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Press Releases 2018

  

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  1. Committee of Officers holds meeting on the matter of alleged date leak of Karnataka elections.

    Committee of Officers holds meeting on the matter of alleged date leak of Karnataka elections. 
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  2. Committee of Officers holds meeting on the matter of alleged date leak of Karnataka elections.

    Committee of Officers holds meeting on the matter of alleged date leak of Karnataka elections.
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  3. Election Commissioner Shri Sunil Arora visited Bharat Electronics Limited, Bangalore.

    Election Commissioner Shri Sunil Arora visited Bharat Electronics Limited, Bangalore.
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  4. 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.
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  5. General election to Legislative Assemblies of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Mizoram & Telangana, 2018 – Media Coverage during the period referred to in Section 126 of RP Act, 1951

    No. ECI/PN/71/2018                                                                                                                                                                             Date:11th October, 2018 

    PRESS NOTE

    Sub: General election to Legislative Assemblies of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Mizoram 86 Telangana, 2018 - Media Coverage during the period referred to in Section 126 of RP Act, 1951.
    The schedule for holding general election to the Legislative Assemblies of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Mizoram 86 Telangana, 2018 has been announced on 06.10.2018. Poll is scheduled to be held in multiple phases on 12.11.2018 & 20.11.2018 in Chhattisgarh, on 28.11.2018 in Madhya Pradesh & Mizoram and on 07.11.2018 in Rajasthan & Telangana. Section 126 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, prohibits displaying any election matter by means, inter alia, of television or similar apparatus, during the period of 48 hours before the hour fixed for conclusion of poll in a constituency. The relevant portions of the said Section 126 are re- produced below: -
    (126. Prohibition of public meeting during period of forty-eight hours ending with hour fixed for conclusion of poll-
    (1) No person shall -
    (a)        ...............................
    (b)    Display to the public any election matter by means of cinematograph, television or other similar apparatus;
    (c)    ...................................
    In any polling area during the period of forty-eight hours ending with the hour fixed for the conclusion of the poll for any election in the polling area.
    (2)    Any person who contravenes the provisions of sub-section (1) shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with both.
    (3)    In this Section, the expression "election matter" means any matter intended or calculated to influence or affect the result of an election.)
    2.    During elections, there are sometimes allegations of violation of the
    provisions of the above Section 126 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 by TV channels in the telecast of their panel discussions/debates and other news and current affairs programmes. As mentioned above the said Section 126 prohibits displaying any election matter by means, inter alia, of television or similar apparatus, during the period of 48 hours ending with the hour fixed for conclusion of poll in a constituency. "Election matter" has been defined in that Section as any matter intended or calculated to influence or affect the result of an election. Violation of the aforesaid provisions of Section 126 is punishable with imprisonment up to a period of two years, or with fine or both.
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    3. The Commission once again reiterates that the TV /Radio channels and cable networks should ensure that the contents of the programme telecast/ broadcast / displayed by them during the period of 48 hours referred to in Section 126 do not contain any material, including views / appeals by panelists / participants that may be construed as promoting/prejudicing the prospect of any particular party or candidate(s) or influencing/ affecting the result of the election. This shall, among other things include display of result of any opinion poll and of standard debates, analysis, visuals and sound-bytes.
    4. In this connection, attention is also invited to Section 126A of the RP. Act 1951, which prohibits conduct of Exit poll and dissemination of their results during the period reckoned from the commencement of polls in first Phase and half an hour after the close of poll in last phase in all the State, in respect of current round of elections.
    5. During the period not covered by Section 126 or Section 126A, concerned TV/ Radio / Cable / FM channels are free to approach the state / district/ local authorities for necessary permission for conducting any broadcast related events which must also conform to the provisions of the model code of conduct and the programme code laid down by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting under the Cable Network (Regulation) Act with regard to decency, maintenance of communal harmony, etc. Concerned Chief Electoral Officer /District Election Officer will take into account all relevant aspects including the law, and order situation while extending such permission. As regards political advertisements, the same needs pre-telecast/ broadcast certification by the Committees set up at the State / District level as per the Commission’s order No. 509 / 75 / 2004 / JS-I dt 15.04.2004.
    6. Attention of all print media is also drawn to the following guidelines issued by Press Council of India on 30.07.2010 to be followed for observance during the election:
    (i) It will be the duty of the Press to give objective reports about elections and the candidates. The newspapers are not expected to indulge in unhealthy election campaigns, exaggerated reports about any candidate / party or incident during the elections. In practice, two or three closely contesting candidates attract all the media attention. While reporting on the actual
    campaign, a newspaper may not leave out any important point raised by a candidate and make an attack on his or her opponent.
    (ii) Election campaign along communal or caste lines is banned under the election rules. Hence, the Press should eschew reports, which tend to promote feelings of enmity or hatred between people on the ground of religion, race, caste, community or language.
    (iii) The Press should refrain from publishing false or critical statements in regard to the personal character and conduct of any candidate or in relation to the candidature or withdrawal of any candidate or his candidature, to prejudice the prospects of that candidate in the elections. The Press shall not publish unverified allegations against any candidate / party.
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    (iv) The Press shall not accept any kind of inducement, financial or otherwise, to project a candidate / party. It shall not accept hospitality or other facilities offered to them by or on behalf of any candidate / party.
    (v) The Press is not expected to indulge in canvassing of a particular candidate/ party. If it does, it shall allow the right of reply to the other candidate / party.
    (vi) The Press shall not accept/ publish any advertisement at the cost of public exchequer regarding achievements of a party / government in power.
    (vii) The Press shall observe all the directions / orders / instructions of the Election Commission / Returning Officers or Chief Electoral Officer issued from time to time.
    7. Attention of the electronic media is invited to the “Guidelines for Election Broadcasts” issued by NBSA dt 03.03.2014.
    (i) News broadcasters should endeavour to inform the public in an objective manner, about relevant electoral matters, political parties, candidates, campaign issues and voting processes as per rules and regulations laid down under The Representation of the People Act 1951 and by the Election Commission of India.
    (ii) News channel shall disclose any political affiliations, either towards a party or candidate. News broadcasters have a duty to be balanced and impartial, especially in their election reporting.
    (iii) News broadcasters must endeavour to avoid all forms of rumor, baseless speculation and disinformation, particularly when these concern specific political parties or candidates. Any candidate / political party, which has been defamed or is a victim of misrepresentation, misinformation or other similar injury by broadcast of information should be afforded prompt correction, and where appropriate granted an opportunity of reply.
    (iv) News broadcasters must resist all political and financial pressures which may affect coverage of elections and election related matters.
    (v) News broadcasters should maintain a clear distinction between editorial and expert opinion carried on their news channels.
    (vi) News broadcasters that use video feed from political parties should disclose it and appropriately tag it.
    (vii) Special care must be taken to ensure that every element of a news/ programmes dealing with elections and election related matters is accurate on all facts relating to events, dates, places and quotes. If by mistake or inadvertence any inaccurate information is broadcast, the broadcaster must correct it as soon as it comes to the broadcaster’s notice
    with the same prominence as was given to the original broadcast.
    (viii) News broadcasters, their journalists and officials must not accept any money, or gifts, or any favour that could influence or appear to influence, create a conflict of interest or damage the credibility of the broadcaster or their personnel.
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    (ix) News broadcasters must not broadcast any form of ‘hate speech’ or other obnoxious content that may lead to incitement of violence or promote public unrest or disorder as election campaigning based on communal or caste factors is prohibited under Election laws. News broadcasters should strictly avoid reports which tend to promote feelings of enmity or hatred among people, on the ground of religion, race, caste, community, region or language.
    (x) News broadcasters are required to scrupulously maintain a distinction between news and paid content. All paid content should be clearly marked as “Paid Advertisement” or “Paid Content”: and paid content must be carried in compliance with the “Norms 85 Guidelines on Paid News” dated 24.1 1.201 1.
    (xi) Special care must be taken to report opinion polls accurately and fairly, by disclosing to viewers as to who commissioned, conducted and paid for the conduct of the opinion polls and the broadcast. If a news broadcaster carries the results of an opinion poll or other election projection, it must also explain the context, and the scope and limits of such polls with their
    limitations. Broadcast of opinion polls should be accompanied by information to assist viewers to understand the poll’s significance, such as the methodology used, the sample size, the margin of error, the fieldwork dates, and data used. Broadcasters should also disclose how vote shares are converted to seat shares.
    (xii) The broadcasters shall not broadcast any “election matter” i.e. any matter intended or calculated to influence or affect the result of an election, during the 48 hours ending with the hours fixed for the conclusion of poll in violation of Section 126(l)(b) of the Representation of the People Act 1951.
    (xiii) The Election Commission of India (ECI) will monitor the broadcasts made by news broadcasters from the time elections are announced until the conclusion and announcement of election results. Any violation by member broadcasters reported to the News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA) by the Election Commission will be dealt with by the NBSA under its
    regulations.
    (xiv) Broadcasters should, to the extent possible, carry voter education programmes to effectively inform voters about the voting process, the importance of voting, including how, when and where to vote, to register to vote and the secrecy of the ballot.
    (xv) News broadcasters must not air any final, formal and definite results until such results are formally announced by the Returning Officer, unless such results are carried with clear disclaimer that they are unofficial or incomplete or partial results or projections which should not be taken as final results.
    The above guidelines should be duly observed for compliance by all the concerned media.

    PAWAN DIWAN
    (Under Secretary)

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  6. 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
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  7. 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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  8. Biennial Election to the Legislative Council of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar by the Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs).

    Biennial Election to the Legislative Council of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar by the Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs).
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  9. 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.
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  10. 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
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  11. General Election to the Legislative Assemblies of Karnataka 2018 - Allotment of Broadcast/Telecast time to National/State Political Parties - regarding.

    General Election to the Legislative Assemblies of Karnataka 2018 - Allotment of Broadcast/Telecast time to National/State Political Parties - regarding. 
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  12. 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 
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  13. 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
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  14. Bye-election to the Karnataka Legislative Council from Bijapur Local Authorities' Constituency.

    Bye-election to the Karnataka Legislative Council from Bijapur Local Authorities' Constituency.
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  15. 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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  16. Biennial Elections to the Maharashtra Legislative Council from six Local Authorities Constituencies and bye election to Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council from Chittoor Local Authorities' Constituency-reg

    Biennial Elections to the Maharashtra Legislative Council from six Local Authorities Constituencies and bye election to Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council from Chittoor Local Authorities' Constituency-reg
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  17. Distribution of Photo Voter Slips by Booth Level Officers.

    Distribution of Photo Voter Slips by Booth Level Officer
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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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.
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  21. Meeting with Political Parties on various electoral reforms.

    Meeting with Political Parties on various electoral reforms. 
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  22. 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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  23. Election Commission of India holds a meeting with all the recognised National and State Political Parties at New Delhi on various electoral reforms.

    PRESS NOTE 
    Subject: Election Commission of India holds a meeting with all the recognised National and State Political Parties at New Delhi on various electoral reforms.
    Today Election Commission comprising Chief Election Commissioner Shri O. P. Rawat, Election Commissioners Shri Sunil Arora and Shri Ashok Lavasa held an in depth interactive session with all the recognised National and State Political Parties on a broad range of issues concerning various matters pertaining to elections.   Altogether 7 National parties and 34 State parties were present.  In his opening remark, CEC said that political parties are important stakeholders in our electoral process and the Commission always values their inputs in making out electoral process robust, fair and credible.
    2.         Chief Election Commissioner observed that political parties are initiators of reforms and act as agents for mobilizing people and electors, enabling them to express their political choice.  The Commission considers political parties as the most important stakeholders in its endeavour to strengthen electoral democracy.  Commission further observed that the Commission is uniquely privileged and honoured to enjoy trust and confidence of people, media and all political parties, because the Commission is having an open door policy treating all with respect, impartiality and fairness.  Commission urged the representatives of political parties to put forward their views on important issues such as transparency in political funding, media management including that of social media, bringing in trust and confidence of all stakeholders in the voting and counting process and as such strengthening democracy in our country while setting an example globally.  Chief Election Commissioner mentioned about the challenge faced by all the democracies globally in view of the new media and advancements in information technology and the Commission is taking initiatives to prevent such interference. Commission sought suggestions and support of political parties to comprehensively meet these and other challenges for ensuring free and fair elections.
    3.         All the parties assured the Commission that they would extend the requisite support in the process of preparation of electoral roll.  They also suggested sharing with them copies of the list of deletion in electoral roll. Some parties also suggested to strengthen the system of Booth Level Officers for better preparedness of electoral roll.  Some parties requested for avoiding the festival season for roll revision.  Commission has already taken this into account and revision in all states excluding poll going states, will start from 1st September itself for 2 months which is more than usual one month period. 
    4.         Political parties urged the Commission to link Aadhar numbers with electors’ detail for better electoral roll management.
    5.         Political parties expressed concern on Paid News and suggested to make it an electoral offence to curb this menace.
    6.         Political parties also asked the Commission that on the lines of Doordarshan and AIR, the free airtime to political parties should be provided on private media for electoral campaigns.
    7.         All parties appreciated the Commission’s effort in making elections inclusive for all especially PwD electors. They also lauded the steps taken under SVEEP to enhance the awareness and participation of electors.
    8.         Some political parties requested the Commission to fix a certain % of VVPAT slips counting to enhance the trust in EVM.  Commission assured them that it is being looked into with input from experts.  Commission also informed that any candidate may approach the Returning Officer concerned for the specific count of VVPAT of a polling station under the law already available.
    9.         They suggested for a ceiling on expenditure limit for council elections, as suggested by the Commission.
    10. All political parties welcomed the discussion on taking the steps for enhancing the role of women in the Electoral process.
    11.       For no campaign period, they suggested for more measures in view of current electronic and digital environment. 
    Commission assured all the political parties that each of the suggestions will be looked into and will be responded by Commission in time bound manner.
     
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            (Pawan Diwan)
         Under Secretary

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  24. 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.
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  25. 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.
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