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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. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Sh. Ashok Lavasa takes over as new Election Commissioner (English / हिंदी)

    Sh. Ashok Lavasa takes over as new Election Commissioner.
    Bilingual

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  7. 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 

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  8. 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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  9. #NEQIndia National Elections Quiz 2018: Inter-School Competition witnesses participation by 13.6 lakh students (English / हिंदी)

    #NEQIndia National Elections Quiz 2018: Inter-School Competition witnesses participation by 13.6 lakh students
    Bilingual 

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  10. Launch of 'cVIGIL' online app.

    Launch of 'cVIGIL' online app.
    Bilingual 

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  11. IIIDEM organizes 12-day training programme on 'Capacity Development for Election Management' for ITEC countries, in association with MEA (English / हिंदी)

    IIIDEM organizes 12-day training programme on 'Capacity Development for Election Management' for ITEC countries, in association with MEA 
    Bilingual 

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  12. Schedule for bye-election to fill casual vacancy in the Lok Sabha from Parliamentary Constituencies of Maharashtra, Nagaland, Uttar Pradesh and State Legislative Assemblies of Bihar, Jharkhand, Kerala, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, Punjab, Uttarakhand

    Schedule for bye-election to fill casual vacancy in the Lok Sabha from Parliamentary Constituencies of Maharashtra, Nagaland, Uttar Pradesh and State Legislative Assemblies of Bihar, Jharkhand, Kerala, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal – regarding.
    Bilingual 

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  13. Permanent representatives to the UN from 11 countries visit Election Commission of India (English / हिंदी)

    Permanent representatives to the UN from 11 countries visit Election Commission of India (English / हिंदी)

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  14. 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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  15. 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 

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  16. General election to Legislative assembly of Karnataka, 2018 – Media Coverage during the period referred to in Section 126 of RP Act, 1951

    General election to Legislative assembly of Karnataka, 2018 – Media Coverage during the period referred to in Section 126 of RP Act, 1951
    Bilingual

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  17. IIIDEM organizes 4-Day Consultation/Study Tour for Delegation from Independent National Electoral Commission of Nigeria (English / हिंदी)

    IIIDEM organizes 4-Day Consultation/Study Tour for Delegation from Independent National Electoral Commission of Nigeria
    Bilingual 

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  18. Dissemination of Trends and Results of GE to Legislative Assemblies of Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland. (English / हिंदी)

    Dissemination of Trends and Results of GE to Legislative Assemblies of Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland. 
    Bilingual 

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  19. Foreign delegates visit IIIDEM Campus on National Voters' Day (English / हिंदी)

    Foreign delegates visit IIIDEM Campus on National Voters' Day.
    Bilingual 

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  20. IIIDEM organizes 12-day training programme on 'Capacity Development for Election Management' for ITEC countries, in collaboration with MEA. (English / हिंदी)

    IIIDEM organizes 12-day training programme on 'Capacity Development for Election Management' for ITEC countries, in collaboration with MEA.
    Bilingual 

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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. IIIDEM organizes 3-Day Consultation/Study Tour for the Delegation from the Independent National Election Commission of Madagascar (English / हिंदी)

    IIIDEM organizes 3-Day Consultation/Study Tour for the Delegation from the Independent National Election Commission of Madagascar
    BIlingual

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  24. Announcement: Schedule for the General Election to the Legislative Assembly of Karnataka, 2018.

    Announcement: Schedule for the General Election to the Legislative Assembly of Karnataka, 2018.
    Bilingual

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

    Election Commission of India unveils Strategic Framework on Accessible Elections 
    BIlingual 

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