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  1. Biennial Election to the Bihar Legislative Council by the members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) – reg.

    No. ECI/PN/40/2020 
    Dated: 15thJune, 2020
    PRESS NOTE
    Biennial Election to the Bihar Legislative Council by the members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) –  reg.
     The term of 09 members of the Bihar Legislative Council elected by the members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) has expired on 06.05.2020. Details are given as under:
    S.No.
    Name of the Member
    Date of Retirement
    1.            
    Ashok Choudhary
     
     
     
     
    06.05.2020
    2.            
    Krishan Kumar Singh
    3.            
    Prashant Kumar Shahi
    4.            
    Sanjay Prakash
    5.            
    Satish Kumar
    6.            
    Radha Mohan Sharma
    7.            
    Sonelal Mehta
    8.            
    Md. Haroon Rashid
    9.            
    Hira Prasad Vind
     
    2.      Considering the prevailing unforeseen situation of public health emergency due to COVID-19 and the guidelines & orders passed under the Disaster Management Act, 2005 by the competent authority, the Election Commission, on 03.04.2020 passed an Order under Article 324 of Constitution of India read with section 16 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951,and directed that the process of election to the abovementioned seats shall be initiated at a later date after reviewing the prevailing situation.
     3.       The Commission, after receiving inputs from CEO, Bihar,has now decided that above mentioned biennial election to the Bihar Legislative Council by members of Legislative Assembly be held in accordance with the following programme:
     
    S. No.
    Events
    Dates
    1.    
    Issue of Notification
    18th June, 2020 (Thursday)
    2.    
    Last Date of making nominations
    25th June, 2020 (Thursday)
    3.    
    Scrutiny of nominations
    26th June, 2020 (Friday)
    4.    
    Last date for withdrawal of candidatures
    29th June, 2020 (Monday)
    5.    
    Date of Poll
    06th July, 2020 (Monday)
    6.    
    Hours of Poll
    09:00 am to 04:00 pm
    7.    
    Counting of Votes
    06th July, 2020 (Monday)at 05:00 pm
    8.    
    Date before which election shall be completed
    08th July, 2020 (Wednesday)
     
    4.       Adequate measures for close monitoring of the election process by appointing observers shall be taken to ensure free and fair election.
    5.       Commission has also directed the Chief Secretary of the State to depute a senior officer from the State to ensure that the extant instructions regarding COVID-19 containment measures are complied with while making arrangements for conducting the elections.

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

    No. ECI/PN/39/2020
    Dated: 9thJune, 2020
    PRESS NOTE
     Biennial Election to the Karnataka Legislative Council by the members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) –  reg.
     The term of 07 members of Karnataka Legislative Council elected by the members of respective Legislative Assembly (MLAs) is expiring on 30.06.2020. Details are given as under: -
    S.No.
    Name of the Member
    Date of Retirement
    1.            
    Naseer Ahmed
     
     
     
    30.06.2020
    2.            
    Jayamma
    3.            
    M.C. Venugopal
    4.            
    N.S. Bose Raju
    5.            
    H.M. Revanna
    6.            
    T.A. Sharavana
    7.            
    D.U. Mallikarjuna
     
    2.      The Commission, after receiving inputs from CEO, Karnataka has decided that above mentioned biennial elections to the Karnataka Legislative Council by members of Legislative Assembly be held in accordance with the following programme:
    S. No.
    Events
    Dates
    1.    
    Issue of Notification
    11th June, 2020 (Thursday)
    2.    
    Last Date of making nominations
     
    18th June, 2020 (Thursday)
    3.    
    Scrutiny of nominations
    19th June, 2020 (Friday)
    4.    
    Last date for withdrawal of candidatures
     
    22nd June, 2020 (Monday)
    5.    
    Date of Poll
    29th June, 2020 (Monday)
    6.    
    Hours of Poll
    09:00 am to 04:00 pm
    7.    
    Counting of Votes
    29th June, 2020 (Monday) at 05:00 pm
    8.    
    Date before which election shall be completed
     
    30th June, 2020 (Tuesday)
             3.       Adequate measures for close monitoring of the election process by appointing observers shall be taken to ensure free and fair election.
    4.     Commission has also directed the Chief Secretary of the State to depute a senior officer from the State to ensure that the extant instructions regarding COVID-19 containment measures are complied with while making arrangements for conducting the elections.

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  3. Biennial Elections to the Council of States to fill the seats of members retiring between June to July 2020-reg.

    Biennial Elections to the Council of States to fill the seats of  members retiring between June to July 2020-reg.
     



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  4. ANNOUNCEMENT OF DATE OF POLL AND COUNTING OF VOTES FOR DEFERRED RAJYA SABHA POLL

    No. ECI/PN/37/2020                                     
     Dated: 1st June, 2020
    PRESS NOTE
    ANNOUNCEMENT OF DATE OF POLL AND COUNTING OF VOTES FOR DEFERRED RAJYA SABHA POLL 
    On 25.02.2020, Election Commission of India announced elections to the Council of States to fill 55 seats of Members from 17 States, retiring in the month of April,2020, which were notified vide Notification No. 318/CS-Multi/2020(1) dated 06.03.2020. After the last date of withdrawal on 18.03.2020, respective Returning Officers declared 37 seats from 10 States filled in uncontested. Further, as per the reports received from the concerned Returning Officers, the biennial elections for 18 seats from the States of Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya and Rajasthan were to be conducted on 26.03.2020 (Thursday) and the date before which election was to be completed as earlier announced by the Commission was 30.03.2020 (Monday) as per the notification dated 06.03.2020.
    2. Section 153 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 specifies that the Election Commission for reasons which it considers sufficient, may extend the time for the completion of any election by making necessary amendments in the notification issued by it under section 30 or sub-section (1) of section 39 of the said Act. Accordingly, considering the prevailing unforeseen situation of public health emergency due to COVID-19 and related advisories in the country, the Election Commission, vide its press note, dated 24.03.2020, deferred the poll and extended the period of said election under the provisions of section 153 of the said Act and decided that the announcement of fresh date of poll and counting for the said biennial elections will be made by the ECI after reviewing the prevailing situation. The Press Note also specified that the list of contesting candidates already published for the said election by the respective Returning Officers, is to remain valid for the purpose of remaining activities as was prescribed under the said notification (dated 06.03.2020).
    3. Now, Commission has reviewed the matter in detail. Considering all factors, including the guidelines dated 30.05.2020 issued by Union Home Secretary and Chairman, national Executive Committee (NEC) under the National Disaster Management Act, 2005, and taking into account the inputs obtained from the Chief Electoral Officers concerned, the Commission has decided that the date of poll and counting of votes in respect of the biennial elections for 18 seats from the States of Andhra Pradesh (4 seats), Gujarat (4 seats), Jharkhand (2 seats), Madhya Pradesh (3 seats), Manipur (1 seat), Meghalaya (1 seat) and Rajasthan (3 seats) shall be as per the following schedule:  
    Events
    Date
    Date of Poll
    19th June, 2020 (Friday)
    Hours of Poll
    09:00 am to 04:00 pm
    Counting of Votes
    19th June, 2020 (Friday) at 05:00 pm
    Date before which election shall be completed.         
    22th June, 2020 (Monday)
    4. Commission has also decided that the Chief Secretaries shall depute a senior officer from the State to ensure that the extant instructions regarding COVID-19 containment measures are complied with while making arrangements for conducting the elections.
    5. Further Commission has appointed Chief Electoral Officer concerned as Observer for the election in the respective State.

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  5. ECI sets up Committee to examine details of Gujarat HC judgement concerning Dholka AC Direction had already been conveyed to State Government to initiate disciplinary action against the then Returning Officer.

    No. ECI/PN/36/2020                                                 
    Dated: 12th May, 2020
    PRESS NOTE
    ECI sets up Committee to examine details of Gujarat HC judgement concerning Dholka AC
    Direction had already been conveyed to State Government to initiate disciplinary action against the then Returning Officer.
     
    Consequent upon the judgement of Hon’ble High Court in the Election Petition concerning Dholka AC in Gujarat today, Chief Election Commissioner, Shri Sunil Arora  has, after discussion with Secretary General, ECI, on telephone, directed  that a three member committee of officers will examine the details of the judgement and present the same before the Commission at the earliest.
    The Committee shall be headed by Shri Umesh  Sinha, Secretary General, ECI, and consist of two officers, Shri Chandra Bhushan Kumar, Deputy Election Commissioner and Shri Vijay Pandey, Director, Law,  as members. 
    In this matter, on behest of the Commission, a direction had already been conveyed to the State Government of Gujarat to initiate disciplinary action against the then Returning Officer Mr Dhaval Jani, Deputy Collector. The proceedings are underway.
    Mr Jani was also removed from election duties during the Lok Sabha elections in view of the interim order of the Hon’ble High Court in the matter.

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  6. Biennial Election to the Maharashtra Legislative Councils by the members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs)

    No. ECI/PN/35/2020                                                  
    Dated: 1st May, 2020
    PRESS NOTE
    Biennial Election to the Maharashtra Legislative Councils by the members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs)
     
    Election Commission today reviewed the matter concerning feasibility of conduct of biennial election for the 9 vacant seats of the MLC by MLAs in the state of Maharashtra. Shri Sunil Arora, Chief Election Commissioner joined the meeting with Shri Ashok Lavasa, Election Commissioner and Shri Sushil Chandra, Election Commissioner over video call (from USA).
    2. 9 seats of MLC by MLAs became vacant on 24 April 2020 in Maharashtra (Annexure A). ECI on 03 April 2020 issued an order under Article 324 to defer the elections till further orders in view of COVID-19 circumstances. 
    3. Election Commission has received a letter dated 30th April, 2020 of Chief Secretary, Maharashtra in which, the CS has pointed out the various measures taken to control pandemic and that in the State Government’s assessment, elections to the 9 seats of MLC by MLAs could be held in a safe environment. State Government has assured the Commission that the State Government is fully committed to ensuring that the said elections are held in total hygienic conditions with social distancing measures and other conditions imposed by the competent authorities.
    Citing the Union Home Ministry’s order dated 29th April 2020 concerning permitting the movement of migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students and other persons stranded due to lock-down orders,  State Government has reiterated that it will facilitate and ensure that the elections are conducted by following all directions in the matter.
    4. Commission also received a DO letter dated 30th April 2020 of Hon’ble Governor, Maharashtra addressed to the CEC indicating the feasibility of conducting elections in the State. In this connection, Governor Maharashtra has also mentioned that Shri Udhav Balasaheb Thackeray was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra on 28th November, 2019 and pointed out that as per constitutional provisions he has to become a member of either the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly or Legislative Council within a period of six months i.e. on or before the 27th May, 2020. He has further stated that the ground level situation is contained and as of now appears to be improving with several relaxations being made by the Government. Hence keeping in view, the entire situation, the Election Commission has been requested to consider working out modalities to hold elections.
    5. Commission also took note of representations from various political parties– the Maharashtra Vidhanmandal Congress Paksh, the Shiv Sena VidhiMandal Paksh and, the Rashtravadi Congress Party requesting Commission to conduct the said election, the schedule of which was deferred due to force majeure conditions. 
    6. While taking note of all the above, Commission reviewed the past precedents in such unforeseen situations.  In cases of former Prime Ministers Sh. P.V Narasimha Rao in 1991  and Sh. HD Deve Gowda in 1996;  and several Chief Ministers of states (like Sh. Ashok Gehlot, Chief Minister Rajasthan in 1991; Smt Rabri Devi, Chief Minister Bihar in 1997, Sh, Vijay Bhaskar Reddy, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh in 1993, Chief Minister Uttar Pradesh & 4 Ministers in 2017,  and Chief Minister  Nagaland in 2017), Commission conducted by-elections to fulfil similar constitutional requirement. Commission noted that this has been the consistent practice in the past. 
    7. After taking all these into consideration, Commission has decided to conduct the said biennial election in the State of Maharashtra. The details of schedule of the election is attached at Annexure B.
    8. Commission also decided that the Union Home Secretary, who is Chairperson of National Executive Committee in ex-officio capacity under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, should depute an officer of suitable seniority  to ensure that the preventive measures are put in place in keeping with the provisions of the said Act for the smooth conduct of the electoral process for the said election.
    9. Commission has also directed the Chief Secretary to depute an officer from the State to ensure that the extant instructions regarding COVID-19 are complied with while making arrangements for conducting the elections.
    10. Further Commission has appointed Chief Electoral Officer, Maharashtra as Observer for this election. 
    11. Commission also decided to review other deferred elections in the next week. 

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  7. CEC & ECs to contribute to Covid Funding in the form of voluntary reduction of thirty percent of their basic salary from ECI for one year

    No. ECI/PN/34/2020    
    Dated: 13th April, 2020
    PRESS NOTE
    CEC & ECs to contribute to Covid Funding in the form of voluntary reduction of thirty percent of their basic salary from ECI for one year
     
    At present, the country, as the rest of the world, is grappling with COVID-19 pandemic. It is evident that Government along with other agencies is engaged in the mammoth task of controlling the spread of this pandemic and taking various measures to manage and minimize its impact on public health and the national economy. The numerous steps being taken by the Government and Civil Society organisations  require vast resources for which contribution from all sources, including reducing the burden of salaries on the exchequer, might be helpful. 
    In view of the foregoing, Commission has decided to contribute in the form of voluntary reduction of thirty per cent in the basic salary paid by the Election Commission of India to Chief Election Commissioner Sh Sunil Arora and Election Commissioners Sh Ashok Lavasa and Sh Sushil Chandra for a period of one year commencing 1st April, 2020.
     
     
     

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  8. ECI DEFERS RAJYA SABHA POLL FURTHER IN VIEW OF COVID-19; FRESH DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED LATER

    No. ECI/PN/33/2020                                                  
    Dated: 3rd April, 2020
    PRESS NOTE
    ECI DEFERS RAJYA SABHA POLL FURTHER IN VIEW OF COVID-19; FRESH DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED LATER
    On 25.02.2020, Election Commission of India announced elections to the Council of States to fill 55 seats of Members from 17 States, retiring in the month of April, which were notified vide No. 318/CS-Multi/2020(1) dated 06.03.2020. After the last date of withdrawal on 18.03.2020, respective Returning Officers declared 37 seats from 10 States filled in uncontested. Now, as per the reports received from the concerned Returning Officers, the biennial elections for 18 seats from the States of Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya and Rajasthan were to be conducted  on 26.03.2020 (Thursday) and the date before which election was to be completed as earlier announced by the Commission was 30.03.2020 (Monday).
    The term of the seats, which are to be filled in pursuance to the above said notification dated 06.03.2020,  is completing as per following details:
     09.04.2020
    Andhra Pradesh – 04 Jharkhand – 02 Madhya Pradesh – 03 Manipur – 01 Rajasthan – 03 Gujarat – 04  12.04.2020
    Meghalaya - 01          Total - 18;
    Election Commission of India vide notification dated 24.03.2020, in view of unforeseen public health emergency emerging from COVID-19, invoking section 153 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 extended the period of completion of election including postponing the date of poll and counting concerning elections to the Council of States to fill the seats of Members retiring in the month of April, which were notified vide No. 318/CS-Multi/2020(1) dated 06.03.2020;  
    On 24.03.2020, the National Disaster Management Authority issued order to take measures for ensuring social distancing so as to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the country. Subsequent to this, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India vide its Order dated 24.03.2020 under section 10(2)(1) of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 has issued detailed guidelines including restrictions on movement and gathering for the maintenance of public safety and avoiding health hazard to take effective measures so as to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the country. The Ministry has further issued orders dated 25.03.2020, 27.03.2020 and 29.03.2020 for continuing with these measures. The Ministry has also written to all the Chief Secretaries in the country for strict compliance of all the lockdown measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the country. These measures are enforced throughout the country for a period of three weeks from 25.03.2020.
    The electoral process necessarily involves movement and gathering of polling officials, agents of political parties, support officials and members of respective Legislative Assemblies on the poll day, which may put public safety at risk and create public health hazard; 
    Commission has reviewed the current unforeseen situation of public health emergency and the feasibility of completing the poll process for the aforesaid election. Commission, after taking all facts and circumstances in view,  is of considered view that continuing electoral process in the current environment may not be feasible in view of the restrictions for the maintenance of public safety and avoiding health hazard, and therefore,   aforesaid election can not be completed within its scheduled term, as mentioned in para 2 above.
    In view of the above, Commission invoking its powers under Article 324 of the Constitution of India read with section 153 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 has further extended the period of election beyond the prescribed term(s) of above mentioned seats. The list of contesting candidates, already published for the said elections by the respective Returning Officers shall remain valid for the purposes of remaining activities, as prescribed under the said notifications. Fresh date of poll and counting for the said biennial elections shall be intimated in due course after reviewing the prevailing situation.
     

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  9. Extension of Date for submitting comments/suggestions on main recommendations of working groups on various aspects of electoral management-reg.

    No. ECI/PN/32/2020                                                 
    2nd April, 2020
                
    PRESS NOTE
    Subject: Extension of Date for submitting comments/suggestions on main recommendations of working groups on various aspects of electoral management-reg. 
    Election Commission of India on March 7, 2020 (copy enclosed), had invited comments/suggestions from citizens and stakeholders on main recommendations of Working Groups on various aspects of electoral management until March 31, 2020.
    Some representations have been received to extend the deadline in view of the current situation of lockdown measures to contain Covid-19 in the country. The Commission has considered the same and extended the deadline of receiving comments to April 30, 2020.

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  10. ECI DEFERS RAJYA SABHA POLL IN VIEW OF COVID-19; FRESH DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED LATER

    No. ECI/PN/31/2020   
    Dated: 24th  March, 2020
    PRESS NOTE
    ECI DEFERS RAJYA SABHA POLL IN VIEW OF COVID-19;      
    FRESH DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED LATER
    On 25.02.2020, Election Commission of India announced elections to the Council of States to fill 55 seats of Members from 17 States, retiring in the month of April,2020, which were notified vide Notification No. 318/CS-Multi/2020(1) dated 06.03.2020. After the last date of withdrawal on 18.03.2020, respective Returning Officers declared 37 seats from 10 States filled in uncontested. Now, as per the reports received from the concerned Returning Officers, the biennial elections for 18 seats from the States of Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya and Rajasthan are to be conducted  on 26.03.2020 (Thursday) and the date before which election was to be completed as earlier announced by the Commission was 30.03.2020 (Monday).
    On 11.03.2020, World Health Organization has declared Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 a global pandemic. Ministry of Health & Family Affairs and Department of Personnel & Training, Government of India have issued various guidelines and instructions to monitor and contain the transmission of COVID-19. Government of India, vide its press note dated 22.03.2020, has asked all the State Governments to take all measures to break the chain of transmission of COVID-19. This includes suspension of all train services till 31.03.2020 including sub urban rail services; closure of all activities except essential services such as hospitals, telecom, medicine shops, provision stores etc. Subsequently, on 23.03.2020 it has also been informed that the operations of domestic schedule commercial airlines shall cease operations with effective from the mid night 23.59 IST hours on 24.03.2020. State Governments have issued various orders including curb on local transportation accordingly for management and containment of COVID-19. The States of Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya and Rajasthan have issued orders of lock down to contain the transmission of COVID-19.
    Commission has reviewed in detail the matter. The prevailing unforeseen situation of public health emergency indicates the need for avoidance of possibilities of gatherings of any nature, which expose all concerned to possible health hazard. The poll process in the above said elections would necessarily include the gathering of polling officials, agents of political parties, support officials and members of respective Legislative Assemblies on the poll day, which may not be suitable in view of the prevailing unforeseen situation and related advisories in the country.
    Section 153 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 specifies that the Election Commission for reasons which it considers sufficient, may extend the time for the completion of any election by making necessary amendments in the notification issued by it under section 30 or sub-section (1) of section 39; and accordingly, the Election Commission has deferred the poll and extended the period of said election under the provisions of section 153 of the said Act. The list of contesting candidates, already published for the said elections by the respective Returning Officers shall remain valid for the purposes of remaining activities, as prescribed under the said notification. Fresh date of poll and counting for the said biennial elections shall be announced in due course after reviewing the prevailing situation. 
     
     

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  11. Inviting comments/suggestions from the members of public on main recommendations of Working Groups of Various aspects of electoral management-reg.

    Inviting comments/suggestions from the members of public on main recommendations of Working Groups of Various aspects of electoral management-reg.

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  15. PARLIAMENTARY DELEGATION FROM SWEDEN VISITS ELECTION COMMISSION OF INDIA

    No. ECI/PN/27/2020                                                     
    26th February 2020
    PRESS NOTE
    PARLIAMENTARY DELEGATION FROM SWEDEN VISITS ELECTION COMMISSION OF INDIA
     
    A   delegation of ten MPs, members of the Committee on the Constitution in Riksdag, the Parliament of Sweden, visited the Election Commission of India today.  The delegation was led by Ms. Karin Enström, MP and   Chair of the Committee on the Constitution in Riksdag, accompanied by two Parliamentary officials and two diplomats from the Embassy of Sweden in New Delhi.  The delegation met the Chief Election Commissioner, Mr. Sunil Arora and the Election   Commissioners,  Mr. Ashok Lavasa and Mr. Sushil Chandra. 
    Chief Election Commissioner of India, Mr. Sunil Arora, welcomed the Swedish delegation.  In his address, he stated that the Commission is committed to hold free, fair, transparent, peaceful, inclusive, accessible, ethical and participative elections. He gave an overview of the last national elections held in India. He added that using modern tools of Information and Communication Technology, several innovative measures were taken up during the last Lok Sabha elections and recently held state elections to make electoral process hassle free and voter friendly. He said that special attention was paid to make elections accessible for Persons with disabilities and senior citizens.    He also briefed the visiting parliamentarians and officials about the international cooperation programme of the ECI, including setting up of India A-WEB (Association of world Election Bodies) Centre in New Delhi for documentation, research and training with the objective of  sharing the best practices and capacity building of the 115-member Association.  He mentioned that ECI is looking forward to working with Swedish Election Authority in future.  
    Mr. Ashok Lavasa, Election Commissioner mentioned that ECI has taken several steps to spread the progress of democracy. He said that the gender gap in the voting population, which was 16% in the past, had almost been eliminated in the GE 2019.  
    Shri Sushil Chandra, Election Commissioner briefed the delegates about the steps taken by ECI to curb use of money power in elections.
    Ms. Karin Enström, MP and   Chair of the Committee on the Constitution in Riksdag thanked the Commission for the warm welcome accorded to the Swedish delegation.  She gave an overview of the Swedish electoral system wherein simultaneous elections are held for municipal, county and national elections for Riksdag.  She stated that the delegation was impressed with the magnitude of Indian elections and the way this work is done by the ECI. 
    Mr. Umesh Sinha, Secretary General, ECI made a  presentation about the structure and functioning of the ECI in managing the largest election exercise in the world. A short film on Parliamentary Election-2019 was also screened for the Swedish delegation.  This was followed by a Question and Answer session wherein queries from the delegates relating to secrecy of voting, voting by overseas electors, facilities for voting by differently-abled persons, inclusive electoral participation, curbing money power etc. were answered.   

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  16. Biennial Elections to the Council of States to fill the seats of members retiring in April 2020-reg.

    No. ECI/PN/26/2020 
    Dated: 25th February, 2020
     Press Note
    Sub: Biennial Elections to the Council of States to fill the seats of members retiring in April 2020-­reg.
    The term of office of 55 members of the Rajya Sabha elected from 17 States is due to expire on their retirement in April, 2020 as detailed below: 
    Sl. No.
    State
    No. of seats
    Date of retirement
    1.
    Maharashtra
    7
     
     
     
    02.04.2020
    2.
    Odisha
    4
    3.
    Tamil Nadu
    6
    4.
    West Bengal
    5
    5.
    Andhra Pradesh
    4
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    09.04.2020
    6.
    Telangana
    2
    7.
    Assam
    3
    8.
    Bihar
    5
    9.
    Chhattisgarh
    2
    10.
    Gujarat
    4
    11.
    Haryana
    2
    12.
    Himachal Pradesh
    1
    13.
    Jharkhand
    2
    14.
    Madhya Pradesh
    3
    15.
    Manipur
    1
    16.
    Rajasthan
    3
    17.
    Meghalaya
    1
    12.04.2020
    2. A statement showing the details of the above mentioned vacancies is given in ‘Annexure-­‐‑A’. The Commission has decided that above mentioned biennial elections to the Council of States shall be held in accordance with the following programme:  
    Sl.No.
    Events
    Dates
    1.
    Issue of Notifications
    06th March, 2020 (Friday)
    2.
    Last date of making nominations
    13th March, 2020 (Friday)
    3.
    Scrutiny of nominations
    16th March, 2020 (Monday)
    4.
    Last date for withdrawal of candidatures
    18th  March, 2020 (Wednesday)
    5.
    Date of Poll
    26th March, 2020 (Thursday)
    6.
    Hours of Poll
    09:00 am to 04:00 pm
    7.
    Counting of Votes
    26th March, 2020 (Thursday)
     
    at 05:00 pm
    8.
    Date before which election shall be
    completed
    30th March, 2020 (Monday)
    3.  The Commission has directed that for the purpose of marking preference(s) on the ballot paper only integrated violet colour sketch pen(s) of pre-­‐‑fixed specification, provided by the Returning Officer, shall be used. No other pen shall, under any circumstances, be used in the above said elections.
    4.  Adequate measures for close monitoring of the election process by appointing observers shall be taken to ensure free and fair election.

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  17. Working Groups of Election Commission present their draft Recommendations to ECI

    No. ECI/PN/25/2020                                          
    Dated: 18th February, 2020
    PRESS NOTE
    Working Groups of Election Commission present their draft Recommendations to ECI
    Nine working groups of ECI officials and over 20 Chief Electoral Officers met over two-days’ long conference in New Delhi to deliberate on the learnings from the General Elections to Lok Sabha and other elections held recently.  
    In his message to members of the working groups and CEOs, Chief Election Commissioner Shri Sunil Arora complemented the officers of the nine working groups for their pithy and cogent recommendations.  He said that the Commission will look into the recommendations of the working group and after consideration and acceptance, the recommendations will be put up in public domain for getting views of the stakeholders.  CEC Sh Arora was unable to be physically present at the concluding session.
    Addressing the officers, Election Commissioner Shri Ashok Lavasa advised the Officers to make implementable recommendations. He said that "while submitting their reports to the Commission, the groups should draw short term, medium-term and long term categorised actions for suggesting procedural or Rule or Law amending requirements.
    Election Commissioner Sh Sushil Chandra said the ultimate aim of the exercise has to be making the registration and voting experience pleasant for the voters. Sh Chandra said while the Groups have labored to identify the existing gaps and way forward in electoral processes, CEOs should take due help of technology to streamline procedures for future. Sh Chandra cited the example of recent Delhi elections where Booth App, QR code slips facilitated the polling experience for all users.
    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.
    The Commission thanked and congratulated all CEOs and all ECI officers for the in-depth deliberation and effort put in over months to arrive at these recommendations and action point.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  21. Arrangements for the dissemination of result trends for General Election to the Legislative Assembly of NCT of Delhi, 2020 - 11th February 2020

    No. ECI/PN/21/2020 
    Dated: 10th February, 2019
     
    PRESS NOTE
    Arrangements for the dissemination of result trends for General Election to the Legislative Assembly of NCT of Delhi, 2020 - 11th February 2020
    The result trends to Delhi Assembly elections will be available with effect from  8 AM on 11th February, 2020 on following places apart from all the counting centres.
    http://results.eci.gov.in The results are displayed on the website of the Election Commission of India and are updated every few minutes to display the current round wise results of each constituency The results are also available from the “Voter helpline” Mobile app available at Google Play Store and Apple App Store.
      The website / mobile app will display information as  filled in the system by the Returning Officers from their respective Counting Centers.

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  22. ECI REVIEWS DELHI's POLL PREPAREDNESS WITH SENIOR OFFICERS OF NEIGHBOURING STATES, NODAL OFFICERS and CENTRAL OBSERVERS

    No. ECI/PN/20/2020                                                
    Dated: 3rd February, 2020
     
    PRESS NOTE
    ECI REVIEWS DELHI's POLL PREPAREDNESS WITH SENIOR OFFICERS OF NEIGHBOURING STATES, NODAL OFFICERS and CENTRAL OBSERVERS 
    Election Commission of India led by Chief Election Commissioner Sh Sunil Arora and Election Commissioners Sh Ashok Lavasa and Sh Sushil Chandra today reviewed the Poll Preparedness for General Election to the Legislative Assembly of NCT of  Delhi, 2020 with Chief Secretary, Commissioner of Police and senior officials of Delhi Government as also with Chief Secretaries, DGPs and senior officers of the neighbouring States namely Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. Nodal Officers from Ministry of Home Affairs, CRPF, Ministry of Railways also joined the meeting.
    Chairing the Video Conferencing meeting from Nirvachan Sadan, Chief Election Commissioner Sh Arora took an in depth review to ensure that due steps have been taken for smooth coordination amongst various wings of the administration and police forces of adjoining States particularly at border check posts for preventing illegal movement of cash, liquor, arms or anti social elements. The Commission advised the concerned State Officers to ensure due facilitation of cashless treatment, if required, to security forces deployed on election duty. 
    The Commission also reviewed necessary activities for poll preparedness with Central Observers so assigned for the forthcoming Elections. General, Police and Expenditure Observers posted in each of the seventy Assembly Constituencies apprised the Commission of work done with respect to distribution of Photo voter slips, arrangements at Polling stations for Assured Minimum facilities, and management of PwD voters, availability of adequate number of wheel Chairs, Volunteers, EVM-VVPAT arrangements, night stay arrangements for polling personnel, grievance monitoring, Facilitation of Permissions to Political parties and candidates,  Security forces deployment plans, confidence building measures with local communities, seizures made by Flying Squads, inspection of candidates' accounts, publicity of criminal antecedents of candidates, cVigil and Paid news complaints,  expenditure and law and order sensitive pocket arrangements and Counting Day arrangements. 
    Observers assured the Commission that preparations are on schedule and gaining momentum with respect to all requisite polling day arrangements. Adequate deployment of Police forces and CAPF companies is being done and protest sites are under watch to ensure that no obstructions for polling personnel or voters would hamper movement on 8th February 2020.  Some Observers however pointed out that response for registration for special postal ballot facility and pick n drop facility for senior citizens has been rather low. CEO Delhi informed that registration date has accordingly been extended to 5th 
    February 2020. He added that distribution of wheel chairs at polling booths is being augmented where larger number of loco-motor disability voters have been registered.
    Commission emphasised that the directions of Supreme Court Orders on publicity of criminal antecedents and the consequential guidelines of the Commission have to be fully complied with in print as well as electronic media and notices issued to erring candidates. Commission inter-alia laid emphasis on the need to take strict action against intimidators and violators of law; enforcement of preventive action be taken promptly to ensure smooth movement near all Polling stations, maintain peace and ensure free fair polls on 8th February 2020; adequate night stay arrangements for polling staff on duty and due vigilance by expenditure observers needs to be stepped up and stringent action be taken so that electoral atmosphere is not vitiated. 
    Special Police Observer Sh M K Das assured the Commission that he is personally monitoring the situation at ground level in sensitive areas. Special Expenditure Observer Sh B Murali Kumar also assured the Commission that due care will be taken by field level teams to step up enforcement.  

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  23. ECI Reviews Delhi's Poll Preparedness with CEO Delhi, Chief Secretary, Commissioner Police & Senior Officers of Delhi Administration

    No. ECI/PN/19/2020                                          
    Dated: 31st January, 2020
     
    PRESS NOTE
    ECI Reviews Delhi's Poll Preparedness with CEO Delhi, Chief Secretary, Commissioner Police & Senior Officers of Delhi Administration
    Election Commission of India today convened a special meeting with the Chief Electoral Officer Delhi, Special Commissioner Police along with District Electoral Officers, District Commissioners of Police, Nodal officers and the Chief Executives of Local Bodies and held a comprehensive in-depth review of the poll preparedness for General Election to the Legislative Assembly of NCT of Delhi, 2020 and discussed all important aspects to ensure holding free and fair elections in Delhi. A meeting with Chief Secretary, Commissioner of Police, Home Secretary, Finance Secretary, Special Commissioners of Police and CEO Delhi was also held in which various important issues were discussed at length to ensure elections are held in a smooth manner in all Polling Stations on 8th February 2020 in Delhi.
                Chief Election Commissioner of India, Shri Sunil Arora said in keeping with the mandate of ECI, it is of prime importance that elections are conducted in free, fair, peaceful, accessible, inclusive, participative manner. He said ECI would be ready to handhold whenever required but field level officers should take swift action wherever warranted to ensure fair, just, legal and impartial elections. Shri Arora particularly invited the attention of administrative officers in border districts of Delhi to ensure that adequate Law and Order arrangements are made especially in the identified vulnerable polling booths so that all electors feel confident in exercising their voting rights in secure atmosphere.
                Addressing the meeting, Election Commissioner Shri Ashok Lavasa said while the general level of preparedness is a source of satisfaction, Officers need to be extra alert to ensure that no oversight in administrative control or efficiency is committed and groundwork is done regularly to handle any evolving situation.  Election Commissioner Shri Sushil Chandra cautioned the Officers against any complacency in ensuring zero-error execution and delivering peaceful elections in Delhi. He emphasised that local teams should keep coordination with IT teams and bordering State counterparts to ensure due attention in law & order and  expenditure sensitive pockets.
                Chief Secretary NCT Delhi apprised the Commission that all arrangements have been made to ensure free, fair and peaceful elections in Delhi. Commissioner of Police reassured that Delhi Police will keep a strict vigil on law and order situation and take prompt and strict action against violators of law.
                Sr. Deputy Election Commissioner, Shri Sandeep Saxena, in-charge of Delhi at ECI, initiated the review of efforts put in inter alia for Electoral Roll management, Polling Booth arrangements, Security personnel deployment, Quality and fidelity of Transportation Plan, Training of polling staff with special focus on electoral process, EVM-VVPAT procedures, Complaint redressal mechanism, Observers deployment, IT applications usage for voters' facilitation and for Polling officers on duty, arrangements of EVM strong room, counting day arrangements, etc.
                CEO Delhi Dr. Ranbir Singh assured the Commission that all preparation is on track to deliver peaceful polls. He said entire electoral machinery is fully geared with arrangements tied up with local bodies. Due care has been taken to have Voter I-cards distributed in time, special transport facilitation to senior citizens who have opted for postal ballot facility, QR code facility in 11 ACs to keep voters informed of their number in the queue at polling booths with additional staff in pilot areas. Respective DEOs and DCPs assured adequate surveillance, including that in border and rural fringes, Personnel management & training, Focus on Assured Minimum Facilities at the Polling stations, Appropriate Confidence Building Measures with local communities, Vulnerability mapping in law &order and  expenditure sensitive pockets, seizures & preventive action and precautions being taken.
                It may be recalled that a comprehensive review meeting to assess the poll preparedness with all concerned officials including CS, CoP, CEO, DEOs, DCPs, Chief Executives of Local Bodies and all other concerned senior government officers of Delhi Administration was conducted by the Commission on 26th December 2019. Earlier also Sr. DEC, Sh. Sandeep Saxena had conducted poll preparedness meetings on 4th November 2019, 10th December 2019 and on 28th January, 2020 with all Delhi Election related officials.

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  24. ECI appoints Sh B Murali Kumar as Special Expenditure Observer & Shri M K Das as Special Police Observer for General Election to the Legislative Assembly of NCT of Delhi, 2020

    No. ECI/PN/18/2020                                          
    Dated: 31st January, 2020
     
    PRESS NOTE
     
    ECI appoints Sh B Murali Kumar as Special Expenditure Observer & Shri M K Das as Special Police Observer for General
    Election to the Legislative Assembly of NCT of Delhi, 2020
    After the Review Meeting with Civil and Police Officers of Delhi, Election Commission of India has appointed Sh. B Murli Kumar (ex IRS-1983) as Special Expenditure Observer & Sh. Mrinal Kanti Das (IPS 1977 Retd.) as Special Police Observer for General Election to the Legislative Assembly of NCT of Delhi, 2020.
    As Special Expenditure Observer, Sh. Murali in consultation with the Chief Electoral Officer, Delhi, will be supervising and monitoring the work being done by the electoral machinery and ensure that stringent and effective enforcement action is undertaken based on intelligence inputs and complaints received through C-VIGIL, Voter Helpline 1950 against all persons/entities trying to induce voters by distributing cash, liquor & freebies etc. Similarly Sh. Das as the Special Police Observer is assigned to oversee the deployment and other security related issues.
    It may be recalled that Sh. M K Das, who retired as Director General of Manipur Police, was also deputed earlier as Special Police Observer for Tripura and Mizoram during the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections and also the recently held Jharkhand Assembly elections. Given past experience in the Investigation Wing of Income Tax Department, Sh. B Murali Kumar was also appointed as Special Expenditure Observer for 8-Vellore Parliamentary Constituency and for the recently concluded Assembly elections in Maharashtra & Jharkhand.

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  25. ECI to hold special meeting to review Delhi's poll preparedness

    No. ECI/PN/17/2020 
    Dated: 30th January, 2020
    PRESS NOTE
    Subject: ECI to hold special meeting to review Delhi's poll preparedness
    Election Commission of India has decided to convene a special meeting on 31st January, 2020 at 4pm with the Chief Electoral Officer, Delhi along with District Electoral Officers, District Commissioners of Police, Nodal officers and the Chief Executives of Local Bodies to have another comprehensive review for the poll preparedness of ensuing Delhi Elections and to discuss all important aspects for conduct of free and fair Elections.
    This review meeting will be followed by another meeting at 5.30pm with Chief Secretary, NCT of Delhi, Commissioner Police, Home Secretary, Finance Secretary, Special Commissioners of Police and CEO Delhi to review various important issues related to conduct of peaceful, free, fair and smooth elections.
    It may be recalled that a comprehensive review meeting was conducted by the Commission on 26th December, 2019 to assess the poll preparedness with all concerned officials including CS, CoP, CEO, DEOs, DCPs, Chief Executives of Local Bodies and all other concerned senior government officers.
    Prior to this meeting, Sr. Deputy Election Commissioner, Sh. Sandeep Saxena, in-charge of Delhi at ECI, had conducted two poll preparedness meetings, one on 4th November 2019 and second on 10th December 2019, with all Election related officials. Secretary General, Sh. Umesh Sinha along with DG (Communications) Sh. Dhirendra Ojha had also conducted a separate meeting on some focused issues related to Elections. Again on 28th January, 2020 a full scale meeting of Chief Electoral Officer, District Electoral Officers, DCPs, and Chief Executives of Local Bodies was conducted by Sr. DEC Sh. Saxena to assess the preparedness.

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