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    Qualifications & Disqualifications for contesting elections to Parliament and State Legislature (except J & K), and documents and other requirements at the time of filing of nomination papers
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    Presidential Election, 2017 - Forms Form - Intention to vote for MP-to vote at State Capital Form-A - Intention to vote for MLA- to vote at Parliament Form-B - Intention to vote for MLA-to vote at other State Capital
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    Modification in Forms (Claims and Objections) in respect of registration of electors - regarding. Bilingual
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    The Conduct of Elections (Amendment) Rules, 2017 - Amendment in Nomination Forms 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 2E and Affidavit in Form 26-reg.
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    The Conduct of Elections (Amendment) Rules, 2017- Amendment in Nomination Forms 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 2E and Affidavit in Form 26 – reg. (Bilingual)
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    The Conduct of Elections (Amendment) rules, 2017 - amendment in Nomination forms 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 2e and Affidavit in Form 26 - reg.
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    Receiving of nomination forms – holidays regarding. (Bilingual)
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    The Conduct of Elections (Amendment) Rules, 2016 - Amendment of Nomination forms 2A to 2H appended to the conduct of Elections rules, 1961 - regarding. (Bilingual)
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    Statutory - Non Statutory Forms - regarding. (Bilingual)
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    The Conduct of Elections (Amendment) Rules, 2017 - Amendment in Nomination Forms 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 2E and Affidavit in Form 26-reg
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    The Conduct of Elections (Amendment) Rules, 2017- Amendment in Nomination Forms 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 2E and Affidavit in Form 26 – reg. (Bilingual)
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    NOTICE INVITING TENDER Sealed bids are invited by, from authorized dealers for supply of Enterprise Infrastructure components at the Office of the Election Commission of India, Nirvachan Sadan, Ashok Road, New Delhi-110001. Interested bidders are requested to submit their bids along with the specified documents which shall be received till 21.12.2018 up to 2:00 PM. The Quotation may be sent by Speed Post / Registered Post / Courier Services / in person in sealed cover addressed to “The Secretary (ICT), Election Commission of India, Nirvachan Sadan, Ashok Road, New Delhi-110001”. Quotation received after the closing date & time shall not be entertained. The Election Commission of India shall not be responsible for any postal delay. Tender NO. No.485/Comp/SMS/NIC/2018 Tender Forms Available at website https://eci.gov.in/tender/ Date and time of issue/publishing 28.11.2018 Document Download start date & time 28.11.2018 Bid Submission start date & time 28.11.2018 Bid Submission last date & time 21.12.2018 at 2:00 PM Date & Time of opening of technical bid 21.12.2018 by 2:30 PM Place of opening of technical bid Election Commission of India Date of opening of financial bid To be intimated later Cost of tender document Free EMD Rs.4,00,000/- Annual turnover Rs.7 Crore Bank Guarantee 5% of the value of total contract is furnished by successful bidder on award of contract. This may be in form of Bank Draft/Cheque of any Nationalized bank. Type of Bid Two Bid System 2. Scope of Work, Eligibility and qualification criteria and terms and conditions of the contract is available in Annexure A to F. 3. The eligible bidders may download Bid document from our website https://eci.gov.in/files/category/13-tender/. Bidders shall have to deposit Rs.4,00,000/- (Rupees four lakh only) as EMD in the form of Demand Draft in the name of PAO, Election Commission of India on or before bid submission closing date and time and submit before the Section Officer, ICT Division, Election Commission of India, Room no. 509, 5th Floor, Nirvachan Sadan, Ashoka Road, New Delhi -110001. 4. The rates quoted should be NET (exclusive of taxes) and no discount free service/ offers should be there in the rates, failing which tender will be rejected. 5. The Election Commission of India reserves the right to accept or reject any or all the tenders or amend/withdraw any of the terms and conditions contained in the Tender Document, without assigning any reason.
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    Handbook for ERO and AERO Certification, April 2018 ( Vol I / Vol II) Table of Contents Message – Chief Elecon Commissioner of India ........................................................ i Message – Elecon Commissioner of India ............................................ ii Message – Elecon Commissioner of India ........................................... iii Foreword ................................................................................................. iv Glossary of The Terms Used ................................................................. 1. Electoral Rolls: Constuonal & Legal Provisions.................................... 1.1 Introducon............................................................................................. 1.2 Fundamentals of Electoral Rolls: ........................................................ 1.3 Maintenance of Electoral Rolls............................................................ 2. Procedure for electoral Registraon ...................................................... 2.1 Electoral officers and Support Staff - Roles and Responsibilies ....... 2.2 Processing of Electoral Forms ........................................................... 3. Demarcaon and Raonalizaon of Polling Staons................................... 3.1 Polling staons ...................................................................................... 3.2 PS Raonalizaon .................................................................................... 3.3 Shiing of PS To New Building .............................................................. 4. Health of Electoral Roll ........... ............................................................... 4.1 Introducon ............................................................................................. 4.2 Projecon of census data ....................................................................... 4.3 Removal of names of dead electors: .................................................. 4.4 Improvement in quality of photograph: ................................................ 4.5 Electors Photo Identy Card .................................................................... 5. Revision of Electoral Rolls........................................................................ 5.1 Types of Revision ..................................................................................... 5.2 Process of Revision .................................................................................. 5.3 Preparaon of various Formats – ............................................................. 5.4 Preparaon of ERs During Revisions ........................................................ ANNEXURE - 1 ................................................................................................ ANNEXURE - 2 ................................................................................................. ANNEXURE - 3 ................................................................................................. ANNEXURE - 4 ................................................................................................. 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    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. [1] 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. [2] (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. [3] (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) [4]
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    Forms to be submitted by Political Parties for sponsoring candidates as set up by them. Form AA & Form BB-For Rajya Sabha and State Legislative Council elections
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    Forms to be submitted by Political Parties for sponsoring candidates as set up by them. Form A & Form B-For Lok Sabha and State Legislative Council elections
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    Service Electors

    Q.1 Who is a service voter ? Ans. Service voter is a voter having service qualification. According to the provisions of sub – section (8) of Section 20 of Representation of People Act, 1950, service qualification means – (a) Being a member of the armed Forces of the Union ; or (b) Being a member of a force to which provisions of the Army Act, 1950 (46 of 1950), have been made applicable whether with or without modification ; (c) Being a member of an Armed Police Force of a State, and serving outside that state; or (d) Being a person who is employed under the Government of India, in a post outside India. Q. 2 What is the relevant date for revision of electoral roll ? Ans. The relevant date for revision of electoral roll is 1st January of the year in which the roll is finally published. Q. 3 How is a service voter different from an ordinary elector? Ans. While an ordinary elector is registered in the electoral roll of the constituency in which his place of ordinary residence is located, person having service qualification can get enrolled as ‘service voter’ at his native place even though he actually may be residing at a different place (of posting). He has, however, an option to get himself enrolled as general elector at the place of his posting where he factually, at the point of time, is residing ordinarily with his family for a sufficient span of time. Q.4 What are the application Forms in which various categories of service voters have to apply for enrollment as elector ? Ans. Following are the application Forms in which various categories of service voters are to make application for enrollment as service voter : - Members of Armed Forces – Form 2 Members of Armed Police Force of a State, serving outside that State – Form 2 A Persons employed under Government of India on post outside India – Form 3 However, if a service personnel has opted to get himself enrolled as general elector at place of his posting, where he is actually residing, he will have to apply in Form 6 like other general electors. Q.5 Are members of all Armed Forces / Para Military Forces eligible to be enrolled as service voters? Ans. As per the existing arrangements, members of Indian Army, Navy and Air Force and personnel of General Reserve Engineer Force (Border Road Organization), Border Security Force, Indo Tibetan Border Police, Assam Rifles, National Security Guards, Central Reserve Police Force, Central Industrial Security Force and Sashastra Seema Bal are eligible to be registered as service voters. Q.6 From where Form 2 / 2 A / 3 can be obtained? Ans. It can be downloaded from the website of Election Commission of India. Q.7 What is the process of enrollment of a service personnel as a service voter ? Ans. Election Commission orders revision / updation of rolls for service voters twice in a year. The Commission sends a communication to Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of External Affairs intimating them of the commencement of revision programme. As soon as the programme is announced, persons having service qualification can fill up the application in statutory Form 2 / 2A / 3, in duplicate, and handover to the officer in-charge of record office or the nodal authority in Ministry of External Affairs (in case of persons employed under Government of India on a post outside India). The person applying in Form 2 / 2A has also to submit a declaration in a prescribed format to the effect that he did not get enrolled as general elector in any constituency. The declaration need not be in duplicate. The officer in-charge / nodal authority will check the Form and declaration and ensure that the Form is complete in all respects and particulars filled by the applicant therein are correct. The officer in-charge, will then, sign the verification certificate provided in the Form itself and forward the same to the Chief Electoral Officer of the State concerned. The Chief Electoral Officer sends the Form to respective District Election Officer who will then send it to the Electoral Registration Officer of the constituency. The Electoral Registration Officer will process the Form. Q.8 Is wife or son/daughter of a service voter also enrolled as a service voter ? Ans. The wife of a service voter shall, if she is ordinarily residing with him, be also deemed to be a service voter in the constituency specified by that person. The service voter has to make a statement to the effect in the relevant Form 2/2A/3 that his wife ordinarily resides with him. The wife will be enrolled as a service voter on the basis of declaration made by her husband in the application form itself submitted by him and no separate declaration / application is required to be made by the wife. A son / daughter / relative / servant etc. residing ordinarily with a service voter cannot be enrolled as service voter. Q.9 Is facility of enrollment as a service voter available to the husband of a female service voter ? Ans. Under the existing law, this facility is available only to the wife of a male service voter and is not available to the husband of a female service voter. Q.10 Can one be enrolled simultaneously as a service voter at his native place as well as a general voter at the place of posting ? Ans. No. A person, at a particular time, cannot be enrolled as a voter at more than one place in view of the provisions contained under Sections 17 and 18 of Representation of People Act, 1950. Likewise, no person can be enrolled as an elector more than once in any electoral roll. As explained above, a service voter has option either to get himself registered as service voter at his native place or as general elector at the place of posting. When a person applies for registration as a service voter in Form 2 / 2A, he has to submit a declaration in a prescribed format to the effect that he did not get enrolled as ordinary general elector in any constituency. Q.11 Who is a Classified Service Voter? Ans. Service voter belonging to Armed Forces or forces to which provisions of Army Act, 1950 are applicable, has 0ption of either voting through postal ballot or through a proxy voter duly appointed by him. A service voter who opts for voting through a proxy is called Classified Service Voter (CSV). Q.12 Who is a ‘ proxy ’ ? Ans. A service voter may appoint (by applying to Returning Officer in Form 13 F of Conduct of Elections Rules, 1961 – Form available at the website of Election Commission) any person as his / her proxy to give vote on his / her behalf and in his / her name at the polling station. The proxy shall have to be ordinary resident of that constituency. He need not be a registered voter but he / she must not be disqualified to be registered as a voter. Q.13 What is the procedure of appointment of a ‘proxy’ ? Ans. A ‘proxy’ can be appointed in the following two ways :- If a service voter is at the place of his posting, he has to put his signature in Form 13F before the Commanding Officer of the Unit and then to send the Form to his proxy for affixing his / her signature before a Notary / First Class Magistrate. Thereafter, the proxy can submit the Form to the Returning Officer concerned. If a service voter is at his native place, both he and his proxy can sign Form 13 F before a Notary / First Class Magistrate and then send to the Returning Officer concerned. Q. 14 For what period a proxy remains valid? Ans. The provision for voting through proxy is valid till the person making the appointment is a service voter. Once appointed, the proxy will continue until his appointment is revoked by the service voter. The facility of proxy voter can be revoked and the proxy can be changed at any time or for any number of times by the Classified Service Voter. Thus a Classified Service Voter can revoke and opt back for postal ballot route or even substitute the proxy by intimating the Returning Officer in Form 13 G of Conduct of Elections Rules, 1961 (Form available at the website of Election Commission). Revocation will become effective from the date it is received by the Returning Officer. Q.15 When should the application for appointment of a proxy be made? Ans. Application for appointment of a proxy should be received by the Returning Officer before the last date of filing of nomination papers. An application for appointment of a proxy received after the last date of filing nomination papers cannot be considered for the election in progress, though it will be valid for subsequent elections unless revoked / changed. Q.16 How does a ‘proxy’ record the vote on behalf of the service voter at the polling station ? Ans. The proxy can record the vote on behalf of the service voter at the polling station to which service voter is assigned, in the same manner as any other elector assigned to that polling station. The proxy will be entitled to vote on behalf of the service voter, in addition to the vote that he / she may cast in his / her own name if he/she is a registered elector in the constituency, at the polling station to which he / she has been normally assigned. Q .17 Can a Classified Service Voter be issued postal ballots by the Returning Officer ? Ans. A Classified Service Voter cannot be issued postal ballots but the appointed proxy shall physically come and vote at the polling station which covers the classified voter’s home address. Q. 18 What is the structure of list of service voters in the electoral roll ? Ans. While the list of classified service voter shall be maintained polling station wise, the list of other service voters is prepared separately for a constituency as a whole and all service voters registered therein shall be arranged at the end of electoral roll of a constituency as a separate last part. All service voters belonging to a constituency shall be listed together, irrespective of the place of residence, in this last part. These service voters do not have any specified polling station. The last part meant for service voters has three subparts – ‘A’ (For Armed Forces), ‘B’ (Armed Police Force of States serving outside the respective State) and ‘C’ (For persons employed under Government of India against a post outside India). Q.19 How many times the last part of electoral roll for service voters is updated in a year? Ans. The last part of electoral roll / list of service voters is updated twice and 2 supplements are brought out in a year. Q.20 In which language the last part of rolls is prepared for service voters ? Ans. The last part containing the list of service voter is prepared in English only. Q.21 Is a service voter issued Elector Photo Identity Card (EPIC) like ordinary electors? Ans. A service voter is not issued Elector Photo Identity Card (EPIC). Elector Photo Identity Card (EPIC) is a document of identity which an elector has to show at the polling station at the time of casting his vote. As service voters are issued postal ballots or votes through his ‘proxy’, they are not required to visit the polling stations personally and therefore Elector Photo Identity Cards (EPICs) is not issued to them. Q.22 Is a service voter required to apply for issue of a postal ballot paper? Ans. No; the Returning Officer will himself send a postal ballot paper to him through his record office (or direct or through the Ministry of External Affairs in the case of a service voter serving outside India).
  18. 1) What can be the maximum number of members of Rajya Sabha? Ans. 250 The maximum number of members of Rajya Sabha can be 250. Article 80 of the Constitution of India provides that 12 members are to be nominated by the President of India and not more than 238 representatives from the States to be elected by the elected members of the State Legislative Assemblies in accordance with the system of proportional representation by means of the single transferable vote. (Article 80 of the Constitution). 2) What is the present strength of Rajya Sabha? Ans. 245 Members. 12 are nominated and 233 are elected. 3) What is the life of Rajya Sabha? Ans.Rajya Sabha is a Permanent House and is not subject to dissolution as per Article 83 (1) of the Constitution of India. But as nearly as possible, one third of its members shall retire every 2nd year and an equal number of members are chosen to replace them. 4) Who elects the members of the Rajya Sabha? Ans.Elected members of the State Legislative Assemblies. Here the word ‘State’ includes Puducherry and National Capital Territory of Delhi also. Article 80(4) of Constitution of India provides that members of Rajya Sabha shall be elected by the elected members of State Legislative Assemblies through the system of proportional representation by means of the single transferable vote. 5) Who nominates the members of the Rajya Sabha? Ans. President of India The President of India nominates 12 members of Rajya Sabha as mentioned earlier. 6). Is there any special qualification for nominated members? Ans. Yes Article 80 (3) of the Constitution of India provides that the members to be nominated by the President to Rajya Sabha should have special knowledge or practical experience in matters like literature, science, art and social service. Article 84 (b) stipulates that a person shall be of not less than 30 (Thirty) years of age. 7). How many no. of Proposers are required to subscribe a Nomination in election to Council of States? Ans: - In the case of candidates set up by recognized parties, each nomination of a candidate for election to the Council of States or State Legislative Council shall be subscribed by at least ten per cent of the elected members of the Legislative Assembly concerned or ten members, whichever is less, as proposers. In case of other candidates, by ten elected members of the Legislative Assembly. 8). How many sets of nomination paper a candidate can file? Ans: - Four Under sub-section (6) of section 33 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, read with sub-section (2) g Section 39, a maximum of four nomination papers only, can be presented by or on behalf of any candidate or accepted for election in the same Constituency. 9). Who can present the nomination paper to the Returning Officer? Ans:- Nomination paper to be presented either by candidate or by any of his proposers. 10). What is the amount of security deposit for contesting Rajya Sabha election? Ans:Every candidate at an election to the Council of States or a State Legislative Council is required to make a deposit of Rs. 10,000/- (Section 34 read with section 39 (2) of the Representation of the People Act, 1951) as amended by the Representation of the People (Amendment) Act, 2009 (come into force from 1st February, 2010). The amount of deposit shall be Rs. 5,000/- only, if he/she is a member of a Scheduled Castes or Scheduled Tribes. 11). Whether an elected member of the Legislative Assembly/Union Territory is entitled to participate as an elector at an election to the Council of States or State Legislative Council, even before he has assumed his seat in the legislative assembly and has yet to make and subscribe the requisite oath or affirmation as a member of the assembly under the Constitution? Can Such members be proposers for nomination? Ans: Yes. This question arose in Pashupati Nath Sukul Vs Nem Chand Jain (AIR 1984 SC 399). The Supreme Court held that the members of the newly elected legislative assembly became members of that assembly as soon as the assembly was constituted by the Election Commission by its notification under Section 73 of the RP Act 1951, and such members could participate in all non-legislative activities, including the election to the Council of States, even before taking their seats in the assembly. This view was reaffirmed by the Supreme Court by its order of 6 January, 1997 [Madhukar Jetly Vs Union of India and Ors-1997(II)SCC III]. Such member can also act as proposers for nomination of candidates. 12). Whether the provisions of the Tenth Schedule to the Constitution relating to disqualifications on the ground of defection are applicable to open voting at elections to Council of States? Ans:No. The Supreme Court in its judgment dated 22 August 2006 in the matter of Kuldip Nayar Vs Union of India and Ors (AIR 2006 SC3127) observed that ‘The contention that the right of expression of the voter at an election for the Council of States is affected by open ballot in not tenable, as an elected MLA would not face any disqualification from the Membership of the House for voting in a particular manner. He may at the most attract action from the political party to which he belongs.’ 13). Whether an elected member of a state legislative assembly, whose election has been set aside by the High Court in an election petition, but in whose favour a conditional stay has been granted by the Supreme Court during the pendency of his appeal, permitting the member concerned to sign the assembly’s attendance register but not permitting him to take part in the proceedings of the House, can vote at the elections to the Council of States or the State Legislative Council? Ans: No. The Supreme Court clarified their order of 27 October 1967 (Satyanarayana Mitra Vs Bireswar Ghose Appeal No. 1408 (NCE) of 1967) that the member concerned should not be allowed to participate in the election to the Council of States. Thereafter as a rule, no such member of any State Legislative Assembly has been permitted to either propose the name of any candidate or to vote at any election to the Council of States or State Legislative Council. 14) Whether an elected member of a state legislative assembly, whose election has been set aside by High Court on an election petition, but the Supreme Court grants an absolute stay of the High Court’s order, can vote at the elections to the Council of States or State Legislative Council? Ans:Yes. In such case the order of the High Court shall be deemed never to have taken effect under Section 116B(3) of the RP Act, 1951, and the member concerned shall continue to enjoy all rights and privileges of a member of the legislative assembly without any fetters, including his right to participate in election to the Council of States or State Legislative Council. 15) If a biennial election is not held in due time due to non-existence of the state legislative assembly concerned at the relevant time and the resultant vacancies remain unfilled for a long time during which some other regular vacancies also arise, can the vacancies so arising be combined for a common election or the vacancies arising on each separate occasion (categories) have to be filled by separate elections, even if a common time table for such elections is adopted on the constitution of the assembly concerned? Ans: The regular vacancies that arose from different categories/cycles (determined at the time of initial constitution of the Councils) cannot be combined and vacancies arising on separate occasion have to be filled by separate elections, even if a common time table for such elections is adopted. [Surinder Pal Ratawal Vs Shamim Ahmed AIR 1985 Del 22 & A K Walia Vs Union of India and Ors Civil Writ No. 132 of 1994 before Delhi High Court]. 16) Can the oath or affirmation be made and subscribed on the day of scrutiny of nomination papers at that election. Ans:- No, The oath or affirmation should be made and subscribed before the date fixed by the Election Commission for scrutiny of nomination papers at that election. The decisions of the Supreme Court in PasupatiNathsingh vs. Harihar Prasad Singh (A.I.R. 1968 S.C.- 1064) and Khadar Khan Hussain Khan and other vs. Nijalingapppa [(1970) (1) S.C.A-548] have clarified the position and removed all doubts in regard to actual making and subscribing the oath or affirmation. According to these judgments, the oath or affirmation can be made and subscribed by a candidate only after his nomination paper is delivered and it cannot be so made and subscribed on the date of scrutiny. It has to be made before the date fixed for scrutiny. 17) Whether same proposer can propose the nomination of more than one candidate? Ans:Yes. There is no bar under the law against an elector proposing the nomination of more than one candidate. Thus, an elector subscribing as proposer for the nomination of one candidate may so subscribe the nominations of one or more other candidates also (Amolak Chand Vs Raghuveer Singh AIR 1968 SC 1203). Even a candidate himself may propose the nomination of another candidate for the same election. 18) Who can present the nomination paper of a candidate? Ans: A nomination paper shall be presented to the returning officer or the authorised assistant returning officer either by the candidate himself in person or by any of his proposers [s 33(1) read with Section 39(2), 1951 Act]. It cannot be presented by any other person, even if authorised in writing by the candidate or the proposer. 19) Whether nomination paper can be sent by post or through any other means of communication, like fax or e-mail? Ans: No. Nomination cannot be sent by post or through any other means of communication, like fax or e-mail [see Hari Vishnu Kamath Vs Gopal Swarup Pathak 48 ELR 1] 20) Whether the notice of withdrawal of candidature can be revoked? Ans: No. Once a candidate has given notice of withdrawal of candidature in the prescribed manner, he has no option or discretion thereafter to withdraw or cancel his said notice [s 37(2) read with Section 39(2) of RP Act 1951]. 21) How many affidavits, a candidate has to file with his nomination papers? Ans. Two affidavits one in Form 26 and additional affidavit as per the form prescribed by the Commission vide its Order No. 509/11/2004-JS.I dated 03.02.2016, regarding dues against Government accommodation. 22) Whether the nomination paper is valid, if any of the columns of Affidavit (Form-26) is left unfilled? Ans:The Hon’ble Supreme Court in its judgment dated 13/9/2013 in WP(C) No. 121 of 2008 (Resurgence India Vs. Election Commission of India and Ors) has held that in the affidavits filed by candidates along with their nomination paper, the candidates are required to fill up all columns therein and no column can be left blank. Therefore, at the time of filing of affidavit, RO has to check whether all columns of the affidavit filed with the nomination paper are filled up. If not, the RO shall give a notice to the candidate to submit a fresh affidavit with all columns duly filled in. The Hon’ble Court has held that if there is no information to be furnished against any item, appropriate remarks such as ‘NIL’ or ‘Not Applicable’ etc as may be applicable shall be indicated in such column. They should not leave any column blank. If a candidate fails to fill the blanks even after notice from R.O., the nomination paper will be liable to be rejected by the RO at the time of scrutiny of nomination papers. 23) Whether nomination paper of any candidate can be rejected if the information given therein is incorrect? Ans: No, giving wrong information in nomination form is not the criterion for rejection of nomination papers. The Returning Officer can reject the nomination papers as per the provisions contained in Section 36 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951. 24) Then what is the penalty a candidate faces for filing a wrong affidavit? Ans: If a candidate files false declaration or conceals information in affidavit in FORM 26, then he is punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months, or with fine, or with both under Section 26 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951. In this case as per the Commission’s instruction dated 26.04.2014, the complainant can move before appropriate Court of Law for action under Section 125A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 directly. 25) What is the outer time limit for filing the various documents required to be filed in connection with nomination paper? Ans: (a) The affidavit in Form 26, the additional affidavit and Forms AA & BB have to be filed latest by 3.00 P.M. on the last date of filing nominations. Revised affidavit may be filed upto the time fixed for scrutiny of nominations, if the candidate has left any column blank in the original affidavit and the Returning Officer has given notice for filing fresh and complete affidavit. (b) Oath has to be taken after filing nomination paper and before the date fixed for scrutiny. (c) Certified extract of electoral roll can be filled up to the time of scrutiny. 26) Whether Form AA and Form BB can be sent by Fax or photocopy of the same can be submitted? Ans:No. 27) Whether Form AA and Form BB can be submitted after 3.00 pm on the last date of filing nominations? Ans: No. 28) How does open ballot system work? Ans: Open ballot voting applies in election to Council of States only. Every political party which has its member(s) as MLAs can appoint an authorized agent to verify as to whom its members have voted. The authorized agent will be seated inside the polling station in seats provided by the R.O. In case of MLAs who are members of political parties, after they mark the vote and before inserting the ballot box, are required to show the marked ballot paper to the authorized agent of their party. 29) Whether an authorized agent of a party at elections to Council of States can be the authorized agent of another party simultaneously? Ans: No. The spirit behind Rule 39AA of the Conduct of Elections Rules 1961 is that MLAs belonging to a political party shall show their ballot papers (after marking their vote) to the authorized agent of that party only and not to the authorized agent of other parties. As such, the same person cannot be appointed as the authorized agent of more than one party. 30) What action is required to be taken by Presiding Officer/Returning Officer in election to Council of States, in case an elector belonging to a political party refuse to/does not show his/her marked ballot paper to the authorized agent of his party or shows his/her marked ballot paper to the authorized agent of other political party? Ans: In such case the ballot paper issued to the elector shall be taken back by the presiding officer or a polling officer under the direction of the presiding officer and the ballot paper and keep it in a separate envelope after recording on the reverse side of the ballot paper “Cancelled-voting procedure violates”. Provision in sub-rules (6) to (8) of rule 39A of the Conduct of Elections Rules, 1961, shall apply in such case. In case before taking back such ballot paper the elector dropped the ballot paper into ballot box, at the time of counting such ballot paper, RO should first separate this concerned ballot paper and it shall not be counted. 31) Can an independent MLA show his marked ballot paper to the authorized agent of any party? Ans: No, Independent MLAs are required to insert the marked ballot paper in the ballot box without showing the marked ballot to any agent. 32) Whether an MLA or Minister can be appointed as authorized agents of the party at the election to the Council of States and State Legislative Councils by MLAs? Ans:There is no such restriction imposed by the Commission in elections to the Council of States and State Legislative Council by MLAs. 33) Whether the list of electors to be maintained under section 152 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 can be amended to include the name of newly elected member of state legislative assembly after the date of notification of election to the Council of States or even after the last date of filing of nomination? Ans: In case when a member gets elected to the Legislative Assembly at a bye-election, result of which is declared after the date of notification of election to the Council of States or even after the last date of filing nomination, the name of newly elected MLA should be included in the list of members maintained under Section 152 of the RP Act, 1951. Further, he shall then be entitled to vote at the election to the Council of States if the poll is taken after the date of his election as MLA. This instruction is also applicable in the case of elections to Legislative Council by MLAs. 34) Whether a person can vote at any election if he is confined in a prison, whether under a sentence of imprisonment or as under trial, or is in the lawful custody of the police? Ans: No. The provisions of Section 62(5) of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 provides that no person shall vote at any election if he is confined in a prison, whether under a sentence of imprisonment of transportation or otherwise, or is in the lawful custody of the police.
  19. MODEL CODE OF CONDUCT FOR THE GUIDANCE OF POLITICAL PARTIES AND CANDIDATES 1. General Conduct No party or candidate shall include in any activity which may aggravate existing differences or create mutual hatred or cause tension between different castes and communities, religious or linguistic. Criticism of other political parties, when made, shall be confined to their policies and programme, past record and work. Parties and Candidates shall refrain from criticism of all aspects of private life, not connected with the public activities of the leaders or workers of other parties. Criticism of other parties or their workers based on unverified allegations or distortion shall be avoided. There shall be no appeal to caste or communal feelings for securing votes. Mosques, Churches, Temples or other places of worship shall not be used as forum for election propaganda. All parties and candidates shall avoid scrupulously all activities which are “corrupt practices” and offences under the election law, such as bribing of voters, intimidation of voters, impersonation of voters, canvassing within 100 meters of polling stations, holding public meetings during the period of 48 hours ending with the hour fixed for the close of the poll, and the transport and conveyance of voters to and from polling station. The right of every individual for peaceful and undisturbed home-life shall be respected, however much the political parties or candidates may resent his political opinions or activities. Organising demonstrations or picketing before the houses of individuals by way of protesting against their opinions or activities shall not be resorted to under any circumstances. No political party or candidate shall permit its or his followers to make use of any individual’s land, building, compound wall etc., without his permission for erecting flag-staffs, suspending banners, pasting notices, writing slogans etc. Political parties and candidates shall ensure that their supporters do not create obstructions in or break up meetings and processions organised by other parties. Workers or sympathisers of one political party shall not create disturbances at public meetings organised by another political party by putting questions orally or in writing or by distributing leaflets of their own party. Processions shall not be taken out by one party along places at which meetings are held by another party. Posters issued by one party shall not be removed by workers of another party. II. Meetings The party or candidate shall inform the local police authorities of the venue and time any proposed meeting Well in time so as to enable the police to make necessary arragements for controlling traffic and maintaining peace and order. A Party or candidate shall ascertain in advance if there is any restrictive or prohibitory order in force in the place proposed for the meeting if such orders exist, they shall be followed strictly. If any exemption is required from such orders, it shall be applied for and obtained well in time. If permission or license is to be obtained for the use of loudspeakers or any other facility in connection with any proposed meeting, the party or candidate shall apply to the authority concerned well in advance and obtain such permission or license. Organisers of a meeting shall invariably seek the assistance of the police on duty for dealing with persons disturbing a meeting or otherwise attempting to create disorder. Organisers themselves shall not take action against such persons. III Procession A Party or candidate organizing a procession shall decide before hand the time and place of the starting of the procession, the route to be followed and the time and place at which the procession will terminate. There shall ordinary be on deviation from the programme. The organisers shall give advance intimation to the local police authorities of the programme so as to enable the letter to make necessary arrangement. The organisers shall ascertain if any restrictive orders are in force in the localities through which the procession has to pass, and shall comply with the restrictions unless exempted specially by the competent authority. Any traffic regulations or restrictions shall also be carefully adhered to. The organisers shall take steps in advance to arrange for passage of the procession so that there is no block or hindrance to traffic. If the procession is very long, it shall be organised in segments of suitable lengths, so that at convenient intervals, especially at points where the procession has to pass road junctions, the passage of held up traffic could be allowed by stages thus avoiding heavy traffic congestion. Processions shall be so regulated as to keep as much to the right of the road as possible and the direction and advice of the police on duty shall be strictly complied with. If two or more political parties or candidates propose to take processions over the same route or parts thereof at about the same time, the organisers shall establish contact well in advance and decide upon the measures to be taken to see that the processions do not clash or cause hindrance to traffic. The assistance of the local police shall be availed of for arriving at a satisfactory arrangement. For this purpose the parties shall contact the police at the earliest opportunity. The political parties or candidates shall exercise control to the maximum extent possible in the matter of processionists carrying articles which may be put to misuse by undesirable elements especially in moments of excitement. The carrying of effigies purporting to represent member of other political parties or their leaders, burning such effigies in public and such other forms demonstration shall not be countenanced by any political party or candidate. IV. Polling Day All Political parties and candidates shall – co-operate with the officers on election duty to ensure peaceful and orderly polling and complete freedom to the voters to exercise their franchise without being subjected to any annoyance or obstruction. supply to their authorized workers suitable badges or identity cards. agree that the identity slip supplied by them to voters hall be on plain (white) paper and shall not contain any symbol, name of the candidate or the name of the party; refrain from serving or distributing liquor on polling day and during the fourty eight hours preceding it not allow unnecessary crowd to be collected near the camps set up by the political parties and candidates near the polling booths so as to avoid Confrontation and tension among workers and sympathizers of the parties and the candidate. ensure that the candidate’s camps shall be simple .The shall not display any posters, flags, symbols or any other propaganda material. No eatable shall be served or crowd allowed at the camps and co-operate with the authorities in complying with the restrictions to be imposed on the plying of vehicles on the polling day and obtain permits for them which should be displayed prominently on those vehicles. V. Polling Booth Excepting the voters, no one without a valid pass from the Election Commission shall enter the polling booths. VI. Observers The Election Commission is appointing Observers. If the candidates or their agents have any specific complaint or problem regarding the conduct of elections they may bring the same to the notice of the Observer. VII. Party in Power The party in power whether at the Centre or in the State or States concerned, shall ensure that no cause is given for any complaint that it has used its official position for the purposes of its election campaign and in particular – (a) The Ministers shall not combine their official visit with electioneering work and shall not also make use of official machinery or personnel during the electioneering work. (b) Government transport including official air-crafts, vehicles, machinery and personnel shall not be used for furtherance of the interest of the party in power; Public places such as maidans etc., for holding election meetings, and use of helipads for air-flights in connection with elections shall not be monopolized by itself. Other parties and candidates shall be allowed the use of such places and facilities on the same terms and conditions on which they are used by the party in power; Rest houses, dark bungalows or other Government accommodation shall not be monopolized by the party in power or its candidates and such accommodation shall be allowed to be used by other parties and candidates in a fair manner but no party or candidate shall use or be allowed to use such accommodation (including premises appertaining thereto) as a campaign office or for holding any public meeting for the purposes of election propaganda; Issue of advertisement at the cost of public exchequer in the newspapers and other media and the misuse of official mass media during the election period for partisan coverage of political news and publicity regarding achievements with a view to furthering the prospects of the party in power shall be scrupulously avoided. Ministers and other authorities shall not sanction grants/payments out of discretionary funds from the time elections are announced by the Commission; and From the time elections are announced by Commission, Ministers and other authorities shall not – (a) announce any financial grants in any form or promises thereof; or (b) (except civil servants) lay foundation stones etc. of projects or schemes of any kind; or (c) make any promise of construction of roads, provision of drinking water facilities etc.; or (d) make any ad-hoc appointments in Government, Public Undertakings etc. which may have the effect of influencing the voters in favour of the party in power. Note : The Commission shall announce the date of any election which shall be a date ordinarily not more than three weeks prior to the date on which the notification is likely to be issued in respect of such elections. 7.Ministers of Central or State Government shall not enter any polling station or place of counting except in their capacity as a candidate or voter or authorised agent. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs) Q. 1. What is the Model Code of Conduct? Ans.The Model Code of Conduct for guidance of political parties and candidates is a set of norms which has been evolved with the consensus of political parties who have consented to abide by the principles embodied in the said code and also binds them to respect and observe it in its letter and spirit. Q. 2. What is the role of Election Commission in the matter? Ans. The Election Commission ensures its observance by political party(ies) in power, including ruling parties at the Centre and in the States and contesting candidates in the discharge of its constitutional duties for conducting the free, fair and peaceful elections to the Parliament and the State Legislatures under Article 324 of the Constitution of India. It is also ensured that official machinery for the electoral purposes is not misused. Further, it is also ensured that electoral offences, malpractices and corrupt practices such as impersonation, bribing and inducement of voters, threat and intimidation to the voters are prevented by all means. In case of violation, appropriate measures are taken. Q.3. From which date the Model Code of Conduct is enforced and operational upto which date? Ans. The Model Code of Conduct is enforced from the date of announcement of election schedule by the Election Commission and is operational till the process of elections are completed. Q.4. What is applicability of code during general elections and bye-elections? Ans. During general elections to House of People (Lok Sabha), the code is applicable throughout the country. During general elections to the Legislative Assembly (Vidhan Sabha), the code is applicable in the entire State. During bye-elections, the code is applicable in the entire district or districts in which the constituency falls. Q.5. What are the salient features of the Model Code of Conduct? Ans. The salient features of the Model Code of Conduct lay down how political parties, contesting candidates and party(s) in power should conduct themselves during the process of elections i.e. on their general conduct during electioneering, holding meetings and processions, poll day activities and functioning of the party in power etc. ON OFFICIAL MACHINERY Q.6. Whether a Minister can combine his official visit with electioneering work? Ans. No The Ministers shall not combine their official visit with electioneering work and shall not also make use of official machinery or personnel during the electioneering work. Q.7. Whether Govt. transport can be used for electioneering work? Ans. No No transport including official air-crafts, vehicles etc. shall be used for furtherance of the interest of any party or a candidate. Q.8. Whether Govt. can make transfers and postings of officials who are related to election work? Ans. There shall be a total ban on the transfer and posting of all officers/officials directly or indirectly connected with the conduct of the election. If any transfer or posting of an officer is considered necessary, prior approval of the Commission shall be obtained. Q. 9. Suppose an officer related to election work has been transferred by the Govt. before enforcement of model code of conduct and has not taken over charge at new place. Can such officer take over charge of office at new place after announcement of the code? Ans. No Status-quo-ante shall be maintained. Q.10. Whether a Minister of Union or State can summon any election related officer of the constituency or the State for any official discussion during the period of elections? Ans.No Minister, whether of Union or State, can summon any election related officer of the constituency or the State for any official discussions anywhere. If Union Minister is traveling out of Delhi on purely official business, which cannot be avoided in public interest, then a letter certifying to this effect should be sent from the concerned Secretary of the Ministry/Department to the Chief Secretary of the concerned State, with a copy to the Election Commission. Q.11. Can an official meet the minister on his private visit to the Constituency where elections are being held? Ans. No Any official who meets the Minister on his private visit to the constituency shall be guilty of misconduct under the relevant service rules; and if he happens to be an official mentioned in Section 129 (1) of the Representation of People Act, 1951, he shall also be additionally considered to have violated the statutory provisions of that Section and liable to penal action provided thereunder. Q.12. Whether Ministers are entitled for official vehicle during the election? Ans. Ministers are entitled to use their official vehicles only for commuting from their official residence to their office for official work provided that such commuting is not combined with any electioneering or any political activity. Q.13. Whether Ministers or any other political functionaries can use pilot car with beacon lights affixed with siren ? Ans. Minister or any other political functionary is not allowed during election period, to use pilot car or car with beacon lights of any colour or car affixed with sirens of any kind whether on private or official visit, even if the State administration has granted him a security cover requiring presence of armed guards to accompany him on such visit. This prohibition is applicable whether the vehicle is government owned or private owned. Q.14. Suppose there is a visit of President / Vice President at any place in the State. Is a Minister allowed to use VIP Car with other protocol? Ans. Yes The Minister may leave with VIP car and other protocol from his headquarters to the place of visit of President/ Vice President and return to his headquarters without attending any other function/meeting with any other political functionary. This restriction shall be applicable from the time he leaves the Headquarters and till he reaches back the headquarters. Q.15. Suppose a vehicle has been provided to Minister by the State and the Minister is given an allowance for maintenance of such vehicle. Can it be used by the Minister for election purposes? Ans. Where a vehicle is provided by the State or the Minister is given an allowance for maintenance of the vehicle, he cannot use such vehicle for election. Q.16. Whether facility of official vehicles can be withdrawn from those ministers who violate the provisions of Model Code of conduct? Ans. Yes The Chief Electoral Officer shall also recover the cost of propulsion from the ministers who may misuse their official position. Q. 17. Whether there is any restriction or visits of members of National Commission for Schedule Castes or any other similar National/State Commissions? Ans. It is advised that all official visits of Members of such Commissions shall be deferred, unless any such visit becomes unavoidable in an emergent situation, till the completion of election exercise to avoid any misunderstanding that may arise in any quarters. Q. 18. Whether members of Finance Commission of Govt. of India can visit State(s)? Ans. Yes Provided neither the press briefings nor press notes would be issued, highlighting the achievements of the State or otherwise. Q.19. Whether Chief Minister and other Ministers can attend New Year Day function (of the State), which is a State function? Ans. No Only Chief Secretary and other officials may participate and no political person including Chief Minister or Minister may participate in such function where Govt. funds are used. Q.20. Whether a Chief Minister/Minister/Speaker can attend a “State Day” function of a State? Ans. There is no objection provided that he does not make any political speech on the occasion and the function is to be conducted only by Govt. officials. No advertisement depicting the photograph of Chief Minister/Minister/Speaker shall be released. Q. 21. Whether Governor/Chief Minister/Ministers can participate and address the Convocation function of University or Institute? Ans.Governor may participate and address the Convocation. Chief Minister or Ministers may be advised not to participate and address the Convocation. Q.22. Whether “Iftar Party” or any other similar party can be hosted at the residence of political functionaries, the expenses of which will be borne by State exchequer? Ans. No However any individual is free by to host any such party in his personal capacity and at his personal expense. Q.23. Is there any restriction on address of Governor in the Assembly Session (budget)? Ans. No ON WELFARE SCHEMES, GOVERNMENT WORKS ETC. Q.24. Is there any restriction on issue of advertisement at the cost of public exchequer regarding achievements with a view to furthering the prospects of the party in power? Ans. Yes The advertisement regarding achievements of the party at the cost of public exchequer in the print and electronic media and the misuse of official mass media during the period of election is prohibited. Q. 25. Whether hoardings/advertisements etc. depicting the achievements of the party(s) in power at Centre/State Governments at the cost of public exchequer can be continued? Ans.No All such hoardings, advertisements etc. on display shall be removed forthwith by the concerned authorities. Further, no advertisements should be issued in the newspapers and other media including electronic media at the cost of public exchequer. Q. 26. Whether a Minister or any other authority can sanction grants/ payments out of discretionary funds? Ans. No Ministers and other authorities shall not sanction grants/payments out of discretionary funds from the time elections are announced. Q.27. Whether money can be withdrawn from treasury against the sanctioned amount from the discretionary funds of Ministers to prepare draft in the names of beneficiaries which may be disbursed after process of election is completed? Ans. The funds may either be kept in “Personal Ledger Account” of the concerned Department or the release may be deferred till the completion of elections. Q.28. Suppose work order has been issued in respect of a scheme or a programme. Can it be started after announcement of election programme? Ans. Work shall not be started in respect of which work order has been issued before announcement of election but the work has actually not started in the field. If a work has actually started in the field that can be continued. Q.29. Whether fresh release of funds under MPs/MLAs/MLCs Local Area Development Fund of any scheme can be made? Ans.No Fresh release of funds under MPs/MLAs/MLCs Local Area Development Fund of any scheme shall not be made in any area where election is in progress, till the completion of the election process. Q.30. There are various rural development programmes/ schemes of Central government like Indira Awas Yojana, Sampoorna Grameen Rozgar Yojana, Swaranjayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojana, National Food for Work programme, National Rural Employment Guarantee Act. Are there any guidelines for implementation of these schemes/programmes? Ans. Yes Following guidelines shall be followed in respect of each scheme/programme as enumerated below:- a) Indira Awas Yojana (IAY) Beneficiaries, who have been sanctioned housing scheme under IAY and have started work, will be assisted as per norms. No new constructions will be taken up or fresh beneficiaries sanctioned assistance till the elections are over. (b) ) Sampoorna Grameen Rozgar Yojana (SGRY) Continuing works in progress may be continued and funds earmarked for such works can be released. In case of any Panchayat where all ongoing works have been completed and there is a requirement for taking up new wage employment works and where funds released directly to the Panchayats from the Ministry of Rural Development are available, new works can be started from approved annual action plan for the current year with the prior consent of the District Election Officer. From other funds, no new works shall be started. c ) Swaranjayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojana (SGSY) Only those help groups which have received part of their subsidy/grant will be provided the balance installments. No fresh individual beneficiaries or SHGs will be given financial assistance till the elections are over. (d ) National Food for Work Programme(NFWP) There is no objection for continuance of old works and sanction of new works in those districts where no elections have been announced. In those districts where elections have been announced and are in progress, only those works may be undertaken that have already started physically on ground, provided outstanding advance given for implementation of such works at a given time shall not exceed the amount equivalent to work for 45 days. e) National Employment Rural Guarantee Act (NERGA) The Ministry of Rural Development shall not increase the number of districts in which it is being implemented after announcement of elections. The job card holders will be provided employment in the ongoing work, if they demand work, after announcement of elections. In case no employment can be provided in ongoing works, the competent authority may start new work(s) from the shelf of projects that has been approved and inform the fact to concerned District Election Officer (DEO). No new work shall be started by the competent authority till such time employment can be given in ongoing works. In case no shelf of project is available or all works available on shelf have been exhausted, then the concerned competent authority shall make a reference to the Commission for approval through the concerned DEO. The competent authority shall also furnish a certificate to DEO to the effect that the new work has been sanctioned as no employment can be given to the job card holder in the ongoing work. Q.31. Whether a Minister or any other authority can announce any financial grants in any form or promises thereof or lay foundation stones etc. of projects or schemes of any kinds etc.?Ans. No Ministers and other authorities shall not announce any financial grants in any form or promises thereof; or (except civil servants) lay foundation stones etc. of projects or schemes of any kind; or make any promise of construction of roads, provision of drinking water facilities etc. or make any ad-hoc appointments in Government, Public Undertakings etc. In such case, senior Govt. Officer may lay foundation stone etc. without involving any political functionary. Q. 32. A budget provision has been made for a particular scheme or the scheme has been sanctioned earlier. Can such scheme be announced or inaugurated? Ans. No Inauguration/announcement of such scheme is prohibited during election period. Q.33. Whether ongoing beneficiary scheme can be continued? Ans. No The processing of beneficiary oriented scheme, even if ongoing, shall be suspended during election period. Further, no fresh release of funds on welfare schemes and works should be made. Q.34. Suppose work order has already been issued for a scheme. Can work be started in respect of such scheme? Ans. No work shall be started in respect of which even if work orders have already been issued, if the work has actually not started in the field. Work can start only after the completion of election process. However, if a work has actually started, that can be continued. Q.35. Is there any bar to release of payments for completed work? Ans. There shall be no bar to the release of payments for completed work subject to the full satisfaction of the concerned officials. Q.36. How the Govt. may meet the emergency situation or unforeseen calamities, when there are restrictions for announcing welfare measures? Ans. For tackling emergencies or unforeseen calamities like providing relief to people suffering from drought, floods, pestilences, other natural calamities or welfare measures for the aged, infirm etc., Govt. may do so after obtaining prior approval of the Commission and all ostentatious functions shall be strictly avoided and no impression shall be given or allowed to be created that such welfare measures or relief and rehabilitation works are being undertaken by the Government in office with any ulterior motive. Q.37. Whether financial institutions funded, partially or wholly by the Governments can write off loans advanced to any individual, company, firm, etc.? Ans. No The financial institutions funded, partially or wholly by the Governments shall not take recourse to writing off loans advanced to any individual, company, firm, etc. Also, financial limits of such institutions, while granting or extending loans, should not be enhanced by issuing of loans indiscriminately to beneficiaries. Q. 38. Whether tenders, auctions etc. relating to matters such as liquor vends, Tendu leaves and other such cases can be processed? Ans. No Processing of such cases should be deferred till the completion of election process in the concerned areas and the Govt. may make interim arrangements where unavoidably necessary. Q. 39. Suppose contract for Toll Tax is expiring at the end of financial year (31st March of the year), for which auction date has already been proposed/advertised. Whether auction can be held for awarding the contract? Ans. Yes Provided the contract is supervised by the Commissioner/Divisional Commissioner or some other senior District Officer directly answerable to the Commissioner/Divisional Commissioner and there is no change in the earlier policy or auction procedure. Q.40. Whether meeting of Municipal Corporation, Nagar Panchayat, Town Area Committee, etc. can be convened to review the revenue collection and preparing draft anuual budget etc? Ans. Yes Provided that at such meetings only the matters of routine nature relating to day-to-day administration may be taken up and not the matters relating to its policies and programmes. Q.41. Whether function regarding “Stop TB” programme can be held which may be inaugurated by a political functionary and whether an advertisement on “World TB Day” can be released and published? Ans. There is no objection provided – i. during the inauguration ceremony, no political speeches are made , ii. no advertisement with photographs of PM and / or any Minister is issued , and iii. advertisements and speeches are confined to the subject of combating and eradication of TB only. Q.42. Whether political functionaries can participate in the celebration of “Sadbhavna Diwas” which is celebrated through out the country? Ans.The Central Ministers / Chief Minister / Ministers in the States and other political functionaries can participate in the celebration of “Sadbhavna Diwas” subject to condition that the “theme” of their speeches should be confined only to the promotion of harmony among the people’ and no political speech should be made. Messages, if any, issued in the name of Minister should be confined to the theme of national integration only and should carry no photograph of the concerned Minister. Q.43. Whether State-level functions can be held for observance of Martyrdom of Martyrs which may be presided/attended to by Chief Minister / Minister? Ans.Yes Provided that the speeches of the Chief Minister and other Ministers should restrict to the Martyrdom of the Martyrs and praising them. No political speech or speech enumerating or referring to the achievements of the Government or party in power should be made. Q.44. Whether birthday celebration of Shri Babu Jagjivan Ram and Dr. B.R. Ambedkar which falls on 5th April and 14th April respectively as a State function may be conducted? Ans. Yes Provided it is not used as an occasion for political campaign or highlighting public achievements of the Govt. and also there is no ostentation and no political functionary addresses such meetings. The above restriction shall be equally applicable in all such other functions. Q.45. Whether Kavi Sammelan, Mushiaras or other cultural functions can be organized in connection with the Independence Day/Republic Day celebration and whether political functionaries can attend the same? Ans.Yes The Central Ministers / Chief Minister / Ministers in the States and other political functionaries can attend the programme. However, it will be ensured that no political speeches highlighting the achievements of the party in power are made on the occasions. Q.46. Whether films can be telecast on the occasions of birth and death anniversaries / ceremony anniversaries of prominent leaders in which VVIPs/VIPs may likely to feature? Ans. May not be telecast, in case the coverage involves VVIPs/VIPs. Q.47. Whether media campaign can be made for effective implementation of statutory warnings, etc. on sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products? Ans. Yes Provided that photos/messages of political personalities etc. shall not be associated with the campaign. Q.48. Whether political advertisements can be printed on back side of the bus-ticket of Govt. owned buses? Ans. No Q.49. Whether Govt. can release convicted criminals on parole after following due procedures? Ans. If the Govt. feels that the release of any convict on parole is absolutely essential for certain compelling reasons, in that case Govt. shall consult the Chief Electoral Officer before granting parole. Q. 50. Whether minimum support price of wheat and other agricultural products can be determined? Ans. A reference in the matter shall be made to the Election Commission. Q.51. Whether the Government can proceed and act upon the following indicative illustrative list of items, which is not exhaustive, without obtaining clearance/approval from the Election Commission? (i) Extension of term of an official for further period except officials related to conduct of elections, (ii) Enhancement of minimum penalty in case of ticket less travel, (iii) Sanctioning of grants to consumer co-ordination council from consumer welfare fund to organize a conference on world consumer rights day, (iv) Issuing advertisement regarding pulse polio immunization programme, (v) Seeking financial assistance from National Calamity Contingency Fund for drought relief measure-deputing of Inter-Ministerial team of officers to visit concerned State, (vi) Request of the State Govt. for transportation of water and fodder by Rail in areas declared drought affected, (vii) Promotion of officials by convening DPC and filling regular posts falling due to retirement, deputation, etc., (viii) Appointment of persons on compassionate grounds in pursuance of Court’s orders, (ix) Celebration of “May-Day”, (x) Providing additional charge of office of one officer to another one, (xi) To call and finalize tenders of routine, repair maintenance, strengthening andupgradation public utilities being run by the local authorities, (xii) Replacement/repair or damaged water supply distribution pipes, (xiii) To issue work order of construction of public facilities and public toilets on BOT basis in pursuance of Court’s directions, (xiv) To conduct the election of college students union, (xv) Clearance of unauthorized structure/land as per orders of Court, (xvi) Release of advertisement for activities relating to control of HIV/AIDS, (xvii) Release of advertisement to create awareness about important provisions of labour laws, (xviii) Purchase of uniform clothes and equipments for Police and awarding of Tender thereof, (xix) Commencement of desilting of drain/cattle ponds (xx) Grant of financialupgradation under assured career progression scheme to employees, (xxi) Calling of tenders for work to control mosquitoes (xxii) Transfer/posting of doctors, (xxiii) To shift criminals from one jail to other jail in pursuance of Court’s orders, (xxiv) To form Committee for stock of chemical fertilizer for Kharif and Rabi crops , (xxv) To purchase medicine and equipments for hospitals for which grants have already been sanctioned and tenders for which were already called for. (xxvi) Recruitment rally to enroll youth into the Army, Ans. Yes Provided that no impression is given or created that the same has been done with a view to influencing the electorate in favour of ruling party. Further, in the case of advertisements, photo of Minister/political functionary should not be contained therein. Q.52. Whether the Government can proceed and act upon the following indicative illustrative list of items, which is not exhaustive, without obtaining clearance from the Commission? (i) Issuing sanction orders to out of turn PCO/Telephone connections and to nominate members to various Telephone Advisory Committees which were ordered by the minister before the elections. (ii) Issue of appointment order to a person as a part time non-official Director on the board of PSU after Cabinet’s approval. (iii) Fixing of tariff for Major Port Trusts by Tariff Authority for major ports. (iv) Sanctioning of grants From Consumer Welfare fund to eligible voluntary consumer organizations as per guidelines. (v) Implementation of SEZ rules and regulations (vi) Publication of a booklet titled “Year of Achievement of the Department” highlighting the salient achievement of the Department, (vii) Anganwadi Karyakartri Bima Yojana, an insurance scheme under the LIC’s social security group scheme foranganwadi workers and helpers, (viii) Appointment of Central Govt. nominees to the General Council as well as Executive Committee of National Council for Teachers Education, (ix) Recruitment drive onlyfor wards of serving/retired service personnel as a welfare measures for troops. (x) Issue of advertisements in newspapers and video & audio spots on generic advertisement of processed food, (xi) Issue of Notification for setting up a new Promotion Council for pharmaceutical sector, (xii) Appointment of a person as a Sr. Consultant from a Private Company as Head of the internal system group to review the ongoing projects and E- governance nitiations Ans. No The processing of aforesaid items may be deferred till the completion of elections. Q.53. Whether State Govt. can seek clarification/ clearance/approval in respect of any proposal directly from the Election Commission? Ans. No Any proposal from State Govt. for seeking clarification/clearance/approval from the Election Commission should only be routed through Chief Electoral Officer, who will make his recommendation or otherwise in the matter. ELECTION CAMPAIGN Q.54. What are the main guidelines for political parties/candidates while making election campaign? Ans.During the election campaign, no party or candidate shall indulge in any activity which may aggravate existing differences or create mutual hatred or cause tension between different castes and communities, religious or linguistic. Further, criticism of other political parties, when made, shall be confined to their policies and programme, past record and work. Parties and candidates shall refrain from criticism of all aspects of private life, not connected with the public activities of the leaders or workers of other parties. Criticism of other parties or their workers based on unverified allegations or distortion shall be avoided. Q.55. Are their any restrictions in using religious places for election propaganda? Ans. Yes Religious places like Temple, Mosque, Church, Gurudwara or other places of worship shall not be used as forum for election propaganda. Further, there shall be no appeal to caste or communal feelings for securing votes. Q.56. Can a candidate go to the office of Returning Officer for filing a nomination with a procession? Ans.No The maximum number of vehicles that will be allowed to come within the periphery of 100 mtrs. of Returning Officer’s office has been restricted to 3 and maximum number of persons that will be allowed to enter the office of Returning Officer has been limited to 5 (including the candidate). Q. 57. How many persons are allowed at the time of scrutiny of nominations by the Returning Officer? Ans. The candidate, his election agent, one Proposer and one other person (who can be an advocate) duly authorized in writing by the candidate, but no other person, may attend at the time fixed for scrutiny of nominations by Returning Officer. (Refer: Sec. 36 (1) of Representation of People Act, 1951) Q. 58. Are there any guidelines regarding use of vehicles by ministers/political functionaries/candidates, who have been provided security cover by the State? Ans. Yes In respect of persons covered by security, the use of State owned one bullet proof vehicle for the particular person (PP) will be permitted in all cases where the security agencies, including the intelligence authorities, have prescribed such use. The use of multiple cars in the name of stand-by should not be permitted unless so specifically prescribed by security authorities. The cost of propulsion of such bullet proof vehicles where such use of bullet proof vehicles is specified will be borne by the particular person. The number of vehicles to accompany the carcade including pilots, escorts etc. will be strictly in accordance with the instructions laid down by the security authorities and shall not exceed them under any circumstances. The cost of propulsion of all such vehicles, whether owned by Government or hired vehicles, will be met by the State Government. The restrictions do not apply to the Prime Minister whose security requirements are governed by the Government’s Blue Book. Q.59. Whether there is any restriction for plying of vehicles for electioneering purposes? Ans.Candidate can ply any number of vehicles (all mechanized/motorized vehicles including two- wheelers ) for the purpose of election campaign but he has to seek prior approval of the Returning Officer for plying such vehicles and must display permit issued by Returning Officer in original (not photocopy) prominently on the windscreen of the Vehicle. The permit must bear the number of the vehicle and name of the candidate in whose favour it is issued. Q. 60. Whether a vehicle for which permission has been taken for election campaign in the name of a candidate, can be used for election campaign by another candidate? Ans. No Use of such vehicle for election campaign by another candidate shall invite action under section 171H of Indian Penal Code. Q.61. Can a vehicle be used for electioneering purposes without getting permit from the District Election Officer/Returning Officer? Ans. No Such vehicle shall be deemed to be unauthorized for campaigning by the candidate and may attract penal provisions of Chapter IX A of the Indian Penal Code and shall therefore be immediately out of the campaigning exercise and shall not be used for further campaign. Q.62. Whether there is any restriction on use of educational institutions including their grounds (whether Govt. aided, Private or Govt.) for political campaigns and rallies? Ans.Use of educational institutions including their grounds (whether Govt. aided, Private or Govt.) for political campaigns and rallies is not allowed. Q.63. Is external fitting/modification allowed in the vehicles used for campaigning? Ans. External modification of vehicles including fitting of loudspeaker thereon, would be subject to the provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act/Rules as well as other Local Act/Rules. Vehicles with modifications and special campaign vehicles like Video Rath etc. can be used only after obtaining the requisite permission from the competent authorities under the Motor Vehicles Act. Q.64. Is there any restriction or use of rest houses, dak bungalows or other Govt. accommodation for campaign office or for holding any public meeting for the purpose of election propaganda? Ans. Yes Rest houses, dak bungalows or other Govt. accommodation shall not be monopolized by the party in power or its candidates and such accommodation shall be allowed to use by other parties and candidates but no party or candidate shall be allowed to use as campaign office. Further, it shall be ensured that – (i) no functionary can use the Circuit House, Dak bungalow to set up campaign office as the Circuit Houses/Dak bungalows are only for temporary stay (boarding and lodging) during transit of such functionaries, (ii) even casual meeting by Members of political parties inside the premises of the Government owned guesthouse etc. are not permitted and any violation of this shall be deemed to be a violation of the Model Code of Conduct, (iii) only the vehicle carrying the person allotted accommodation in the guest house and not more than two other vehicles, if used by the person, will be permitted inside the compound of the Guest House, (iv) rooms should not be made available for more than 48 hours to any single individual, and (v) 48 hours before the close of poll in any particular area, there will be freeze on such allocations till completion of poll or re-poll. Q.65. Are there any conditions for getting Govt aircraft/helicopters (including Public Sector Undertakings) by political parties/candidates? Ans.Yes While allowing the chartering of Govt. aircrafts/helicopters to political parties/candidates or private companies etc., the following conditions should be followed:- i There should be no discrimination between the ruling party on the one hand and the other parties and contesting candidates on the other. ii The payment will be made by the political parties or the contesting candidates and proper record maintained. iii The rates and terms and conditions should be uniform for all. iv The actual allotment should be made on the first-come first-served basis. For this purpose, the date and time of receipt of the application should be noted down by the authorized receiving authority. v In the rare case when both the date and time of two or more applicants is the same, the allotment will be decided by draw of lots. vi No individual, firm, party or candidate will be allowed to charter the aircraft/helicopter for more than three days at a time. Q.66. Is there any restriction on displaying poster, placard, banner, flag etc of the party concerned or the candidate on a public property? Ans. Candidate may display poster, placard, banner, flag etc of the party concerned or the candidate on a public property subject to provisions of local law and prohibitory orders in force. For details, refer Commission’s instructions No.3/7/2008/JS-II ,dated 7.10.2008. Q.67. If local law/bye-laws permit wall writings and pasting of posters, putting up hoardings, banners etc. on private premises /properties, is it necessary to obtain prior written permission from the owner of the premises/properties? Ans. Yes Candidate is required to obtain prior written permission from the owner of the properties/premises and photocopy(ies) of such permission should be submitted within 3 days to the Returning Officer or an officer designated by him for the purpose. Q. 68. Is there any restriction on displaying/carrying poster/ placard/ banner/flag of the party concerned or of the candidate on the vehicle during the procession? Ans. Candidate may display /carry one poster/placard/banner/flag of Candidate’s party/or his own on vehicle during the procession subject to conformity with the provisions of Motor Vehicle Act and any other local laws/bye-laws. Q.69. Whether there is any ban on use of plastic sheets for making use of posters/banners during the election campaign? Ans. The political parties and candidates should try to avoid the use of plastic/polythene for preparation of posters, banners etc. in the interest of environmental protection. Q.70. Is there any restriction on the printing of pamphlets, posters etc? Ans. Yes Candidate shall not print or publish, or cause to be printed or published any election pamphlet or poster which does not bear on its face names and addresses of the printer and the publisher thereof. (Refer : Section 127A of Representation of 1951) Q.71. Whether there is any restriction on air dropping of leaflets/pamphlets by the Political parties/candidates? Ans.No Provided that all the expenses in this regard have been booked against the election expenses of the candidate, on whose behalf the leaflets/pamphlets are being dropped. Q.72. Is wearing of special accessories like cap, mask, scarf etc. of a candidate permitted during the campaigning? Ans. Yes, provided they are accounted for in the election expenses of the candidate concerned. However supply and distribution of main apparels like saree, shirt, etc. by party/candidate is not permitted as it may amount to bribery of voters. Q.73. Whether dummy ballot units of EVM can be prepared by the candidate for the purpose of educating the voters? Ans. Yes The dummy ballot units may be made of wooden, plastic or ply board boxes, half the size of the official ballot units and may be painted brown , yellow or grey. Q.74. Whether there is restriction to display to the public any election matter by means of cinematograph, television or other similar apparatus? Ans. Yes Candidate can not display to the public any election matter by means of cinematograph, television or other similar apparatus during the period of 48 hours ending with the hour fixed for the conclusion of poll. (Refer: Sec. 126 of Representation of People Act, 1951) Q.75. Whether a candidate can print and distribute the diary/calendar/sticker depicting his image or image of Gods/ deities etc. Ans. No This will amount to bribery under section 171E of Indian Penal Code. Q.76. Whether distribution of printed “Stepney Covers” or other similar material containing symbol of party/candidate or without depicting it, is a violation? Ans. Yes In case, it is established that such material have been distributed, a complaint may be filed before the area Magistrate by District Administration against the distribution of the said material under section 171 B of the IPC. Q.77. Are there conditions/guidelines for setting up and operating of Temporary Offices by Party or candidate? Ans.Yes Such offices can not be opened by way of any encroachment either on public or private property/ in any religious places or campus of such religious places/ contiguous to any educational institution / hospital / within 200 meters of an existing polling station. Further, such offices can display only one party flag and banner with party symbol/photographs and the size of the banner used in such offices should not exceed ‘4 feet X 8 feet’ subject to the further condition that if the local laws prescribe a lower size for banner / hoarding etc., then the lower size prescribed by local law shall prevail. Q.78. Is there any restriction on the presence of political functionaries in a constituency after campaign period is over? Ans. Yes After the closure of campaign period (starting from 48 Hrs. before closure of poll), political functionaries etc. who have come from outside the constituency and who are not voters of the constituency should not continue to remain present in the constituency. Such functionaries should leave the constituency immediately after campaign period is over. This will not apply in the case of candidate or his election agent even if they are not voters in the constituency. Q.79. Is such restriction applicable in the case of office bearer of a political party who is in-charge of election in the State? Ans.Yes However, such restriction is not insisted upon during the general elections to Lok Sabha/State Assembly only in respect of the office bearer who is in-charge of the State during the election period. Such office bearer shall declare his place of stay in the State Headquarters and his movement during the period in question shall remain confined normally between his party office and place of his stay. The above restrictions will be applicable to all other functionaries in all elections. Q.80. Whether there is any restriction for holding public meeting or taking out processions? Ans. Yes. Prior written permission should be obtained from the concerned police authorities for holding of a meeting at any public or private place and for taking out processions. Q.81. Whether loudspeakers can be used for public meetings or for processions or for general propaganda without obtaining permission from Police authorities? Ans. No. Prior written permission should be obtained from the concerned police authorities for using loudspeakers. Q.82. Whether there is any time limit for using loudspeakers? Ans. Yes. Loudspeaker can not be used at night between 10.00 P.M. and 6.00 A.M. Q.83. What is the deadline after which no public meetings and processions can be taken out? Ans. Public meetings cannot be held after 10 PM and before 6.00 AM. Further, Candidate can not hold public meetings and processions during the period of 48 hours ending with the hour fixed for the conclusion of poll. Suppose, poll day is 15th July and hours of poll are from 8.00A.M to 5.00 P.M., then the public meetings and processions shall be closed at 5.00 P.M on the 13th July. (Refer: Sec. 126 of Representation of People Act, 1951) Q.84. Whether there are any guidelines for political parties/candidates for issue of unofficial identity slips to voters? Ans. Yes. The unofficial identity slip, on white paper, shall contain only the particulars of the voter i.e. name, Serial number of voter, part No. in the electoral roll, s.no. and name of Polling Station and date of Poll. It should not contain the name of candidate, his photograph and symbol. Q.85. Is there any restriction on appointment of a Minister/M.P./M.L.A/M.L.C or any other person who is under security cover as an Election Agent/Polling Agent/Counting Agent? Ans. Yes A candidate cannot appoint a Minister/M.P./ MLA/MLC or any other person who is under security cover, as an election/polling agent/counting agent, as his personal security shall be jeopardized with such appointment, because his security personnel will not under any circumstances be permitted to accompany him into the 100 meter perimeter of polling stations described as the “Polling Station Neighborhood” and within the polling booth and campus of counting centre and within the counting centre. Also any person having security cover will not be allowed to surrender his security cover to act as such agent of a candidate. Q.86. Is a candidate allowed to appoint persons as polling agents from anywhere? Ans.No Such person who is appointed by the candidate as a polling agent must be an ordinarily resident and elector of the concerned polling station area only and not from outside the concered polling area. Such person must also have Elector’s Photo Identity Card. However, in the case of polling stations exclusively manned by the women polling personnel, the restriction of resident of same polling area shall not be applied for. Q.87. Who is the authority to issue permits to Star Campaigners (Leaders) of the Political Parties who avail benefit under Section 77(1) of R.P Act, 1951? Ans.In case the mode of road transport is to be availed of by Star Campaigners (Leaders) of political, the permit will be issued centrally by the Chief Electoral Officer. If such party applies for issue of permit for the same vehicle to be used by any leader for election campaigning throughout the State, the same may be issued for such vehicle centrally by the Chief Electoral Officer, which will be prominently displayed on windscreen of such vehicle(s) to be used by concerned leader(s). If different vehicles are to be used by such party leaders in different areas, then the permit can be issued against the name of the person concerned who will display it prominently on the windscreen of the vehicle being used by such leader. Q.88. Whether Opinion poll or Exit poll can be conducted, published, publicized or disseminated at any time? Ans. No The result of any opinion poll or exit poll conducted shall not be published, publicized or disseminated in any manner by print, electronic or any other media, at any time- (a) during the period of 48 hours ending with the hour fixed for closing of poll in an election held in a single phase; and (b) in a multi-phased election, and in the case of elections in difference States announced simultaneously, at any time during the period starting from 48 hours before the hour fixed for closing of poll in the first phase of the election and till the poll is concluded in all the phases in all States. Q.89. Whether there is any restriction for transmitting Short Messages Service ( SMSs )? Ans.Yes Transmitting objectionable messages on SMSs during election is prohibited. For objectionable SMSs which may violate the law and ECI instructions issued in this behalf, the police authorities shall advertise special mobile numbers on which the receiver of such SMS can forward the said SMS with the mobile number of sender. The police authorities shall take action under the law. POLL DAY Q.90. Are there any guidelines for setting up of election booth by candidate/political parties near polling station on the day of poll ? Ans. Election booth can be set up beyond a distance of 200 meters from the polling stations, only with 1 table and 2 chairs with an umbrella or a piece of tarpaulin or cloth to protect the two occupants. Only one banner (3 x 41/2 feet) can be displayed showing the name of the candidate/ party / election symbol at the booth. However, two election booths can be set up, if more than two polling stations have been set up in a building Q.91. Is it necessary to obtain written permission of the concerned Government authorities or local authorities for setting up of election booth? Ans. Yes It is necessary to obtain the written permission of the Government authorities concerned or local authorities before setting up of such booths. Written permission must be available with the persons manning the booth for production before the police /election authorities concerned on demand. Q.92. Is there any restriction of canvassing in or near polling station? Ans. Yes Canvassing for votes etc . within a distance of one hundred meters of polling station is prohibited on the day of poll. ( Refer : Section 130 of Representation of 1951) Q.93. Whether the use of mobile phone is allowed in the polling station? Ans. No person is allowed to either carry or use mobile phones, cordless phones, wireless sets etc. in 100 meter perimeter of the polling stations described as the “polling station neighborhood” and within the polling booth. Only Observer/Micro Observer, Presiding Officer and security personnel are allowed to carry mobile phone but they will keep their mobile phones in silent mode. Q.94. Is there any restriction of going armed to or near polling station? Ans. Yes No person is allowed to go armed with arms as defined in Arms Act 1959 of any kind within the neighborhood of a polling station on the day of poll. (Refer: Section 134B of Representation of 1951) Q.95. How many vehicles a candidate is entitled for on the day of poll ? Ans.(i) For an election to the House of the People, a candidate will be entitled to: (a) One vehicle for candidate’s own use in respect of the entire constituency. One vehicle for use of candidate’s election agent for entire constituency. (b) In addition, one vehicle for use of candidate’s workers or party workers, as the case may be, in each of the assembly segments comprised in the Parliamentary Constituency. (ii) For an election to the State Legislaitve Assembly, a candidate will be entitled to: (a) One vehicle for candidate’s own use (b) One vehicle for use of candidate’s election agent (c) In addition, one vehicle for use of candidate’s workers or party workers. Q.96. If the candidate is absent from the constituency on the day of poll, can the vehicle allotted in his name be used by any other person? Ans. No Vehicle allotted for candidate’s use is not allowed to be used by any other person. Q.97. Can any type of entitled vehicle be used on the day of poll ? Ans. No The candidate or his agent or party workers or workers will be allowed to use only four/three/two wheeler vehicles i.e. cars (of all types), taxis, auto rickshaws, rickshaws and two wheelers . In these vehicles not more than five persons including drivers are allowed to move on the day of poll. Q.98. Whether Political Party/Candidate can make arrangements for transporting voter to and from Polling Station? Ans. No. Any arrangement, direct or indirect, to carry any voter to or from polling station by any kind of vehicle used for transport is a criminal offence . (Refer: Sec. 133 of Representation of People Act, 1951) Q.99. Whether there are restrictions on plying of Govt./private vehicles on the poll day? Ans.No Public transport like buses, minibuses are allowed to ply but it should be ensured that they are not used clandestinely for the conveyance of voters. Further, private cars, taxies carrying passengers to places other than polling booths like hospitals, airports, railway stations, bus stands, friends and relations houses, clubs, and restaurants will be allowed on the road. But they should not be allowed to come clandestinely near the polling areas for the conveyance of voters. Q.100. Can a leader of Political party use private fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters for the purposes of supervising and monitoring the polling and counting process on the day of poll and counting? Ans. No Leader of a political party is not allowed to use private fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters for the purposes of supervising and monitoring the polling and counting process on the day of poll and counting.
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Important ECI Instructions Important Instructions 18.11.2018 Use of vehicles for distribution of publicity material - Regarding 12.11.2018 Revision of threshold Election Expenditure/Donation through cash transaction in a single day by the Candidates/Political Parties above Rs. 10,000/- (Ten Thousands) by cheque, DD, RTGS/NEFT or other electronic mode etc. regarding. 15.11.2018 Distribution of Photo Voter Slip - regarding. 08.11.2018 General Elections to the Legislative Assembly of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Mizoram and Telangana, 2018- Commission's Notification regarding ban on exit poll – regarding. / Corrigendum 26.10.2018 Directions regarding language(s) in which Form 7A is to be prepared - regarding. 26.10.2018 Bye Elections to the Lok Sabha from Parliamentary Constituencies and State Legislative Assemblies of Karnataka - Use of Electronic Voting Machines and VVPAT- regarding. 16.10.2018 Clarification regarding Second Randomization and Candidate Setting of EVM-VVPAT – regarding. 10.10.2018 Directions to candidates and political parties for publishing declaration regarding criminal cases ofcandidates and Amendment in Form 26 (addressed to the Political Parties )(English / हिंदी) 10.10.2018 Directions to candidates and political parties for publishing declaration regarding criminal cases of candidates and Amendment in Form 26 (addressed to the CEOs) (English / हिंदी) 09.10.2018 Advisory for Opening and Closing of EVM/VVPAT warehouse – reg. 09.10.2018 Taking out EVMs and VVPATs for Training and Awareness purpose. 28.09.2018 First Level Checking of EVMs/VVPATs-Timing-regarding. 28.09.2018 Intra-State and Intra-district shifting of EVMs/VVPATs. Intra-State and Intra-district shifting of FLC-OK EVMs/VVPATs. 27.09.2018 Providing Transport Facility for PwDs and their Assistants on Poll Day -reg.( English / हिंदी) 27.09.2018 Appointment of coordinators for inclusion of Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) in electoral process at State District and AC levels-Reg. 27.09.2018 Accessible Photo Voter Slips with Braille Features - Reg. (English / हिंदी) 14.09.2018 General Election to the Legislative Assembly - Distribution of Photo Voter Slips to the Electiors by BLOs - regarding (English/ हिंदी) 13.09.2018 Supreme Court order dated 13th April, 2004 for pre-certification of political advertisement on electronic media - applicability in the whole of territory of India at all times. 11.09.2018 Provision for "None of the above" (NOTA) option on ballot paper for elections to Rajya Sabha and State Legislative Council-withdrawing the provision-reg. 05.09.2018 Instructions on prevention of defacement of open spaces and public property - regarding (English / हिंदी) 29.08.2018 Deployment of security personnel for EVM/VVPAT warehouses- Reiteration of Instructions – Regarding. 13.08.2018 Bye -Election to the Legislative Assembly of Meghalaya, 2018 – EXIT POLL- reg. (English / हिंदी) 13.08.2018 Bye -Election to the Legislative Assembly of Meghalaya, 2018 – Commissions' order regarding identification of Electors- reg. (English / हिंदी) 09.08.2018 Transmission of postal Ballot Electronically under ETPBS – Time limit for transmission of postal ballots and connected papers. (English / हिंदी) 07.08.2018 Bye -Election to the Legislative Assembly of Meghalaya, 2018 – Use of Electronic Voting Machine and VVPAT-reg. (English / हिंदी) 24.07.2018 Repairing of defective EVMs-regarding. 18.07.2018 Conduct of awareness programmes on EVMs and VVPATs – reg. 28.06.2018 Introduction of Braille Signage Features in Electronic Voting Machines. 21.06.2018 Storage and Safety of EVMs & VVPATs – Not to keep other election related materials in EVM/VVPAT warehouses/strong rooms – regarding. 18.06.2018 First Level Checking of EVMs/VVPATs-regarding 06.06.2018 Biennial Election to the Maharashtra Legislative Councils from Graduates' and Teachers' Constituencies, poll for which is scheduled to be taken on 25th June 2018 (Monday) - Commission's order regarding Identification of electors. (English / हिंदी) 01.06.2018 Biennial Election to the Karnataka Legislative Council from 3 Graduates' and 3 Teachers' Constituency, poll for which is scheduled to be taken on 8th June 2018 (Friday) - Commission's order regarding Identification of electors. ( English / हिंदी) 18.05.2018 Bye Elections to the Lok Sabha from parliamentary Constituencies of Maharashtra, Nagaland, Uttar Pradesh and in the State Legislative Assembly of Bihar, Jharkhand, Kerala, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, 2018 – Commission's order regarding identification of electors-reg. ( English / हिंदी) 18.05.2018 Bye Elections to the Lok Sabha from parliamentary Constituencies of Maharashtra, Nagaland, Uttar Pradesh and in the State Legislative Assembly of Bihar, Jharkhand, Kerala, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, 2018 – Exit Poll -reg. (English / हिंदी) 18.05.2018 Bye Elections to the Lok Sabha from parliamentary Constituencies of Maharashtra, Nagaland, Uttar Pradesh and in the State Legislative Assembly of Bihar, Jharkhand, Kerala, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, 2018 – Use of Electronic Voting Machine and VVPAT -reg. ( English / हिंदी) 02.05.2018 General Election to the Legislative Assembly of Karnataka, 2018 - Exit Poll- regarding. 24.04.2018 General Election to the Legislative Assembly of Karnataka, 2018 - Commission's order regarding identification of electors. (English / हिंदी) 18.04.2018 General Election to the Legislative Assembly of Karnataka, 2018 - Use of Electronic Voting Machines and VVPAT. (English / हिंदी) 09.04.2018 Disposal of unserviceable/expired batteries of Electronic Voting Machine -regarding. 16.03.2018 Uploading of affidavits of candidates on the website 12.03.2018 General Election to the Legislative Assembly of Karnataka - Protection of voting rights of electors subjected to Preventive Detention - regarding 08.03.2018 Clarification regarding conduct of mock poll during commissioning of EVMs and VVPATs – regarding. ( English / हिंदी) 05.03.2018 Supply of specially designed pens for marking preference in ballot paper in elections to Rajya Sabha and Legislative Councils – regarding. (English / हिंदी) 01.03.2018 Instructions of Use of Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) with Voter Verifiable Paper Audit trail (VVPAT) system – regarding. (English / हिंदी) 27.02.2018 Supply of Thermal Paper Roll & Battery Pack for VVPAT and FLC of VVPAT- fixing the price thereof- regarding. (English / हिंदी) 19.02.2018 Bye-Elections to the Lok Sabha & State Legislative Assembly, 2018 – Commission's Direction regarding transmission of postal ballot papers for service voters, electronically. ( English / हिंदी) 13.02.2018 Mandatory verification of VVPAT paper slips – Pilot Testing – regarding. (English / हिंदी) 12.02.2018 General Elections to the Legislative Assemblies of Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura, 2018 - Exit Poll-regarding (English / हिंदी) 12.02.2018 General Elections to the Legislative Assemblies of Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura, 2018 - Commission's order regarding identification of electors. ( English / हिंदी) 12.02.2018 Bye-Elections to the Legislative Assembly, 2018 - Commission's order regarding identification of electors. (English / हिंदी) 12.02.2018 Bye-Elections to the Legislative Assembly, 2018 - Commission's order regarding identification of electors. (English / हिंदी) 07.02.2018 Bye-Elections to the Legislative Assembly, 2018 - Exit Poll - regarding. (English / हिंदी) 07.02.2018 Bye-Elections to the Legislative Assembly, 2018 - Exit Poll - regarding. 07.02.2018 Bye-Elections to the Legislative Assembly, 2018 - Use of Electronic Voting Machines and VVPAT - regarding. 07.02.2018 Bye-Elections to the Legislative Assembly, 2018 - Use of Electronic Voting Machines and VVPAT - regarding. 07.02.2018 General Elections to the Legislative Assemblies of Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura, 2018 - Use of Electronic Voting Machines and VVPAT - regarding. 05.02.2018 Setting up of Rapid Response Mechanism in all CEOs officers towards media reporting regarding ECI-EVMs or VVPATs. ( English / हिंदी) 18.01.2018 Bye-Elections to the State Legislative Assemblies, 2018 - Commission's order regarding identification of electors - regarding 16.01.2018 Bye-Elections to the State Legislative Assemblies, 2018 - Exit Poll - regarding. 16.01.2018 Bye-Elections to the State Legislative Assemblies, 2018 - Use of Electronic Voting Machines and VVPAT - regarding. 11.01.2018 Instructions on use of EVMs with Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail system (VVPAT)- regarding ( English / हिंदी) 20.12.2017 Counting of VVPAT paper slips in case of CU failure to display result –reg. 14.12.2017 Bye-Elections to the State Legislative Assemblies, 2017 - Commission's order regarding identification of electors-regarding.( English / हिंदी) 14.12.2017 ( Bye-Elections to the State Legislative Assemblies, 2017 - Use of Electronic Voting Machines and VVPAT. (English / हिंदी) 14.12.2017 Bye-Elections to the State Legislative Assemblies, 2017 -Exit Poll-regarding. ( English / हिंदी) 05.12.2017 Revised Instructions on use of Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) with Voter Verifiable Paper Audit trail (VVPAT) system – Regarding. 10.11.2017 General Elections to the Legislative Assembly, 2017 – Use of Electronic Voting Machines and VVPAT ( English / हिंदी) 09.11.2017 General Elections to the Legislative Assemblies of Gujarat, 2017 – Commission's Order regarding identification of electors (English / हिंदी) 07.11.2017 General Elections to the Legislative Assemblies of Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat – Exit Poll - regarding.(English / हिंदी) 06.11.2017 Bye-Election to the State Legislative Assemblies, 2017 - Use of Electronic Voting Machines and VVPAT. ( English / हिंदी) 01.11.2017 General Elections to the Legislative Assemblies of Himachal Pradesh, 2017 – Commission's Order regarding identification of electors ( English / हिंदी) 01.11.2017 General Elections to the Legislative Assemblies of Gujarat, 2017 – Grant of Paid Holiday - Regarding (English / हिंदी) 31.10.2017 General Elections to the Legislative Assemblies of Himachal Pradesh, 2017 – Grant of Paid Holiday - Regarding (English / हिंदी) 31.10.2017 General Elections to the Legislative Assemblies of Himachal Pradesh, 2017 – Prohibition on sale of Liquor etc. - Regarding (English / हिंदी) 23.10.2017 Voting by Blind and infirm Voters-instructions- regarding. 18.10.2017 List of contesting candidates in Form 7A/7B-displaying therein photographs of candidates against their names. 17.10.2017 Use of VVPATs at Every Polling Station - Maximum Number of Electors per Polling Station - Regarding. (English / हिंदी) 16.10.2017 Affidavit in Form 26 & Affidavit in support of account of election expenses-signature thereon- regarding 16.10.2017 Instructions on use of EVMs with Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail system (VVPAT) - Regarding.( English / हिंदी) 13.10.2017 Counting of Printed Paper Slips of VVPATs in case of non-retrieval of result from the Control Unit - regarding. 04.10.2017 Bye-Elections to the House of the People and State Legislative Assembly, 2017 – Commission's order regarding identification of Electors – regarding. (English / हिंदी) 03.10.2017 Bye-Elections to the House of the People and State Legislative Assembly, 2017 – Exit Poll – regarding. (English / हिंदी) 03.10.2017 Bye-Elections to the House of the People and State Legislative Assembly, 2017 – Use of Electronic Voting Machines and VVPAT – regarding. (English / हिंदी) 29.09.2017 Taking out EVMs including VVPATs for training and awareness purpose-reg. 19.09.2017 Universal use of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) with EVM in all future General and Bye-elections to State Legislative Assemblies and Lok Sabha at all polling stations-reg.( English / हिंदी) 13.09.2017 Minutes of the meeting held on 24th July,20l7- design of Common Address Tag for BU, CU and VVPAT-regarding. 11.09.2017 Order of Delhi High Court on a writ petition raising the issue of pending govt. dues against elected representatives. (English / हिंदी) 30.08.2017 Instructions on First Level Checking of EVMs and VVPATs (FLC) 30.08.2017 Instructions on EVMs and VVPATs – regarding. 11.08.2017 Bye-Elections to the State Legislative Assemblies, 2017 - Use of Electronic Voting Machines and VVPAT. (English / हिंदी) 02.08.2017 Provision for 'None of the Above' option on ballot paper for elections to Rajya Sabha - regarding ( English / हिंदी) 26.07.2017 Affidavit in form 26 - filling up of all columns - reg. (English / हिंदी) 26.07.2017 Bye-Election to the State Legislative Assembly, 2017 - Use of EVMs with Voter Veriable Paper Audit Trail System(VVPAT) - reg. (English / हिंदी) 25.07.2017 Bye-Election to the State Legislative Assembly, 2017 - Commission's order regarding identification of electors - reg. (English / हिंदी) 20.07.2017 Bye-Election to the Nagaland State Legislative Assembly, 2017 - Ban on Exit Poll - reg.( English / हिंदी) 20.07.2017 Bye-Election to the Nagaland State Legislative Assembly, 2017 - Use of Electronic Voting Machine ( English / हिंदी) 07.07.2017 The Conduct of Elections (Amendment) Rules, 2017 - Amendment in Nomination Forms 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 2E and Affidavit in Form 26-reg (English / हिंदी) 26.05.2017 (The Conduct of Elections (Amendment) Rules, 2017- Amendment in Nomination Forms 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 2E and Affidavit in Form 26 – reg.( English / हिंदी) 18.05.2017 Standard Operating Procedure (SoP) for Training (including demonstration and awareness programme) of EVM and VVPAT 17.05.2017 The Conduct of Elections (Amendment) rules, 2017 - amendment in Nomination forms 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 2e and Affidavit in Form 26 - reg. 26.04.2017 The Conduct of Elections (Amendment) Rules, 2017- Amendment of Part III of Form 2A and 2B and Part II of Form 2C, 2D and 2E appended to the Conduct of Elections Rules, 1961 – regarding. 07.04.2017 Bye-Elections to the House of the People and State Legislative Assemblies, 2017 - Use of EVMs with Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail System (VVPAT) - reg. 31.03.2017 Bye-Elections to the House of the People and State Legislative Assemblies, 2017 - Use of EVM with Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail System (VVPAT) – reg. (English / हिंदी) 24.03.2017 Bye-Elections to the House of the People and State Legislative Assemblies, 2017 - Exit Poll –reg. (English / हिंदी) 23.03.2017 Bye-Elections to the House of the People and State Legislative Assemblies, 2017 - Commission's order regarding identification of electors –reg. ( English / हिंदी) 22.03.2017 Bye-Elections to the House of the People and State Legislative Assemblies, 2017 - Use of Electronic Voting Machine 04.03.2017 General Elections to the Legislative Assemblies of Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh – EXIT POLL – Revised Notification. (English / हिंदी) 22.02.2017 (Postal ballot papers returned undelivered - procedure to be followed.English / हिंदी) 21.02.2017 Engagement of Child Labour in the Election Related Activities - Regarding.( English / हिंदी) 07.02.2017 General Elections to the Legislative assembly of Manipur – Use of EVMs with Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail System (VVPAT) – regarding. 07.02.2017 General Elections to the Legislative assembly of Uttarakhand – Use of EVMs with Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail System (VVPAT) – regarding. 07.02.2017 General Elections to the Legislative assembly of Uttar Pradesh – Use of EVMs with Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail System (VVPAT) – regarding. 31.01.2017 Cash withdrawal limits from banks for candidates contesting elections in Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh – reg. ( English / हिंदी) 27.01.2017 General Elections to the Legislative assembly of Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh – Exit Poll – regarding. ( English / हिंदी) 24.01.2017 Payment of ex-gratia compensation to the families of polling personnel who die or sustain injuries while on election duty in connection with conduct of Legislative Council elections - Regarding 19.01.2017 General Elections to the Legislative assembly of Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh – Facilities to be provided to differently abled electors – regarding. 18.01.2017 General Elections to the Legislative assembly of Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh – use of EVMs – regarding. 13.01.2017 General Elections to the Legislative assembly of Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh – Protection of voting rights of electors subjected to Preventive Detention – regarding. ( English / हिंदी) 14.01.2017 Transport of clean and genuine cash by banks and transfer of currency from one chest to another operated by the banks – Rag. ( English / हिंदी) 13.01.2017 Revised Schedule 6 and Schedule 4 of Annexure-15 of Compendium of Instructions on Election Expenditure Monitoring (September, 2016)-reg. (English / हिंदी) 12.01.2017 The CHECK LIST of documents required to be filed by a candidate along with the nomination paper-regarding 11.01.2017 Bye-Election to the 02-Amritsar Parliamentary Constituency of Punjab, 2017- Use of Electronic Voting Machines. 10.01.2017 (Biennial Election to the Uttar Pradesh Legislative council from 3 Graduates' and 2 Teachers' Constituencies – 2017 – regarding. (English / हिंदी) 06.01.2017 General Elections to the Legislative Assemblies-2017 : Election Planner - regarding ( English / हिंदी) 04.01.2017 General Elections to the Legislative Assemblies-2017 : Preparedness for Commission's Review meeting – reg. ( English / हिंदी) 29.12.2016 Receiving of nomination forms – holidays regarding.(English / हिंदी) 29.12.2016 Fixing of uniform rate of Honorarium to Assistant Expenditure Observers deployed on election duty – regarding. 26.12.2016 General Elections to the Legislative Assemblies-2017 : Setting up of 'Voter Assistance Booths' (VAB) at polling stations – reg.( English / हिंदी) 26.12.2016 General Elections to the Legislative Assemblies-2017 : Modification of Instructions on official Photo Voter Slips – reg.( English / हिंदी) 26.12.2016 Biennial /Bye-Elections to the Legislative Councils from Council Constituencies by Graduates' and Teachers' and Local Authorities' Constituencies – MCC Instructions – regarding.(English / हिंदी) 23.12.2016 Candidates' booths (kiosks) outside the polling station: accounting of expenditure incurred, in the account of election expenses of candidate –reg. 23.12.2016 The Registration of Electors (Amendment) Rules, 2016 –Amendment of Form 6 to 8A, 18 & 19 appended to the Registration of Electors Rules, 1960 –regarding. ( English / हिंदी) 21.12.2016 Display of Voter Facilitation Posters(VFPs) at Polling Stations – reg. ( English / हिंदी) 21.12.2016 General Elections to the State Legislative Assemblies, 2017 – Commission's order regarding identification of electors. 10.11.2016 Amendment to the Conduct of Election Rules, 1961 -reg.(English / हिंदी) 10.11.2016 The Conduct of Elections (Amendment) Rules, 2016 - Amendment of Nomination forms 2A to 2H appended to the conduct of Elections rules, 1961 - regarding. (English / हिंदी) 03.11.2016 Bye-elections to the House of the People and State Legislative Assemblies, 2016 – Use of Electronic voting Machine – regarding. 03.11.2016 Bye-elections to the House of the People and State Legislative Assemblies, 2016 – Exit Poll – regarding. (English / हिंदी) 04.10.2016 Voting through postal ballot papers - additional instruction -reg (English / हिंदी) 16.09.2016 Petition from Shri Prashant Patel, Advocate, East of Kailash, New Delhi alleging disqualification of 21 MLAs of Delhi Legislative Assembly for being Members of the Assembly.) 14.09.2016 Payment of Honorarium to the CAPF/SAP Personnel Deployed on Election Duty – Regarding. 07.09.2016 Providing facilities to Persons with Disabilities – regarding 07.09.2016 Storage and supply of CCTV recordings - regarding (English / हिंदी) 06.09.2016 Use of Social Media- reg. 18.08.2016 Period of retention of the Affidavits in Form 26 and the nomination papers filed by the candidates- regarding.(English / हिंदी) ) 25.07.2016 Restriction on the printing on pamphlets posters etc. – clarification.(English / हिंदी) 06.06.2016 Biennial Elections to the Karnataka Legislative Councils from Graduates' and Teachers' Constituencies, poll for which is schedule to be taken on 9th June, 2016 (Thursday) – Commission's order regarding Identification of electors.(English / हिंदी) 02.06.2016 Procedure for preparation of Scrutiny Report and Summery Report in respect of accounts of elections expenses of Candidates- regarding.(English / हिंदी) 02.06.2016 Modified format of DEO's scrutiny report (Annexure-21) –regarding.(English / हिंदी) 31.05.2016 Affidavit in Form 26 - clarification. (English & हिंदी) 13.05.2016 General Election to the Legislative Assembly of Tamil Nadu - Use of EVMs with Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail System (VVPAT)- reg.( English / हिंदी) 06.05.2016 General Election to the Legislative Assembly of Kerala - Use of EVMs with Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail System (VVPAT)- reg.(English / हिंदी) 04.05.2016 Bye-Election to the 132-Ghoradongri (ST) Assembly Constituency of Madhya Pradesh, 2016 - Use of Electronic Voting Machines. (English / हिंदी) 04.05.2016 Bye-Election to the 132-Ghoradongri (ST) Assembly Constituency of Madhya Pradesh, 2016 - Commission's order regarding identification of electors.(English / हिंदी) 02.05.2016 General Election to the legislative assembly of Kerala, 2016- Commission's order regarding identification of electors.(English / हिंदी) 02.05.2016 General Election to the legislative assembly of Tamil Nadu, 2016- Commission's order regarding identification of electors.(English / हिंदी) 02.05.2016 General Election to the legislative assembly of Puducherry, 2016- Commission's order regarding identification of electors.(English / हिंदी) 30.04.2016 Placement of the camera used for webcasting during poll day and poll process - Regarding.(English / हिंदी) 30.04.2016 Election expenses of candidates and political parties - travel expenses on visits to foreign countries for purpose of canvassing - regarding (English / हिंदी) 28.04.2016 Advisory regarding holding of public meetings during peak summer days(English / हिंदी) 28.04.2016 Bye-Elections to the House of the People and State Legislative Assemblies, 2016 – Use of Electronic Voting Machines (English / हिंदी) 28.04.2016 Bye- Elections to the House of the People and State Legislative Assemblies, 2016 – Exit Poll - Regarding (English / हिंदी) 28.04.2016 Bye- Elections to the House of the People and State Legislative Assemblies, 2016 – Commission's order regarding Identification of Electors (English / हिंदी) 21.04.2016 Bank Holiday on 23.04.2016 – Receiving of Nomination - regarding(English / हिंदी) 08.04.2016 General Elections to the Legislative Assemblies of Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Puducherry - Use of EVMs with Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail System(VVPAT)– corrigendum.(English / हिंदी) 05.04.2016 Pollution of environment on account of use of plastic sheets for making use of posters/banners during the election campaign.(English / हिंदी) 04.04.2016 Standard Operating Procedure for follow up action by the Flying Squads on receipt of complaints relating to storage of cash or other valuables etc. in any premise-reg.(English / हिंदी) 01.04.2016 General Elections to the Legislative Assemblies of Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Puducherry - Use of EVMs with Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail System(VVPAT)– regarding.(English / हिंदी) 31.03.2016 General Elections to the Legislative Assemblies of Assam, 2016 - Commission's order regarding identification of electors (English / हिंदी) 31.03.2016 General Elections to the Legislative Assemblies of West Bengal, 2016 - Commission's order regarding identification of electors(English / हिंदी) 31.03.2016 General Elections to the Legislative Assemblies of Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Puducherry - EXIT POLL – regarding.(English / हिंदी) 22.03.2016 General Elections to the Legislative Assemblies of Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Puducherry 2016-Exchange of information and coordination between Expenditure Observer and all the Enforcement Agencies of Election Expenditure Monitoring - regarding(English / हिंदी) 21.03.2016 General Elections to the Legislative Assemblies of Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Puducherry - Use of EVMs – regarding.(English / हिंदी) 15.03.2016 General Elections to the Legislative Assemblies of Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Puducherry - Use of EVMs – regarding.(English / हिंदी) 15.03.2016 General Elections to the Legislative Assemblies of Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Puducherry - Facilities to be provided to differently abled electors.(English / हिंदी) 12.03.2016 Providing facilities to persons with disabilities (English / हिंदी) 27.02.2016 National Electoral Rolls Purification (NERP) 2016 drive to improve the health of the Electoral Roll and to rationalize the Polling Stations boundaries and location-regarding. (English / हिंदी) 24.02.2016 Particulars to be printed on the postal ballot papers-reg. 15.02.2016 Facilities to be provided to persons with disabilities(English / हिंदी) 04.02.2016 Candidates to submit 'No Demand Certificate' from agencies providing electricity,water and telephone along with their nomination papers (English / हिंदी) 03.02.2016 Bye-Election to the State Legislative Assemblies of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Bihar, Telangana, Maharashtra, Punjab and Tripura – Exit Poll – regarding (English / हिंदी) 02.02.2016 Bye-Election to the State Legislative Assemblies of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Bihar, Telangana, Maharashtra, Punjab and Tripura – Commission's order regarding identification of electors.(English / हिंदी) 02.02.2016 Bye-Election to the State Legislative Assemblies, 2016 – Use of electronic Voting Machines. (English / हिंदी) 22.01.2016 Printing of photographs of the candidates and NOTA symbol on the ballot papers in case of elections to the Council of States and State Legislative Councils -regarding (English / हिंदी) 20.01.2016 List of Non-Scheduled Operator's permits holders (NSOP) - regarding. 19.01.2016 Printing of ballot papers – photograph of candidate to be also printed along with the other particulars – reg.(English / हिंदी) 19.01.2016 Printing of ballot papers format of Notice for non-submission of photograph of the candidate-reg.(English / हिंदी) 11.01.2016 Bye-Election to the 168-Choryasi Assembly Constituency of Gujarat, 2015 - Use of Electronic Voting Machines. (English / हिंदी) 11.01.2016 Bye-Election to the 168-Choryasi Assembly Constituency of Gujarat, 2015 - Commission's order regarding identification of electors. (English / हिंदी) 08.01.2016 Bye-Election to the 168-Choryasi Assembly Constituency of Gujarat, 2015 – Exit Poll - regarding.(English / हिंदी) 19.12.2015 Biennial Elections to the Legislative Councils of Karnataka, Maharashtra and Telangana – measures to prevent malpractices, use of spurious ballot papers at poll and to ensure free, fair and peaceful elections – reg. (English / हिंदी) 08.12.2015 Issuing of Election Duty Certificate in Legislative Council Elections – regarding. (English / हिंदी) 03.12.2015 Bye-Election to the State Legislative Assembly, 2015 – Commission's order regarding identification of electors.(English and हिंदी) 02.12.2015 Bye-Election to the 72-Lohardaga (ST) Assembly Constituency of Jharkhand, 2015 – Exit Poll – regarding.(English and हिंदी) 02.12.2015 Bye-Election to the 72-Lohardaga (ST) Assembly Constituency of Jharkhand, 2015 – Use of Electronic Voting Machines.(English and हिंदी) 18.11.2015 Bye-Election to the House of the People and State Legislative Assemblies of Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya and Telangana – Exit Poll - regarding (English / हिंदी) 18.11.2015 Bye-Election to 12-Aizawl North-III (ST) Assembly Constituency of Mizoram, 2015 – Use of EVMs with Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail System (VVPAT)- reg. (English / हिंदी) 12.11.2015 Manner of opting for 'None of the Above' at elections to Rajya Sabha and State Legislative Council – revised instructions of the commission.(English / हिंदी) 12.11.2015 Bye-Election to the House of the People and State Legislative Assemblies – Use of Electronic Voting Machines.(English and हिंदी) 12.11.2015 Bye-Election to the House of the People and State Legislative Assemblies of Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya and Telangana – Commission's order regarding identification of electors.(English and हिंदी) 13.10.2015 Judgment dated 10.07.2013 of the Hon'ble Supreme Court in W.P.(C) Nos. 490 2005 and 231 of 2005- Follow-up action for implementation of the law laid down by Hon'ble Supreme Court – reg.(English / हिंदी) 11.10.2015 Change of helicopter by the candidate/political parties at the last moment - Permission on priority basis by DEO - regarding.(English / हिंदी) 09.10.2015 General Election to the State Legislative Assembly of Bihar – Model Code of Conduct - maintenance of high standards in election campaign - regarding (English / हिंदी) 28.09.2015 General Election to the State Legislative Assembly of Bihar – Commission's order regarding ban on Exit Poll.(English and हिंदी) 28.09.2015 General Election to the State Legislative Assembly of Bihar – Commission's order regarding Identification of Electors.(English and हिंदी) 22.09.2015 Direction regarding use of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail System (VVPAT) in Bihar Election 21.09.2015 Facilities to be provided to differently abled electors 18.09.2015 Symbol for "None of the Above" option on ballot paper. 18.09.2015 Particulars to be printed on postal ballot papers-reg. 17.09.2015 Model Code of conduct for the Guidance of Political Parties and Candidates – Maintenance of high standards of election campaign - regarding 08.09.2015 Filing of part election expenditure statement attributed to candidates by political parties within 30 days of declaration of results of elections-reg.(English / हिंदी) 20.07.2015 General Election to State Legislative Assembly of Bihar, 2015 – Transfer/Posting of officers – regarding. (English / हिंदी) 10.07.2015 Standardized Voting Compartment at Polling Stations-regarding(English / हिंदी) 10.07.2015 Security measures for Electronic Voting Machines stored in Strong Rooms after First Level Checking of EVMs - Installation of CCTV Camera - regarding(English / हिंदी) 15.06.2015 Bye-Elections to the state Legislative Assemblies, 2015 – Commission's order regarding identification of electors. 09.06.2015 Donations etc., received by candidates from any person entity or political party for the purpose of election campaign during election-Regarding (English / हिंदी) 05.06.2015 Bye-Elections to the State Legislative Assemblies, 2015 – Use of Electronic Voting Machine (English / हिंदी) 05.06.2015 Bye-Elections to the State Legislative Assemblies, 2015 – Exit poll -regarding (English / हिंदी) 05.06.2015 Bye-Elections to the State Legislative Assemblies, 2015 – Commission's order regarding identification of electors. (English / हिंदी) 29.05.2015 Standard Operating Procedure for seizure and release of cash and other items-Regarding (English / हिंदी) 29.05.2015 Account Reconciliation Meeting with the candidates/election agents with the District Expenditure Monitoring Committee (DEMC)-Regarding (English / हिंदी) 29.05.2015 Deployment of Booth Level Awareness Group (BAGs) for ethical voting campaign after the announcement of elections-matter reg. (English / हिंदी) 29.05.2015 Permission of vehicles to the contesting candidates and incurring the expenditure in the account of elections expenses-Regarding (English / हिंदी) 28.05.2015 Pre-Certification of political advertisements- Use of bulk SMSs/voice messages in political campaigning -reg (English / हिंदी) 21.05.2015 Printing of photographs of the candidates on the postal ballot papers, the ordinary ballot papers in the ballot papers to be displayed on the balloting unit of EVMs- Forwarding of the Commission's Direction-regarding. (English / हिंदी) 05.05.2015 Storage and Safety arrangement of EVMs- updated instructions(English / हिंदी) 28.04.2015 Bye-Election to the 315-Pharenda Assembly Constituency in Uttar Pradesh, 2015 – Use of Electronic Voting Machines. 28.04.2015 Bye-Election to the 315-Pharenda Assembly Constituency in Uttar Pradesh, 2015 – Exit poll –regarding. 26.03.2015 Bye-Elections to the State Legislative Assemblies, 2015- Exit poll-regarding. 26.03.2015 Bye election to the State Legislative Assemblies, 2015-Commission’s order regarding identification of electors. (English / हिंदी) 25.03.2015 Bye election to the State Legislative Assemblies, 2015- Use of Electronic Voting Machines.(English / हिंदी) 23.03.2015 Application of Indelible Ink on electors fingers - regarding.(English / हिंदी) 19.03.2015 Biennial Election to the Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Legislative councils from Graduates' and Teachers' Constituencies, poll for which is scheduled to be taken on 22nd March, 2015-Commission's order regarding Identification of electors.(English / हिंदी) 16.03.2015 Printing of photograph of candidate on ballot papers. (Addressed to the CEOs) (English / हिंदी) 16.03.2015 Printing of photograph of candidate on ballot papers. (Addressed to political parties) (English / हिंदी) 16.02.2015 Modification in Presiding officer's Diary – reg.(English & हिन्दी) 05.02.2015 Format of Declaration by Elector Alleging Malfunctioning of EVM at Polling Station (English / हिंदी) 04.02.2015 Instructions on the use of EVMs – redressal of complaint reg. (English / हिंदी) 04.02.2015 General Election to the Legslative Assembly of NCT of Delhi- 2015- Polling day Measures –regarding.(English / हिंदी) 02.02.2015 Bye-election to the Parliamentary Constituency and State Legslative Assembly, 2015-Exit Poll regarding.(English & हिन्दी) 02.02.2015 The Commission's instruction dated 19th January, 2012 on the use of EVM- reiteration. (English & हिन्दी) 30.01.2015 General Election to the Legslative Assembly of NCT of Delhi- 2015- Exit Poll regarding.(English & हिन्दी) 28.01.2015 Bye-election to the House of the People and Legslative Assembly, 2015- Commission's order regarding Identification of electors. 22.01.2015 General Election to the Legslative Assembly of NCT of Delhi- 2015- Commission's order regarding Identification of electors.(English & हिन्दी) 19.01.2015 General Election to the Legislative Assembly of NCT of Delhi-Use of EVMs with Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail System (VVPAT)-reg. (English & हिन्दी) 16.01.2015 General Election to the Legslative Assembly of NCT of Delhi- 2015- use of EVMs regarding.(English & हिन्दी) 15.01.2015 General Election to the Legislative Assembly of NCT of Delhi-Facilities to be provided to differently abled electors-regarding(English & हिन्दी) 01.01.2015 Bye election to the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council from Kanpur Division Graduates' Constituency-Commission's order reg. Identification of electors. (हिन्दी & English) 24.11.2014 General Election to the State Legislative Assembly of Jharkhand & Jammu & Kashmir- Commission's order regarding ban on Exit Poll. (English and हिन्दी) 13.11.2014 General Election to the State Legislative Assembly of Jharkhand, 2014- Commission's order regarding identification of electors (हिन्दी & English) 10.11.2014 General Election to the State Legislative Assembly of Jharkhand -use of EVMs with VVPAT-regarding. (हिन्दी & English) 07.11.2014 General Election to the State Legislative Assembly of Jharkhand-Protection of voting rights of electors subjected to Preventive Detention-regarding. (हिन्दी & English) 07.11.2014 General Election to the State Legislative Assembly of Jharkhand -use of EVMs-regarding. (हिन्दी & English) 05.11.2014 General Election to the State Legislative Assemblies of Jharkhand and Jammu & Kashmir- Facilities to be provided to differently abled electors-regarding. (हिन्दी & English) 29.09.2014 General Elections to the State Legislative Assemblies of Haryana and Maharashtra and bye-elections in the State Legislative Assemblies of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Nagaland, Uttar Pradesh ,Gujarat and bye-elections in the Parliamentary Constituency of Maharashtra and Odisha-use of EPICs- regarding (हिन्दी & English) 29.09.2014 General Elections to the State Legislative Assemblies of Haryana and Maharashtra and bye-elections in the State Legislative Assemblies of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Nagaland, Uttar Pradesh ,Gujarat and bye-elections in the Parliamentary Constituency of Maharashtra and Odisha-Commission's order regarding ban on Exit Poll (हिन्दी & English) 26.09.2014 General instructions on elction related advertisements and defacement of property - instructions regarding display of advertisements on Govt. owned vechicles. 24.09.2014 Instructions on the use of EVMs with Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail system (VVPAT) - reg 18.09.2014 General Elections to the State Legislative Assemblies of Haryana & Maharashtra- protection of voting rights of electors subjected to Preventive Detention-regarding(English / हिंदी) 17.09.2014 Filing of false affidavit- Order passed by the Hon'ble High Court of Andhra Pradesh in the matter of Dubbaka Narsimha Reddy Vs Election Commission of India & Ors. – WP No. 12066/2014 (English / हिंदी) 16.09.2014 Biennial elections to the Bihar Legislative Council from Siwan Local Authorities' Constituencies, 2014 –Identification of the electors regarding. 04.09.2014 Bye-elections to the House of the People from Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat,& Uttar Pradesh and State Legislative Assemblies of Andhra Pradesh, Assam , Chhattisgarh ,Gujarat, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh & west Bengal- Commission's order regarding ban on exit poll. 29.08.2014 Bye-elections to the House of the People from Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat & Uttar Pradesh and State Legislative Assemblies of Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh & West Bengal-Commission's order regarding ban on exit poll.(हिन्दी & English) 14.08.2014 Guidelines on transparency and accountability in party funds and election expenditure –submission of reports by unrecognized political parties – regarding. 12.08.2014 Hon’ble Supreme Court Judgment  dated 09.05.2014 in C.A.No 4261 of 2007 – Election of elected candidate would be void if a Court finds a case of misinformation or suppressing of material information in the affidavit filed with nomination paper.(English / हिंदी) 04.08.2014 Bye election to the State Legislative Assemblies of Bihar, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh & Punjab, 2014, poll for which is scheduled to be taken on 21st August, 2014- Commission's Order regarding identification of electors at the polling station. 11.07.2014 Bye-Elections to the Legislative Assembly of Uttrakhand, 2014, poll for which is scheduled to be taken on 21st July, 2014 - Commission's Order regarding identification of electors at the polling station 10.07.2014 Bye-Elections to the Legislative Assembly of Uttrakhand - Commission's Order regarding ban on exit poll. 12.06.2014 Commission's order regarding identification of electors at the polling station during poll to be taken on 20.06.2014 for Karnataka Legislative Council. 12.06.2014 Commission's order regarding identification of electors at the polling station during poll to be taken on 20.06.2014 for Maharashtra Legislative Council. 16.05.2014 General Election to the House of the People, 2014 and simultaneous elections to the legislative assemblies of Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim, 2014 – Observation of process of counting of votes- Regarding. 14.05.2014 Format for recording tally of Postal ballot papers- regarding. 12.05.2014 Important instruction relating to initiating of action for violation of election laws-regarding. 12.05.2014 Manner of voting in Parliamentary and Assembly Constituencies 26.04.2014 Filing of false affidavit in Form-26 – Complaint to file petition before Competent Court - regarding 26.04.2014 Election related campaign activities undertaken by persons other than political parties and candidates-Guidelines 25.04.2014 Payment of ex-gratia compensation to family of polling personnel who die or sustain injuries while on election duty – regarding. 25.04.2014 Certificate of political advertisement – regarding. 17.04.2014 Additional facility for e-filing of affidavit (form-26) of criminal cases, assets, liabilities and educational qualifications by candidates- Guidelines for ROs. 15.04.2014 Broadcasting of films of actors, who are contesting election on, TV channels - regarding 14.04.2014 Telecast of political advt. on Doordarshan – clarification – regarding. 12.04.2014 Guidelines regarding applications received from individuals seeking pre-certification of ads of political nature on TV Channels/ Cable Network/ Radio-clarification 11.04.2014 Certification of political advertisement – regarding. 11.04.2014 General Election to Lok Sabha 2014- Application of Model Code of Conduct - display of political functionaries, construction site plaque etc. - clarification. 10.04.2014 General Election to the Lok Sabha, 2014 - Consolidated Instructions on use of vehicles during elections - regarding. 08.04.2014 Appointment of Election Agent-Regarding. 04.04.2014 Nomination of member of Press Council of India in the State level MCMC – regarding. 03.04.2014 Star Campaigner - regarding 03.04.2014 Current General Elections and Bye-Elections- Commission's Order regarding ban on exit poll. 02.04.2014 Current General Elections to the House of the People, 2014 –use of EVMs with Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail System (VVPAT)-reg. 02.04.2014 Current General Elections and Bye-Elections- Commission's Order regarding identification of electors at the polling station. 01.04.2014 Direction regarding use of EVMs for this current elections. 01.04.2014 Prohibition of Appointment of sitting Minister/MP/MLA/MLC as Election Agent, Polling Agent or Counting Agent – Clarification regarding. 31.03.2014 Permission for allotment of liquor vends/finalization of wholesales liquor sale during the period of operation of the Model Code of Conduct-reg. 29.03.2014 Issue of Electricity tariff and related order by State Electricity Regulatory Commission –reg. 29.03.2014 Model Code of Conduct- References from Ministries and department of Govt of India on financial matter-Clarification-Regarding 27-03-2014 Model Code of Conduct- Standing Instructions on matter pertaining directly to defence forces. 25-03-2014 General Elections- Enforcement of the Model Code of Conduct– reg. 25-03-2014 Payment of Ex-gratia compensation to families of polling personnel who die or sustain injuries while on election duty-regarding 21-03-2014 Release of funds for ongoing agricultural schemes and permission for normal purchase and distribution of inputs for the ensuing Kharif season– reg. 21-03-2014 Distribution of Photo Voter Slips to the Electors by BLOs - reg. 20-03-2014 Instructions relating to deletion of all references on politicians/Ministers on the official website during election period of General/Bye-elections to the Lok Sabha and State Legislative Assemblies– reg. 20-03-2014 General Elections – Enforcement of Model Code of Conduct - Regarding. 20-03-2014 General Elections to Lok Sabha, 2014 – Commencement of Counting of Votes – Regarding. 20-03-2014 General Elections to Lok Sabha, 2014 – instruction regarding Single Window System for Public Meeting/Rallies/Processions, use of Loudspeakers and use of vehicles for election campaigning as well as use of non-commercial/remote/uncontrolled airports/helipads. 19-03-2014 Biennial Elections to the Bihar Legislative Councils from Graduate's and Teachers' Constituencies, poll for which is scheduled to be taken on 23rd March, 2014- Commissioner's order regarding identification of electors 19-03-2014 Biennial Elections to the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Councils from Graduate's and Teachers' Constituencies, poll for which is scheduled to be taken on 23rd March, 2014- Commissioner's order regarding identification of electors. 19-03-2014 Elections – star campaigners - clarification 19-03-2014 Optional facility of e-filing of Affidavit in Form-26-instruction to all CEOs and Political Parties 18-03-2014 Model Code of Conduct- Ban on Video Conferencing. 18-03-2014 Provision for "None of the above" option on ballot paper for elections to State Legislative Council – regarding. 18-03-2014 General elections to Lok Sabha, 2014 and General Election to the Legislative Assemblies of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh and Bye Elections to fill the clear vacancies in Assembly Constituencies of various States- Grant of Paid Holiday – Regarding. 18-03-2014 General Elections to the Lok Sabha, 2014 – Prohibition on Sale of Liquor - Regarding 13-03-2014 Facilities to be provided to differently abled electors 11-03-2014 General Elections to the House of the People, 2014 and the State Legislative Assemblies of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim - Protection of voting rights of electors subjected to Preventive Detention - regarding. 11-03-2014 Prevention of defacement of Property & other campaign related items-Clarification regarding use of flags of political parties/candidate. 07-03-2014 Guidelines for issue of Postal Ballot Papers. 07-03-2014 Guidelines for issue of Election Duty Certificate 05-03-2014 Conduct of Elections (Amendment) Rules, 2014- Amendment of Rule 90 of Conduct of Election Rules, 1961 –Increase in maximum limit of election expenses-regarding. 05-03-2014 Application to Model Code of Conduct – General Election to Lok Sabha – 2014 and simultaneous elections to State Legislative Assemblies in the States of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim and certain bye-elections-reg. 05-03-2014 General Election to Lok Sabha – 2014 and simultaneous elections to State Legislative Assemblies in the States of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim and certain bye-elections- Release of funds under MPs'/MLAs' Local Area Development Scheme. 04-03-2014 Advisory regarding use of National Flag in rallies of political parties. 03-03-2014 Affidavits filed by candidates- dissemination thereof. 28-02-2014 Fixing uniform rate of remuneration to the officers/officials deployed on election duty -Regarding 27-02-2014 Provision for "None of the above" option on ballot paper for elections to State Legislative Council-regarding. 22-02-2014 Affidavits File by the candidates with their nomination paper-disclosure of assets and liabilities by candidates-assets and liabilities in Foreign countries-clarification 05.02.2014 Provision of NOTA option - clarification - regarding. 27.01.2014 Standardised Voting Compartment at Polling Stations -Regarding. 27.01.2014 Polling Day Facilitation of Voters at Polling Stations –Regarding. 27.01.2014 Assessment and lnventory of Polling Stations - Basic Minimum Facilities (BMF) to be Provided - Regarding. 24.01.2014 Provision for "None of the above" option on ballot paper for elections to Rajya Sabha - Regarding 16.01.2014 Amendment to Form 17 A appended to the Conduct of Election Rules, 1961 -reg 15.01.2014 General Election to House of the People (Lok Sabha), 2014 –Transfer/Posting of Officers-regarding. 09.01.2014 Preparation of Due-Constitution Notification-Regarding. 7.12.2013 Clarification on 'None of the above' - counting of votes - reg. 5.12.2013 Counting of postal ballots – additional instructions 4.12.2013 Voting through postal ballots – additional instructions for more transparency- regarding. 4.12.2013 Counting of votes polled on EVMs– additional instructions for more transparency- regarding. 4.12.2013 Counting of votes polled on EVMs– additional instructions for more transparency- regarding. 4.12.2013 Counting of postal ballots – additional instructions 27.11.2013 Amendment to the Registration of Electors Rules, 1960 -regarding 24.11.2013 General Election to the State Legislative Assemblies of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Rajasthan and Delhi and bye-elections to fill the casual vacancies in the State Legislative Assemblies of Gujarat and Tamil Nadu – Grant of paid holiday to employees on the day of Poll - Regarding 20.11.2013 Elections using VVPAT System - Format for declaration under Rule 49MA 20.11.2013 Use of EVMs with Printers – Format of declaration under rule 49MA of C.E Rules, 1961 – regarding. (English / हिंदी) 14.11.2013 General Election to the State Legislative Assembly of NCT of Delhi – Commission's Order regarding use of VVPAT in 40 New Delhi Assembly Constituencies in NCT of Delhi. (English / हिंदी) 14.11.2013 General Election to the State Legislative Assembly, 2013 – Commission's Order regarding use of VVPAT in 10 Assembly Constituencies in Mizoram 13.11.2013 Matter relating to nomination, allotment of symbols, scrutiny etc. (English & हिंदी) 12.11.2013 General Election to the State Legislative Assembly of NCT of Delhi – Commission's Order regarding use of EVM. (English / हिंदी) 12.11.2013 General Election to the State Legislative Assembly of NCT of Delhi – Commission's Order regarding use of Electors Photo Identity Card and other alternative documents for identification of electors at the polling station.(English / हिंदी) / 12.11.2013 Views of political parties on the proposal regarding opinion polls. 12.11.2013 General Election to the State Legislative Assembly, Rajasthan – Commission's Order regarding use of Electors Photo Identity Card and other alternative documents for identification of electors at the polling station.(English / हिंदी) 11.11.2013 Bye-Election to the State Legislative Assembly of Tamil Nadu- Commission's Order regarding use of Electors Photo Identity Card and other alternative documents for identification of electors at the polling station. 7.11.2013 General Election to the State Legislative Assembly of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Rajasthan, NCT of Delhi, Tamil Nadu & Gujarat, 2013 - Exit Poll - regarding. (English / हिंदी) 7.11.2013 General Election to the Legislative Assembly of Madhya Pradesh- Commission's Order regarding use of Electors Photo Identity Card and other alternative documents for identification of electors at the polling station. (English / हिंदी) 6.11.2013 General Election to the Legislative Assembly of Mizoram- Commission's Order regarding use of Electors Photo Identity Card and other alternative documents for identification of electors at the polling station. 5.11.2013 General Election to the State Legislative Assembly of Mizoram – Commission's Order regarding use of EVM . 31.10.2013 General Election to the State Legislative Assembly of Chhattisgarh- Commission's Order regarding use of Electors Photo Identity Card. (English / हिंदी) 30.10.2013 Provision for 'None of the above' - Regarding. (English / हिंदी) 18.10.2013 The Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Act, 2013 - reg. 15.10.2013 Bye election to the Legislative Assembly, 2013 - Exit Poll – regarding. 15.10.2013 General Elections to the State Legislative Assemblies, 2013 – Protection of voting rights of electors subjected to preventive detention 15.10.2013 The Conduct of Election (Amendment) Rules, 2013-reg. 11.10.2013 Provision for "None of the above" option on the EVM/Ballot Paper - Instruction 11.10.2013 Provision for "None of the above" option on the EVM/Ballot Paper- Instructions. 09.10.2013 The Representation of the People (Amendment and Validation) Act, 2013-reg. 30.09.2013 Judgment dated 13-09-13 of the Hon'ble SC in WP (C) No. 121 of 2008- Resurgence India vs. ECI and other, regarding filing of incomplete affidavit of candidates. 06.09.2013 Disqualification for conviction under Section 8 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951-Clarification – regarding. 06.09.2013 Reimbursement of TA of polling personnel and observer for attending judicial proceedings on behalf of the Commission after retirement – regarding. 21.08.2013 Notification regarding ban on exit poll during Bye-election to the Legislative Assembly of Nagaland 19.08.2013 Bye-Elections to the State Legislative Assembly of Nagaland - Commission's Order regarding use of Electors Photo Identity Card and other alternative documents for identification of electors at the pooling station. 08.08.2013 Bye-Elections to the State Legislative Assembly of Karnataka - Commission's Order regarding use of Electors Photo Identity Card and other alternative documents for identification of electors at the pooling station. 08.08.2013 Bye-Elections to the State Legislative Assembly of Andhra Pradesh - Commission's Order regarding use of Electors Photo Identity Card and other alternative documents for identification of electors at the pooling station. 07.08.2013 Supreme Court Judgement in W.P(C) Nos. 490 of 231 of 2005. 02.08.2013 Notification regarding ban on exit poll during Bye-election to the House of the people of Karnataka State. 02.08.2013 Notification regarding ban on exit poll during Bye-election to the Legislative Assembly of Andhra Pradesh 30.07.2013 Civil Appeal Nos. 3040-3041 of 2004- The Chief Election Commissioner etc. Vs. Jan Chaukidar (Peoples Watch) and Ors.-reg. 18.06.2013 Preparatory activities for Exercise of Franchise by persons on election duty-reg. 17.06.2013 Election to the council of states, appointment of authorized agents –reg. 12.06.2013 Affidavits filed by candidates – complaints/counter affidavits filed against the statements in the affidavits – dissemination thereof. 03.06.2013 Bye election to the House of the People, 2013 - Exit Poll – regarding. 28.05.2013 Bye-Election to the House of the People of the West Bengal State - Commission's Order regarding use of Electors Photo Identity Card and other alternative documents for identification of electors at the polling station. 04.05.2013 Notification regarding ban on exit poll during General Election to Legislative Assembly of Karnataka.(Modified) 02.05.2013 Counting of voters – Randomization of counting staff – Regarding. 15.04.2013 General Election to the State Legislative Assembly of Karnataka- Commission's Order regarding use of Electors Photo Identity Card and other alternative documents for identification of electors at the polling station 11.04.2013 Notification regarding ban on exit poll during General Election to Legislative Assembly of Karnataka. 22.03.2013 General Elections to the Legislative Assembly of Karnataka – Provision of Rule 49 O of the Conduct of Elections Rules, 1961, regarding electors deciding not to vote 21.03.2013 Standard Operating Procedure to be adopted by the officer/officials involved in implementation and execution of the Election Expenditure Monitoring – Reg. 14.03.2013 Procedure for reporting of true and correct account of election expenses by the candidates – matter reg 20.02.2013 Affidavit to be filed by the candidates with their nomination paper - regarding. 07.02.2013 General-Elections to the Legislative Assemblies of Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura and bye elections to the Legislative Assemblies- 2013 - Exit Poll – regarding. 06.02.2013 General-Election to the State Legislative Assembly, 2013– Commission's Order regarding use of Electors Photo Identity Cards. 31.01.2013 General-Election to the State Legislative Assembly, 2013– Commission's Order regarding use of Electors Photo Identity Cards. 24.01.2013 Bye-election to the Council of States from Maharashtra – Declaration of 'Dry Day' – regarding. 21.01.2013 Filing of nominations and scrutiny of nomination papers- additional measures to ensure transparency/accountability. 19.11.2012 General Election to the State Legislative Assembly of Gujarat- Commission's Order regarding use of Electors Photo Identity Card and other alternative documents for identification of electors at the polling station. 6.11.2012 Handbook for Returning officer for election to the Council of States & State Legislative Councils-1992 (reprint-1996) - amendments - Regarding. 1.11.2012 Clarification about categories of persons and staff to be treated as "Voters on election duty" for the purpose of postal ballot facility. 17.10.2012 Electors deciding not to vote under Rule 49O- Procedure to be followed – Collection of figures from Form 17C at the time of counting of votes polled for General Election to the Legislative Assemblies of Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat on 20-12-2012. 18.10.2012 General Election to the State Legislative Assembly of Himachal Pradesh- Commission's Order regarding use of Electoral Photo Identity Cards.(English / हिंदी) 16.10.2012 Guidelines for smooth management of Postal Ballot Papers for Police Officers on poll duty - regarding. 15.10.2012 Notification regarding ban on Exit Poll during General Election to the Legislative Assemblies of Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat 12.10.2012 Affidavits filed by the candidates with their nomination paper-uploading on website- regarding . 26.09.2012 Affidavit to be filed by the candidates with their nomination paper- regarding. 17.09.2012 Clarification on initiating action against a person violating election laws-regarding. 12.09.2012Time-Bound Preparatory Training for SR 2013 - of EROs, AEROs, ACMTs at district level, and of BLOs within ACs. 10.09.2012Revised format of Affidavit to be filed by the candidates with their nomination paper w.e.f. 01-08-2012- clarification. 27.08.2012Measures to check 'Paid News' during elections i.e. advertisement in garb of news in Media and related matters – revised guidelines – regarding. 24.08.2012Affidavit to be filed by the candidates with their nomination paper- modification of format - regarding,   corrigendum 13.08.2012Guidelines for smooth management of Postal Ballot Papers for Police Officers on poll duty -regarding. 13.08.2012Guidelines for smooth management of Postal Ballot Papers for Drivers/conductors and cleaners of vehicles requisitioned on poll duty -regarding. 13.08.2012Guidelines for smooth management of Postal Ballot Papers for employees on poll duty - regarding. 27.07.2012 Misuse of religious institutions for political purposes – regarding. 20.07.2012Affidavits filed by the candidates with their nomination paper clarification – regarding 02.07.2014 Affidavit filed by candidates along with their nomination papers-dissemination thereof.(हिन्दी & English) 02.07.2012Protocol for First Level Checking (FLC) of EVMs- modifications 29.06.2012Data entry of Election petition status and physical verification of EVMs 26.04.2012Bye-elections to the Lok Sabha/State Legislative Assemblies – instructions on enforcement of Model Code of Conduct- – regarding 24.04.2012Application of Model Code of Conduct- Bye-Elections to the Parliamentary Constituency/ Legislative Assemblies of the States of Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Jharkhand, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh & West Bengal 24.04.2012Release of funds under MPs'/MLAs' Local Area Development Scheme 23.04.2012Electronic Voting Machines-EVM Tracking Software- regarding. 12.04.2012Replacement of original Real Time Clock Battery during First Level Checking of EVMs - regarding. 3.03.2012Arrangements for counting of votes- regarding. 1.03.2012Arrangements for counting of votes- regarding. 14.02.2012Security measures for polled Electronic Voting Machines stored in Strong Rooms for counting of votes - regarding. 10.02.2012Providing a piece of cotton cloth/duster to polling parties for removing ink from the thumb of illiterate voters after getting their thumb impression in Form-17-A – Regarding. 8.02.2012Scrutiny of Form-17A and other documents-reg. 20.01.2012 Comprehensive instructions on Electronic Voting Machines- regarding. 18.01.2012 Prevention of defacement of property and other campaign related items - revised instructions - regarding. 28.12.2011Celebration of Republic Day – attendance of political functionaries. 26.12.2011Data Entry of all Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) data in EVM tracking software - regarding. 26.12.2011Scrutiny of nomination papers – Offices exempted from disqualification for holding office of profit - regarding. 26.12.2011Scrutiny of nomination papers – Offices exempted from disqualification for holding office of profit - regarding (हिन्दी Version). 24.12.2011Special revision of electoral roll w.r.t 1.1.2012 – final publication – regarding 24.12.2011Application of Model Code of Conduct – General elections to the Legislative Assemblies of Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand -regarding. 24.12.2011Release of funds under MPs'/MLAs' Local Area Development Scheme. 14.12.2011Best Electoral Practices Award to the nominated DEOs/SPs - reg. 13.12.2011General Election to the Legislative Assemblies of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa & Manipur – Appointment of Voters' Awareness Observers-reg. 01.12.2011General Elections to the State Legislative Assemblies of Goa, Punjab, Manipur, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh – Transfer/Posting of Officers – regarding 01.11.2011National Voters' Day (25th January) – 2012. 01.11.2011National Voters' Day (25th January) – 2012. 11.10.2011 Restrictions on presence of political functionaries in a constituency after the campaign period is over. 11.10.2011 General/Bye-elections to the Lok Sabha/State Legislative Assemblies/Councils-period of enforcement of Model Code of Conduct- regarding. 13.09.2011Instructions on Election Expenditure Monitoring for UP,Punjab,Uttarakhand,Manipur and Goa - September 2011 01.09.2011 Affidavit filed by the candidates with their nomination papers - regarding. 05.08.2011 Biennial/Bye-elections to the Council of States (Rajya Sabha), 2011 - Information related to nominations/declaration of result - reg. 12.07.2011Special Summary Revision of Electoral Rolls with reference to 1st January, 2012 as the qualifying date – SVEEP plan for maximisation of enrolment – regarding. 14.05.2011 Model Code of Conduct - regarding. 09.05.2011 General Elections to the Legislative Assemblies 2011 - Exit Poll - regarding. 07.05.2011 Arrangements for Counting - regarding. 07.05.2011 Action to be taken during counting of votes in case Presiding Officer does not press CLOSE button of CU at the end of poll. 05.05.2011 Arrangements for counting - regarding. 04.05.2011 Model Code of Conduct- Tours of Chief Minister and Ministers of Union Govt. - regarding. 29.04.2011 Procedure to be adopted in the polling stations in case there is a complaint from a voter regarding candidate lamp of the Ballot Unit at voting time 28.04.2011 Action to be taken in case of malfunctioning of Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) during counting 05.04.2011 Model Code of Conduct for the guidelines of political parties and candidates in connection with Meeting of Municipalities - regarding. 03.04.2011 Clarification regarding Second Randomization of EVMs. 01.04.2011 Model Code of Conduct - Tours of Chief Minister - regarding. 28.03.2011 General Election to Legislative Assembly 2011 - Vehicle permit for district office bearers of recognized political party - regarding. 28.03.2011 Request of Political Parties for vehicle permission for transporting publicity material. 24.03.2011 Clarification regarding Second Randomization of EVMs. 23.03.2011 Clarification that the candidates are required to furnish details of deposits in bank, post office, etc. under the heading "Details of Moveable Assets" but it is not necessary to mention the Account Number in the revised format of Affidavit 23.03.2011 General Election to Legislative Assembly, 2011 - Vehicle permit for district office bearers of recognized political party - regarding. 23.03.2011 General Elections to the Legislative Assembly to Assam, West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry - Request of Political Parties for vehicle permission for transporting publicity material - regarding. 23.03.2011 General elections to the Legislative Assembly to Assam, West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry - permission to fly party flags of parties having alliance or seat sharing in the elections - reg. 23.03.2011 General elections to the Legislative Assembly to Assam, West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry - security cover for vulnerable areas - regarding. 23.03.2011 General election to the State Legislative Assemblies of Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Puducherry, 2011 - use of helicopters by candidates, political leaders etc for campaign purposes - maintenance of proper record thereof 22.03.2011 An overseas elector who is outside India contesting an election can take the oath before the diplomatic or consular representative of India in the country where the candidate happens to be. 22.03.2011 Composition of polling party with two polling officers in the event of shortage of polling staff - duties to be performed by the two Polling officers. 19.03.2011 General Election to the State Legislative Assembly to West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Kerala and Puducherry - regarding. 19.03.2011 Utilization of Voter's Slips as an alternate Voter ID - Modification of instructions on Voter Slips - regarding. 18.03.2011 New guidelines of the Commission for expenditure monitoring & Appointment of an additional agent for expenditure matters forwarded to all recognised political parties. 18.03.2011 New guidelines of the Commission for expenditure monitoring & Appointment of an additional agent for expenditure matters forwarded to all CEOs. 17.03.2011 Format in which the lists of members of the legislative assemblies and the members of the electoral college of a Union Territory, are to be maintained for the purposes of elections to the Council of States and State Legislative Council 16.03.2011 Checking of Affidavits when they are filed to ensure they are in the revised format and all columns are filled up legibly. 15.03.2011 Drafting of polling personnel for election duty Randomization of polling personnel regarding. 14.03.2011 Ban on conduct of exist poll during G.E. to the Legislative Assemblies of Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal & Puducherry. 14.03.2011 Direction about use of EVM for conduct of poll during the G.E. to the Legislative Assemblies of Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal & Puducherry. 13.03.2011 General Election to Legislative Assembly, 2011- violation of MCC - Regarding. 11.03.2011 General Election to Legislative Assembly, 2011 - Poll - Reg. 10.03.2011 Electors deciding not to vote under Rule 49 O - procedure to be followed - Collection of figures from Form 17C at the time of counting - regarding. 10.03.2011 Drafting of retired Police personnel and ex-servicemen for election duty - Reg. 05.03.2011 Election Expenditure Monitoring - Regarding 05.03.2011 General Election to Legislative Assemblies of Assam, Kerala,Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Puducherry - Counting of Votes - regarding. 05.03.2011 SECURITY AND LAW & ORDER-SENSITIVITY 05.03.2011 Vulnerability Mapping 04.03.2011 Counting Of Votes Videography of proceedings at each counting table and display thereof on the display panel - Regarding. 01.03.2011 Release of funds under MPs / MLAs Local Area Development Scheme. 01.03.2011 Application of Model Code of Conduct - General elections to the Legislative Assemblies of Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Puducherry - regarding. 25.02.2011 Revised format for filing affidavit regarding criminal background, assets, liabilities and educational qualifications. 25.02.2011 Revised format for filing affidavit regarding criminal background, assets, liabilities and educational qualifications (हिन्दी Version). 25.02.2011 Revised ceiling of election expenditure ((English / हिंदी) 18.02.2011 Distributing voters slip to the voters by District Administration - reg. 18.02.2011 Requisition of Staff for election purpose - regarding. 08.02.2011 Affidavits filed by the candidates with their nomination paper. 21.01.2011 Parameters for Tamil Nadu and Puducherry General Election, 2011 14.12.2010 General Elections to the State Legislative Assemblies of Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Puducherry - Transfer / Posting of Officers - regarding 08.12.2010 Protocol for First Level Checking of EVMs - regarding. 20.11.2010 Action to be taken in case of malfunctioning of Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) during counting of votes. 25.10.2010 Mandatory conduct of mock poll and certification thereof. 22.10.2010 Monitoring of production, storage and distribution of liquor during election - Regarding. 23.09.2010 Preparation of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) during elections- reg. 17.09.2010 Loaning of EVMs to State Election Commissions for conducting local bodies elections - regarding. 13.08.2010 EVM awareness programmes and EVM training- regarding. 04.08.2010 Protocol for First Level Checking (FLC) of EVMs. 28.07.2010 Use of School/College/Educational Institution premises for the purpose of elections and setting up of Strong Rooms/Counting Centre - regarding. 22.07.2010 Bye - election to the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly July 2010 - regarding - identification of voters - particulars of document produced 08.06.2010 Measures to check Paid News during elections i.e. advertising in the garb of news in Media 03.05.2010 Storage and Safety arrangement of EVMs - regarding. 17.03.2010 The Representation of the People (Amendment) Act, 2009- Providing for appeal against the order of the ERO on Applications filed during continuous updation, Increase in security deposit for contesting election & ban on exit polls came into effect from 01-02-2010. 10-04-2010 Conduct of Elections Rules, 1961 – Return of Election in Form 21E- order of names-reg. 24.02.2010 Biennial/Bye - Elections to the Legislative Councils from Council Constituencies Instructions - regarding. 05.01.2010 Biennial Election to the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council from Local Authorities Constituencies - Clarification regarding. 04.01.2010 Biennial Election to the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council from 35 Local Authorities Constituencies - Videography at polling stations during poll - regarding. 04.01.2010 Biennial Election to the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council from 35 Local Authorities Constituencies - Deployment of Micro Observers at all Polling Stations during poll - regarding. 04.01.2010 Biennial Election to the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council from Local Authorities Constituencies - various instructions - regarding. 31.12.2009 Biennial Election to the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council from 35 Local Authorities Constituencies - Various Instructions - regarding. 31.12.2009 Biennial Election to the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council from 35 Local Authorities Constituencies - Deployment of Micro Observers at all Polling Stations during poll - regarding. 30.12.2009 Requisition of Staff for election purpose - Regarding. 29.12.2009 Biennial /Bye-Elections to the Legislative Council - Deployment & Duties of Observers - Regarding. 25.12.2009 Biennial Election to Legislative Council from Local Authorities Constituencies - Instructions - regarding. 23.12.2009 Biennial Election to the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council from 35 Local Authorities Constituencies - Videography at polling stations during poll - regarding. 30.10.2009 Mandatory conduct of Mock Poll and certification therein. 15.09.2009 Application of Model Code of Conduct - Proposal to ban conventions based on Caste, religion or language after announcement of Elections - regarding. 13.08.2009 Application of Model Code of Conduct - Clarification on unfurling of National Flag on the Independence Day Celebration - regarding. 18.05.2009 Model Code of Conduct - Delegation of powers to dispose off Model Code of Conduct references of routine nature - regarding. 18.05.2009 Applicability of Model Code of Conduct during general elections - Clarification - Regarding. 15.05.2009 Counting of Votes - regarding. 15.05.2009 Restriction on the number of persons who may accompany the candidate for receiving the certificate of Election. 14.05.2009 Counting Centres Observers - regarding. 13.05.2009 Appointment of counting agents. 12.05.2009 Security Measures for Electronic Voting Machine - regarding. 12.05.2009 Election/Polling/Counting Agent - prohibition against appointment of Minister/MP/MLA/MLC etc. - regarding. 12.05.2009 Security Measures for Electronic Voting Machine - regarding. 12.05.2009 Interpretation of Rules regarding assignment of Counting Agents for the Lok Sabha counting of 16th May 2009 - regarding. 09.05.2009 Persons having security cover to be prohibited from being appointed as Election Agent, Polling Agent or Counting Agent - regarding 09.05.2009 GE 2009 - Mock run of Genesys Counting Application - regarding 09.05.2009 General Election 2009 - Polling% - regarding 07.05.2009 Rationalisation of Counting Centres - regarding. 05.05.2009 List of counting centres - regarding 04.05.2009 Additional data to be collected to handle complaints regarding poll process 03.05.2009 Notification Regarding change in hours of poll in Bihar of Phase-IV 03.05.2009 Use of Videography and digital cameras during elections - period of retention thereof - regarding. 01.05.2009 Engagement of child labour in the election process - Regarding 30.04.2009 Facilitation for Senior Citizen and Physically Challenged Voters - regarding. 28.04.2009 Issuance of Digital Certificate to Returning Officers 28.04.2009 Appointment of Gram Panchayat Pradhan/Gram Panchayat Sarpanch/Panchayat members as Election/Polling/Counting Agent 26.04.2009 Preparations for Counting - Computerisation 26.04.2009 Preparations for Counting - Computerisation 26.04.1009 Model Code of conduct - reg. 26.04.2009 Model Code of conduct - briefing of CM/HM by police officers - reg. 25.04.2009 Notification Regarding change in hours of poll in 2 PCs of Bihar of Phase-III 25.04.2009 Election/polling/counting agent - prohibition against appointment of Minister/MP/MLA/MLC, etc. 22.04.2009 Identification of electors at the polling station. 22.04.2009 Training for the GENESYS counting application - regarding 22.04.2009 Clarification on conduct of mock poll in case of replacement of EVM. 21.04.2009 Model Code of Conduct - Tours of Chairmen and Members of Commissions like the National Commission for Scheduled Castes etc - regarding. 21.04.2009 Observer's badges and vehicle stickers 19.04.2009 Candidates authorised to nominate one representative for each place identified for scrutiny of form 17A 18.04.2009 Rationalization of Counting Centres - regarding. 18.04.2009 Clarification regarding appointment of micro Obervers 16.04.2009 Clarification on Broadcast of Panel Discussion/Debates/Interviews with political panelists during election period. 15.04.2009 Contingency Plan for use of ballot boxes during Election to Parliamentary Constituencies - General Election 2009. 15.04.2009 Display of Ballot Units at Dispersal Centre for Demo. 14.04.2009 Cascading of additional Ballot Units - randomisation - regarding. 13.04.2009 Applicability of Model Code of Conduct - Display of advertisements and hoardings at the cost of public exchequer 12.04.2009 Video Coverage of rallies/public meetings. 12.04.2009 Use of ECI stickers on SEC's EVM 12.04.2009 Movement of unused EVM - regarding 11.04.2009 Additional documents for establishing the identity of electors for the General Election-2009 09.04.2009 Applicability of Model Code of Conduct - Use of Aircraft / Helicopter by Political Parties - regarding. 09.04.2009 Video conferencing relating to Communication Plan in connection with the Lok Sabha Elections 2009 - regarding. 08.04.2009 Cascading of additional Ballot Units when used - steps regarding 08.04.2009 Management of EVM crisis arisen out of excess number of candidates in various parts of the country - steps regarding. 08.04.2009 Police briefing for Chief Minister and Home Minister - regarding 06.04.2009 Account of election expenses of candidates - regarding. 06.04.2009 General Elections to the House of the People, 2009/State Legislative Assemblies and Bye-elections - 2009 - Commission's Order regarding use of Electoral Photo Identity Cards 03.04.2009 Model Code of Conduct - Compliance of the Commission's Instructions - reg. 03.04.2009 Affidavits filed by candidates alongwith their nomination paper - clarification. 02.04.2009 Preparation of Marked copies of electoral rolls - Regarding. 02.04.2009 Press Conferences of Ministers - regarding. 01.04.2009 Mandatory Presence of Observer during scrutiny 01.04.2009 Display the photographs/calendars, etc. of national leaders and prominent personalities in the government offices/ premises - clarification regarding. 01.04.2009 Handbook for candidates - 2009 - clarification. 31.03.2009 Expenditure incurred by leaders of the party in election campaign - use of aircrafts/helicopters - regarding. 31.03.2009 Clarification regarding communication of names of leaders of political parties for the purposes of Section 77(1) of the Representation of the People Act 1951 30.03.2009 Applicability of Model Code of Conduct - Requisition of godowns of Food Corporation of India - regarding. 30.03.2009 Grant of paid holiday to employees on the day of poll - regarding. 28.03.2009 List of political parties and election symbols - regarding. 28.03.2009 Prevention of misuse of vehicles during election - regarding. 27.03.2009 General Election to the House of the People 2009 - Use of Electronic Voting Machines. 26.03.2009 Video conferencing relating to GENESYS training in connection with the Lok Sabha Elections 2009 - regarding. 25.03.2009 Handbook for candidates 2009 - correction of printing error -clarification. 25.03.2009 Handbook for candidates 2009 - correction of printing error - regarding. 25.03.2009 General election to Lok - Sabha 2009 - Application of model code of conduct - clarification regarding. 25.03.2009 Guidelines for smooth management of Postal Ballot Papers - regarding. 24.03.2009 Facilities to be provided to electors with disability - Order of Hon'ble Supreme Court in WP (civil) No. 187 of 2004 - Publicity of Commission's instructions - Reg. 21.03.2009 Affidavits filed by the candidates alongwith nomination paper. 20.03.2009 Advertisement of political nature on TV channels, cable network and Radio. 19.03.2009 General Election to Lok Sabha, 2009 - continuous updation of electoral rolls - regarding. 19.03.2009 Advertisement of political nature on TV channels, cable network and Radio. 19.03.2009 Model Code of Conduct 18.03.2009 Rationalization of Counting Centres - regarding. 18.03.2009 Introduction of Braille Signage Features in Electronic Voting Machines. 14.03.2009 Provisions of the Law in the State relating to prevention of defacement of property. 12.03.2009 Introduction of Braille Signage Features in Electronic Voting Machines. 12.03.2009 General Election to the Lok Sabha 2009/State legislative Assemblies. 09.03.2009 Applicability of Model Code of Conduct -Regarding 09.03.2009 General Election to the Lok Sabha - 2009 - Model Code of Conduct - reg. 09.03.2009 Applicability of Model Code of Conduct - Regarding. 09.03.2009 General Elections to the House of the People & to the Legislative Assemblies of Andhra Pradesh Orissa and Sikkim - Provision of Rule 49O of the Conduct of Elections Rules 1961 regarding electors deciding not to vote. 05.03.2009 General Elections - Enforcement of the Model Code of Conduct - reg 24.02.2009 Drafting of Polling Personnel for election duty General Election 2009 - Randomization of polling personnel - clarification - regarding. 23.02.2009 Publication of advertisements in connection with occasions like World Habitat Day, Pulse Polio/HIV awareness campaigns and celebrations of various 'Diwas' like Independence Day, Republic Day, Gandhi Jayanti, State Formation days. 23.02.2009 Colour of packing of Statutory Covers, Non- Statutory Covers and Election Material to be submitted by the Presiding Officers - regarding. 18.02.2009 Model Code of Conduct - Compliance in letter and spirit - regarding 18.02.2009 Model Code of Conduct - Compliance in letter and spirit - regarding 18.02.2009 The Commission's instruction on Posting of Officers dated 04-02-09 - clarifications regarding. 17.02.2009 Payment of Ex - gratia compensation to the families of polling personnel who die or sustain injuries while on election duty. 10.02.2009 Filing of nominations and scrutiny of nomination papers - Additional measures to ensure transparency/accountability 10.02.2009 Statutory - Non Statutory Forms - regarding. 08.02.2009 General Election to the Lok Sabha - 2009 visit of political functionaries with security covers - Regarding 05.02.2009 Commission's instructions regarding violation of the provisions for maintenance of secrecy of voting - regarding. 04.02.2009 Additional guidelines on management of Postal Ballot Papers and the use of Election Duty Certificate. 30.01.2009 Duties and responsibilities of Nodal Officer. 30.01.2009 Appointment of Observers to watch the General Election/Bye-elections - Instructions for substitution/replacement of an officer appointed as Observer. 29.01.2009 Videographing of critical events relating to the conduct of elections - Supply of CDs - regarding. 28.01.2209 Election related advertisements of political parties- effect on account of election expenses of individual candidates. 22.01.2009 General Election to Lok Sabha - 2009 - Counting of Votes - Role of Commission's Observers - Regarding. 21.01.2009 Instructions to be followed by Presiding Officers at the polling station at the end of poll 21.01.2009 Appointment of micro observer-additional instruction - Regarding. 21.01.2009 Counting of Votes - regarding. 21.01.2009 January 11 2005 of the Hon'ble Supreme Court in Civil Apeal No.9228 of 2003 - (Janak Singh Vs. Ram Das Rai and others) - reg. 21.01.2009 General Election to the Lok Sabha 2009 - Training of polling parties on EVMs and procedure to be followed at the polling station - regarding 21.01.2009 General Election to the Lok Sabha 2009 - Carrying of copy of electoral rolls inside the polling station by polling agents - Regarding. 19.01.2009 Counting of vote for General/Bye - election to the House of People/State Legislative Assembly - ensuring transparency - regarding. 19.01.2009 Counting of vote for General/Bye - election to the House of People/State Legislative Assembly - ensuring transparency - regarding. 19.01.2009 Supply of copy of electoral roll to candidates of recognized political parties - clarification. 14.01.2009 Concession under paragraph 10 of the Election Symbols (Reservation and Allotment) Order 1968 to use the reserved symbol of the State Party in other States 14.01.2009 Conditions for treating a candidate as one set up by political party - Requirements to be followed - regarding 09.01.2009 Training of police officials associated with conduct of elections. 07.01.2009 Feedback about Dummy Candidates - measures to be taken in this regard. 06.01.2009 Replacement of EVM during poll - requirements to be followed - regarding. 23.12.2008 Training of election machinery including polling and police officials associated with conduct of elections 23.12.2008 Tracking the names of officers transferred by the order of the Election Commission of India charged with dereliction of duty etc 18.12.2008 General Election to the House of People 2009 - Providing of additional Polling Personnel for polling stations having more than 1200 electors - Regarding 18.12.2008 Criteria for appointment of District Election Officer/Retuning Officer - clarification regarding. 18.12.2008 Tracking the presence of polling agents at the polling stations on the poll day and mandatory conduct of Mock Poll and certification therein 16.12.2008 Arrangements at the Reception Centre on the poll day - provision for special counter for tracking information from specific polling stations - regarding 21.11.2008 The Commission's order dated 15th April 2004 regarding advertisements of political nature on T.V Channels & Cable T.V. Networks - Extension to Radio 21.11.2008 Advertisements on political nature on Radio- Regarding 10.11.2008 (Instructions on defacement of property -regarding (English / हिंदी) 24.10.2008 Election Expenditure on travel by Lead Campaigners - Use of helicopter for election campaign etc. 24.10.2008 Restrictions on Presiding (and other) officer to go near the voting compartment 24.10.2008 Appointment of Micro Observers - Guidelines & Check List - Regarding 24.10.2008 Preparation of District Election Plan - Regarding 24.10.2008 Identification of critical polling stations and measures to be taken to ensure free and fair elections 24.10.2008 Role of Central Police Forces (CPF) and State Police in conduct of polls and Amenities for CPF - Regarding 21.10.2008 Guidelines for smooth management of Postal Ballot Papers - regarding. 19.10.2008 General Election to the Legislative of Assemblies 2008 - Use of official vehicle by the functionaries of the various Boards/Commissions etc.- regarding. 14.10.2008 Persons having security cover to be prohibited from being appointed as Election Agent, Polling Agent or Counting Agent - Regarding. 07.10.2008 Prevention of defacement of property and other campaign related items - revised instructions- regarding (English / हिंदी) 19.09.2008 Drafting of Polling Personnel for election duty-Randomization of Polling Personnel. 11.08.2008 Use of EVM in the elections- additional transparency measures. 11.08.2008 Use of EVM at polling stations additional instructions to ensure purity of elections. 08.08.2008 Integration, carrying out corrections, printing and sharing of photo-rolls with political parties and contesting candidates. 15.07.2008 Tracking the presence of polling agents at the polling stations on the poll day and mandatory conduct of Mock Poll and certification therein. 23.11.2007 Tours of Ministers - General Elections 23.11.2007 Prevention of misuse of vehicles during elections 21.11.2007 Instructions relating to deletion of all references on politicians/Ministers on the official website during election period of General / Bye-Elections to the Lok Sabha and State Legislative Assemblies - regarding 12.11.2007 Instruction on the operation of temporary campaign office by the candidates during election period of General / Bye-Elections to the Lok Sabha and State Legislative Asse- regarding. 08.11.2007 Prohibition of Political advertisements on Radio Channel. 05.11.2007 Preparation of electoral roll in alphabetical order - Regarding. 02.11.2007 Supreme Court's order dated 13th April, 2004 relating to advertisements of political nature on Radio, TV Channel and cable networks - clarification - regarding 25.10.2007 Recording of particulars of identity proof produced by the voters in the Remarks column of Register of Voters (Form 17A) by the Polling Officer - Regarding. 25.10.2007 Role of CPMF and State Police in conduct of polls - Regarding 24.10.2007 Security Cover to Ministers/Candidate- regarding. 16.10.2007 Restrictions on the Printing of pamphlets, posters etc. 12.10.2007 Preparation of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) during election(s)- regarding. 12.10.2007 Protocol for Security Measures for Electronic Voting Machines during election(s)- regarding. 12.10.2007 Protocol for First Level Checking of EVMs before elections. 12.10.2007 Procedure for Daily Scrutiny of Video tapes of Critical events. 12.10.2007 Engagement of Videographers for the Observers. 12.10.2007 Issue of photo identity card to the polling personnel. 12.10.2007 Scrutiny of Register of Voters (Form 17-A) - Regarding 12.10.2007 Measures to ensure free and fair elections- Prevention of intimidation to the voters of vulnerable sections of electorate- Mapping of Vulnerability- regarding 12.10.2007 Appointment of Polling Age - Comprehensive instructions/direction- Regarding 06.10.2007 Model Code of Conduct - Complaint Monitoring System - Regarding. 26.09.2007 Supreme Court's Order dated 13th April, 2004 relating to advertisements of political nature on TV Channel and cable networks 29.08.2007 Counting of votes for General/Bye- elections to the House of People/State Legislative Assembly - ensuring transparency-regarding 15.04.2007 Supreme Court's Order dated 13th April, 2004 relating to advertisements of political nature on TV Channel and cable networks 04.04.2007 Party Campaigners under Section 77(1) of the Representation of the People Act. 1951 - Regarding. 04.04.2007 Account of election expenses of candidates - Section 77(1) of the Representation of the People Act. 1951 - regarding. 29.03.2007 Section 77 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 - Election Expenditure of candidates - regarding. 16.03.2007 Use of vehicles for campaign purpose by candidates and political parties. 24.02.2007 Restrictions on persons having security cover to become Election/Polling/Counting Agent-regarding. 09.02.2007 Restriction on number of vehicles and people at the time of nominations 17.01.2007 Use of Videography and digital cameras during elections - Consolidated Instructions thereon. 12.01.2007 Preventive measures near polling booth on poll day-Setting up of Election Booths by Candidates/Political Parties. 11.01.2007 Counting Centers - Arrangements thereat - including security arrangements. 09.01.2007 Provision of facilities for Observers. 08.01.2007 Restrictions on presence of political functionaries in a Constituency after the campaign period is over. 07.01.2007 Code of Conduct - DO`s & DONT`s 15.12.2006 IT Related Preparations by the CEOs 01.04.2006 Accommodation to Ministers 24.08.2004 Restrictions on the Printing of pamphlets, posters etc 10.04.2004 Expenditure to be incurred on barricades and rostrums etc.
  21. Political Parties Political Party Registration Registration of new political parties under section 29 A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951. Election Symbol Allotment of reserved symbol under para 10, 10A, para 10B and Misc. Orders reg. Election Symbols and Symbol orders View Political Parties Expenditure Election Expenditure Statement of Political Parties for Legislative Assembly Election and Lok Sabha Guidelines for Political Parties Guidelines on transparency and accountability in party funds and election expenditure matter Candidate Candidate Nomination & Other Forms List of Forms for Nomination etc. in Elections for use by Candidates(Except Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council Elections of Jammu & Kashmir) Filing Candidate Affidavits Candidates can file affidavits online along with nomination forms. Assets and liabilities of candidates can be monitored properly with ease.Easy to publicise through web and social media. Filing Candidate Election Expenditure Facility for candidates to file their Abstract statement of Election expenditure online, Details of expenditure and source of funds are captured for further analyses. Guide for Candidate Handbook for Candidate containing information of qualifications/ disqualifications for elections, nominations, and allotment of symbols, Model Code of Conduct... Forms and information related with Nomination Qualifications & Disqualifications for contesting elections to Parliament and State Legislature (except J & K), and documents and other requirements at the time of filing of nomination papers
  22. ERO Net ERO-Net is envisioned keeping in the mind the mandate of ECI, that no eligible voter be left behind irrespective of his language or physical ability. The system strives to make an applicant’s entry in e-roll unambiguous and error free without much of hassle. ERO-Net will enable various services to external stakeholders and will also help in improving efficiency, decision making of internal stakeholders. Link to ERO Net Portal ERO-Net features ERO-Net brings in seamless processing of forms, easy handling of the databases. The maintenance of electoral roll along with the of monitoring electoral roll activities. ERO - Net facilitates efficient from processing, simplified dashboards, role based access, and maintenance of E-Rolls. Maintenance of Health of electoral roll Among the major laws governing elections is the Representation of the People Act, 1950, which mainly deals with the preparation and revision of the electoral rolls. Publishing of electoral rolls is a key process that happens before the elections and is vital for the conduct of elections in India. Family Information Your entry in E-Roll is linked to your family information. The polling booth is allocated keeping in view that the whole family can vote at the same location. ERO can view your family details before assigning parts and sections, thus deciding your voting booth. EPIC Portability Migration from one constituency to another while retaining the same EPIC number: ERO-Net facilitates easy migration from one constituencies to another by facilitating seamless communication between the EROs of two constituency. De-duplication is also taken care of while including entries in the E-Roll. Online Form Processing The applicant submits the form online at nvsp.in and on completion of the same gets the SMS/ email alert. Thereafter ERO/ AERO check the application for process it further. Offline Form Processing The data entry operator fills forms data in ERO-Net. AERO allocates jobs for Data Entry Operator and generates QR Code data file Key Stakeholders of ERO Net The ERO-Net provides following functionalities in ER management Processing of electoral forms View dashboard for overall processing. Processes and specifications for digitization and scanning. Assigning part number and BLO. Generation of checklist for field verification by BLO. Entering field verification report. Schedule hearing with electors/ objectors or field re-verification. Getting feedback from ERO of previous AC. Sharing outcome of possible repeat entries with ERO(s) concerned. Approve/ Reject forms. Maintain electoral rolls Generation of EPIC and inclusion in electoral rolls. Modification in electoral rolls. Migration/ Deletion in electoral rolls. Generation of various formats (formats 1 to 11A). Polling Stations Management System GIS location of PS. Part & Section boundaries on GIS. AMF Mapping. Part & Section optimization based on ECI guidelines. Electoral Services through ERO Net Web Portal (NVSP), Mobile App (Android, iOS, Windows), SMS gateway, E-mail.
  23. Link to Voter Search Link to PDF E-Roll Link to Claim & Objections Forms for registration in E-Roll Overseas Electors Service Voter Portal Electoral Roll- Quick Links Special Summary Revision 2019 Special Summary Revision 2018 Special Summary Revision 2017 Calendar Special Summary Revision 2016 Calendar Forms for registration in E-Roll Instructions Related to Rolls & EPIC E-Roll Data-2014 Special Summary Revision of last part of electoral rolls relating to service voters with reference to 1st January, 2018 as the qualifying date in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. General instructions in respect of Form 6, 6A, 7, 8, 8A for guidance of Registration Authorities. Special Drive to enrol left out electors giving focus on first time electors (Young Indian Citizens in the age group of 18-21 years)-regarding. Link to PDF E-Rolls Link of claims & objections Data Archive : E-Roll Data Training Material- Special Summary Revision 2015 Manual on Electoral Roll Compendium of Instructions on Electoral Rolls , EPIC, SLAs & Computerisation Handbook for BLO A Guide for Voters Frequently Asked Questions Resident Electors Overseas Electors Service Voters

ECI Main Website

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. 

Voter Helpline App

Voter HelplineDownload our NEW Mobile App 'Voter Helpline' from Play Store. The Android App 'Voter Helpline' provides you easy searching of your name in Electoral Roll, filling up online forms, knowing about Elections, and most importantly, lodging grievance. You will have access to everything about Election Commission of India. You can view the latest Press release, Current News, Events, Gallery and much more. You can also track your form application and status of your grievance. Click here to download. Don't forget to give your feedback from the link provided within the Application.

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