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    No. ECI/PN/63/2020 23rd September 2020 PRESS NOTE No Directions from ECI to CBDT wrt IT notice to Sharad Pawar In some sections of Media it has been reported that Income Tax notice has been issued to Shri Sharad Pawar, Member of Parliament on the directions of Election Commission of India. In this context, it is stated that Election Commission of India has not issued any such direction to CBDT to issue notice to Shri Pawar.
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    No. ECI/PN/59/2020 Dated: 20st September, 2020 PRESS NOTE ECI going to host International Webinar on ‘Issues, Challenges and Protocols for Conducting Elections during COVID-19 : Sharing Country Experiences’ on 21st September 2020 The Election Commission of India is going to organize an International Webinar on 21st September 2020, on the Theme ‘‘Issues, Challenges and Protocols for Conducting Elections during COVID-19 : Sharing Country Experiences’ on its completion of one year of Chairmanship of the Association of World Election Bodies (A-WEB
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    No. ECI/PN/58/2020 Dated: 11th September, 2020 PRESS RELEASE In continuation of the detailed instructions dated 10.10.2018 and 6.3.2020 issued by ECI in the matter of publicity of criminal antecedents by the contesting candidates as well as by the political parties nominating such candidates, it was discussed at length in the Commission’s meeting today. Commission decided to further streamline the instructions concerning publicity of criminal antecedents by candidates concerned and by the political parties, who nominate them for election
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    No, ECI/PN/70/2020 Date 1st October, 2020 The schedule for holding General Election to the State Legislative Assembly of Bihar 2020 has been announced on 25th September, 2020. Poll is scheduled to be held in three phases in the state on 28/10/0020, 03/112020 & 07/11/2020, 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. Download file to view more
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    This is the 5th Edition of Manual on Electronic Voting Machine and VVPAT, which has been restructured in view of the 100% deployment of VVPATs with EVMs that has been mandated since May 2017. The Manual contains the gist of all important instructions on use of EVM & VVPATs. The Manual has been divided into parts for ease of understanding. Part-I covers storage and movement of EVMs during non-election period, First Level Checking and First Randomization. Part-II covers all processes from second randomization to counting of votes. Part-III gives the historical and legal prospective. Part-IV
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    No. ECI/PN/57/2020 Dated: 4th September, 2020 PRESS RELEASE Commission meeting was held today regarding holding of bye-elections due in various states. Presently, there are 65 clear vacancies due for bye-elections in Assembly/Parliamentary Constituency, out of which there are 64 vacancies in the State Legislative Assemblies of various states and 1(one) vacancy for Parliamentary Constituency. The Commission reviewed the reports and inputs from Chief Secretaries/ Chief Electoral Officers of many of the concerned states seekin
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    No. ECI/PN/62/2020 Dated: 22nd September, 2020 PRESS NOTE Factually Incorrect reporting by a section of the media It has come to the notice of Election Commission of India that a section of the media has wrongly interpreted the statement made by CEC Sh Sunil Arora in his inaugural address at the International Webinar held in New Delhi on 21st September 2020. Please note that the ECI press release issued at 1630hrs on 21.9.2020, specifically read "CEC mentioned that the Commission would take a decision within the next two to three days, on visiting Bihar."
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    No. ECI/PN/61/2020 Dated: 21st September, 2020 PRESS NOTE Conducting elections amid a pandemic - Democracies share valuable insights at ECI webinar CEC underscores commitment of EMBs to the conduct of timely, free, fair and participatory elections Chief Election Commissioner, Shri Sunil Arora, today underscored the commitment of Election Management Bodies (EMBs) across the world, for the conduct of timely, free, fair and participatory elections to foster democracy in the world. He recalled former US President Abraham Lincoln's allusion to democracies as gov
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    No. ECI/PN/45/2020 Dated: 30th July, 2020 Press Note Subject: Bye Elections to the Council of States from Uttar Pradesh and Kerala -reg. There are two casual vacancies in the Council of States one each from Uttar Pradesh and Kerala as per following details: - State Name of Members Reason Date of vacancy Term Up to Uttar Pradesh Beni Prasad Verma Death 27.03.2020
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    No. ECI/PN/44/2020 Dated: 23rd July, 2020 PRESS NOTE Clarification regarding bye-elections This is with reference to letter No.99/bye-election/2020/EPS dated 22.7.2020 issued by Shri Sumit Mukherjee, Sr. Pr. Secretary in the Commission. This is causing some confusion in some sections of media. It is hereby clarified that the aforesaid communication is only in respect of eight constituencies regarding which a reference to Ministry of Law & Justice was made vide letter No. 99/bye-election/2020/EPS dated 03.7.2020 due to so
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    No. ECI/PN/52/2020 Dated: 24th August, 2020 PRESS NOTE 1. Election Commission of India issued an Order No. 23/SEC/2008/ERS dated 10th December, 2008 wherein guidelines’ regarding sharing of electoral roll and EPIC data base with various Government departments was laid down. The copy of the guidelines is enclosed. Thereafter, ECI issued further instructions to the Chief Electoral Officers (CEOs) on 16 July 2020 stating, inter alia, that the State Election Commissions (SECs) shall also not share the ER database provided by the CEOs
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    No. ECI/PN/55/2020 Dated: 1st September, 2020 PRESS NOTE Shri Rajiv Kumar takes over as new Election Commissioner Shri Rajiv Kumar today assumed charge as the new Election Commissioner (EC) of India. Sh Kumar joins the Election Commission of India with Chief Election Commissioner Shri Sunil Arora and Election Commissioner Shri Sushil Chandra. Born on 19th February 1960, Shri Rajiv Kumar is a 1984 batch Indian Administrative Service Officer. During the span of more than 36 years of Government of India service, Shri Kum
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    No. ECI/PN/51/2020 Dated: 24th August, 2020 PRESS NOTE New office premises for Delimitation Commission inaugurated New office premises for Delimitation Commission was opened by Justice Mrs. Ranjana Desai, Chairperson, Delimitation Commission today in the august presence of Sh. Sunil Arora, Chief Election Commissioner, Sh. Ashok Lavasa, Election Commissioner, and Sh. Sushil Chandra, Election Commissioner and Member, Delimitation Commission. This office is located on Third Floor of Hotel Ashoka. It has requisite spaces including a Conference Hall with video conferencin
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    No. ECI/PN/46/2020 Dated: 30thJuly, 2020 PRESS NOTE Sub:- Bye Election to the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council by the members ofLegislative Assembly (MLAs) – reg. There is one casual vacancy in the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council by the members of Legislative Assembly. The details of the vacancy are as follow: Name of Member Nature of election Cause of vacancy Term up to Sri MopideviVenkataRamanaRao By MLAs
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    No. ECI/PN/54/2020 31st August 2020 PRESS NOTE ECI mourns passing away of Sh Pranab Mukherjee Election Commission of India deeply mourns the passing away of Former President Sh Pranab Mukherjee. Expressing grief, Chief Election Commissioner Sh Sunil Arora said "In his demise, the nation has lost a widely respected savant and a Rajrishi known for his encyclopaedic knowledge of economic, constitutional and historical affairs." Recalling Sh Pranab Mukherjee's specific association with Election Commission of India, C
  17. 509 downloads

    No. ECI/PN/34/2020 Dated: 13th April, 2020 PRESS NOTE CEC & ECs to contribute to Covid Funding in the form of voluntary reduction of thirty percent of their basic salary from ECI for one year At present, the country, as the rest of the world, is grappling with COVID-19 pandemic. It is evident that Government along with other agencies is engaged in the mammoth task of controlling the spread of this pandemic and taking various measures to manage and minimize its impact on public health and the national economy. The numerous steps being taken by the Governm
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    No. ECI/PN/36/2020 Dated: 12th May, 2020 PRESS NOTE ECI sets up Committee to examine details of Gujarat HC judgement concerning Dholka AC Direction had already been conveyed to State Government to initiate disciplinary action against the then Returning Officer. Consequent upon the judgement of Hon’ble High Court in the Election Petition concerning Dholka AC in Gujarat today, Chief Election Commissioner, Shri Sunil Arora has, after discussion with Secretary General, ECI, on telephone, directed that a three member
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    No. ECI/PN/35/2020 Dated: 1st May, 2020 PRESS NOTE Biennial Election to the Maharashtra Legislative Councils by the members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) Election Commission today reviewed the matter concerning feasibility of conduct of biennial election for the 9 vacant seats of the MLC by MLAs in the state of Maharashtra. Shri Sunil Arora, Chief Election Commissioner joined the meeting with Shri Ashok Lavasa, Election Commissioner and Shri Sushil Chandra, Election Commissioner over video call (from USA). 2. 9
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    Election Commission of India approved the broad guidelines for conduct of general/bye elections during COVID-19 period. These are available at
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    No: ECI/PN/49/2020 Dated 21st August, 2020 PRESS NOTE Subject: Bye Election to the Council of States from Uttar Pradesh -reg. There is one casual vacancy in the Council of States from Uttar Pradesh as per following details: - State Name of Members Reason Date of vacancy Term Up to Uttar Pradesh Shri Amar Singh Death 01.08.2020

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