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Press Releases 2018

  

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  1. IIIDEM organizes 2-Day Consultative Workshop for the Delegation from the Central Election Commission of Kazakhstan

    IIIDEM organizes 2-Day Consultative Workshop for the Delegation from the Central Election Commission of Kazakhstan
    Bilingual 

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Launch of 'cVIGIL' online app.

    Launch of 'cVIGIL' online app.
    Bilingual 

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  6. Launch of New Election Commission of India Website

    The Election Commission of India today announced the launch of its newly designed website at https://eci.gov.in . The completely revamped website features a streamlined and simplified design, improved functionality, and enriched content areas which will help visitors to make well-informed decisions regarding their election-related matters.
    2. The new website has been built keeping users in mind. The streamlined user interface provides a more interactive experience, allowing users to easily find the information they are looking for. Visitors can browse the website based on their own interests and learn more about Election Process in a more engaging way.
    3. With a fresh look and feel, the new site offers users the opportunity to navigate through Election Commission of India extensive resource and service offering with ease. Delivering a fully responsive experience, the new website gives users a seamless transition from desktop to mobile browsing, and intelligently pulls the latest content from all the relevant space for users to access information, quickly and easily.
    4. Departing from the legacy format of separate areas, the new visitor sees everything rehoused in one central space with the ability to browse content based on topic or division.

    5. New Features include
    Responsive Design: The New Website is fully mobile optimized. The mobile-optimized ECI site is a far more advanced website. Mobile optimized means that the ECI site will reformat itself for handheld or tablet devices. Larger navigation buttons, the reformatted content, and differently optimized images appear when the user is on an iPhone/ Android or another device. Not only is the new ECI website mobile optimized, but it is also with a fully responsive design. Responsive design means that ECI site is completely flexible regardless of device. Rather than detecting a specific browser type or device type, the website automatically orients itself based on the screen size of the device. A combination of reformatting and re-optimizing the site as a whole provides a practical flexibility beyond imagination. Revamped and easy navigation: The site has been primarily designed keeping in view Citizens, Electors, Candidates, Political party, Researchers, Media, and ECI Officials. The categorization has also been kept in mind for purposes of easy navigation and role-based access control. The new website has further enhanced the security features keeping in view the Cyber Security Regulations of ECI Advance search: “Surface the most compelling content”. With a number of powerful tools to help users to discover the new content, the new website decreases the time users will spend searching for relevant content of his choice. A full search engine is included with precise controls for finding content. With a wide range of filters available and the ability to drill down by content type, finding relevant content is simple. It's convenient too - the quick search box is available on every page. Universally Accessible: The site has been made accessible for Persons with Disabilities (PwDs). The newly designed website has accessible features like screen reader access, high contrast, structured headings e.t.c Dynamic Content & Sharing: One of the paramount requirements of the modern world is faster information sharing through various social media platform. The new ECI website provides extensive sharing features through modes such as Email, Facebook, Twitter, and others. The decentralized content deployment will ensure accurate and fast dissemination of news, circulars, and messages. 6. As the existing website was familiar to many users, Commission had made sure that the existing website continues to operate for a short while. The existing website will continue to be available at https://eci.nic.in and the new website will be operational at https://eci.gov.in
    Changes to the ECI Website appearance and design will be apparent to any person visiting the website who has been familiar with the earlier version. The ECI ICT Division has significantly modernized this user interface to accommodate a growing user-base, as the Election Commission of India continues to branch out into new technology areas and caters for massive information dissemination requirements for its 875 million Electors during the upcoming elections.
    (Hindi Version is under development)
    Pawan Diwan
    Under Secretary
    No: ECI/PN/77/2018 Dated 12th November 2018 
     
     
     

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  7. 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 

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  8. 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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  9. Meeting with Political Parties on various electoral reforms.

    Meeting with Political Parties on various electoral reforms. 
    Bilingual 

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  10. NEQ 2018 draws to a close with Sunday Grand Finale

    NEQ 2018 draws to a close with Sunday Grand Finale
    Bilingual

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  11. 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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  12. 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

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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. Press note issued by Chief Electoral officer of Madhya Pradesh on the incident in Shajapur, MP

    Press note issued by Chief Electoral officer of Madhya Pradesh on the incident in Shajapur, MP (Bilingual)

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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. Schedule for bye-election to fill casual vacancy in the State Legislative Assembly of Gujarat and Jharkhand - Regarding

    Schedule for bye-election to fill casual vacancy in the State Legislative Assembly of Gujarat and Jharkhand - Regarding

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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. Schedule for bye-elections to fill casual vacancies in the State Legislative Assemblies of Haryana and Tamil Nadu – Regarding.

    Subject :     Schedule for bye-elections to fill casual vacancies in the State Legislative Assemblies of Haryana and Tamil Nadu – Regarding.
     There are clear vacancies in the State Legislative Assemblies of Haryana and Tamil Nadu which need to be filled up:
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    State
    Number & Name of Assembly Constituency
    1
    Haryana
    36-Jind
    2
    Tamil Nadu
    168-Thiruvarur
     After taking into consideration various factors like local festivals, electoral rolls, weather conditions etc., the Commission has decided to hold bye-elections to fill these vacancies  as per the programme mentioned as under: -
    Poll Events
    Schedule
    Date of Issue of Gazette Notification
    03.01.2019
    (Thursday)
    Last Date of Nominations
    10.01.2019
    (Thursday)
    Date for Scrutiny of Nominations
    11.01.2019
    (Friday)
    Last Date for Withdrawal of candidatures
    14.01.2019
    (Monday)
    Date of Poll
    28.01.2019
    (Monday)
    Date of Counting
    31.01.2019
    (Thursday)
    Date before which election shall be completed
    02.02.2019
    (Saturday)
    ELECTORAL ROLL
    The Electoral Rolls for the aforesaid Assembly Constituencies w.r.t 01.01.2018 as the qualifying date have been finally published.          
    ELECTRONIC VOTING MACHINES (EVMs) and VVPATs
    The Commission has decided to use EVMs and VVPATs in the bye-election in all the polling stations. Adequate numbers of EVMs and VVPATs have been made available and all steps have been taken to ensure that the polls are conducted smoothly with the help of these machines.
    IDENTIFICATION OF VOTERS
    In consonance with the past practice, the Commission has decided that the voter’s identification shall be mandatory in the aforementioned bye- election at the time of poll. Electoral Photo Identity Cards (EPIC) shall be the main document of identification of a voter. However, in order to ensure that no voter is deprived of his/her franchise, if his/her name figures in the Electoral Rolls, separate instructions will be issued to allow additional documents for identification of voters at the time of poll in the said bye-election.
    MODEL CODE OF CONDUCT
    The Model Code of Conduct shall come into force with immediate effect in the district(s) in which the whole or any part of the Assembly Constituency going for bye-election is included, subject to partial modification as issued vide Commission’s instruction No. 437/6/INST2016-CCS, dated 29th June, 2017 (available on the Commission’s website). The Model Code of Conduct shall be applicable to all candidates, political parties and the State Government concerned. The Model Code of Conduct shall also be applicable to the Union Government for the district of the State concerned.
                                                                                                                               
    (JAYDEB LAHIRI)
    SECRETARY

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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. Schedule for bye-elections to fill casual vacancy in the Lok Sabha from Parliamentary constituencies of Karnataka and state Legislative Assemblies of Karnataka - Regarding.

    No. ECI/PN/67/2018                                                                                                                                                                                         Dated:   6th October, 2018
    PRESS NOTE
     
    Subject :  Schedule for bye-elections to fill casual vacancy in the Lok Sabha from Parliamentary Constituencies of Karnataka and State Legislative Assemblies of Karnataka – Regarding.
     There are three clear vacancies in the Lok Sabha from Parliamentary Constituencies of Karnataka, which need to be filled up: 
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    State
    Number & Name of Parliamentary Constituency
    1
    Karnataka
    14 – Shimoga PC
    2
    Karnataka
    9 – Bellary (ST) PC
    3
    Karnataka
    20 – Mandya PC
      There are two clear vacancies in the State Legislative Assembly of Karnataka, which need to be filled up: 
    Sl. No.
    State
    Number & Name of Assembly Constituency
    1
    Karnataka
    183–Ramanagaram AC
    2
    Karnataka
    21– Jamkhandi  AC
     After taking into consideration various factors like local festivals, electoral rolls, weather conditions etc., the Commission has decided to hold bye-elections to fill these vacancies  as per the programme mentioned as under: -
    Poll Events
    Schedule
    Date of Issue of Gazette Notification
    9.10.2018 (TUE)
    Last Date of Nominations
    16.10.2018 (TUE)
    Date for Scrutiny of Nominations
    17.10.2018 (WED)
    Last Date for Withdrawal of candidatures
    20.10.2018 (SAT)
    Date of Poll
    03.11.2018 (SAT)
    Date of Counting
    06.11.2018 (TUE)
    Date before which election shall be completed
    08.11.2018 (THU)
    ELECTORAL ROLL
    The Electoral Rolls for all the aforesaid Lok Sabha and Assembly Constituencies have been finally published w.r.t 01.01.2018.       
    ELECTRONIC VOTING MACHINES (EVMs) and VVPATs
     The Commission has decided to use EVMs and VVPATs in the bye-elections in all the polling stations. Adequate numbers of EVMs and VVPATs have been made available and all steps have been taken to ensure that the polls are conducted smoothly with the help of these machines.
    IDENTIFICATION OF VOTERS
    In consonance with the past practice, the Commission has decided that the voter’s identification shall be mandatory in the aforementioned bye- elections at the time of poll. Electoral Photo Identity Cards (EPIC) shall be the main document of identification of a voter. However, in order to ensure that no voter is deprived of his/her franchise, if his/her name figures in the Electoral Rolls, separate instructions will be issued to allow additional documents for identification of voters at the time of poll in the said bye-elections.
    MODEL CODE OF CONDUCT
    The Model Code of Conduct shall come into force with immediate effect in the district(s) in which the whole or any part of the Parliamentary/Assembly Constituency going for bye-election is included, subject to partial modification as issued vide Commission’s instruction No. 437/6/INST2016-CCS, dated 29th June, 2017 (available on the Commission’s website). The Model Code of Conduct shall be applicable to all candidates, political parties and the State Government concerned. The Model Code of Conduct shall also be applicable to the Union Government for the State concerned.
     
     
     
                                                                                   
    (SUMIT MUKHERJEE)
    PRINCIPAL SECRETARY
     

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  24. Schedule for the General Elections to the Legislative Assemblies of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Mizoram & Telangana, 2018.

    No. ECI/PN/66/2018                                                                                                                                                                               Dated:   6th October, 2018                        
     
    PRESS NOTE
     Subject:           Schedule   for   the   General   Elections   to   the   Legislative Assemblies of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Mizoram & Telangana, 2018.
     The terms of the Legislative Assemblies of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan & Mizoram are normally due to expire as follows:
     
      State
    From
    To
    Assembly Seat
    Chhattisgarh
    06.01.2014
    05.01.2019
    90
    Madhya Pradesh
    08.01.2014
    07.01.2019
    230
    Rajasthan
    21.01.2014
    20.01.2019
    200
    Mizoram
    16.12.2013
    15.12.2018
    40
     
    The Governor of Telangana vide his order dated 06.09.2018 has dissolved the Telangana Legislative Assembly with immediate effect.
    By virtue of its powers, duties and functions under Article 324 read with Article 172(1) of the Constitution of India and Section 15 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, and the Judgement of the Hon’ble Supreme Court in Special Reference No. 1 of 2002, the Commission is required to hold general elections to constitute the new Legislative Assemblies in the States of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan & Mizoram before expiry of their present terms and in the State of Telangana, where the State Legislative Assembly has been prematurely dissolved, within a period of six months from the date of premature dissolution of the Assembly i.e. by 05.03.2019.   

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  25. 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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ECI Main websiteThe Election Commission of India is an autonomous constitutional authority responsible for administering election processes in India. The body administers elections to the Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha, State Legislative Assemblies in India, and the offices of the President and Vice President in the country. The Election Commission operates under the authority of Constitution per Article 324, and subsequently enacted Representation of the People Act. 

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