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Press Releases 2018

  

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  1. General Election to Legislative Assemblies of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram 2018- Allotment of Broadcast/Telecast time to National/ State Political Parties -regarding.

    No. ECI/PN/72/2018/Communication
    Dated: 15th October, 2018
     
    PRESS NOTE
    Subject:    General Election to Legislative Assemblies of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram 2018- Allotment of Broadcast/Telecast time to National/ State Political Parties -regarding.

    A copy of the Order No.437/TA-LA/1/2018/Communication, dated 15th October, 2018 issued by the Commission regarding allotment of Broadcast/Telecast time to National/State political parties in the General Election to Legislative Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram, 2018 is enclosed for the information of the general public. For the rest of two States Telangana & Rajasthan, order is being issued separately.

    (Pawan Diwan)
    Under Secretary 

     

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  2. Election Commission of India launches ERO & AERO Certification Programme and organizes Training of State Level Master Trainers

    Election Commission of India launches ERO & AERO Certification Programme and organizes Training of State Level Master Trainers

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  3. Bye-elections to the Legislative Council of Karnataka and Maharashtra by the Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs).

    PRESS NOTE
    Subject: Bye-elections to the Legislative Council of Karnataka and Maharashtra by the Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs).
    There are three casual vacancies in the Karnataka Legislative Council and one casual vacancy in the Legislative Council of Maharashtra by the Members of Legislative Assembly. The details of the vacancies are as follow:
     
    KARNATAKA
    Name of Member
    Cause of vacancy
    Term Upto
    K.S. Eshwarappa
     
    Resignation as they got elected to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly on 16.05.2018
    30.06.2020
    Dr. G. Parameshwara
    30.06.2020
    V. Somanna
    14.06.2022
    MAHARASHTRA
    Pandurang Pundlik Fundkar
    Death  on 31.05.2018
    24.04.2020
     
    2.                 The Commission has decided to hold bye-elections to the Legislative Councils of Karnataka and that of Maharashtra by the Members of the respective Legislative Assembly to fill the above mentioned vacancies in accordance with the following programme: -
     
    S.No.
    Subject of Programme
    Dates and Days
    1.       
    Issue of Notifications
    14thSeptember, 2018 (Friday)
    2.       
    Last Date of making nominations
    22ndSeptember, 2018 (Saturday)
    3.       
    Scrutiny of nominations
    24thSeptember, 2018 (Monday)
    4.       
    Last date for withdrawal of candidatures
    26thSeptember, 2018 (Wednesday)
    5.       
    Date of Poll
    3rdOctober, 2018 (Wednesday)
    6.       
    Hours of Poll
    9.00 A.M. to 4.00 P.M.
    7.       
    Counting of Votes
    3rdOctober, 2018 (Wednesday) at 5.00 P.M.
    8.       
    Date before which election shall be completed
    6thOctober, 2018 (Saturday)
     (PAWAN DIWAN)
    UNDER SECRETARY
     

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  4. Launch of 'cVIGIL' online app.

    Launch of 'cVIGIL' online app.
    Bilingual 

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  5. Three bye elections to Karnataka Legislative Council and one bye election to Maharashtra Legislative Council by the Members of respective Legislative Assembly- Corrigendum-reg

    PRESS NOTE
    Subject:    Three bye elections to Karnataka Legislative Council and one bye election to Maharashtra Legislative Council by the Members of respective Legislative Assembly- Corrigendum-reg
     The Commission had announced a schedule for holding three bye elections to Karnataka Legislative Council and one bye election to Maharashtra Legislative Council by the Members of Legislative Assembly, vide its Press Note No. ECI/PN/60/2018 dated 7thSeptember, 2018.
    As the last date for making nominations, i.e. 22ndSeptember, 2018 (Saturday) falls on 4th Saturday of the month is a ‘Public Holiday’ as per Section 25 of Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881, as per the Ministry of Finance, Government of India, Notification dated 20.08.2015, therefore, the Commission has suitably amended the schedule changing the last date for making nominations to the next working day i.e. 24thSeptember, 2018 (Monday). Consequently, the date of scrutiny, the last date of withdrawal of candidatures and the date of poll have been accordingly shifted as follows:
     
    S.No.
    Subject of Programme
    Dates and Days
    1.       
    Last Date of making nominations
    24thSeptember, 2018 (Monday)
    2.       
    Scrutiny of nominations
    25thSeptember, 2018 (Tuesday)
    3.       
    Last date for withdrawal of candidatures
    27thSeptember, 2018 (Thursday)
    4.       
    Date of Poll
    4thOctober, 2018 (Thursday)
    5.       
    Hours of Poll
    9.00 A.M. to 4.00 P.M.
    6.       
    Counting of Votes
    4thOctober, 2018 (Thursday) at 5.00 P.M.
    7.       
    Date before which election shall be completed
    6thOctober, 2018 (Saturday)
     
     
     
    (PAWAN DIWAN)
                                                                                                                         UNDER SECRETARY   

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  6. Election Commission of India organises Sign language Training Session for Election Officials

    PRESS NOTE
    Subject: Election Commission of India organises Sign language Training Session for  Election Officials
    Election Commission of India, in its commitment towards Accessible Elections, organised Sign Language Training Session for officials of the Commission in collaboration with ISLRTC (Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre) on September 12, 2018 at ECI Headquarters in New Delhi. 
    The training was conducted by experts from ISLRTC (Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre) wherein the officers were acquainted with basic as well as election related sign languages symbols such as Election, Identity Card, Address and Polling Booth etc. Besides, information related to basic etiquette while conversing with persons with disabilities was also shared with the Officials of the Commission and they were sensitised regarding the needs of Deaf persons. The session saw enthusiastic participation of the officials. A sensitisation activity was conducted through a live demonstration of a mock poll to understand the frequently asked questions/ issues of the deaf voters.
    The aim of the workshop was to sensitise election officials to the needs of persons with disabilities so as to be better able to respond to their needs & facilitate them during the election process. 
    In July 2018, Election Commission of India organised a two day National Consultation on Accessible Elections in New Delhi where the Commission declared a series of facilitation measures for Persons with Disabilities, including training and sensitisation of Election Officials. 

    (PAWAN DIWAN)
    Under Secretary
     

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  7. Schedule for bye-election to fill casual vacancy in the State Legislative Assembly of Meghalaya -regarding

    Schedule for bye-election to fill casual vacancy in the State Legislative Assembly of Meghalaya -regarding.
    Bilingual 

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  8. Schedule for bye-elections to fill casual vacancies in the State Legislative Assemblies of Madhya Pradesh- regarding. (English / हिंदी)

    Schedule for bye-elections to fill casual vacancies in the State Legislative Assemblies of Madhya Pradesh- regarding.
    Bilingual

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  9. Biennial Election to the Karnataka Legislative Council from 3 Graduates' and 3 Teachers' Constituencies and Maharashtra Legislative Council from 2 Graduates' and 2 Teachers' Constituency due to retirement of sitting members on 21.06.2018 and 07.07.2018

    Biennial Election to the Karnataka Legislative Council from 3 Graduates' and 3 Teachers' Constituencies and Maharashtra Legislative Council from 2 Graduates' and 2 Teachers' Constituency due to retirement of sitting members on 21.06.2018 and 07.07.2018 respectively
    Bilingual

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  10. Requirement of holding bye elections to fill casual vacancies in the House of People – clarification.

    No. ECI/PN/70/2018                                                                                                                                                                                   Date: 9th October, 2018
    PRESS NOTE
     Subject:      Requirement of holding bye elections to fill casual vacancies in the House of People – clarification.
                        It is understood that some newspapers have reported that the Commission on the one hand announced the bye elections to fill the three casual vacancies in Lok Sabha from Karnataka while the bye elections to fill five vacancies in Lok Sabha from Andhra Pradesh have not been announced.
                       In this connection, it is clarified that vacancies from 9-Bellary(ST), 14-Shimoga and 20-Mandya Parliamentary Constituencies of Karnataka have occurred on 18th May, 18 May and 21st May, 2018 respectively,  whereas vacancies from the five parliamentary constituencies from Andha Pradesh have occurred on 20th June, 2018.
                       Section 151A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 mandates the Election Commission to fill the casual vacancies in the Houses of Parliament and State Legislatures through bye-elections within six months from the date of occurrence of the vacancy, provided that the remainder of the term of a member in relation to a vacancy is one year or more. 
                       The term of sixteenth Lok Sabha is upto 3rd June, 2019. As the vacancies from Karnataka have occurred more than one year before the expiration of the term of House, bye elections are required to be held under Section 151A of R. P. Act 1951 to fill these vacancies within six months from the date of occurrence of vacancies that is 18th & 21st May, 2018. In the case of vacancies from Andhra Pradesh, there is no need to hold bye elections as the remaining term of the Lok Sabha is less than one year from the date of occurrence of vacancies that is 20th June, 2018.
                       Section 151A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 is reproduced below:
    151A. Time limit for filling vacancies referred to in sections 147, 149, 150  and 151.—Notwithstanding anything contained in section 147, section 149, section 150 and section 151, a bye-election for filling any vacancy referred to in any of the said sections shall be held within a period of six months from the date of the occurrence of the vacancy: Provided that nothing contained in this section shall apply if— (a) the remainder of the term of a member in relation to a vacancy is less than one year; or (b) the Election Commission in consultation with the Central Government certifies that it is difficult to hold the bye-election within the said period.
      
    (Pawan Diwan)
    Under Secretary

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  11. Dissemination of Trends and Results of GE to Legislative Assembly of Karnataka

    Dissemination of Trends and Results of GE to Legislative Assembly of Karnataka
    Bilingual 

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  12. ECI-EVMs are totally distinct from ones used in elections held by other Organisation/Institution.

    PRESS NOTE
    Sub:    ECI-EVMs are totally distinct from ones used in elections held by other Organisation/Institution. 
    1. Certain complaints of alleged tampering of EVMs during the recently held elections held by different organizations/institutions elsewhere also generated wrong perception about EVMs of ECI. It was noted that confusion exists in the minds of many about the jurisdiction of ECI. We would like to clarify once again on this occasion that ECI is not responsible for the conduct of local body elections (Municipalities, Panchayats etc.) that are conducted by the State Election Commissions and elections held by various organisations/institutions in the country and consequently about various protocols and procedures adopted by them.
    2. The Commission is confident and has firm conviction about the integrity, non-tamperability and credibility of ECI-EVMs. The basis of confidence of the Commission flows from a wide range of technical and administrative protocols and procedural safeguards that protects our EVMs and VVPATs against any sort of tampering during manufacture, transportation, storage, polling and counting process.
    3. Till 2017, M/s Bharat Electronics Limited, Bangalore and M/s Electronics Corporation of India Limited, Hyderabad were allowed by the Commission to supply EVMs to State Election Commissions and other organisations (The permission letter issued in August, 2006 is enclosed). However, since May 2017, BEL and ECIL were directed to seek Commission’s prior approval and supply only EVMs that are different from ECI-EVMs to SECs or to other foreign countries, that too only after the current ordered quantities to ECI are fully supplied.
    4. Old EVMs are sent to BEL/ECIL for destruction and destroyed as per strict protocol prescribed by the Commission.
    5. Commission uses only single post EVMs (i.e. vote can be cast only for one post). In the elections at DUSU it is told that multi-post EVMs (i.e. vote can be cast for more than one post for instance President/Vice-President/General Secretary), which are technically completely different from ECI’s single post EVMs, have been used.
    6. The Commission would like to state that the important technical and administrative safeguards available in ECI-EVMs might not be available in EVMs being used by other organisations/institutions.
    (Ajoy Kumar)
    Secretary

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  13. President Shri Ram Nath Kovind Graces the 8th National Voters Day Celebrations held at New Delhi; President felicitates newly registered Voters and Gives away awards on Best Electoral Practices. First Copy of VoICEIndia Magazine launched at the event. (E

    President Shri Ram Nath Kovind Graces the 8th National Voters Day Celebrations held at New Delhi; President felicitates newly registered Voters and Gives away awards on Best Electoral Practices. First Copy of VoICEIndia Magazine launched at the event. (English / हिंदी)
    Bilingual

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  14. Schedule for Bye-Election to fill casual vacancy in the State Legislative Assembly of Meghalaya - Regarding.

    Schedule for Bye-Election to fill casual vacancy in the State Legislative Assembly of Meghalaya - Regarding.
    Bilingual

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  15. Visit of ECI's Team to Hyderabad.

    PRESS-NOTE
    Subject:    Visit of ECI’s Team to Hyderabad. 
        In view of the dissolution of the State Legislative Assembly of Telangana, the Commission has decided to send a team of ECI officers to assess the situation in the state regarding poll preparedness.  
        A team of ECI officers headed by Sh. Umesh Sinha, Sr. Deputy Election Commissioner will be visiting Hyderabad on Tuesday i.e. 11th September, 2018 and will give its report to the Commission after completion of the visit.
    Sd--
    (Pawan Diwan)
    Under Secretary

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  16. Biennial Elections to the Council of States from NCT of Delhi and Sikkim and bye-election to the Council of States from Uttar Pradesh.(English / हिंदी)

    Biennial Elections to the Council of States from NCT of Delhi and Sikkim and bye-election to the Council of States from Uttar Pradesh.
    Bilingual 

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  17. Schedule for bye-elections to fill casual vacancies in the State Legislative Assemblies of Odisha - regarding. (English / हिंदी)

    Schedule for bye-elections to fill casual vacancies in the State Legislative Assemblies of Odisha - regarding. 

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  18. Action taken by State Election Machinery and Income Tax Department in Karnataka against misuse of money in ongoing elections.

    Action taken by State Election Machinery and Income Tax Department in Karnataka against misuse of money in ongoing elections. 

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  19. Malfunctioning of VVPATs during Bye-election to 2-Kairana and 11-Bhandara-Gondiya Parliamentary Constituencies.

    Malfunctioning of VVPATs during Bye-election to 2-Kairana and 11-Bhandara-Gondiya Parliamentary Constituencies.
    Bilingual 

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  20. All VVPATs shall be delivered well within the time required for making pre-poll preparations. Commission monitoring the manufacture & supply of machines on a daily basis to ensure timely delivery & pre poll preparedness

    All VVPATs shall be delivered well within the time required for making pre-poll preparations. Commission monitoring the manufacture & supply of machines on a daily basis to ensure timely delivery & pre poll preparedness
    BIlingual 

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  21. Bye-election to the Karnataka Legislative Council from Bijapur Local Authorities' Constituency.

    Bye-election to the Karnataka Legislative Council from Bijapur Local Authorities' Constituency.
    Bilingual 

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  22. Biennial Election to the Maharashtra Legislative Council from 2 Graduates' and 2 Teachers' Constituency due to retirement of sitting members on 07.07.2018-reg

    Biennial Election to the Maharashtra Legislative Council from 2 Graduates' and 2 Teachers' Constituency due to retirement of sitting members on 07.07.2018-reg 
    Bilingual 

    12 downloads

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  23. Biennial Elections to the Council of States to fill the seats of members retiring in April-May 2018 and a bye-election to the Council of States from the State of Kerala. (English / हिंदी)

    Biennial Elections to the Council of States to fill the seats of members retiring in April-May 2018 and a bye-election to the Council of States from the State of Kerala.
    BIlingual 

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  24. Biennial Election to the Maharashtra Legislative Council by the Members of Legislative Assembly-reg.

    Biennial Election to the Maharashtra Legislative Council by the Members of Legislative Assembly-reg

    12 downloads

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  25. Election Commission of India to hold a 'National Consultation on Accessible Elections'

    Election Commission of India to hold a 'National Consultation on Accessible Elections
    Bilingual 

    12 downloads

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