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    No. ECI/PN/77/2020 Date: 12th October, 2020 PRESS NOTE Towards ACCESSIBLE, INCLUSIVE AND SAFE elections during COVID-19 Election officials reach out to voters eligible for Postal Ballots in Bihar More than 52,000 eligible voters opt for postal ballots in 71 Phase-1 constituencies As the nomination process for 71 constituencies, spread over 16 districts of Bihar, where the date of polling is October 28, 2020 will end today, being last date of withdrawal, Booth Level Officers of these Constituencies reached out to more than four lakh electors belonging to senior citizen (above 80 years of age) and PwD categories. More than fifty two thousand such electors have exercised their option to vote through postal ballots. These electors will be provided postal ballots on pre-informed date(s) by the ROs with proper security and videography arrangements to ensure secrecy, safety, and transparency in the process. Remaining electors intend to visit the booth on the poll day for franchise. This is the first time that postal ballot facility is extended to both the categories in Bihar elections. Earlier, during Commission’s visit to Bihar from September 29 – October 01, 2020, attention was drawn to certain concerns regarding the implementation of this provision for the above categories of voters. To comprehensively address these concerns, on October 03, 2020, Commission had directed: “BLO will visit to the houses of the concerned electors, as provided by the RO, in the Polling Station area and deliver Form- 12-D to the concerned electors. If an elector is not available, he/she will share his/her contact details and revisit to collect it within five days of the notification. The elector may or may not opt for postal ballot in the acknowledgement attached with the Form 12-D. If he/she opts for postal ballot, then the BLO will collect the filled-in Form 12-D from the house of the elector within five days of the notification and deposit it with the RO forthwith. BLO shall deposit all the acknowledgement forms with the RO along with all Form 12-D. Sector Officer shall supervise it under the overall supervision of RO.” In subsequent two phases of elections in Bihar and in bye-elections in all other States, this exercise will continue so that electoral process becomes more accessible, inclusive and SAFE for these categories during the period of COVID-19. BLOs will visit approximately 12 lakh such electors’ homes in Bihar in the next two phases for this purpose.
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    No. ECI/PN/60/2020 Dated: 21st September, 2020 PRESS NOTE Democracies world over come together to share experiences of conducting elections during Covid 19 ECI hosts International Webinar on ‘Issues, Challenges and Protocols for Conducting Elections during COVID-19: Sharing Country Experiences’ Two Publications released on the occasion; India A-WEB Centre to bring out an ‘A-WEB India Journal of Elections’. CEC highlights scale of elections to be conducted in Bihar amid the Covid19 pandemic; Commission to take a decision soon on visiting the State. On completion of one year of Chairmanship of the Association of World Election Bodies (A-WEB), Election Commission of India today hosted an International Webinar on the Theme ‘‘Issues, Challenges and Protocols for Conducting Elections during COVID-19 : Sharing Country Experiences’. It was an occasion for democracies world over to come together to share experiences of conducting elections during Covid19. It may be recalled that last year on 03 Sep 2019 India had taken over as Chair of A-WEB for 2019-2021 term during the 4th General Assembly of A-WEB held at Bengaluru. Inaugurating the Webinar, Hon’ble Chief Election Commissioner of India and Chairperson, A-WEB Shri Sunil Arora spoke of the "tough predicament" faced by Election Management Bodies across the world - whether and how to hold scheduled elections in a state of public health emergency. He said the contextual framework of every country was different, the extent and trajectory of the disease varied and so did the capacity of each country to respond to the novel corona virus and its catastrophic impact. He mentioned countries such as South Korea, Australia, Malawi, Taiwan, Mongolia and many others who went ahead with scheduled elections even as they put in place the enormous arrangements required to ensure the health and safety of people while conducting election. Shri Sunil Arora mentioned that Elections in India pose formidable challenges on account of large electorate, geographical and linguistic diversity and differing climatic conditions. Explaining in detail the scale of the upcoming elections to the Legislative Assembly of Bihar, he mentioned that the total number of electors is 72.9 million. Explaining the impact of Covid-19 on the election, Shri Arora highlighted how Covid19 exigencies and social distancing measures necessitated a revisit of ECI's extant instructions. The maximum number of electors at a polling station was reduced from 1500 to 1000, and consequently, the number of polling stations jumped by 40 per cent, from 65,000 to 100,000. These changes have huge logistics and manpower implications. CEC mentioned that the Commission would take a decision within the next two to three days, on visiting Bihar. Chief Election Commissioner also mentioned that ECI has placed a lot of emphasis on extending facilitation to senior citizens, women, Persons with disabilities and in current circumstances, ensuring franchise to Covid positive voters and those in quarantine. In this context, the CEC mentioned how, beginning with the elections to the Legislative Assembly of Jharkhand in November-December 2019, and elections to the Legislative Assembly of Delhi in February 2020, the postal ballot facility was extended to voters who are aged more than 80 years, persons with disability and those who engaged in specified essential services. This facility of postal ballot has been extended to Covid positive electors who are in quarantine/hospitalized. Shri Sunil Arora mentioned the specific and detailed guidelines that have been drawn up on conducting election during the time of Covid. He also mentioned the successful conduct of elections to 18 seats of the Rajya Sabha in the month of June, 2020. He noted that elections are due in the states of West Bengal, Assam, Kerala, Puducherry and Tamil Naduin the first half of the year 2021. CEC recalled the AWEB General Assembly, held in Bengaluru in September 2019. He noted that the Webinar today is being held under the aegis of India A-WEB Centre on the occasion of completion of one year of ECI’s term as Chair of A-WEB. Mentioning the two publications being released today viz. ‘Brief Profiles of the Countries, member EMBs and Partner Organisations of A-WEB’ and ‘COVID 19 and International Election Experience’, he said these would be a useful tool for researchers and practitioners alike. He said that A-WEB India Centre has also progressed considerably towards publishing a world class journal called “AWEB Journal of Elections’. The first issue of this journal will be released in March 2021. Over 120 delegates from 45 countries across the world (viz. Angola, Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Cambodia, Cameroon, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dominica, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Fiji, Georgia, Indonesia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Republic of Korea, Kyrgyz Republic, Liberia, Malawi, Maldives, Moldova, Mongolia, Mozambique, Nigeria, Palestine, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Sao Tome and Principe, Solomon Islands, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Sweden, Taiwan, Tonga, Turkey, Uzbekistan and Zambia) and 4 international organizations (viz. International IDEA, International Foundation of Electoral Systems (IFES), Association of World Election Bodies (A-WEB) and European Centre for Elections) participated in the Webinar today. The Association of World Election Bodies (A-WEB) is largest association of Election Management Bodies (EMBs) worldwide. At present A-WEB has 115 EMBs as Members & 16 Regional Associations/Organisations as Associate Members. ECI has been very closely associated with the process of formation of A-WEB since 2011-12.
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    No.23/2020-ERS Dated: 04th September, 2020 To, The Chief Electoral Officers of all States & UTs (Except Bihar and UTs of Jammu & Kashmir, Laddakh) Subject: - Special Summary Revision of Photo Electoral Rolls w.r.t. 01.01.2021 as the qualifying date – Programme- Clarification regarding maximum number of electors to be assigned to a polling station during rationalization - regarding. Reference: (i) ECI letter No. 23/2019-ERS (Vol.III), dated 25th July 2019, (ii) ECI letter No. 23/SEC/2020-ERS, dated 23rd July 2020, (iii) ECI letter No. 23/2020-ERS, dated 07th August 2020, and (iv) ECI letter No. 23/2020-ERS, dated 24th August 2020. Sir/Madam, I am directed to refer to the Commission’s letter of even number dated 07th August 2020 and 24th August 2020(for Haryana and Maharashtra) regarding schedule and guidelines for Special Summary revision of electoral rolls with reference to 01.01.2021 as the qualifying date and to state that as per the existing instructions all the polling stations with electors beyond 1,500 are to be rationalized before the draft publication of electoral rolls in connection with Summary Revision. As one of the precautionary measures of Covid-19 pandemic the limit of number of electors assigned to a polling station has been restricted to 1,000 in the State of Bihar and certain constituencies of other States where general and bye-elections are due in near future. For this purpose, these States have been asked to create auxiliary polling stations of all the main polling stations having more than 1,000 electors, as rationalization of polling station could not be undertaken in such constituencies owing to completion of summary revision 2020 in these States, where general election/bye elections are to be conducted on the basis of electoral roll finalized with reference to 01.01.2020 as the qualifying date. The Commission, taking all aspects into consideration, has decided that rationalization/re-organization of polling stations, as the case may be, would be carried out in all States/UTs on the basis of 1,500 electors as maximum number for a polling station. All the concerned may be informed accordingly for strict compliance of the Commission’s above instructions.
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    No. ECI/PN/66/2020 Dated: 25th September, 2020 PRESS NOTE Announcement of date of poll and counting of votes for deferred bye-election to the Nizamabad Local Authorities’ constituency of Telangana The Election Commission of India, vide Press Note No. ECI/PN/30/2020, dated 05.03.2020 announced bye-election to the Telangana Legislative Council from Nizamabad Local Authorities’ constituency to fill the vacancy caused due to disqualification of the sitting member Shri R. Bhoopathi Reddy, which was notified vide Notification No.100/TL-LC/08/2019-LAC, dated 12.03.2020. After the last date of withdrawal on 23.03.2020, the list of contesting candidates in Form 7B was published with 03 candidates in fray. The election was to be conducted on 07.04.2020 (Tuesday) and the date before which election was to be completed as earlier announced by the Commission was 13.04.2020 (Monday) as per the notification dated 12.03.2020. 2. Considering the unforeseen situation of public health emergency due to COVID-19 and the guidelines & orders passed under the Disaster Management Act, 2005 by the competent authority, the Election Commission, under Article 324 of Constitution of India read with Section 16 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, vide its Notification dated 24.03.2020 extended the period of election by 60 days, which was further extended by 45 days and to a later date vide Notification dated 22.05.2020 and 06.07.2020 respectively. 3. It was also specified that the list of activities already carried out under the Notification dated 12.03.2020 was to remain valid for the purpose of remaining activities as was prescribed under the said notification. 4. The Commission, having considered the inputs received from the Chief Electoral Officer, Telangana has now decided that above mentioned bye-election to the Nizamabad Local Authorities’ constituency of Telangana be held in accordance with the following programme:- Events Date Date of Poll 9th October, 2020 (Friday) Hours of Poll 09:00 am to 05:00 pm Counting of Votes 12th October, 2020 (Monday) Date before which election shall be completed 14th October, 2020 (Wednesday) 5. The Model Code of Conduct concerning this election will come into force with immediate effect in the constituency. Please see the details in Commission’s website under the link: https://eci.gov.in/files/file/4070-biennial-bye-elections-to-the-legislative-councils-from-council-constituencies-by-graduates%E2%80%99-and-teachers%E2%80%99-and-local-authorities%E2%80%99-constituencies-%E2%80%93-mcc-instructions-%E2%80%93-regarding/ 6. Broad Guidelines to be followed during entire election processes for all persons:- I. Every person shall wear face mask during every election related activity II. At the entry of hall/ room/ premises used for election purposes: (a) Thermal Scanning of all persons shall be carried out: (b) Sanitizer shall be made available at all locations III. Social distancing shall be maintained as per the extant COVID-19 guidelines of the State Govt. and Ministry of Home Affairs. IV. As far as practicable, large halls should be identified and utilized to ensure social distancing norms. V. Adequate number of vehicles shall be mobilized for movement of polling personnel, security personnel to ensure compliance of COVID-19 guidelines. 7. For broad guidelines to be followed strictly during the conduct of election during Covid-19, please refer to the guideline available on Commission’s website under link:- https://eci.gov.in/files/file/12167-broad-guidelines-for-conduct-of-general-electionbye-election-during-covid-19/
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    No. 52/2020/SDR/VOL.I Dated: 28th September, 2020 To, The Chief Electoral Officer of Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Nagaland, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Odisha, Manipur, and Telangana Subject: The Election Commission’s Notifications under Section 60(c) of the RP Act, 1951 – issue of postal ballot to electors above the age of 80 years, electors with physical disability and electors in quarantine due to COVID-19 -regarding. Sir, In continuation of the Election Commission’s letter of even no. dated 17th September, 2020 on the subject cited, I am directed to state that under para 2.3 of the guidelines annexed thereto, it is mentioned that for availing the facility of postal ballot by absentee voters under category of “COVID-19” suspect or affected person, a certificate in this respect issued by the Competent Health Authority, as may be notified by the State Govt/UT Administration, has to be submitted with Form 12D, addressed to the Assistant Returning Officer of the concerned Parliamentary/ Assembly Constituency. 2. Accordingly, a performa of certificate to be issued by Competent Health Authority to COVID-19 suspect/ affected person has been devised and is enclosed herewith. This may be circulated to all the concerned election officials, immediately. 3. An absentee voter in COVID-19 suspect/affected category, desirous to avail facility of postal ballot paper, shall apply in Form 12D and submit the same together with the certificate in this enclosed performa, duly issued by the Competent Health Authority. 4. As the application for postal ballot facility should reach to the RO within 5 days following the date of notification of the election concerned, the Competent Health Authority shall be notified by the State Govt/UT Administration, immediately. 5. The Commission’s above instruction shall be brought to notice of all concerned, for their compliance.
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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). 2. The Association of World Election Bodies (A-WEB) is largest association of Election Management Bodies (EMBs) worldwide. At present A-WEB has 115 EMBs as Members & 16 Regional Associations/Organisations as Associate Members. ECI has been very closely associated with the process of formation of A-WEB since 2011-12. ECI hosted the 4th General Assembly of A-WEB on 03 Sep 2019 at Bengaluru and took over as Chair of A-WEB for 2019-2021 term. 3. In accordance with the decision taken at the Extraordinary meeting of the A-WEB Executive Board held at Bengaluru on 02 Sep 2019, an India A-WEB Centre has been established at New Delhi, for world class documentation, research and training for sharing the best practices and capacity building of officials of A-WEB members. ECI has provided all the resources for this Centre. A number of initiatives, led by Shri Sunil Arora, Hon’ble Chief Election Commissioner of India and Chairperson, A-WEB are being taken under the aegis of India A-WEB Centre. 4. This is the first Webinar being held by the India A-WEB Centre. Over 120 delegates from 45 countries across the world (viz. Angola, Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Cambodia, Cameroon, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dominica, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Fiji, Georgia, Indonesia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Republic of Korea, Kyrgyz Republic, Liberia, Malawi, Maldives, Moldova, Mongolia, Mozambique, Nigeria, Palestine, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Sao Tome and Principe, Solomon Islands, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Sweden, Taiwan, Tonga, Turkey, Uzbekistan and Zambia) and 4 international organizations (viz. International IDEA, International Foundation of Electoral Systems (IFES), Association of World Election Bodies (A-WEB) and European Centre for Elections) are going to participate in the Webinar. 5. The India A-WEB Centre has, in a very short period of its existence, come out with two very useful publications viz. ‘Brief Profiles of the Countries, member EMBs and Partner Organisations of A-WEB’ and ‘COVID 19 and International Election Experience’ which will be released at the Webinar for the benefit of the entire A-WEB community. The Centre is going to bring out a number of publications and documents, including a world class quarterly ‘A-WEB India Journal of Elections’. A brochure on the Journal is also being released at the Webinar. 6. At the Webinar, presentations will be made by participating EMBs and organisations. Session I which will be chaired by Shri Sushil Chandra, Hon’ble Election Commissioner will include presentations by Fiji, Republic of Korea, Mongolia and Taiwan as well as International IDEA and A-WEB where these EMBs and organisations are going to share the challenges faced as well as their experiences and perspectives for holding elections during COVID 19. Session II, which will be chaired by Shri Rajiv Kumar, Hon’ble Election Commissioner will have presentations from South Africa, Indonesia, Bangladesh, India, Malawi and IFES. 7. It is hoped that interactions and discussions at the International Webinar on 21 Sep 2020 will provide a good opportunity to all the participants to exchange ideas and learn from each others’ experience of holding and managing elections in challenging times of COVID 19 pandemic to ensure free, fair, transparent as well as safe elections.
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    No. ECI/PN/69/2020 Dated: 29th September, 2020 PRESS NOTE Subject: Biennial election to the Karnataka Legislative Council from 02 Graduates’ and 02 Teachers’ Constituencies. The term of office of 04 members of the Karnataka Legislative Council from Graduates’ and Teachers’ Constituencies has fallen vacant on 30th June, 2020, due to the retirement of the sitting members. A statement showing the details of these seats is given below:- Karnataka Sl. No. Name of Constituency Name of the Member Date of retirement Karnataka South-East Graduates’ R. Chowda Reddy, Thoopalli 30.06.2020 2. Karnataka West Graduates’ S.V. Sankanur 3. Karnataka North-East Teachers’ Sharanappa Mattur 4. Bangalore Teachers’ Puttanna 2. Considering the unforeseen situation of public health emergency due to COVID-19 and the guidelines & orders passed under the Disaster Management Act, 2005 by the competent authority, the Election Commission, on 08.06.2020 passed an Order under Article 324 of Constitution of India read with section 16 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, and directed that the process of election to the abovementioned seats be initiated at a later date after reviewing the prevailing situation. 3. The Commission, having considered the inputs received from CEO, Karnataka has now decided that above mentioned biennial election to the Karnataka State Legislative Council from Graduates’ and Teachers’ Constituencies, be held in accordance with the following programme:- 1. Issue of Notification 01st October, 2020 (Thursday) 2. Last date of making nominations 08th October, 2020 (Thursday) 3. Scrutiny of nominations 09th October, 2020 (Friday) 4. Last date for withdrawal of candidature 12th October, 2020 (Monday) 5. Date of Poll 28th October, 2020 (Wednesday) 6. Hours of Poll 08:00 am to 05:00 pm 7. Counting of votes 02nd November, 2020 (Monday ) 8. Date before which election shall be completed 05th November, 2020 (Thursday) 4. The Model Code of Conduct concerning these elections will come into force with immediate effect in the concerned Constituencies. Please see the details in Commission’s website under the link: https://eci.gov.in/files/file/4070-biennial-bye-elections-to-the-legislative-councils-from-council-constituencies-by-graduates%E2%80%99-and-teachers%E2%80%99-and-local-authorities%E2%80%99-constituencies-%E2%80%93-mcc-instructions-%E2%80%93-regarding/ 5. Broad Guidelines to be followed during entire election processes for all persons:- I. Every person shall wear face mask during every election related activity II. At the entry of hall/ room/ premises used for election purposes: (a) Thermal Scanning of all persons shall be carried out: (b) Sanitizer shall be made available at all locations III. Social distancing shall be maintained as per the extant COVID-19 guidelines of the State Govt. and Ministry of Home Affairs. IV. As far as practicable, large halls should be identified and utilized to ensure social distancing norms. V. Adequate number of vehicles shall be mobilized for movement of polling personnel, security personnel to ensure compliance of COVID-19 guidelines. 6. For broad guidelines to be followed strictly during the conduct of election during Covid-19, please refer to the guideline available on Commission’s website under link:- https://eci.gov.in/files/file/12167-broad-guidelines-for-conduct-of-general-electionbye-election-during-covid-19/ (PRAFULL AWASTHI) UNDER SECRETARY
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    No. ECI/PN/65/2020 Dated: 25th September, 2020 PRESS NOTE Subject: Biennial election to the Bihar Legislative Council from 04 Graduates’ and 04 Teachers’ Constituencies. The term of office of 08 members of the Bihar Legislative Council from Graduates’ and Teachers’ Constituencies has fallen vacant on 06th May, 2020, due to the retirement of the sitting members. A statement showing the details of these seats is given below:- Bihar Sl. No. Name of Constituency Name of the Member Date of retirement Patna Graduates’ Neeraj Kumar 06.05.2020 2. Darbhanga Graduates’ Dilip Kumar Choudhary 3. Tirhut Graduates’ Devesh Chandra Thakur 4. Kosi Graduates’ Dr. N.K. Yadav 5. Patna Teachers’ Naval Kishore Yadav 6. Darbhanga Teachers’ Dr. Madan Mohan Jha 7. Tirhut Teachers’ Sanjay Kumar Singh 8. Saran Teachers’ Kedar Nath Panday 2. Considering the unforeseen situation of public health emergency due to COVID-19 and the guidelines & orders passed under the Disaster Management Act, 2005 by the competent authority, the Election Commission, on 03.04.2020 passed an Order under Article 324 of Constitution of India read with section 16 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, and directed that the process of election to the abovementioned seats be initiated at a later date after reviewing the prevailing situation. 3. The Commission, having considered the inputs received from CEO, Bihar has now decided that above mentioned biennial election to the Bihar State Legislative Council from Graduates’ and Teachers’ Constituencies, be held in accordance with the following programme:- 1. Issue of Notification 28th September, 2020 (Monday) 2. Last date of making nominations 05th October, 2020 (Monday) 3. Scrutiny of nominations 06th October, 2020 (Tuesday) 4. Last date for withdrawal of candidature 08th October, 2020 (Thursday) 5. Date of Poll 22nd October, 2020 (Thursday) 6. Hours of Poll 08:00 am to 05:00 pm 7. Counting of votes 12th November, 2020 ( Thursday ) 8. Date before which election shall be completed 14th November, 2020 ( Saturday ) 4. The Model Code of Conduct concerning these elections will come into force with immediate effect in the concerned Constituencies. Please see the details in Commission’s website under the link: https://eci.gov.in/files/file/4070-biennial-bye-elections-to-the-legislative-councils-from-council-constituencies-by-graduates%E2%80%99-and-teachers%E2%80%99-and-local-authorities%E2%80%99-constituencies-%E2%80%93-mcc-instructions-%E2%80%93-regarding/ 5. Broad Guidelines to be followed during entire election processes for all persons:- I. Every person shall wear face mask during every election related activity II. At the entry of hall/ room/ premises used for election purposes: (a) Thermal Scanning of all persons shall be carried out: (b) Sanitizer shall be made available at all locations III. Social distancing shall be maintained as per the extant COVID-19 guidelines of the State Govt. and Ministry of Home Affairs. IV. As far as practicable, large halls should be identified and utilized to ensure social distancing norms. V. Adequate number of vehicles shall be mobilized for movement of polling personnel, security personnel to ensure compliance of COVID-19 guidelines. 6. For broad guidelines to be followed strictly during the conduct of election during Covid-19, please refer to the guideline available on Commission’s website under link:- https://eci.gov.in/files/file/12167-broad-guidelines-for-conduct-of-general-electionbye-election-during-covid-19/
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    No. 52/2020/SDR/VOL.I Dated: 17th September, 2020 To, The Chief Electoral Officer of Bihar Assam Chhattisgarh Gujarat Haryana Jharkhand Karnataka Kerala Madhya Pradesh Nagaland Tamil Nadu Uttar Pradesh West Bengal Odisha Manipur, and Telangana Subject: Commission’s Notifications under Section 60(c) of the RP Act, 1951 – issue of postal ballot to electors above the age of 80 years, electors with physical disability and electors in quarantine due to COVID-19 -regarding. Sir, I am directed to forward herewith the Commission’s two Notifications bearing No. 52/2020/SDR/Vol.I dated 17thSeptember, 2020on the subject cited. These may be published in the State Gazette immediately and copies of the same may also be forwarded to the Commission. A copy of the procedure to be adopted for voting through postal ballot by Absentee voters in the category of senior citizens (AVSC), PwDs (AVPD) and COVID-19(ADCO) is also enclosed herewith. Kindly acknowledge. Yours faithfully, (N.T.Bhutia) Secretary
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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 04.07.2022 Kerala M.P. Veerendra Kumar Death 28.05.2020 02.04.2022 2. The Commission has decided to hold bye-elections to the Council of States from Uttar Pradesh and Kerala to fill up the above said vacancies in accordance with the following schedule: - S. No Events Dates Issue of Notifications 06th August, 2020 (Thursday) Last date of making nominations 13th August, 2020 (Thursday) Scrutiny of nominations 14th August, 2020 (Friday) Last date for withdrawal of candidatures 17th August, 2020 (Monday) Date of Poll 24th August, 2020 (Monday) Hours of Poll 09:00 am to 04:00 pm Counting of Votes 24th August, 2020 (Monday) at 05:00 pm Date before which election shall be completed 26th August, 2020 (Wednesday) 3. Commission has also directed the Chief Secretaries concerned to depute a senior officer from the State to ensure that the extant instructions regarding COVID-19 containment measures are complied with while making arrangements for conducting the elections.
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    There are following attachments: 1. Cashless treatment for COVID-19 cases and quarantine facilities for CAPF/SAP deployed on election duty. 2. Payment of Ex-gratia compensation to the family of CAPFs/polling personnel - In the event of death due to COVID-19. 3. Treating BEL/ECIL engineers as polling officials on election duty during all processes of EVM/VVPAT preparations.
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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 Resignation on 01.07.2020 29.03.2023 2. The Commission, has decided to hold a bye-election to the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council by the members of the Legislative Assembly to fill the above mentioned vacancyas per the following schedule: - S.No. Events Dates 1. Issue of Notifications 06th August, 2020 (Thursday) 2. Last Date of making nominations 13th August, 2020 (Thursday) 3. Scrutiny of nominations 14th August, 2020 (Friday) 4. Last date for withdrawal of candidatures 17th August, 2020 (Monday) 5. Date of Poll 24th August, 2020 (Monday) 6. Hours of Poll 09:00 am to 04:00 pm 7. Counting of Votes 24th August, 2020 (Monday) at 05:00 pm 8. Date before which election shall be completed 26th August, 2020 (Wednesday) 3. Commission has also directed the Chief Secretary of the State to depute a senior officer from the State to ensure that the extant instructions regarding COVID-19 containment measures are complied with while making arrangements for conducting the elections.
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    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 Government and Civil Society organisations require vast resources for which contribution from all sources, including reducing the burden of salaries on the exchequer, might be helpful. In view of the foregoing, Commission has decided to contribute in the form of voluntary reduction of thirty per cent in the basic salary paid by the Election Commission of India to Chief Election Commissioner Sh Sunil Arora and Election Commissioners Sh Ashok Lavasa and Sh Sushil Chandra for a period of one year commencing 1st April, 2020.
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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 seats of MLC by MLAs became vacant on 24 April 2020 in Maharashtra (Annexure A). ECI on 03 April 2020 issued an order under Article 324 to defer the elections till further orders in view of COVID-19 circumstances. 3. Election Commission has received a letter dated 30th April, 2020 of Chief Secretary, Maharashtra in which, the CS has pointed out the various measures taken to control pandemic and that in the State Government’s assessment, elections to the 9 seats of MLC by MLAs could be held in a safe environment. State Government has assured the Commission that the State Government is fully committed to ensuring that the said elections are held in total hygienic conditions with social distancing measures and other conditions imposed by the competent authorities. Citing the Union Home Ministry’s order dated 29th April 2020 concerning permitting the movement of migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students and other persons stranded due to lock-down orders, State Government has reiterated that it will facilitate and ensure that the elections are conducted by following all directions in the matter. 4. Commission also received a DO letter dated 30th April 2020 of Hon’ble Governor, Maharashtra addressed to the CEC indicating the feasibility of conducting elections in the State. In this connection, Governor Maharashtra has also mentioned that Shri Udhav Balasaheb Thackeray was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra on 28th November, 2019 and pointed out that as per constitutional provisions he has to become a member of either the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly or Legislative Council within a period of six months i.e. on or before the 27th May, 2020. He has further stated that the ground level situation is contained and as of now appears to be improving with several relaxations being made by the Government. Hence keeping in view, the entire situation, the Election Commission has been requested to consider working out modalities to hold elections. 5. Commission also took note of representations from various political parties– the Maharashtra Vidhanmandal Congress Paksh, the Shiv Sena VidhiMandal Paksh and, the Rashtravadi Congress Party requesting Commission to conduct the said election, the schedule of which was deferred due to force majeure conditions. 6. While taking note of all the above, Commission reviewed the past precedents in such unforeseen situations. In cases of former Prime Ministers Sh. P.V Narasimha Rao in 1991 and Sh. HD Deve Gowda in 1996; and several Chief Ministers of states (like Sh. Ashok Gehlot, Chief Minister Rajasthan in 1991; Smt Rabri Devi, Chief Minister Bihar in 1997, Sh, Vijay Bhaskar Reddy, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh in 1993, Chief Minister Uttar Pradesh & 4 Ministers in 2017, and Chief Minister Nagaland in 2017), Commission conducted by-elections to fulfil similar constitutional requirement. Commission noted that this has been the consistent practice in the past. 7. After taking all these into consideration, Commission has decided to conduct the said biennial election in the State of Maharashtra. The details of schedule of the election is attached at Annexure B. 8. Commission also decided that the Union Home Secretary, who is Chairperson of National Executive Committee in ex-officio capacity under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, should depute an officer of suitable seniority to ensure that the preventive measures are put in place in keeping with the provisions of the said Act for the smooth conduct of the electoral process for the said election. 9. Commission has also directed the Chief Secretary to depute an officer from the State to ensure that the extant instructions regarding COVID-19 are complied with while making arrangements for conducting the elections. 10. Further Commission has appointed Chief Electoral Officer, Maharashtra as Observer for this election. 11. Commission also decided to review other deferred elections in the next week.
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    Press Note

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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 https://eci.gov.in/files/file/12167-guidelines-for-conduct-of-general-electionbye-election-during-covid-19/
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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 04.07.2022 2. The Commission has decided to hold bye-election to the Council of States from Uttar Pradesh to fill up the above said vacancy in accordance with the following schedule: - S. No Events Dates Issue of Notifications 25th August, 2020 (Tuesday) Last date of making nominations 01st September, 2020 (Tuesday) Scrutiny of nominations 02nd September, 2020 (Wednesday) Last date for withdrawal of candidatures 04th September, 2020 (Friday) Date of Poll 11th September, 2020 (Friday) Hours of Poll 09:00 am to 04:00 pm Counting of Votes 11th September, 2020 (Friday) at 05:00 pm Date before which election shall be completed 14th September, 2020 (Monday) 3 The Chief Secretary, Uttar Pradesh is being directed to depute a senior officer from the State to ensure that the extant instructions regarding COVID-19 containment measures are complied with while making arrangements for conducting the election.
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    No. ECI/PN/43/2020 Date: 16th July, 2020 PRESS NOTE Subject: Commission decides not to extend the facility of postal ballot to electors above 65 years of age in General Assembly Elections in Bihar and by elections due in near future in view of constraints of logistics, manpower and safety protocols of Covid-19 In view of COVID-19 pandemic, lockdown guidelines have been issued in the country from time to time by National Disaster Management Authority, under the Disaster Management Act, 2005. In the guideline dated 17.05.2020, issued by Union Home Secretary and Chairperson National Executive Committee, constituted under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, it has been specified vide para 7 that, “Protection of vulnerable persons: Persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women, and children below the age of 10 years, shall stay at home, except for essential and health purposes.” Simultaneously, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare prescribed detailed procedure of quarantine (Home/Institutional) for COVID-19 positive/suspect persons vide its instructions dated 05.04.2020 and 18.05.2020. 2. Considering this extraordinary situation, Commission had recommended extension of optional postal ballot facilities to voters above 65 years in order to minimize their vulnerability and exposure at the Polling stations and to Covid positive voters and voters under quarantine so that they are not deprived of their voting rights. On the recommendation of the Commission, Ministry of Law & Justice notified the amended rules accordingly on 19.06.2020. However, before implementing this enabling provision, due notification is issued by the Commission, under section 60(c) of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 at the time of election. Before implementing these enabling provisions, Commission continually assesses the field situation and logistics of operationalization. 3. Commission has been constantly monitoring the electoral preparedness for the coming by-elections and General elections of Assembly in Bihar, in view of this unprecedented environment. Commission has already limited the number of electors to one thousand for each polling station for ease of voting, especially for elderly and vulnerable sections of electors, in COVID-19 situations. In view of this, the State is creating additional 34,000 (approximately) polling stations (45% more), which will increase the total number of polling stations to around 1,06,000. This would entail formidable logistical challenges of mobilizing 1.8 lakh more polling personnel and other additional resources including requirement of much larger number of vehicles in the State of Bihar. Similar challenges would be there for the coming by-elections also. 4. Considering all these issues, challenges and constraints and in view of the decision to limit the number of electors at each polling station to 1000, Commission has decided not to issue the notification to extend the facility of postal ballot to the electors above 65 years of age in the coming General Elections in Bihar and by- elections due in the near future. However, facility of optional postal ballot to electors who are above 80 years of age, PwD Voters, the electors engaged in essential services and voters who are COVID-19 positive/suspect in quarantine (home/institutional) will be extended in these elections.
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    No. ECI/PN/39/2020 Dated: 9thJune, 2020 PRESS NOTE Biennial Election to the Karnataka Legislative Council by the members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) – reg. The term of 07 members of Karnataka Legislative Council elected by the members of respective Legislative Assembly (MLAs) is expiring on 30.06.2020. Details are given as under: - S.No. Name of the Member Date of Retirement 1. Naseer Ahmed 30.06.2020 2. Jayamma 3. M.C. Venugopal 4. N.S. Bose Raju 5. H.M. Revanna 6. T.A. Sharavana 7. D.U. Mallikarjuna 2. The Commission, after receiving inputs from CEO, Karnataka has decided that above mentioned biennial elections to the Karnataka Legislative Council by members of Legislative Assembly be held in accordance with the following programme: S. No. Events Dates 1. Issue of Notification 11th June, 2020 (Thursday) 2. Last Date of making nominations 18th June, 2020 (Thursday) 3. Scrutiny of nominations 19th June, 2020 (Friday) 4. Last date for withdrawal of candidatures 22nd June, 2020 (Monday) 5. Date of Poll 29th June, 2020 (Monday) 6. Hours of Poll 09:00 am to 04:00 pm 7. Counting of Votes 29th June, 2020 (Monday) at 05:00 pm 8. Date before which election shall be completed 30th June, 2020 (Tuesday) 3. Adequate measures for close monitoring of the election process by appointing observers shall be taken to ensure free and fair election. 4. Commission has also directed the Chief Secretary of the State to depute a senior officer from the State to ensure that the extant instructions regarding COVID-19 containment measures are complied with while making arrangements for conducting the elections.
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    No. ECI/PN/40/2020 Dated: 15thJune, 2020 PRESS NOTE Biennial Election to the Bihar Legislative Council by the members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) – reg. The term of 09 members of the Bihar Legislative Council elected by the members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) has expired on 06.05.2020. Details are given as under: S.No. Name of the Member Date of Retirement 1. Ashok Choudhary 06.05.2020 2. Krishan Kumar Singh 3. Prashant Kumar Shahi 4. Sanjay Prakash 5. Satish Kumar 6. Radha Mohan Sharma 7. Sonelal Mehta 8. Md. Haroon Rashid 9. Hira Prasad Vind 2. Considering the prevailing unforeseen situation of public health emergency due to COVID-19 and the guidelines & orders passed under the Disaster Management Act, 2005 by the competent authority, the Election Commission, on 03.04.2020 passed an Order under Article 324 of Constitution of India read with section 16 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951,and directed that the process of election to the abovementioned seats shall be initiated at a later date after reviewing the prevailing situation. 3. The Commission, after receiving inputs from CEO, Bihar,has now decided that above mentioned biennial election to the Bihar Legislative Council by members of Legislative Assembly be held in accordance with the following programme: S. No. Events Dates 1. Issue of Notification 18th June, 2020 (Thursday) 2. Last Date of making nominations 25th June, 2020 (Thursday) 3. Scrutiny of nominations 26th June, 2020 (Friday) 4. Last date for withdrawal of candidatures 29th June, 2020 (Monday) 5. Date of Poll 06th July, 2020 (Monday) 6. Hours of Poll 09:00 am to 04:00 pm 7. Counting of Votes 06th July, 2020 (Monday)at 05:00 pm 8. Date before which election shall be completed 08th July, 2020 (Wednesday) 4. Adequate measures for close monitoring of the election process by appointing observers shall be taken to ensure free and fair election. 5. Commission has also directed the Chief Secretary of the State to depute a senior officer from the State to ensure that the extant instructions regarding COVID-19 containment measures are complied with while making arrangements for conducting the elections.
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    No. ECI/PN/37/2020 Dated: 1st June, 2020 PRESS NOTE ANNOUNCEMENT OF DATE OF POLL AND COUNTING OF VOTES FOR DEFERRED RAJYA SABHA POLL On 25.02.2020, Election Commission of India announced elections to the Council of States to fill 55 seats of Members from 17 States, retiring in the month of April,2020, which were notified vide Notification No. 318/CS-Multi/2020(1) dated 06.03.2020. After the last date of withdrawal on 18.03.2020, respective Returning Officers declared 37 seats from 10 States filled in uncontested. Further, as per the reports received from the concerned Returning Officers, the biennial elections for 18 seats from the States of Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya and Rajasthan were to be conducted on 26.03.2020 (Thursday) and the date before which election was to be completed as earlier announced by the Commission was 30.03.2020 (Monday) as per the notification dated 06.03.2020. 2. Section 153 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 specifies that the Election Commission for reasons which it considers sufficient, may extend the time for the completion of any election by making necessary amendments in the notification issued by it under section 30 or sub-section (1) of section 39 of the said Act. Accordingly, considering the prevailing unforeseen situation of public health emergency due to COVID-19 and related advisories in the country, the Election Commission, vide its press note, dated 24.03.2020, deferred the poll and extended the period of said election under the provisions of section 153 of the said Act and decided that the announcement of fresh date of poll and counting for the said biennial elections will be made by the ECI after reviewing the prevailing situation. The Press Note also specified that the list of contesting candidates already published for the said election by the respective Returning Officers, is to remain valid for the purpose of remaining activities as was prescribed under the said notification (dated 06.03.2020). 3. Now, Commission has reviewed the matter in detail. Considering all factors, including the guidelines dated 30.05.2020 issued by Union Home Secretary and Chairman, national Executive Committee (NEC) under the National Disaster Management Act, 2005, and taking into account the inputs obtained from the Chief Electoral Officers concerned, the Commission has decided that the date of poll and counting of votes in respect of the biennial elections for 18 seats from the States of Andhra Pradesh (4 seats), Gujarat (4 seats), Jharkhand (2 seats), Madhya Pradesh (3 seats), Manipur (1 seat), Meghalaya (1 seat) and Rajasthan (3 seats) shall be as per the following schedule: Events Date Date of Poll 19th June, 2020 (Friday) Hours of Poll 09:00 am to 04:00 pm Counting of Votes 19th June, 2020 (Friday) at 05:00 pm Date before which election shall be completed. 22th June, 2020 (Monday) 4. Commission has also decided that the Chief Secretaries shall depute a senior officer from the State to ensure that the extant instructions regarding COVID-19 containment measures are complied with while making arrangements for conducting the elections. 5. Further Commission has appointed Chief Electoral Officer concerned as Observer for the election in the respective State.

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