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  1. Curtain Raiser ECI going to host International Virtual Election Visitors Programme 2021 during Elections for Legislative Assemblies of Assam, Kerala, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal (05- 06 April 2021)

    No. ECI/PN/43/2021
    Dated: 4th April 2021
     
    PRESS NOTE
    Curtain Raiser 
    ECI going to host International Virtual Election Visitors Programme 2021 
    during  Elections for Legislative Assemblies of Assam, Kerala, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal [05- 06 April  2021] 
    Election Commission of India is going to organize International   Virtual Election Visitors Programme (IEVP) 2021 for foreign Election Management Bodies (EMBs) / Organisations from  05-06 April 2021 during the ongoing    Elections for  Legislative Assemblies of Assam, Kerala, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal.  
    2. In the past, ECI has organized  International Election Visitor Programmes (IEVP) for  foreign EMBs/Organizations in 2014 Lok Sabha elections; elections for a few State Assemblies in Feb/March 2017; Lok Sabha Elections in May 2019 and International   Virtual Election Visitors Programme  2020 during Bihar Assembly elections.  The purpose of IEVP is to familiarise fellow  EMBs/Organisations from abroad  with our electoral system and best practices adopted in the world’s largest democracy.    
    3. The ongoing elections  in Assam, Kerala, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal have  an electorate of over 187.2 million, one of the largest in the world to vote so far amid the COVID19 pandemic.  It is a good opportunity to share our best practices and experience of conduct of our poll process as well as steps taken  to mitigate the effect of pandemic. 
    4. Over 106 delegates from over 26 countries across the world including  Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Cambodia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Republic of Korea, Madagascar,   Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius,   Mongolia, Nepal, Panama, Philippines, Romania, Russia,  South Africa, Suriname,   Ukraine,  Uzbekistan and Zambia etc.  and 3 international organizations (viz. International IDEA,  International Foundation of Electoral Systems (IFES) and Association of World Election Bodies (A-WEB)  are going to  participate in the IEVP 2021.  
    5. Besides that, the Ambassadors of Georgia and Uzbekistan, Acting High Commissioner of Sri Lanka and other members of Diplomatic Corps are also going to attend the IEVP 2021.
    6. The Programme for IEVP 2021 comprises a briefing session online on 05 April 2021 which would provide to the participants an  overview of the large canvas of Indian electoral process, the new initiatives taken by ECI on voter facilitation, transparency and accessibility of electoral system;  ECI’s response to  the changing needs of training and capacity building and the new formats necessitated by Covid 19 and  provide insights into the elections underway in the states of Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and the Union Territory of Puducherry.    With an electorate of more than 187.2 million, these elections pose formidable challenges and the preparations  made to address them as well as the unique initiatives taken to conduct a Covid safe election.  In the inaugural session the participants will be addressed by Shri Rajiv Kumar and Shri Sushil Chandra, Hon’ble Election Commissioners followed by Keynote Address by Shri Sunil Arora, Hon’ble Chief Election Commissioner of India and Chairperson, A-WEB.  
    7. On the sidelines of IEVP 2021, ECI would also be releasing the Inaugural issue of A-WEB Journal of Elections.   The Journal, published by the India A-WEB Centre (http://indiaawebcentre.org/ ) set up in 2019 at the ECI,   carries  Research Papers, Articles, Book Reviews etc from Eminent Writers, Experts, Researchers  and Practitioners from the A-WEB Community and from across democracies of the world in the area of Elections and Electoral Democracy.  A-WEB India Journal of Elections  is envisaged to be a Journal of the highest international standards and will  include peer reviewed contributions from members of the A-WEB community and beyond.
    8. On 06 April 2021,   the  delegates  will be given a live snapshot of how elections are conducted at some polling stations including familiarization with the electoral process ,polling station arrangements, ,facilitation of Persons with disabilities and senior citizens, and  interaction with various stakeholders .

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  2. CEC HOLDS A REVIEW MEETING WITH CS West Bengal

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

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  3. ECI organises a virtual conference of Chief Electoral Officers

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  7. ECI's Statement

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

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

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

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  10. ECI push for wide ranging Reforms

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

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

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

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  12. 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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  13. Huge push by ECI to curb menace of money power during ongoing elections in States of Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Union Territory of Puducherry

    No. ECI/PN/30/2021
    Dated: 17th March 2021
    PRESS NOTE
    Huge push by ECI to curb menace of money power during ongoing elections in States of Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Union Territory of Puducherry
    Record Seizures worth Rs. 331 crores have been made in Expenditure Monitoring Process in ongoing Assembly Elections, 2021 in States of Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Union Territory of Puducherry. Seizures already surpass the total seizures made in Assembly Elections to these State/UT in 2016 and significant point is that record seizures have been made even though polling is yet to start. Details of record seizures already done so far (as on 16th March 2021) - compared to total of Rs 225.77 cr in AE 2016 is put as under:  
     (Figures in Rs Crores)
    States
    Cash
    Liquor (worth Rs crores)
    Drugs (worth Rs crores)
    Freebies
    Precious Metals
    Total
    Assam
    11.73
    17.25
    27.09
    4.87
    2.82
    63.75
    Puducherry
    2.32
    0.26
    0.15
    0.14
    2.85
    5.72
    Tamil Nadu
    50.86
    1.32
    0.35
    14.06
    61.04
    127.64
    Kerala
    5.46
    0.38
    0.68
    0.04
    15.23
    21.77
    West Bengal
    19.11
    9.72
    47.40
    29.42
    6.93
    112.59
    Total 
    89.48
    28.93
    75.67
    48.52
    88.87
    331.47
     
    Total seizures in the above poll bound States/UT  in Assembly Elections 2016: Rs 225.77 crores
    For effective monitoring to curb black money in General Election to Legislative Assemblies of Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Union Territory of Puducherry, Election Commission of India has deployed 295 Expenditure Observers. Commission has also appointed five Special Expenditure Observers; Ms. Madhu Mahajan, ex-IRS(IT):1982 and Sh. B. R Balakrishnan, ex-IRS(IT):1983 (both for Tamil Nadu and UT of Puducherry), Sri B.Murali Kumar, ex-IRS, 1983 batch  (for West Bengal), Ms. Neena Nigam, ex-IRS, 1983 batch (for Assam) and Sri Pushpinder Singh Puniha, ex-IRS, 1985 batch (for Kerala). These officers having formidable domain expertise and impeccable track record are deputed for more effective election expenditure monitoring.  After due assessment, 259 Assembly Constituencies have been marked as Expenditure Sensitive Constituencies for more focussed vigil.
    On expenditure monitoring, Commission has convened various meetings with senior officials of Enforcement Agencies of poll bound States and UT. Seeking the importance of central enforcement agencies in election expenditure monitoring process, Commission also convened a meeting of Revenue Secretary, Chairman CBDT, Chairman CBIC and Director FIU-Ind on 02.03.2021.
    Distributing cash and gifts during electoral process is not permitted under the law, e.g., distribution of money, liquor, or any other item disbursed and given to the electors with the intent to influence them. This expenditure comes under the definition of “bribery” which is an offence both under 171B of IPC and under R.P. Act, 1951. The expenditure on such items is illegal. With the drive for curbing inducements which vitiate electoral process intensifying, the seizure figures are expected to rise further.

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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. Biennial Election to the Council of States from Kerala to fill the seats of members retiring on 21.04.2021-reg.

    No. ECI/PN/29/2021  
    Dated 17th March, 2021
     
    PRESS NOTE
     
    Sub: Biennial Election to the Council of States from Kerala to fill the seats of members retiring on 21.04.2021-reg.
    The term of office of 03 members of the Rajya Sabha elected from Kerala is due to expire on their retirement in April, 2021 as detailed below:-       
    S. No
    Name of Member
    Date of Retirement
     
    1.       
    Abdul Wahab
     
    21.04.2021
     
     
    2.       
    K. K. Ragesh
    3.       
    Vayalar Ravi
     2. The Commission has decided to hold biennial election to the Council of States from Kerala to fill up the above said vacancies in accordance with the following Schedule: -
    Sl. No.
    Events
    Dates & Days

    1 Issue of Notifications
    24th March, 2021 (Wednesday)

    2 Last date of making nominations
    31st March, 2021 (Wednesday)

    3 Scrutiny of nominations
    03rd April, 2021 (Saturday)

    4 Last date for withdrawal of candidatures
    05th April, 2021 (Monday)

    5 Date of Poll
    12th April, 2021 (Monday)

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

    7 Counting of Votes
    12th April, 2021 (Monday) at 05:00 pm

    8 Date before which election shall be completed
    16th April, 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, Kerala 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 biennial election.
    5. Further, the Commission has also appointed the Chief Electoral Officer, Kerala as Observer for the election.

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

    Seizures in elections crosses historic milestone of Rs 1000 crores

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  21. 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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  22. Shri Sushil Chandra takes over as the 24th CEC of India ECI bids farewell to Sh. Sunil Arora

    No. ECI/PN/48/2021
    Dated: April 13, 2021
    PRESS NOTE
     Shri Sushil Chandra takes over as the 24th CEC of India
    ECI bids farewell to Sh. Sunil Arora 
    Shri Sushil Chandra assumed charge as the 24th Chief Election Commissioner of India today, succeeding Shri Sunil Arora. Shri Arora demitted the office on 12th April, 2021 after completing his tenure.


    Shri Chandra has been serving in the Commission as Election Commissioner since 15 February 2019.He is also Member of Delimitation Commission since 18th February 2020 looking after Delimitation of Jammu Kashmir UT. Having held several posts in the Income-Tax Department for nearly 39 years, Sh Sushil Chandra had also been CBDT Chairman from 1stNovember 2016 – 14th February 2019.
    Since his tenure as Chairman, CBDT itself, Sh Chandra has played an active role in unearthing illegal money often used during Assembly Elections. With his continuous monitoring the seizures of cash, liquor, freebies, narcotics have increased substantially in recent elections. He has constantly emphasized the concept of "Inducement-Free" elections and it has become an important aspect of monitoring the electoral process in all ongoing and forthcoming elections. Process of focused and comprehensive monitoring through deployment of Special Expenditure Observers, activating the role of many more enforcement agencies in the process of Election Expenditure monitoring, more exhaustive and frequent reviews of observers and other agencies are few of the aspects of electoral management encouraged by him. His contributions are also reflective in systemic changes like the Form 26 that has now become an integral part of essential paperwork. Shri Chandra as Chairman CBDT took special efforts in the area of verification of affidavits filed by the candidates before elections. In 2018 in his role as Chairman CBDT, Shri Chandra was instrumental in evolving a uniform format of sharing details of all assets and liabilities not mentioned in the affidavits of the candidates. Facilitation through innovative IT applications in Election systems have been a unique contribution of Sh Sushil Chandra to the 2019 17thLok Sabha Elections and the Legislative Assembly Elections held since in Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha, Sikkim, Haryana, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Delhi.
    Holding of elections to State Assemblies of Bihar, Assam, Kerala, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal amidst Covid concerns and making processes such as nomination and filing of papers online, extending option of postal ballot to the specific categories of senior citizens, Persons with Disabilities, essential services personnel as also Covid patients/suspects, has seen Sh Chandra lead from the front with an iron will to work despite challenges.
    The ECI family bid a warm farewell to outgoing Chief Election Commissioner, Sh. Sunil Arora on 12th April, 2021. After a fulfilling tenure of nearly 43 months in Commission and nearly 29 months as CEC, Sh Arora demitted office having successfully steered the 17th Lok Sabha election in 2019 and  elections to 25 State Assemblies since joining ECI in September 2017.
    Bidding farewell to Sh Arora, Election Commissioner Sh Rajiv Kumar recalled various initiatives taken up by the Commission during the tenure of Sh. Arora like providing optional postal ballot facility to senior citizen and PwD electors, setting up of India A-WEB Centre, and Voluntary Code of Ethics. He said that Shri Arora has laid special emphasis on ensuring inclusive and accessible elections during the term. He also added that Shri Arora would continue to be a source of strength to the entire ECI family.
    Shri Sunil Arora in his remarks thanked all the members of the Commission and wished for the successful conduct of all future elections. Shri Arora recalled every election presents unique challenges but conducting elections to the 17th Lok Sabha and the decision to conduct Bihar assembly elections during a pandemic was the most difficult. He congratulated all the officials involved in the exercise for their meticulous planning and hard work to ensure the smooth and successful conduct of these elections.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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