    Last date of withdrawal
    22.03.2021 
    (Monday)
    Date of Poll
    06.04.2021 
    (Tuesday)
    Date of Counting
    02.05.2021 
    (Sunday)
    Date of completion
    04.05.2021 
    (Tuesday)
     Schedule for General Election to the Legislative Assembly of Puducherry: 
    Poll Events
    Single Phase (All 30 ACs)
    Date of Issue of Notification
    12.03.2021 
    (Friday)
    Last date of making nomination
    19.03.2021 
    (Friday)
    Date of Scrutiny
    20.03.2021 
    (Saturday)
    Last date of withdrawal
    22.03.2021 
    (Monday)
    Date of Poll
    06.04.2021 
    (Tuesday)
    Date of Counting
    02.05.2021 
    (Sunday)
    Date of completion
    04.05.2021 
    (Tuesday)
    Schedule for General Election to the Legislative Assembly of Tamil Nadu: 
    Poll Events
    Single Phase (All 234 ACs)
    Date of Issue of Notification
    12.03.2021 
    (Friday)
    Last date of making nomination
    19.03.2021 
    (Friday)
    Date of Scrutiny
    20.03.2021 
    (Saturday)
    Last date of withdrawal
    22.03.2021 
    (Monday)
    Date of Poll
    06.04.2021 
    (Tuesday)
    Date of Counting
    02.05.2021 
    (Sunday)
    Date of completion
    04.05.2021 
    (Tuesday)

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  3. PRESS RELEASE

    No. ECI/PN/15/2021                                          
    Dated: 22nd February 2021
     
     
    PRESS NOTE
      Dr. Shamsheer Vayalil, Chairman & Managing Director, VPS Healthcare, based in UAE met CEC Shri Sunil Arora today, i.e., 22nd February, 2021 to press for an early resolution of extending the facility of Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballot System (ETPBS) to the Indian diaspora settled abroad. He was informed that the matter is under active and empathic consideration of ECI and that officers of EC are in touch with their counterparts in Ministry of Law & Justice and Ministry of External Affairs in order to find an early resolution to the issue.
     

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  4. Central Police Forces are sent in Advance for Area Domination in concerned Poll Going States/UTs as a Standard Practice: ECI

    No. ECI/PN/14/2021                                          
    Dated: 22nd February 2021
     
    PRESS NOTE
    Central Police Forces are sent in Advance for Area Domination in concerned Poll Going States/UTs as a Standard Practice: ECI
     It has come to the notice of ECI that certain sections of media (e.g. Indian Express 22/2/2021, Hindustan Times 20/2/2021 etc. )have reported on Central Police Forces being sent specifically to State of West Bengal. 
    ECI would however like to state the following: 
    Central Police Forces (CPFs) are routinely sent to all the states and UTs where Lok Sabha/ Vidhan Sabha elections are to take place for advance area domination, especially in the critical and vulnerable sectors which are identified by meticulous advance reviews and concrete feedback from various sources including political parties and entities. This practice is going on some times in 1980s. 
    During Lok Sabha elections 2019, Central forces were sent to all states and UTs and the same has been done in all state elections which have been taking place. In the instant case also the CPFs have been sent to all the four states namely Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and one UT of Puducherry, where Assembly Elections are to take place. It may be of interest for the Media to know that these orders for CPF deployment were issued to the Chief Secretaries, the DGPs and the Chief Electoral Officers of all these five States/UT on the same day, i.e. 16 February 2021.

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  5. DELIMITATION COMMISSION HOLDS MEETING TO SEEK VIEWS ON DELIMITATION PROCESS OF UT OF JAMMU AND KASHMIR.

    No. DC/PN/1/2021                                         
    Date : 18th February 2021
     
    PRESS NOTE
    DELIMITATION COMMISSION HOLDS MEETING TO SEEK VIEWS ON DELIMITATION PROCESS OF UT OF JAMMU AND KASHMIR.
    Delimitation Commission comprising of Chairperson Retd. Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai, Ex-Officio Member Shri Sushil Chandra (Election Commissioner) and Ex-Officio Member, Shri K.K Sharma (State Election Commissioner, J&K) today held a meeting in New Delhi with the Associate Members from Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, for seeking their suggestion/views on the process of delimitation in respect of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. 
    Chairperson Justice Desai welcomed Associate Members namely Dr. Jitendra Singh MoS & MP and  Shri Jugal Kishore Sharma, MP to the meeting. While Delimitation Commission had sent written intimation to all five Associated Members namely Dr Farooq Abdullah, Shri Mohammad Akbar Lone, Shri Hasnain Masoodi Shri Jugal Kishore Sharma and Dr. Jitendra Singh on 5th February 2021 itself, only two Members attended today's meeting.
    An overview on the process of delimitation based on the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act, 2019 and Delimitation Act, 2002 was presented before the Members detailing various Sections of these Acts related to the delimitation exercise of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. 
    The two Associate Members appreciated Commission’s efforts and suggested that delimitation of Constituencies shall be as far as practicable, be for geographically compact areas and while delimiting them regard shall be given to physical features; existing boundaries of administrative units; facilities of communication and public convenience. They also suggested to give special attention to the difficult terrains while carrying out the delimitation exercise in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
    Election Commissioner, Shri Sushil Chandra, welcomed their valuable inputs and expressed satisfaction of the Delimitation Commission on the suggestions and views of the Associate Members. The Members desired to put forward more suggestions in coming days. 

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

    No. ECI/PN/13/2021
    Dated: 18th February, 2021
     
    PRESS NOTE
    Sub:- Bye Election to the Karnataka Legislative Council by the members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) – reg.
    There is one casual vacancy in the Karnataka Legislative Council by the members of Legislative Assembly. The details of the vacancy are as follows:
     
    Name of Member
    Nature of election
    Cause of vacancy
    Term up to
    S. L. Dharmegowda
    By MLAs
    Death on 28.12.2020
    17.06.2024
     
    2.            The Commission has decided to hold a bye-election to the Karnataka Legislative Council by the members of the Legislative Assembly to fill the above mentioned vacancy as per the following schedule:
     
    S. No.
    Events
    Dates
    1.        
    Issue of Notification
    25th February, 2021 (Thursday)
    2.        
    Last Date of making nominations
    04th March, 2021 (Thursday)
    3.        
    Scrutiny of nominations
    05th March, 2021  (Friday)
    4.        
    Last date for withdrawal of candidatures
    08th March, 2021  (Monday)
    5.        
    Date of Poll
    15th March, 2021  (Monday)
    6.        
    Hours of Poll
    09:00 am to 04:00 pm
    7.        
    Counting of Votes
    15th March, 2021 (Monday) at 05:00 pm
    8.        
    Date before which election shall be completed
    18th March, 2021 (Thursday)
                                                                                                   
    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, 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.
     

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

    No. ECI/PN/12/2021
    Dated: 18th February, 2021
     
    PRESS NOTE
    Sub:- Bye Election to the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council by the members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) – reg.
      There is one casual vacancy in the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council by the members of Legislative Assembly. The details of the vacancy are as follows:
     
    Name of Member
    Nature of election
    Cause of vacancy
    Term up to
    Challa Ramakrishna Reddy
    By MLAs
    Death
    on 01.01.2021
    29.03.2023
     
    2.            The Commission has decided to hold a bye-election to the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council by the members of the Legislative Assembly to fill the above mentioned vacancy as per the following schedule: -
     
    S. No.
    Events
    Dates
    1.        
    Issue of Notification
    25th February, 2021 (Thursday)
    2.        
    Last Date of making nominations
    04th March, 2021 (Thursday)
    3.        
    Scrutiny of nominations
    05th March, 2021  (Friday)
    4.        
    Last date for withdrawal of candidatures
    08th March, 2021  (Monday)
    5.        
    Date of Poll
    15th March, 2021  (Monday)
    6.        
    Hours of Poll
    09:00 am to 04:00 pm
    7.        
    Counting of Votes
    15th March, 2021 (Monday) at 05:00 pm
    8.        
    Date before which election shall be completed
    18th March, 2021 (Thursday)
                                                                                                   
    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, Andhra Pradesh 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.
     

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

    No. ECI/PN/11/2021
    Dated: 18th February, 2021
                                                                  
    PRESS NOTE
     Sub:- Biennial Election to the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council by the members of  Legislative Assembly (MLAs) –  reg.
    The term of 05 members of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council elected by the members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) is expiring on 29.03.2021. Details are given as under: -
     
    S. No
    Name of Member
    Date of Retirement
     
    1.       
    Gundumala Thippe Swamy
     
     
     
    29.03.2021
     
     
     
    2.       
    Gummidi Sandhya Rani
    3.       
    Vattikuti Veera Venkanna Chowdary
    4.       
    Shaik Mohammed Iqbal
    5.       
    Subhaschandra Bose Pilli
    (Vacant w.e.f 01.07.2020 due to resignation of the sitting member)
     
    2.         The Commission has decided to conduct above mentioned biennial election to the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council by members of Legislative Assembly in accordance with the following programme:-
     
    S. No.
    Events
    Dates
    1.       
    Issue of Notification
    25th February, 2021 (Thursday)
    2.       
    Last Date of making nominations
    04th March, 2021 (Thursday)
    3.       
    Scrutiny of nominations
    05th March, 2021  (Friday)
    4.       
    Last date for withdrawal of candidatures
    08th March, 2021  (Monday)
    5.       
    Date of Poll
    15th March, 2021  (Monday)
    6.       
    Hours of Poll
    09:00 am to 04:00 pm
    7.       
    Counting of Votes
    15th March, 2021 (Monday) at 05:00 pm
    8.       
    Date before which election shall be completed
    18th March, 2021 (Thursday)
     
    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, Andhra Pradesh 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.
     

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  9. Biennial election to the Legislative Councils of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana from Graduates’ and Teachers’ Constituencies-reg.

    No. ECI/PN/10/2021
    Dated: 11th February, 2021
    PRESS NOTE
    Subject:   Biennial election to the Legislative Councils of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana from Graduates’ and Teachers’ Constituencies-reg.
     The term of office of 02 members of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council from Teachers’ Constituencies and 02 members of the Telangana Legislative Council from Graduates’ Constituencies is expiring on 29thMarch, 2021due to the retirement of the sitting members as detailed below: -
    Andhra Pradesh 
    Sl. No.
    Name of  Constituency
    Name of the Member
    Date of retirement
    1 East-West Godavari Teachers’
    Ramu Surya Rao (R.S.R. Master)
     
    29.03.2021
    2                    
    Krishna-Guntur Teachers’
    A. S. Ramakrishna
    Telangana 
    1  
    Mahabubnagar-Ranga Reddy-Hyderabad Graduates’
    Ramachandra Rao N
     
    29.03.2021
    2
    Warangal-Khammam-Nalgonda
    Graduates’
    Dr. Palla Rajeshwar Reddy
    2.      The Commission has now decided that above mentioned biennial election to the Andhra Pradesh State Legislative Council from Teachers’ Constituencies and Telangana State Legislative Council from Graduates’ Constituencies, be held in accordance with the following programme: -
    Issue of Notification
    16th February, 2021 (Tuesday)
    Last date of making nominations
    23rd February, 2021 (Tuesday)
    Scrutiny of nominations
    24th February, 2021 (Wednesday)
    Last date for withdrawal of candidature
    26th February, 2021 (Friday)
    Date of Poll
    14thMarch, 2021 (Sunday)
    Hours of Poll
    08:00 am to 04:00 pm
    Counting of votes
    17th March, 2021 (Wednesday)
    Date before which election shall be completed
    22ndMarch, 2021 (Monday)
    3.         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/
    4.         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: (a) Thermal Scanning of all persons shall be carried out: (b) 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. As far as practicable, large halls shall be identified and utilized to ensure social distancing norms. Adequate number of vehicles shall be mobilized for movement of polling personnel, security personnel to ensure compliance of COVID-19 guidelines. 5.         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. Bye Elections to the Council of States from Gujarat -reg.

    No. ECI/PN/09/2021
    Dated: 04th February, 2021

    PRESS NOTE
    Subject:   Bye Elections to the Council of States from Gujarat -reg.
     There are two casual vacancies in the Council of States from Gujarat. The details of the vacancies are as follows: -
    Sl. No.
    Name of Members
    Reason
    Date of vacancy
    Term Up to
    1.
    Shri Patel Ahmed Mohammad
    Death
    25.11.2020
    18.08.2023
    2.
    Shri Abhay Ganpatray Bhardwaj
    Death
    01.12.2020
    21.06.2026
    2.  The Commission has decided to hold two separate bye-elections to the Council of States from Gujarat to fill up the above mentioned vacancies as per the following common schedule: -
    S. No
    Events
    Dates

    1 Issue of Notifications
      11th February, 2021 (Thursday)

    2 Last date of making nominations
    18th February, 2021 (Thursday)

    3 Scrutiny of nominations
    19th February, 2021  (Friday)

    4 Last date for withdrawal of candidatures
    22nd February, 2021  (Monday)

    5 Date of Poll
    01st March, 2021 (Monday)

    6 Hours of Poll
    09:00 am-04:00 pm

    7 Counting of Votes
    01st March, 2021 (Monday) at 05:00 pm

    8 Date before which election shall be completed
    03rd March, 2021 (Wednesday)
     
    3.  Broad Guidelines to be followed during entire election process 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. 4. The Chief Secretary, Gujarat 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 said bye elections.
    5.  Further, the Commission has also appointed the Chief Electoral Officer, Gujarat as Observer for the said elections.          
     

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

    No. ECI/PN/08/2021
    Dated: 04th February, 2021
                                                                                                                                                           
     
    PRESS NOTE
    Subject:   Bye Election to the Council of States from Assam -reg.
    There is one casual vacancy in the Council of States from Assam as per following details: -
    State
    Name of Members
    Reason
    Date of vacancy
    Term Up to
    Assam
    Shri Biswajit Daimary
    Resignation
    21.11.2020
    09.04.2026
    2.  The Commission has decided to hold bye-election to the Council of States from Assam to fill up the above said vacancy in accordance with the following schedule: -
    S. No
    Events
    Dates

    1 Issue of Notifications
      11th February, 2021 (Thursday)

    2 Last date of making nominations
    18th February, 2021 (Thursday)

    3 Scrutiny of nominations
    19th February, 2021 (Friday)

    4 Last date for withdrawal of candidatures
    22nd February, 2021 (Monday)

    5 Date of Poll
    01st March, 2021 (Monday)

    6 Hours of Poll
    09:00 am-04:00 pm

    7 Counting of Votes
    01st March, 2021  (Monday) at 05:00 pm

    8 Date before which election shall be completed
    03rd March, 2021 (Wednesday)
     
    3. Broad Guidelines to be followed during entire election process 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. 4.  The Chief Secretary, Assam 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, Assam as Observer for this election. 

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  12. Nation celebrates 11th National Voters’ Day

    No. ECI/PN/07/2021    
    Dated: 25th January, 2021
     
    PRESS NOTE
     
    Nation celebrates 11th National Voters’ Day
    President attends National Level Celebrations in New Delhi in virtual, online mode
    ECI launches digital voter cards, unique web radio
    11th National Voters’ Day was celebrated across the country today on January 25, 2021 with the President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind gracing the national level event held at New Delhi in a virtual, online mode. Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister for Law & Justice, Communications and Electronics and Information Technology graced the event as the Guest of Honour. The Chief Election Commissioner Shri Sunil Arora, Election Commissioners Shri Sushil Chandra, Shri Rajiv Kumar, and Secretary General Shri Umesh Sinha received the dignitaries on the occasion. This year, due to COVID-19, the NVD celebrations all over the country would be a combination of both physical and virtual events.
    The theme for NVD 2021 is ‘Making Our Voters Empowered, Vigilant, Safe and Informed.’ This is a reiteration of the commitment of Election Commission of India (ECI) to conduct COVID-safe elections, as well as to make each voter informed, ethical and vigilant. 
    In his address, President Sh. Ram Nath Kovind said that we should always respect the valuable right to vote. The right to vote is not a simple right; people around the world have struggled a lot for this. Since independence, our Constitution has given equal voting rights to all citizens without any discrimination on the basis of merit, religion, race, caste. For this, we are indebted to the makers of our Constitution.
    The President said that the chief architect of the Indian Constitution, Babasaheb Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar, considered the right to vote as paramount. Therefore, it is the responsibility of all of us, especially our youth, who get the right to vote for the first time, to exercise their franchise with the utmost sincerity and inspire others too to do so.
    Praising the Election Commission of India for conducting successful and safe elections in Bihar, Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh last year during the COVID-19 pandemic, the President said that it is an extraordinary achievement of our democracy. He was happy to note that the Election Commission has taken a number of innovative and timely measures to conduct smooth, inclusive and safe elections.
    Guest of Honour, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad hailed the profound vision of India’s founding fathers who, despite the overwhelming odds against them, created a framework that would empower every single Indian. Speaking about the launch of digital voter cards, he appreciated the IT efforts of the Election Commission. He said that the officers of the Election Commission and civil and police administrations have played a vital role in ensuring free, fair, and peaceful election during challenging times of COVID-19. 
    Chief Election Commissioner, Shri Sunil Arora reiterated the Commission’s determination in conducting safe and secure elections, which was lauded by democracies across the world. Shri Arora took note of how the tireless efforts of the election machinery ensured that the facility of Postal Ballot was extended to Persons with Disabilities, Senior Citizens above the age of 80 years, and those quarantined due to COVID-19; effectively ensuring that no voter is left behind. As the Commission prepares for upcoming elections in four States and one Union Territory in 2021, Shri Arora emphasized the importance of the commitment towards redefining election management in a pandemic. 
    In his remarks Election Commissioner Shri Sushil Chandra said that the 11th NVD is being celebrated with a view to enhance electoral participation of voters especially the new voters of the country and empower them as informed, ethical and vigilant voter. He said elections in India are a gigantic exercise conducted under superintendence, direction and control of the Commission. The exercise has its own challenges in terms of sheer scale, size, diversity and complexity besides logistics, aiming for free, fair and transparent elections. Timelines demand strict compliance with little room for any delays and mistakes. That is what makes our elections sacrosanct and model for others.
    Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar welcomed the august gathering of dignitaries and awardees to the national celebration of 11th National Voters' Day. His remarks also highlighted the scale and vastness of Indian elections. He said that despite the complexity of Indian elections, they are conducted meticulously, on schedule. He especially welcomed women voters, Persons with Disability, and Senior Citizens on the occasion.
    Two unique digital initiatives were unveiled today. The Commission is rolling out digital voter identity cards or e-EPICs which will be downloadable on mobile phone or in a self-printable form on the computer, after logging in from Voter Helpline Mobile App, Voter Portal (www.voterportal.eci.gov.in) or National Voters' Service Portal (www.nvsp.in/). 
    The Hon'ble President of India launched 'Radio Hello Voters' - a 24x7 online digital radio service that will stream voter awareness programmes accessible on the Election Commission of India website. Radio Hello Voters has been envisaged to provide information on electoral processes through songs, drama, discussions, podcasts, spots, parodies etc. in Hindi, English and different regional languages from all over the country. 
     Guest of Honour, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad presented five new voters with their Digital Voter ID cards. While only newly enrolled electors with unique mobile number during SSR 2021 can download e-EPIC from 25th January to 31st January 2021 – this facility will be extended to all other electors from 1st February 2021 onwards.
    On this occasion, the President virtually conferred the National Awards for the Best Electoral Practices to Officers for their outstanding performance in the conduct of elections in different spheres. In addition, awards were also conferred on CSOs, Govt. Departments and Media Houses for their outstanding contribution in the field of voter awareness and outreach. Representatives from Political Parties also attended the national function.
    Three publications were launched by Union Minister Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad. The first book, Conducting Elections during Pandemic- A Photo Journey encapsulates the challenging journey of conducting elections amidst a pandemic. The second, SVEEP Endeavours: Awareness Initiatives during Lok Sabha Election 2019 provides a detailed insight into voter awareness interventions, innovations and initiatives during the 17th General Election, conducted in 2019. Chalo Karen Matdaan- a comic book that aims at voter education in a fun and thought-provoking way targeting young, new and future voters was also launched at the event.
    National Voters’ Day is celebrated all over the country on January 25 every year since 2011 to mark the Foundation day of Election Commission of India, which was established on this day in the year 1950. The main purpose of the NVD celebration is to encourage, facilitate and maximize the enrollment, especially for the new voters. Dedicated to the voters of the country, the Day is utilized to spread awareness among voters for promoting informed participation in the electoral process.
    Download link for National Voters’ Day Brochure: 
    https://ecisveep.nic.in/files/file/1391-national-voters-day-2021-brochure/

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  13. 11th National Voters’ Day (NVD) to be celebrated on 25th January 2021

    No. ECI/PN/06/2021                                                 
    Dated: 24th January 2021
     
    PRESS NOTE
    11th National Voters’ Day (NVD) to be celebrated on 25th January 2021
    Theme for this year’s NVD is ‘Making Our Voters Empowered, Vigilant, Safe and Informed’
     
    Election Commission of India is celebrating 11th National Voters Day on 25th January 2021. 
    Honourable President of India, Sri Ram Nath Kovind will be the Chief Guest at the national function being organized in New Delhi by the Election Commission of India. The event will be held at the Ashok Hotel, New Delhi and the Honourable President shall grace the occasion virtually from Rashtrapati Bhawan.
    Sri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Honourable Union Minister for Law and Justice, Communications and Electronics and Information Technology will grace the function as the Guest of Honour.
    The theme for this year’s NVD, ‘Making Our Voters Empowered, Vigilant, Safe and Informed’, envisages active and participative voters during elections. It also focuses on ECI’s commitment towards conducting elections safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    The National Voters’ Day has been celebrated on January 25 every year since 2011, all across the country to mark the foundation day of Election Commission of India, i.e. 25th January 1950. The main purpose of the NVD celebration is to encourage, facilitate and maximize enrolment, especially for the new voters. Dedicated to the voters of the country, the day is utilized to spread awareness among voters and for promoting informed participation in the electoral process. New voters are felicitated and handed over their Elector Photo Identity Card (EPIC) in the NVD functions.
    During the event, the Honourable President of India will confer the National Awards for the year 2020-21 and launch ECI’s Web Radio:‘Hello Voters’. The National Awards for the Best Electoral Practices will be conferred on State and District level officers for their outstanding performance in the conduct of elections in different spheres such as IT initiatives, Security Management, Election Management during COVID-19, Accessible Election and contribution in the field of voter awareness and outreach. National Awards will also be given to important stakeholders like national icons, CSOs and media groups for their valuable contribution towards voters’ awareness. 
    ECI’s Web Radio:‘Hello Voters’: This online digital radio service will stream voter awareness programmes. It will be accessible through a link on the Election Commission of India website. The programming style of Radio Hello Voters has been envisaged to match that of popular FM radio services. It will provide information and education on electoral processes through songs, drama, discussions, spots, stories of elections etc. in Hindi, English and regional languages from all over the country. 
    Sri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Honourable Union Minister for Law and Justice, Communications and Electronics and Information Technology will launch the e-EPIC programme and distribute e-EPICs and Elector Photo Identity Cards to five new voters.  e-EPIC, a digital version of the Elector Photo Identity Card can be accessed through the Voter Helpline App and websites https://voterportal.eci.gov.in/ and https://www.nvsp.in/.  
    Honourable Minister, Mr. Prasad will also release three publications of the Election Commission during the event. Copies of these documents will be presented to the Honourable President of India. 
    Details of the publications are given below:
    Conducting Election During Pandemic- A Photo Journey: This photo book encapsulates the challenging journey of conducting elections amidst a pandemic.  The Commission successfully conducted several elections in the country, beginning with the Biennial Election to the Rajya Sabha.  This was followed by Legislative Assembly Elections in Bihar, one of the biggest such exercises throughout the world during the pandemic. Bye-Elections were also conducted for 60 constituencies in various states of the country.  
    SVEEP Endeavours: Awareness initiatives during Lok Sabha Election, 2019: This book provides a detailed insight into voter awareness interventions, innovations and initiatives during the 17th General Election, conducted in 2019.  It documents the spirit of ‘Desh Ka Mahatyohar’, the biggest festival of democracy celebrated across the nation cutting through the barriers of gender, caste, creed and religion.
    Chalo Karen Matdaan: It is a comic book which aims at voter education in a fun and thought-provoking way. Targeting young, new and future voters, this comic contains interesting and relatable characters to educate voters at large on electoral processes.

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  14. PRESS NOTE

    No. ECI/PN/05/2021                    
    Dated: 15th January 2021
     
    PRESS NOTE
    Many instances have come to the notice of the Commission wherein Chief Electoral Officers and some other officials working directly in the office of Chief Electoral Officers, e.g., Additional Chief Electoral Officers and Joint Chief Electoral Officers, etc. have been victimised after the elections are over. Ironically, in most such instances the concerned officers had discharged their duties in an impartial manner in order to ensure free, fair, robust and ethical elections. After a comprehensive review of this issue and keeping in view such specific instances, Commission has addressed a communication to all concerned vide its letter No. 154/2020, dated 15-01-2021 interalia stating: -
    (i) The state/UT governments shall invariably obtain prior approval of the Commission, if any disciplinary action is initiated against the Chief Electoral Officers and other officers up to Joint Chief Electoral Officer during their tenure and also up to one year from the expiry of last election conducted by them. 
    (ii) Commission has also directed that the State/UT government shall not reduce facilities such as vehicle, security and other facilities/amenities provided to the office of the Chief Electoral Officer for proper discharge of his/her duties.
    2. Commission is sanguine in the expectation that all concerned shall strictly adhere to this regimen in letter as well as in spirit.
    3. Copy of the above instruction is available on the ECI website https://eci.gov.in.

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  15. Meeting of Union Home Secretary with Election Commission

    No. ECI/PN/04/2021                                         
    Dated: 12th January 2021
     
    PRESS NOTE
    Meeting of Union Home Secretary with Election Commission
    Election Commission of India held an interactive meeting with Union Home Secretary Shri Ajay Bhalla, at Nirvachan Sadan today.
    The meeting was primarily to discuss requirement vis-à-vis availability of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF), and related matters, for the upcoming Assembly Elections to the States of Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal, and the Union Territory of Puducherry. 

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  16. Biennial Election to the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council by the members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) – reg.

    No. ECI/PN/03/2021
    Dated: 06th January, 2021
                                                                  
    PRESS NOTE
    Sub:- Biennial Election to the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council by the members of  Legislative Assembly (MLAs) –  reg.
    The term of 12 members of Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council elected by the members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) is expiring on 30.01.2021. Details are given as under: -
     
    S. No
    Name of Member
    Date of Retirement
     
    1.       
    Dr. Dinesh Sharma
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    30.01.2021
     
     
     
    2.       
    Ahmad Hasan
    3.       
    Ashu Malik
    4.       
    Dharm Veer Singh Ashok
    5.       
    Nasimuddin Siddiqui
    (Vacant due to disqualification w.e.f 22.02.2018 vide order dated 21.07.2020 issued by The Chairman of Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council)
    6.       
    Pradeep Kumar Jatav
    7.       
    Ramesh Yadav
    8.       
    Ramjatan
    9.       
    Laxman Prasad Acharya
            10.
    Virendra Singh
      11.
    Swatantra Dev
    12.
    Sahab Singh Saini
     2. The Commission has decided to conduct above mentioned biennial election to the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council by members of Legislative Assembly in accordance with the following programme:-
     
    S. No.
    Events
    Dates
    1.       
    Issue of Notification
    11th January, 2021 (Monday)
    2.       
    Last Date of making nominations
    18th January, 2021 (Monday)
    3.       
    Scrutiny of nominations
    19th January, 2021  (Tuesday)
    4.       
    Last date for withdrawal of candidatures
    21st January, 2021 (Thursday)
    5.       
    Date of Poll
    28th January, 2021 (Thursday)
    6.       
    Hours of Poll
    09:00 am to 04:00 pm
    7.       
    Counting of Votes
    28th January, 2021 (Thursday) at 05:00 pm
    8.       
    Date before which election shall be completed
    29th January, 2021 (Friday)
     3.  Broad Guidelines to be followed during entire election process 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. 4. The Chief Secretary, Uttar Pradesh 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.  

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  17. Bye Elections to the Bihar Legislative Council by the members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) – reg.

    No. ECI/PN/02/2021
    Dated: 06th January, 2021
     
    PRESS NOTE
    Sub:-  Bye Elections to the Bihar Legislative Council by the members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) – reg. 
    There are two casual vacancies in the Bihar Legislative Council by the members of Legislative Assembly. The details of the vacancies are as follows: 
    Name of Member
    Nature of election
    Cause of vacancy
    Term up to
    Sh. Vinod Narain Jha
    By MLAs
    Elected to Bihar Legislative Assembly on 11.11.2020
    21.07.2022
    Sh. Sushil Kumar Modi
    By MLAs
    Resignation on 09.12.2020
    06.05.2024
    2. The Commission has decided to hold two separate bye-elections to the Bihar Legislative Council by the members of the Legislative Assembly to fill the above mentioned vacancies as per the following common schedule: - 
    S. No.
    Events
    Dates
    1.       
    Issue of Notifications
    11th January, 2021 (Monday)
    2.       
    Last Date of making nominations
    18th January, 2021 (Monday)
    3.       
    Scrutiny of nominations
    19th January, 2021  (Tuesday)
    4.       
    Last date for withdrawal of candidatures
    21st January, 2021 (Thursday)
    5.       
    Date of Poll
    28th January, 2021 (Thursday)
    6.       
    Hours of Poll
    09:00 am to 04:00 pm
    7.       
    Counting of Votes
    28th January, 2021 (Thursday) at 05:00 pm
    8.       
    Date before which election shall be completed
    01st February, 2021 (Monday)
    3.  Broad Guidelines to be followed during entire election process 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. 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.

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

    No. ECI/PN/01/2021
    Dated: 06th January, 2021
     
    PRESS NOTE
    Sub:-            Bye Election to the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council by the members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) – reg. 
    There is one casual vacancy in the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council by the members of Legislative Assembly. The details of the vacancy are as follows: 
    Name of Member
    Nature of election
    Cause of vacancy
    Term up to
    Smt. Pothula Sunitha
    By MLAs
    Resignation
    on 01.11.2020
    29.03.2023
    2. The Commission, has decided to hold a bye-election to the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council by the members of the Legislative Assembly to fill the above mentioned vacancy as per the following schedule: - 
    S.No.
    Events
    Dates
    1.       
    Issue of Notifications
    11th January, 2021 (Monday)
    2.       
    Last Date of making nominations
    18th January, 2021 (Monday)
    3.       
    Scrutiny of nominations
    19th January, 2021  (Tuesday)
    4.       
    Last date for withdrawal of candidatures
    21st January, 2021 (Thursday)
    5.       
    Date of Poll
    28th January, 2021 (Thursday)
    6.       
    Hours of Poll
    09:00 am to 04:00 pm
    7.       
    Counting of Votes
    28th January, 2021 (Thursday) at 05:00 pm
    8.       
    Date before which election shall be completed
    01st February, 2021 (Monday)
                                                                           
    3. Broad Guidelines to be followed during entire election process 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.   4. The Chief Secretary, Andhra Pradesh 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.

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