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    No.ECI/PN/82/2021 Dated: September 21, 2021 PRESS NOTE ECI organizes National Conference on Accessible Elections; Way forward to further streamline policy framework discussed The Election Commission of India today organised a virtual National Conference on Accessible Elections 2021 with the objective to assess the present accessibility policies and discuss strategies for addressing barriers to enhance participation in electoral process for voters with disabilities. The virtual conference was attended by members of National Advisory Committee on Accessible Elections, Chief Electoral Officers, Civil Society Organisations representing various disabilities and representatives from Government Ministries and Institutions. Reaffirming Election Commission’s commitment to make elections more inclusive, accessible, and voter friendly for PwDs, Chief Election Commissioner, Shri Sushil Chandra said that the Commission values the decision making role of primary stakeholders - the voters including persons with disabilities, who can and should play a key role in electoral process. CEC added that all the meaningful inputs and recommendations suggested by Persons with Disabilities and their representative organisations are taken into consideration while framing guidelines for enhancing inclusivity and accessibility at every step of the electoral process. Shri Chandra reiterated ECI’s commitment in various international resolutions and mandates emphasising the inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in the electoral process. He emphasized the need for pleasant and dignified polling experience to PwDs. He mentioned that all polling stations are on ground floor equipped with ramp and wheelchairs, and sufficient volunteers are kept at polling stations for smooth and hassle free election experience. Election Commissioner Shri Rajiv Kumar said that the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016 provides for a legal mandate to ensure all polling stations to be made accessible for persons with disabilities and all material related to electoral process are easily understandable and usable by them. He added that the collective efforts of election officials and CSO stakeholders have contributed significantly in reaching out to a large number of electors with disabilities across the country, apart from building the electoral process accessible, safe and respectful for different population groups. Election Commissioner Shri Anup Chandra Pandey emphasised on the need for community support systems to be strengthened by ways of advanced data processing, identifying community referral points and creating harmonised echo systems for specific citizens groups such as persons with disabilities and senior citizens. Shri Pandey added that Accessible Elections have always been a thrust area of the Commission, whereby ECI specifically focuses on the inclusion of all target groups, ensuring that everyone has equal access throughout the entire electoral process. Secretary General, Shri Umesh Sinha said that ECI has timely organised this conference when the Commission is preparing for the forthcoming State Assembly Elections. Inputs received from various CEOs, CSOs and ECI Icons will be incorporated in the planning and preparation for elections to be more accessible, inclusive and voter friendly for PwDs and Senior Citizens. It was informed that as on today about 77.4 lakhs PwDs are registered voters. Recognising that a strong and vibrant democracy is founded on the bedrock of inclusion and participation, today’s deliberations focused on themes of Identification/ mapping of PwDs, Accessible Registration, Facilitation at Polling Stations, Efficient use of Technology for Accessible elections, Accessible Voter Education and Leveraging Partnerships & Collaborations and Media Outreach. Significant speakers from different CSOs including Director AADI, Executive Director, National Association of Deaf, Director, SPARC-India, Executive Director, NCPEDP, Executive Director BPA, representatives from ISLRTC & PDUNIPPD, as also ECI National Icon, Dr. Niru Kumar shared valuable inputs for making the election accessible and inclusive. Based on suggestions received from different stakeholders, a resolution was adopted to pave the way forward to further streamline the policy framework on ‘Accessible Elections’, for future elections. Comprehensive monitoring mechanism and Accessibility Assessment of all polling stations; Integration of all mainstream policies & programs for PwDs; training & sensitization of election personnel; increased awareness to improve understanding of disability ; improvised methods of data collection; awareness on postal ballot facility for PwDs; robust IVRS Helpline and online grievance redressal mechanism and deployment of accessibility observers and micro observers to ensure accessibility at all levels of electoral process were some of the the ideas discussed during the virtual conference. During the conference, Chief Election Commissioner Shri Sushil Chandra along with the Election Commissioners Shri Rajiv Kumar & Shri Anup Chandra Pandey released the following; Crossing the Barriers- Accessibility Initiatives 2021. The Booklet is a compilation of innovative practices & accessibility initiatives for facilitating and empowering PwD electors. Braille Language versions of recently launched initiatives like Voter Guide, Letter to the new voter, and a Song Booklet of 50 motivational songs on voter awareness. Sign Language versions of two awareness videos of Voter helpline app and EVM-VVPAT An evaluation study of Outcomes of SVEEP Activities and Facilities provided to PwDs in General Assembly Election 2018 & Lok Sabha Elections 2019 in Karnataka was also released by the Commission. A presentation on accessibility initiatives taken so far by the Election Commission including the learnings & experiences from the recently poll gone states, was also shared with the participants. The Conference had dedicated sign language interpreters to make the conference accessible for PwD participants.
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    No.485/IT/Security Products/PGRS Dated: 16th September, 2021 NOTICE Kindly refer Request for Proposal for security products issued vide Commission's letter of even number dated 27.08.2021. The Commission has received a number of queries/ suggestions from prospective bidders regarding the RFP during pre bid meeting held on 9th September, 2021. These queries/ suggestions have been considered and it has been decided that the clarifications issued herewith shall be treated as part of the RFP.
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    No. ECI/PN/79/2021 Dated: 09th September, 2021 PRESS NOTE Subject: Bye Elections to the Council of States from various States -reg. There are six casual vacancies in the Council of States from various States as per details below: - State Name of Member Cause of vacancy Date of vacancy Term Up to West Bengal Sh. Manas Ranjan Bhunia Resignation 06.05.2021 18.08.2023 Assam Sh. Biswajit Daimary Resignation 10.05.2021 09.04.2026 Tamil Nadu Thiru. K.P. Munusamy Resignation 07.05.2021 02.04.2026 Tamil Nadu Thiru. R. Vaithilingam Resignation 07.05.2021 29.06.2022 Maharashtra Sh. Rajeev Shankarrao Satav Death 16.05.2021 02.04.2026 Madhya Pradesh Sh. Thaawarchand Gehlot Resignation 07.07.2021 02.04.2024 2. The Commission has decided to hold six bye-elections to the Council of States from above mentioned States to fill up the above said vacancies in accordance with the following schedule: - S. No Events Dates Issue of Notifications 15th September, 2021 (Wednesday) Last date of making nominations 22nd September, 2021 (Wednesday) Scrutiny of nominations 23rd September, 2021 (Thursday) Last date for withdrawal of candidatures 27th September, 2021 (Monday) Date of Poll 04th October, 2021 (Monday) Hours of Poll 09:00am – 04:00pm Counting of Votes 04th October, 2021 (Monday) at 05:00pm Date before which election shall be completed 06th October, 2021 (Wednesday) 3. Broad Guidelines of Covid-19 as already issued by ECI as well as the recent guidelines issued by ECI as contained in para 13 of Press Note dated 04.09.2021 available at link 4. The Chief Secretaries of States concerned are being directed to depute a senior officer from the State to ensure that the extant instructions regarding COVID-19 containment measures are complied with while making arrangements for conducting the election.
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    No. ECI/PN/77/202 Dated: 04.09.2021 PRESS NOTE Subject: Schedule to fill casual vacancy and adjourned poll in the Assembly Constituencies - regarding The Commission vide press note No. ECI/PN/61/2021 dated 3rd May 2021 deferred the adjourned poll (which was scheduled to be held on 16.05.2021) and extended the period of elections in 110-Pipli Assembly Constituency (AC) of Odisha and 58-Jangipur & 56-Samserganj AC of West Bengal after taking note of lockdown/restrictions under Disaster Management Act, 2005, as issued by NDMA/SDMA. Further, the Commission vide press note No. ECI/PN/64/2021 dated 5th May 2021 deferred the bye-elections in various States/UT, after taking all material facts and inputs of Chief Electoral Officers of various States/UT in view of the pandemic. 2. As on date there are three deferred adjourned polls (two in the state of West Bengal and one in the state of Odisha), three vacancies in Parliamentary Constituencies and 32 vacancies in Legislative Assemblies of various States/UT. 3. In order to assess the feasibility of holding bye-elections in various States/UT, a meeting was held through video conferencing on 01.09.2021 with Chief Secretaries, senior officers from the department of Health & Home Affairs, DGPs from the concerned States/UT and Chief Electoral Officers from concerned States/UT. The Chief Secretaries/Chief Electoral Officers shared their inputs, constraints, issues and challenges in conducting bye-elections in their States/UT in view of COVID-l9 pandemic, flood situation and festivals in near future and so on. The Chief Secretaries from the concerned poll going States have also sent their views and inputs in writing. 4. The Chief Secretaries of States of Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Meghalaya, Rajasthan, Telangana, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Adviser of UT of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu, brought to the notice of the Commission the constraints related to flood situations, festivals and pandemic. They suggested that it would be advisable to have bye-elections after the end of festival season. 5. Besides these, some states have also brought to the notice of the Commission that Government of India, various research institutions, technical expert committees and professionals have predicted the possibility of third wave of COVID-19 October onwards. MHA has also issued detailed instructions on prevention of COVID-19 on August 28, 2021. 6. The Chief Secretary, Odisha also informed that COVID situation is under control and poll can be held. The Chief Secretary West Bengal informed that COVID-19 situation is fully under control. He also brought to the notice that the flood situation in the state has not affected the poll bound Assembly Constituencies and the State is fully geared up to hold the elections. He also cited that under Article 164(4) of the Constitution of India, a Minister who is not a member of the Legislature of the State for a period of six consecutive months shall at the expiration of that period cease to be a Minister and there will be a constitutional crisis and vacuum in the top executive posts in the Government unless elections are held immediately. He has also informed that in view of administrative exigencies and public interest and to avoid vacuum in the state, bye-elections for 159- Bhabanipur, Kolkata from where Ms. Mamata Banerjee, Chief Minister intends to contest elections may be conducted. 7. After taking into consideration the inputs and views of the Chief Secretaries of the concerned States and respective Chief Electoral Officers, while the Commission has decided not to hold bye-elections in other 31 Assembly Constituencies and 3 Parliamentary Constituencies and considering the constitutional exigency and special request from State of West Bengal, it has decided to hold bye-election in 159- Bhabanipur AC. Much stricter norms have been kept by the Commission as an abundant caution to safeguard from COVID-19 pandemic. The schedule for the bye-election is attached at Annexure-1. 8. Further, the Commission has also decided to hold polls in 3 Assembly Constituencies namely 56-Samserganj, 58- Jangipur of West Bengal and 1 Assembly Constituency 110-Pipli of Odisha where the adjourned poll was deferred vide Commission’s notification 4th May, 2021, as per the schedule given in Annexure- 2. Separate notifications are being issued in this regard. The candidates/political parties for these 3 ACs have already availed the campaign period from 29.04.2021 to 03.05.2021. In view of this, the Commission has now decided to allow the campaign from 20.09.2021 only in these constituencies. 9. ELECTORAL ROLL The published Electoral Rolls for the aforesaid Assembly Constituencies w.r.t 01.01.2021 will be used for these elections. 10. 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. 11. IDENTIFICATION OF VOTERS Electoral Photo Identity cards (EPIC) shall be the main document of identification of a voter. However, any of the below mentioned identification documents can also be shown at the polling station: i. Aadhar Card, ii. MNREGA Job Card, iii. Passbooks with photograph issued by Bank/Post Office, iv. Health Insurance Smart Card issued under the scheme of Ministry of Labour, v. Driving License, vi. PAN Card, vii. Smart Card issued by RGI under NPR, viii. Indian Passport, ix. Pension document with photograph, x. Service Identity Cards with photograph issued to employees by Central/State Govt./PSUs/Public Limited Companies, and xi. Official identity cards issued to MPs/MLAs/MLCs. 12. MODEL CODE OF CONDUCT The Model code of conduct shall come into force with immediate effect from 04.09.2021 onwards in the district(s) in which the whole or any part of the Assembly constituency going for election is included, subject to partial modification as issued vide Commission’ s instruction No. 437/6/1NST/2016-CCS, dated 29th June, 2017 (available on the commission's website). 13. BROAD GUIDELINES TO BE FOLLOWED DURING THE CONDUCT OF BYE-ELECTIONS /ADJOURNED POLL DURING the period of COVID-19 The Commission has issued broad guidelines on 21st August, 2020. Also, it has issued further guidelines on 09.10.2020, 09.04.2021,16.04.2021, 21.04.2021, 22.04.2021, 23.04.2021 and 28.04.2021 available on Commission’s website eci.gov.in or link https://eci.gov.in/candidate-political-parties/instructions-on-covid-19/. Also, vide letter No.40-3/2020-DM-I(A) dated 28th August, 2021, instructions for implementation of targeted and prompt actions for COVID management has been extended by MHA up to 30th September, 2021. After taking inputs from the political parties/Chief Electoral Officers and keeping the extant instructions of MHA/MoHFW in view, the Commission has further strengthened these guidelines. Further, the Commission’s all instructions relating to conduct of General Election in West Bengal during the COVID-19 period shall also be mutatis mutandis applicable for these bye-elections/adjourned poll. All stake holders shall abide by these instructions. State Government concerned shall take all appropriate actions/measures in compliance to these instructions as follows. 1 Nomination During Pre and post nomination procession, public meeting prohibited / Only three vehicles permitted within a periphery of 100 meters of RO's office. No procession for nomination shall be permitted. 2 Campaign period (a) Meeting for (i) Indoor 30% of allowed capacity or 200 persons, whichever is less. A register will be maintained to count the number of people attending the meeting. (ii) Outdoor With 50% of capacity (as per Covid-19 guidelines) or 1000 in the case of Star Campaigners and 50% of the capacity or 500 in all other cases. In either case, the allowed number is whichever is less. The entire area will be cordoned off and will be guarded by the police. The count of people entering the ground will be monitored. Expenditure for the cordoning/barricading will be borne by the candidate/party. Only those grounds which are cordoned/barricaded completely will be used for rallies. (b) Star Campaigners Number of Star Campaigners restricted to 20 for these bye-elections for National /State recognized parties and 10 for un- recognized registered parties in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. (c) Road show No Roadshow shall be allowed and No Motor/Bike/Cycle rallies to be allowed (d) Street corner meeting Maximum 50 persons shall be allowed (Subject to availability of space and compliance to COVID-19 guidelines.) (e) Door to door campaign Door to door campaign with 5 persons including candidates/their representatives. (f) Campaign through video van Not more than 50 audiences shall be allowed in one cluster point subject to availability of space and compliance to covid guidelines. (g) Use of vehicles for campaign Total vehicles allowed for a candidate/political party (excluding Star Campaigner):- 20 Maximum no. of persons allowed per vehicle 50% of the capacity. 3 Silence period The silence period is 72 hours before the end of poll. 4 Poll day activities 1. Maximum 2 vehicles with 3 persons each shall be allowed. Security as per the applicable extant guidelines. 2. Poll day activity on polling station as per ECI guidelines. 5 Counting day DEOs to take appropriate measures to prevent crowding. Social distancing and other COVID safety protocols to be strictly adhered to at all the times during counting. 6. All such activities will be strictly complied as per the Covid-19 guidelines issued by competent authorities. Social distancing and use of mask, sanitizers, thermal scanning, face shield, hand gloves, etc., as per COVID-19 protocol, have to be complied with. SDMA is responsible for all preventive and mitigation measures to ensure adherence to COVID protocol. Chief Secretary and DG and district level authorities will be responsible for monitoring, supervision and compliance of covid-19 guidelines. 7. If a candidate or political party violates any of the above guidelines, no more permission shall be given to the concerned candidate/party for rallies, meetings etc. If any star campaigner violates the COVID protocols, he shall not be allowed to campaign further in that constituency/district. 8. All polling personnel and election officials including the private persons engaged in the election duty shall be double vaccinated before taking their services. 9. Candidate/election agent/polling agent counting agent/driver etc. whoever is coming in contact with the public or election officials have to be double vaccinated. 10. One health worker to be appointed as COVID nodal officer for each Polling Station. 11. CS/DG and concerned DMs/SPs shall take enough preventive measures and make necessary arrangements to ensure that no poll related violence occurs during pre and post poll. 12. In the light of advisory issued by the Health Ministry of GoI, ECI will keep a close watch on the evolving situation and may further tighten the guidelines for the upcoming elections. Annexure -1 Schedule for bye-election in 159- Bhabanipur AC in West Bengal Poll Events Date and Day Date of Issue of Gazette Notification 06.09.2021, Monday Last Date of Nominations 13.09.2021, Monday Date for Scrutiny of Nominations 14.09.2021, Tuesday Last Date for Withdrawal of candidatures 16.09.2021, Thursday Date of Poll 30.09.2021, Thursday Date of Counting 03.10.2021, Sunday Date before which election shall be completed 05.10.2021, Tuesday Annexure-2 Schedule for polls in 56-Samserganj & 58- Jangipur Assembly Constituencies in West Bengal and 110-Pipli AC in Odisha where the adjourned polls were deferred Poll Events Date and Day Date of Poll 30.09.2021, Thursday Date of Counting 03.10.2021, Sunday Date before which election shall be completed 05.10.2021, Tuesday
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    No.485/IT/Security Product/PGRS Dated: 22nd September, 2021 Notice Kindly refer to the "Request for Proposal for security products" published on Commission's website, vide Commission's letter of even number dated 1st September, 2021. The Commission has received a number of requests from companies to extend the date for submission of documents from 22nd September, 2021 at 03:30 PM. Based on these requests the Commission has decided to extend the date for submission of bid documents by the companies for one week i.e. till 29th September, 2021 at 02:30 PM.All other terms and conditions remain unchanged.
  6. From the album: Hindi Diwas - 2021

    CEC Sh. Sushil Chandra & ECs Sh. Rajiv Kumar and Sh. Anup Chandra Pandey released ECI publication Rajbhasha Smaarika on Hindi Diwas today on September 14, 2021 and awarded prize winning entries to various competitions held.
  7. From the album: Hindi Diwas - 2021

    CEC Sh. Sushil Chandra & ECs Sh. Rajiv Kumar and Sh. Anup Chandra Pandey released ECI publication Rajbhasha Smaarika on Hindi Diwas today on September 14, 2021 and awarded prize winning entries to various competitions held.
  8. From the album: Hindi Diwas - 2021

    CEC Sh. Sushil Chandra & ECs Sh. Rajiv Kumar and Sh. Anup Chandra Pandey released ECI publication Rajbhasha Smaarika on Hindi Diwas today on September 14, 2021 and awarded prize winning entries to various competitions held.
  9. From the album: Hindi Diwas - 2021

    CEC Sh. Sushil Chandra & ECs Sh. Rajiv Kumar and Sh. Anup Chandra Pandey released ECI publication Rajbhasha Smaarika on Hindi Diwas today on September 14, 2021 and awarded prize winning entries to various competitions held.
  10. From the album: Hindi Diwas - 2021

    CEC Sh. Sushil Chandra & ECs Sh. Rajiv Kumar and Sh. Anup Chandra Pandey released ECI publication Rajbhasha Smaarika on Hindi Diwas today on September 14, 2021 and awarded prize winning entries to various competitions held.
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    LISTS OF DEPLOYED GENERAL AND POLICE OBSERVERS IN ENSUING BYE ELECTION/POLL IN WEST BENGAL AND ODISHA
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    No. ECI/PN/76/2021 August 26, 2021 PRESS NOTE ECI organizes two-day SVEEP Consultation Workshop A new initiative of personalised ‘Letter to New Voters’ unveiled; compilation of lyrics of SVEEP songs also released SVEEP teams to ensure voter centric messaging; ease of enrolment and polling to be ensured: CEC Shri Sushil Chandra The Election Commission of India organized a two-day SVEEP (Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation) Consultation Workshop on August 25-26, 2021. The agenda of the workshop was to review State SVEEP Plans & conduct extensive deliberations on the important aspects of SVEEP for a comprehensive strategy for the forthcoming elections. Addressing the participants, Chief Election Commissioner, Shri Sushil Chandra, observed that each voter interacts with the election machinery at two critical stages namely during enrollment and poll day and the two experiences must be very pleasant ones. He stressed that the field teams should ensure that the enrolment process is seamless and polling experience remains hassle free for the voters. He added that it is imperative that we evaluate our strategy & current interventions at regular intervals; identify critical gaps and address the challenges to devise deliverable action points. He emphasised that implementation of the strategy at the ground level is important. Shri Chandra stressed on the need for a 360-degree SVEEP - Communication Strategy to ensure that voters have access to all election related information and our SVEEP strategy must be voter centric and booth centric. Shri Sushil Chandra along with Election Commissioner Shri Rajiv Kumar unveiled a new initiative to reach out to new voters through a personalized letter from the Commission when sending out their Voter ID Cards. The package would include a Voter Guide for new voters along with a congratulatory letter and a pledge for ethical voting. Election Commissioner Shri Rajiv Kumar said that the need for communication is self-evident in today’s world. He highlighted the role of social media and the new mediums of communication in outreach efforts. Shri Kumar elaborated on the importance of content strategy and distribution channels as part of the holistic communication plan. He said partnering with district level local icons would help strengthen our messaging with our voters. Election Commissioner Shri Anup Chandra Pandey, while interacting with the teams on the previous day highlighted the importance of synergy between the use of social media & traditional forms of communication in the SVEEP strategy. Shri Pandey said that the state teams should further conduct similar workshops and deliberations with District Electoral Officers and their teams in respective states. Secretary General, Shri Umesh Sinha during his welcome address said that the consultation workshop would help revisit the fundamentals of SVEEP Programme & take a fresh look at different interventions and approach. He added that SVEEP is a 360-degree communication plan with the objective to reach each and every voter. The Commission also launched the latest issue of the ‘My Vote Matters- a Quarterly magazine of the Commission; a document on Online Activities for Electoral Literacy Clubs and a song booklet with a compilation of lyrics of motivational SVEEP songs . The two-day consultation workshop was attended by Chief Electoral Officers and SVEEP Nodal Officers from Goa, Punjab, Manipur, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. To further enrich the idea & knowledge exchange, Senior officers from the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting were also invited for this consultation workshop. The workshop was also attended by Senior DECs, DECs, DGs, CEO Delhi and senior officials from the Election Commission. As part of the consultation workshop, brainstorming sessions were held on broad themes including Critical Gaps Analysis & Targeted Interventions (Gender, Youth & Service Electors); Persons with Disabilities & Senior Citizens; Mainstreaming of Electoral Literacy & Revitalizing ELCs, Chunav Pathshala & Voter Awareness Forums; Utilizing Media & Social Media to amplify SVEEP Outreach; Leveraging Collaborations & Partnerships and Preparation of Booth, AC, District wise SVEEP Plan with special focus on Low Voter Turnout areas. Based on the inputs of the thematic discussions, CEOs presented their State specific SVEEP Plans for the forthcoming elections. Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation program is the flagship program of the Election Commission of India for voter education & awareness, spreading voter awareness and promoting voter literacy in India. SVEEP’s primary goal is to build an inclusive & participative democracy by encouraging all eligible citizens to vote and make an informed decision & ethical choice.
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    No. 590/IIIDEM/Academic Affairs/ Centre Head/2020 Dated 15.09.2021 Office Memorandum Subject: - Recruitment against 06 (six) posts in Academic discipline on Deputation/Contract basis. Reference advertisement for the following posts in the Employment News 24th – 30th July, 2021 and 5 National Dailies on 20th July, 2021. Sl. No. Name of the Post No. of Posts Equivalent rank under the UGC Guidelines Scale of Pay 1. Dean-School of Election Management and Technology 1 Professor Level 14 Rs.1,44,200- 2,18,200 2. Faculty/ Assistant Professor General Management 1 Assistant Professor Level 12 Rs. 79,800- 2,11,500 3. Faculty/ Assistant Professor Election Management 1 Assistant Professor Level 12 Rs. 79,800- 2,11,500 4. Dean – School of Electoral Law 1 Professor Level 14 Rs.1,44,200- 2,18,200 5. Faculty/ Assistant Professor Electoral Law 1 Assistant Professor Level 12 Rs. 79,800- 2,11,500 6. Head- Research and Innovation 1 Associate Professor Level 13 A Rs. 1,31,400- 2,17,100 2. For details of advertisement including educational qualifications, age and eligibility criteria etc and also previous advertisement wherein eligibility was restricted to appointment on deputation basis, please visit the website of the Commission www.eci.gov.in under the link -https://eci.gov.in/files/file/13619-office-memorandum-regarding-filling-up-of-various-posts-in-academic-discipline-in-iiidem-proposal-for-composite-method-of-selection-regarding/ 3. The last date for receipt of applications is hereby extended from 31.08.2021 to 29.10.2021. All other terms and conditions remain unchanged.
  14. CEC Shri Sushil Chandra addressing students and faculty of IIT Madras in their new webinar series titled Voices of the State on 16th September 2021.
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    EVM Credibility: Technological and Administrative safeguards This is the latest updated Presentation on ‘EVM Technological and Administrative safeguards’ and is currently under print.
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    No. ECI/PN/80/2021 Dated: 09th September, 2021 PRESS NOTE Subject: Bye Election to the Bihar Legislative Council by the members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) – reg. There is a casual vacancy in the Bihar Legislative Council to be filled up by the members of Legislative Assembly. The details of the vacancy are as follows: S.No. Name of Member Nature of election Date & Cause of vacancy Term upto 1. Sh. Tanveer Akhtar By MLAs Death on 09.05.2021 21.07.2022 2. The Commission has decided to hold a bye-election to the Bihar Legislative Council by the members of the Legislative Assembly to fill the above mentioned vacancy as per the following schedule: S. No. Events Dates 1. Issue of Notification 15th September, 2021 (Wednesday) 2. Last Date of making nominations 22nd September, 2021 (Wednesday) 3. Scrutiny of nominations 23rd September, 2021 (Thursday) 4. Last date for withdrawal of candidatures 27th September, 2021 (Monday) 5. Date of Poll 04th October, 2021 (Monday) 6. Hours of Poll 09:00am – 04:00pm 7. Counting of Votes 04th October, 2021 (Monday) at 05:00pm 8. Date before which election shall be completed 06th October, 2021 (Wednesday) 3. Broad Guidelines of Covid-19 as already issued by ECI as well as the recent guidelines issued by ECI as contained in para 13 of Press Note dated 04.09.2021 available at link https://eci.gov.in/files/file/13681-schedule-to-fill-casual-vacancy-and-adjourned-poll-in-the-assembly-constituencies-regarding/ to be followed, wherever applicable, during entire election process for all persons. 4. The Chief Secretary, Bihar is being directed to depute a senior officer from the State to ensure that the extant instructions regarding COVID-19 containment measures are complied with while making arrangements for conducting the election.
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    No. ECI/PN/78/2021 Dated: 09th September 2021 PRESS NOTE Sub: Biennial Election to the Council of States from Union Territory of Puducherry to fill the seat of a member retiring on 06.10.2021-reg. The term of office of 01 member of the Council of States elected from Union Territory of Puducherry is due to expire on his retirement in October, 2021 as detailed below: Name of Union Territory Name of Member Date of Retirement Puducherry Sh. N. Gokulakrishnan 06.10.2021 Sl. No. Events Dates & Days Issue of Notifications 15th September, 2021 (Wednesday) Last date of making nominations 22nd September, 2021 (Wednesday) Scrutiny of nominations 23rd September, 2021 (Thursday) Last date for withdrawal of candidatures 27th September, 2021 (Monday) Date of Poll 04th October, 2021 (Monday) Hours of Poll 09:00am – 04:00pm Counting of Votes 04th October, 2021 (Monday) at 05:00 pm Date before which election shall be completed 06th October, 2021 (Wednesday) 2. The Commission has decided to hold biennial election to the Council of States from Union Territory of Puducherry to fill up the above said vacancy in accordance with the following Schedule: - 3. Broad Guidelines of Covid-19 as already issued by ECI as well as the recent guidelines issued by ECI as contained in para 13 of Press Note dated 04.09.2021 available at link https://eci.gov.in/files/file/13681-schedule-to-fill-casual-vacancy-and-adjourned-poll-in-the-assembly-constituencies-regarding/ to be followed, wherever applicable, during entire election process for all persons. 4. The Chief Secretary, Government of Puducherry is being directed to depute a senior officer from the Union Territory to ensure that the extant instructions regarding COVID-19 containment measures are complied with while making arrangements for conducting the said biennial election.
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    Guidelines in relation to campaigns etc. during the Covid-19 pandemic- reg.
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    Reiterating Guidelines for strict observance of Covid Protocols during election rallies, meetings, campaigning, etc -regarding
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    Election Commission has issued several guidelines/instructions/Orders for campaigning during general election/bye election in wake of COVID-19 pandemic in the country, which may be seen at the Commission's website https://eci.gov.in and the direct path is https://eci.gov.in/candidate-political-parties/instructions-on-covid-19/ The Commission has desired to seek the views of the Political Parties on the above referred guidelines/instructions/Orders.
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    Elections to fill casual vacancy and adjourned poll in the Assembly Constituencies of Odisha and West Bengal– Release of funds under MPs’/MLAs’ Local Area Development Scheme
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    Elections to fill casual vacancy and adjourned poll in the Assembly Constituencies of Odisha and West Bengal– Instructions on enforcement of Model Code of Conduct.
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    No. ECI/PN/72/2021 Dated: 28th July, 2021 ECI holds a review meeting with CEOs of five states The Election Commission of India held a review meeting on advance planning for forthcoming elections with the Chief Electoral Officers of the five states namely Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh, today at Nirvachan Sadan. The preliminary meeting held was focussed on various thematic issues including Assured Minimum Facilities (AMF) at the polling stations, ease of registration arrangements for voter facilitation, electoral roll, timely resolution of grievances, arrangements of EVMs/VVPATs, postal ballot facility for senior citizens (80+) and PwDs, COVID Mitigation plan, training of polling staff and extensive voter outreach amongst others. Chief Election Commissioner Shri Sushil Chandra in his address said that transparency and impartiality are the hallmark of the election process. He added that issues & challenges may be different in each state, but election planning needs to have a voter-centric approach and participative decision making involving all stakeholders. During his address, CEC Shri Sushil Chandra stressed on the significance of the purity of the electoral roll and asked the CEOs for expeditious redressal of all pending applications with regard to voter registration. He also emphasized on the need for rationalization of polling stations keeping in view the COVID 19 pandemic and reiterated the need to have basic facilities & infrastructure in all polling stations. Adding further, Shri Chandra mentioned that all logistical challenges in implementation of postal ballot facility to senior citizens (80+) and persons with disabilities need to be identified & resolved for its smooth & transparent implementation during the elections. CEC Shri Sushil Chandra while interacting with the CEOs said that states should learn and adopt innovations and best practices in election management from the poll gone states or other States/UTs. Election Commissioner Shri Anup Chandra Pandey while interacting with the CEOs emphasized that periodic & comprehensive monitoring on each aspect of election should be done by all the poll going CEOs. He highlighted the need to activate the ground level election machinery in the five states to start the preparations for the forthcoming elections. He mentioned that CEOs should focus on filling up infrastructure gaps & logistics requirement, updation & purification of electoral rolls and an extensive voter education & empowerment outreach program. Secretary General Shri Umesh Sinha in his welcome address said that election planning is critical for election management and every election needs comprehensive and timely preparation. He added that this pre-planning meeting was organized for the states to seek the guidance of the commission in ensuring proper arrangements and further preparations for the upcoming elections in the five states. The Chief Electoral Officers from the five states gave a detailed presentation on various aspect of conduct of election including health of electoral roll, availability of budget, manpower resources, SVEEP, planning, polling station arrangements and IT applications, etc. The meeting was also attended by all Senior Deputy Election Commissioner, Deputy Election Commissioner’s & other senior officials from the Election Commission of India.

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