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  1. Voter turnout App

    Voter Turnout app 
    The New Android Mobile App called 'Voter Turnout' App provides estimated Voter's turnout in the real-time basis for every Citizen. Earlier, this used to be announced at the end of the Poll.
    The Election Commission of India for the first has launched a new application for giving live information to everybody about the estimated voter turnout during the poll. The application captures the real-time information from the data inputted by the Returning Officers and calculates the estimated totals and displays in the user-friendly android mobile application. The application is called as ‘Voter Turnout’ application. 
    The application is designed to show the Estimated Voter Turnout for each State which can further be drilled down to Parliamentary Constituency level and also to Assembly Constituency level. This application has been used in the second phase of the elections. To ensure near real-time update of the voter turnout, another mobile app ‘Suvidha Admin’ has been given to all Assistant Returning Officers / Returning Officers to make the entries of the voter turnout data.
    The Commission is of the view that the Voter Turnout Application is another big milestone in the use of Information and Communications Technology. Such innovative technologies bring the Commission closer to voters and help in the timely dissemination of information.
    Voter Turnout Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=in.gov.eci.pollturnout
    The mechanism involves simple entry of estimated cumulative percentage turnout through the web portal or mobile app during the currency of the poll y Assistant Returning Officer/ Returning Officers. These entries are to be done mandatorily during a designated time slot by the Assistant Returning Officers for the AC segment of the PC from within the New Suvidha Portal. After the end of the poll, New Suvidha Portal allows entry of detailed turnout report, both Lok Sabha and Assembly Election-wise, which includes male, female and other gender numbers against the total number of electors and comparison with corresponding figures of GE 2014 turnout is also done. The ARO/ RO can use the SUVIDHA ADMIN App to enter the Estimated Voter turnout also.
    This new mechanism will simplify the data entry of two-hourly voter turnout and help in timely dissemination of the information on a real-time basis. The step-by-step process, the expected reports based on the data entry and the detailed guidelines are attached herewith, which should be brought to the notice of all officials.
    The AROs & ROs should be clearly directed that they are personally held responsible for Voter Turnout data entry. Once the timeslot is passed, then the responsibility of data entry will be that of Returning Officer and in-turn the CEO. It should also be ensured that there is sufficient manpower, communication mechanism from Polling Stations and network availability.

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  2. Restrictions on release of Drug offenders on parole during elections -reg.

    Restrictions on release of Drug offenders on parole during elections -reg.

     

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  3. General Elections to the House of the People, 2019 and General Elections to the Legislative Assemblies of Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha & Sikkim and bye elections to 37 Assembly Constituencies of 12 States to be held simultaneously - Exit Poll

    In exercise of the powers under sub-Section (1) of Section 126A of the R.P. Act, 1951, the Election Commission, having regard to the provisions of sub-Section (2) of the said Section, hereby notifies the period between 7.00 A.M on 11th April, 2019 (Thursday) and 6:30 PM on 19th May, 2019 (Sunday) as the period during which conducting any exit poll and publishing or publicizing by means of the print  or electronic media or dissemination in any other manner whatsoever, the result of any exit poll in connection with the current General Elections to the House of the People, 2019, and the State Legislative Assemblies of Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha & Sikkim 2019, and bye-elections from assembly constituencies announced vide Press Notes No. ECI/PN/23/2019 dated 10th March, 2019, ECI/PN/26/2019 dated 13th March, 2019 and ECI/PN/28/2019 dated 14th March, 2019, to be held simultaneously with the general election to Lok Sabha, shall be prohibited.
            It is further clarified that under Section 126(1)(b) of the R.P. Act, 1951, displaying any election matter including results of any opinion poll or any other poll survey, in any electronic media, would be prohibited during the period of 48 hours ending with the hours fixed for conclusion of poll in the respective polling areas in connection with aforesaid General elections and bye-elections.

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  4. GE to Lok Sabha, 2019 – General Advisory to Political Parties - regarding

    General Election to Lok Sabha, 2019 – General Advisory to Political Parties

     

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  5. Provisions of Section 126 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951- prohibition of election campaign activities through public meetings, processions, etc.

    Section 126 of the RP Act, 1951  to prohibits election campaign activities through public meetings, processions, etc, and displaying of election
    matter by means of television and similar apparatus. The purpose sought to be served by this prohibition is to provide a period of tranquil (silence period) for the electors before the voting day.

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  6. Provisions of Section 126 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 regarding prohibition of election campaign activities through public meetings, processions, etc, and displaying of election matter by means of television and similar apparatus.

    Section 126 of the RP Act, 1951, inter-alia, prohibits election  campaign activities through public meetings, processions, etc, and displaying of election matter by means of television and similar apparatus. The purpose sought to be served by this prohibition is to provide a period of tranquil (silence period) for the electors before the voting day.

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  7. GE TO LOK SABHA, 2019 and GENERAL ELECTION TO THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF ANDHRA PRADESH, ARUNACHAL PRADESH, ODISHA 7 SIKKIM and  BYE ELECTIONS TO FILL THE CLEAR VACANCIES IN ASSEMBLY CONSTITUENCIES OF VARIOUS STATES - PROHIBITION ON SALE OF LIQUOR.

    GENERAL ELECTIONS TO LOK SABHA, 2019 and GENERAL ELECTION TO THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF ANDHRA PRADESH, ARUNACHAL PRADESH, ODISHA 7 SIKKIM and  BYE ELECTIONS TO FILL THE CLEAR VACANCIES IN ASSEMBLY CONSTITUENCIES OF VARIOUS STATES - PROHIBITION ON SALE OF LIQUOR.
    Section 135 C of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 which provides that no spirituous, fermented or intoxicating liquors or other substances of a like nature shall be sold, given or distributed at a hotel, eating house-, tavern, shop or any other place, public or private, within a polling area, during the period of forty-eight hours ending with the hour fixed for the conclusion of poll for any election in the polling area. 
    2. In view of the statutory provision as above, 'Dry Day' shall be declared and notified under the relevant State/Union Territory laws as is appropriate during 48  hours, ending with the hours fixed for conclusion of poll as indicated in the  Commission's notification with respect to polling day for an election in that polling area' where elections to Parliamentary Constituencies, State Legislative Assemblies or bye- elections to Legislative Assemblies are being held. This wilt include the dates of re-poll, if any.
    3. The Commission further directs that the dates on which counting of votes is to be taken up, i.e.. 23.05.2019 shall also be declared 'Dry Day' under the relevant laws in all the States/Union Territories.
    4  No liquor shops, hotels, restaurants, clubs and other establishments selling/serving liquor, shall be permitted to sell/serve liquor to anyone whosoever, on the aforesaid days.
    5 Non-proprietary clubs, star hotels, restaurants etc. and hotels run by anyone, even if they are issued different categories of licenses for possession and supply of liquor, should also not be permitted to serve liquor on these days.
    6.- The storage or liquor by individuals shall be curtailed during the above period and  the restrictions provided in the Excise-law on,the storage of liquor in unlicensed premises shall be vigorously enforced. 
    7. Steps shall also be taken to prohibit sale of liquor in adjoining areas of the concerned constituency(ies) so that there is no chance of clandestine movement of liquor from those -areas, had  restriction not been in operation.
    8. The Commission directs that the State Governments/UT Administrations shall strictly implement the above measures in the phase-wise election schedule as mentioned in the Commission's Notification(s) for your State. They are required to issue detailed and comprehensive instructions to all concerned authorities, to take appropriate and legally effective measures to implement the above prohibitions and assist the election authorities In peaceful and smooth conduct of free and fair poll..
    9. The receipt of this letter may kindly be acknowledged.
     

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  8. GENERAL ELECTIONS TO LOK SABHA, 2019 and GENERAL ELECTION TO THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF ANDHRA PRADESH, ARUNACHAL PRADESH, ODISHA 7 SIKKIM and BYE ELECTIONS TO FILL THE CLEAR VACANCIES IN ASSEMBLY CONSTITUENCIES OF VARIOUS STATES - GRANT OF PAID HOLIDAY

    GENERAL ELECTIONS TO LOK SABHA, 2019 and GENERAL ELECTION TO THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF ANDHRA PRADESH, ARUNACHAL PRADESH, ODISHA 7 SIKKIM and  BYE ELECTIONS TO FILL THE CLEAR VACANCIES IN ASSEMBLY CONSTITUENCIES OF VARIOUS STATES - GRANT OF PAID HOLIDAY.

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  9. GE to the House of the People, 2019 and GE to the Legislative Assemblies of Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha & Sikkim and bye elections to 37 Assembly Constituencies of 12 States to be held simultaneously - Use of EVM and VVPAT

    Commission's Direction dated 22nd March, 2019, regarding use of Electronic Voting Machines and VVPAT at the current General Election to the House of the People, 2019 and General Elections to Legislative Assemblies of Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha & Sikkim and bye elections to 37 Assembly Constituencies (as per Annexure-I) of 12 States. 

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  10. Use of Electronic Voting Machines in elections - Period of retention thereof.

    EVMs are subject of the election petition, an application may be moved to the concerned Court for allowing the EVMs concerned to be taken out of the strong room for any future election or any other purpose like movement, physical verification of EVMs etc. 

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  11. General Instructions on Storage of EVMs &VVPATs -regarding.

    To bring more clarity on storage of EVMs and VVPATs, the following instructions shall be followed:
    1. Storage of EVMs and VVPATs after first randomisation of EVMs and VVPAT till dispersal of polling parties/materials
    2. Storage of polled EVMs and VVPATs after poll till counting day

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  12. Standard Operating Procedure for Randomisations of EVM/VVPAT -reg.

    Some clarifications regarding percentage of (%age) of EVMs and VVPATs to be kept for first randomisation of EVMs and VVPATs.

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  13. General Instructions on Storage of Polled and Unpolled EVMs & VVPATs after Poll and Counting - Clariflcation - Regarding.

    (a)EVMs and VVPATs of Category 'C' (i.e. defective unpolled) shall be kept in a separate strongroom designated as ,Repair Room 
    (b) EVMs and VVPATs of Category'D' (i.e. unused reserve) shall be kept securely in a different strongroom, which shall not be in the vicinity of PC/AC strong room, so that EVMs and VVPATs of Category 'D' can be used for subsequent elections or any other purpose immediately alter polls.
    (c) In no case, EVMs and VVPATs of Category 'C' (i.e. defective unpolled) and EVMs and VVPATs of Category'D'(i.e. unused reserve) shall be mixed and kept in the same 

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  14. Standard Operating Procedure 1st Randomisation of EVM/VVPAT - regarding.

    During the General Elections to the Lok Sabha, the States/UTs rnay face the following scenarios, as in rnost cases, entire district either consists of one Parliamentary Constituency or part of it. Hence, allocation of'EVMs/VVPATs Asscrmbly Segment-wise may not have any relevance as ultimately they form the part of the Parliamentary Constituency having common ballot paper for the entire constituency during the elections. 

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  15. Destruction protocol for VVPAT paper slips of VVPATs generated during the Training and Awareness of EVMs and VVPATs - reg.

    The Commission has directed that all VVPATs paper slips generated during the training and awareness shall be destroyed using Paper Shredding Machine on a daily basis, in the presence of a Gazetted Officer duly nominated by the District Election Officer (DEO). A certificate shall be obtained from the Nodal Officer in-charge of Training and Awareness exercise regarding the daily destruction of all VVPAT slips as per Commissions directions. Further, the DEO shall submit a Certificate to the respective Chief Electoral Officer on P-3 day for the entire district attesting the compliance of these instructions.
     

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  16. Use of vehicles with GPS tracking Mobile-App based GPS Tracking for movement of EVM & VVPAT- reg'

    The Commission has accordingly reviewed the matter and has decided that following instructions shall be strictly followed in all future movement of EVMs and VVPATs: a) The end-to-end movement of all Reserve EVMs and VVPATs shall be carefully monitored at all times, for which all Sector Officers'vehicles with Reserve EVMs and VVPATs. b) There shall be a real time tracking and monitoring of the movement of EVMs and VVPATs through the GPS-enabled/Mobile App based GPS tracking used in the vehicles carrying EVMs and vvPATs. For this purpose, an 'EVM Control Room' shall be set up at DEO as well as CEO level, wherein the movement of EVMs and VVPATs shall be monitored and tracked through GPS Monitors and other related IT
    infrastructure/APP 

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  17. Standard Operating Procedure on temporary storage of EVMs and VVPATs.

    The Commission has directed that apart from the above referred instructions, for kccping reserve EVMs and VVpA'l's, the following Standard Operating Procedure shall be strictly
    followed: (a) As far as possible, reserve EVMs anci VVPAT's shall be provided to Sector Officers/Zonal Magistrates on Poll Day. (b) In case reserve EVMs and VVPATs are to be provided to Sector OffrcerslZonal Magistrates before poll Day, the reser-ve EVMs and WPATs shall be kept at Government Building with proper security. In absence of Govt. Building, reserve EVMs and WPATs may be kept at police station in exceptional circumstance only with written approvai from the Chief Electoral Officer concerned. (c) The place of storage of reserve EVMs and VVPATs shall be identified and earmarked in advance and intimated to all contesting candidates/their agents. 

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  18. Deployment of Polling officials at Polling Stations regarding.

    The matter regarding deployment of one extra polling official to handle VVPAT unit and VSDU (which is used only in case of M2 M2-M3 VVPATs) has been reconsidered by the Commission and it is directed that no extra polling official is require{ to handle the VVPAT' unit and watch the WI'}AI' status Display Unit (VSDU), whether State is using M2 VVPATs or M2-M3 VVPATs or M3 VVPATs. 3. The Commission further directed that the Polling Officer/In-Charge of the Control Unit (CU) shall also monitor the VSDU where M2 or M2-M3 VVPATs will be used 

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  19. Hiring of warehouse for EVM/VVPAT- regarding

    it was directed that the Chief Electoral Officers shall take immediate action for hiring of suitable warehouse building/premises to meet any shortfall in warehousing space for storage of required number of EVMs and WpATs in their States/UTs so that the smooth despatch, delivery and storage of EVMs and WPATs in not hampered. The Commission has considered the matter and decided that warehouse of Food Corporation of India (FCI), Central Warehouse Corporation (CWC) or States Warehouse Corporation sha1l be used for storage of EVMs/WPATs only as a last resort, after exhausting all other options.
     

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  20. General Instructions on Storage of Polled and Unpolled EVMs & VVPATs after Poll and Counting-Regarding.

    Chapter-10 (Instructions to Zonal/Sector/Area Officers regarding EVMs) of 'Manual on Electronic Voting Machine and VVPAT' (July 2018, Idocument 2- Edition 3), which is extracted below, stands deleted.
    "However, for safe storage rt EVMs o.f 'C'and 'D'categories by Zonal/Sector/Area Officers after poll, a separate storage-room shall be earmarked so that these EVMs can be stored safely before depositing in store room on the very next day. "
     In this regard, Para 6 of the Commission's letter No. 51/8/7/2014-EMS, dated 24th April, 2014, is reiterated which is reproduced as under:"It is reiterated that under no circumstances any person will take any EVM, whether polled EVMs or reserve EVMs in the custody of sector officers, to his home or any private place. All polled EVMs and all reserve EVMs after the poll shall be under cover of armed police a1 all times. Reserve FIVMs should also bc rcturned at thc same time when the polled HVMs are
    returned at the receipt center. Reserve EVMs shall not be kept in the strong room meant for polled EVMs.They shall be kept in another strong room meant lor keeping rescrve llVMs. It must be ensured that all reserve EVMs are also dcposited in the strong room meant lor reserve EVMs at the same time when the polled EVMs are deposited in the strong room meant for polled EVMs." 

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  21. Storage of security arrangements for EVMs & VVPATs - Custody of Warehouse Keys - regarding'

    The EVMs and WPATs should be stored :
    In Treasury, wherever Possible At District Head Quarters under exceptional circumstances, with reasons recorded in writing by DEO at Warehouse other than DistrictHQ but not belowTehsil HQs During Non-election period (After Election Petition Period to FLC/Before 1st randomization) - For EVM Warehouses Room at District Head Quarters, there shall be a double-lock system (two locks- Lock-1 and Lock-2), which should be held jointly by DEO and Dy. DEO, and all the keys of Lock-1 shall be in custody of DEO and all the keys of Lock-2 shall be in the custody of Dy' DEO' Handing over and taking over of keys to be a part of CTC. 
     

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  22. Keeping VVPAT paper slips of VVPATs generated during commission of EVMs and VVPATs- Regarding.

    The Commission's letter No. 51/84/VVPAT/2017-EMS, dated 5th December 2017, wherein it is prescribed that during commissioning of EVMs and WPATs in 100% VVPATs, one vote to each candidate shall be given to check that the VVPAT is printing the paper slips accurately.
     All such VVPAT paper slips should be stamped on their back side with rubber stamp having the inscription "TESTING VVPAT SLIP-VVPAT Commissioning", thereafter these slips shall be kept in thick Red colored envelopes and sealed with the seal of the Returning
    Officer. On the outside of this envelope,

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  23. General Instructions on Storage of Polled and Unpolled EVMs & VVPATs after Poll & Counting - Regarding.

    The Commission has issued instructions from time to time regarding proper storage of various category of EVMs and WPATs after Poll and counting of votes. However, it has come to the Commission's notice that despite clear instructions to the contrary, unused and unpolled EVMs and VVPATs are stored with the polled EVMs and WPATs in many cases, resulting in these unused EVMs & WPATs getting blocked with the polled EVMs, till the completion of EP period, making them unavailable for any other use. In order to avoid this problem and ensure that unused EVMs and VVPATs are free from any encumbrances, it is reiterated that After poll, all available EVMs and WPATs are divided in four categories, as under: Category A: P.oilgd EYMs & WPATs: Those EVMs in which votes polled at polling stations are recorded and which are closed at the end of poll after following due procedure.
     

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  24. Biennial/Bye Elections to the Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Legislative Council from Graduates' and Teachers' Constituencies, poll for which is scheduled to be taken on 22nd March, 2019-Commission's order regarding Identification of electors.

    The Election Commission hereby directs that all electors at the current biennial/bye elections to the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council from East-West Godavari Graduates', Krishna-Guntur Graduates' Constituency & Srikakulam-Vizianagaram-Visakhapatnam Teachers' Constituency and current biennial/bye elections to Telangana Legislative Council from Medak-Nizamabad-Adilabad-Karimnagar Graduates' Constituency, Medak-NizamabadAdilabad- Karimnagar Teachers' Constituency & Warangal-Khammam-Nalgonda Teachers' Constituency who have been issued with their EPICs, shall have to produce these cards to exercise their franchise, when they come to the polling stations for voting at the current biennial/bye elections to the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council and Telangana Legislative Council from the said Constituencies, notified on 25th February, 2019(Monday). However, those electors, who are not able to produce their EPICs, will have to produce any of the following alternative documents for establishing their identity: -
    Passport, Diving License, PAN Card, Service Identity Card issued by the educational Institutions in which the electors of the concerned Teachers'/Graduates' Constituency may be employed, Certificate of degree/Diploma issued by University, in original, Certificate of physical handicap issued by competent Authority, in original, Service identity card issued to its employees by state/Central government, Public Sector Undertakings, Local bodies or other Private Industrial Houses. Aadaar Card, Official identity Cards issued to MPs/MLAs/MLCs.

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  25. GE to the House of the People, 2019 & the Legislative Assemblies & bye elections to 37 Assembly Constituencies of 12 States to be held simultaneously- Commission's Direction regarding transmission of postal ballot papers for service voters, electronically

    General Elections to the House of the People, 2019 and General Elections to the Legislative Assemblies of Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha & Sikkim and bye elections to 37 Assembly Constituencies of 12 States to be held simultaneously - Commission's Direction regarding transmission of postal ballot papers for service voters, electronically.
    The Direction dated 20th March, 2019 issued by the Commission in terms of second proviso to sub-rule (1) of Rule 23 of the Conduct of Elections Rules, 1961, laying down the manner of transmitting postal ballot papers electronically for transmission of postal ballots for service voters at the current General Elections to the House of the People, 2019, State Legislative Assemblies of Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha & Sikkim and bye elections to 37 Assembly Constituencies (as per Annexure-I) of 12 States. You are requested to forward copy of the Direction to the Returning Officers for electronic transmission of postal ballot papers to the service voters. This may also be communicated to District Election Officers and the other election authorities. The contesting candidates should also be briefed by Returning Officers IDistrict Election Officers in this regard.

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