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Press Releases 2018

  

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  1. Supply of VVPATs & EVMs is on track and not a matter of concern.

    PRESS NOTE
    Sub: Supply of VVPATs & EVMs is on track and not a matter of concern.
    The Election Commission of India would like to allay any unfounded apprehensions regarding the supply of VVPATs for the Lok Sabha Election in 2019. The Commission is committed to 100% deployment of VVPATs at all polling stations in future General, as well as bye elections to the Lok Sabha and State Legislative Assemblies.
    In order to meet the requirement of 100% VVPATs for all polling stations for the upcoming Lok Sabha Election in 2019, the Commission placed an order of 17.45 lakh VVPATs to Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), Bangalore and Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL), Hyderabad. Till date, 9.45 lakh units have been produced by the PSUs. Both PSUs have assured the Commission that the remaining VVPAT units (8 lakh) will be manufactured and supplied to the various States/UTs comfortably before end of Nov 2018. 
    The Commission has been consistently and periodically reviewing the status of production and supply of VVPATs with the CMDs of PSUs, as well as the Technical Expert Committee (TEC), to ensure that the design, production and supply activities of all the units of EVMs and VVPATs is streamlined and completed in a time-bound manner after incorporating the features suggested by the TEC which is carrying out a rigorous supervision of the production process and product performance. The officers of the Commission are monitoring the manufacturing and supply of machines on a daily basis in order to ensure timely delivery and pre poll preparedness.
    The Commission has indeed enhanced the requirement of additional VVPATs from 125% to 135% considering the trend of failure rate of VVPATs in past elections. The Commission has estimated 171% Ballot Units, 125% Control Units and 135% VVPATs requirements for upcoming Lok Sabha Elections. It may be noted that in case of any error in VVPAT, only VVPAT is replaced with the reserve one, whereas, in case of any error in Ballot Unit or Control Unit of the EVM, entire set of Ballot Unit(s), Control Unit and VVPAT is changed, resulting in an increase in requirement of  VVPATs than the requirement of Control Units of EVMs. 
    It is pertinent to mention that learning from experience of Kairana and Bhandara-Gondiya bye-polls held in May, 2018 where the errors were mainly caused by excessive exposure to illumination in the polling stations, the Commission has adopted the hardware improvement recommended by the Technical Expert Committee to prevent auto shutdown of VVPATs due to excessive light. 
    It is also pertinent to note that comprehensive and systematic preparatory activities for the Lok Sabha Elections, including the detailed First Level Checking of EVMs and VVPATs have already commenced across various States/UTs and will be completed in an efficient, effective and timely manner. First Level Checks workshops and trainings of polling officials are being regularly conducted by the Commission to minimize EVM/VVPAT failures due to human errors. 
    It may be appreciated that over the last twenty years, the Election Commission of India has successfully conducted 113 State Legislative Assembly Elections and 03 Lok Sabha Elections using EVMs. Since, June 2017, Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines have also been used successfully along with EVMs in General as well as Bye elections in all State Assembly and Parliamentary constituencies for enhanced voter verifiability. The Commission is fully geared to use VVPATs in all forthcoming elections. 
    The Election Commission of India is mandated under Article 324 to 329 of the Constitution of India to provide superintendence, direction and control for conduct of elections in accordance with the law in force.
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  2. 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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  3. Meeting with Political Parties on various electoral reforms.

    Meeting with Political Parties on various electoral reforms. 
    Bilingual 

    84 downloads

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  4. Permanent Representatives to the UN from 12 countries visit Election Commission of India

    Permanent Representatives to the UN from 12 countries visit Election Commission of India

    9 downloads

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  5. Distribution of Photo Voter Slips by Booth Level Officers.

    Distribution of Photo Voter Slips by Booth Level Officer
    Bilingual 

    225 downloads

    Submitted

  6. 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 

    16 downloads

    Submitted

  7. Election Commission of India conducts first ever orientation workshop on Election Management for IAS Asstt Secretaries

    Election Commission of India conducts first ever orientation workshop on Election Management for IAS Asstt Secretaries 
    BIlingual 

    13 downloads

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  8. 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

    19 downloads

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  9. 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 

    16 downloads

    Submitted

  10. 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 

    27 downloads

    Submitted

  11. Election Commissioner Shri Sunil Arora visited Bharat Electronics Limited, Bangalore.

    Election Commissioner Shri Sunil Arora visited Bharat Electronics Limited, Bangalore.
    Bilingual 

    12 downloads

    Submitted

  12. IIIDEM organizes 5 – day Capacity Development programme for Media Officials from Bhutan

    IIIDEM organizes 5 – day Capacity Development programme for Media Officials from Bhutan
    Bilingual 

    7 downloads

    Submitted

  13. Election Commission of India unveils Strategic Framework on Accessible Elections

    Election Commission of India unveils Strategic Framework on Accessible Elections 
    BIlingual 

    59 downloads

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  14. Election Commission of India holds two days National Consultation on Accessible Elections on 3rd & 4th July, 2018.

    Election Commission of India holds two days National Consultation on Accessible Elections on 3rd & 4th July, 2018.
    BIlingual 

    11 downloads

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  15. 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 

    18 downloads

    Submitted

  16. 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

    14 downloads

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  17. 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 

    16 downloads

    Submitted

  18. Launching of the online RTI Portal of Election Commission of India - regarding

    Launching of the online RTI Portal of Election Commission of India - regarding 
    Bilingual 

    88 downloads

    Submitted

  19. Biennial Election to the Council of States from Kerala due to retirement of sitting members on 01.07.2018-reg.

    Biennial Election to the Council of States from Kerala due to retirement of sitting members on 01.07.2018-reg.(English / हिंदी

    12 downloads

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  20. 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 

    22 downloads

    Submitted

  21. Biennial Election to the Karnataka Legislative Council by the Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs).

    Biennial Election to the Karnataka Legislative Council by the Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs). 
    Bilingual

    13 downloads

    Submitted

  22. ECI holds round table conference with former CECs/ECs - regarding.

    ECI holds round table conference with former CECs/ECs - regarding
    Bilingual 

    10 downloads

    Submitted

  23. 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 

    25 downloads

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

    10 downloads

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  25. 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

    38 downloads

    Submitted

  

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