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    No. ECI/PN/33/2020 Dated: 3rd April, 2020 PRESS NOTE ECI DEFERS RAJYA SABHA POLL FURTHER IN VIEW OF COVID-19; FRESH DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED LATER 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, which were notified vide 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. Now, 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). The term of the seats, which are to be filled in pursuance to the above said notification dated 06.03.2020, is completing as per following details: 09.04.2020 Andhra Pradesh – 04 Jharkhand – 02 Madhya Pradesh – 03 Manipur – 01 Rajasthan – 03 Gujarat – 04 12.04.2020 Meghalaya - 01 Total - 18; Election Commission of India vide notification dated 24.03.2020, in view of unforeseen public health emergency emerging from COVID-19, invoking section 153 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 extended the period of completion of election including postponing the date of poll and counting concerning elections to the Council of States to fill the seats of Members retiring in the month of April, which were notified vide No. 318/CS-Multi/2020(1) dated 06.03.2020; On 24.03.2020, the National Disaster Management Authority issued order to take measures for ensuring social distancing so as to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the country. Subsequent to this, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India vide its Order dated 24.03.2020 under section 10(2)(1) of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 has issued detailed guidelines including restrictions on movement and gathering for the maintenance of public safety and avoiding health hazard to take effective measures so as to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the country. The Ministry has further issued orders dated 25.03.2020, 27.03.2020 and 29.03.2020 for continuing with these measures. The Ministry has also written to all the Chief Secretaries in the country for strict compliance of all the lockdown measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the country. These measures are enforced throughout the country for a period of three weeks from 25.03.2020. The electoral process necessarily involves movement and gathering of polling officials, agents of political parties, support officials and members of respective Legislative Assemblies on the poll day, which may put public safety at risk and create public health hazard; Commission has reviewed the current unforeseen situation of public health emergency and the feasibility of completing the poll process for the aforesaid election. Commission, after taking all facts and circumstances in view, is of considered view that continuing electoral process in the current environment may not be feasible in view of the restrictions for the maintenance of public safety and avoiding health hazard, and therefore, aforesaid election can not be completed within its scheduled term, as mentioned in para 2 above. In view of the above, Commission invoking its powers under Article 324 of the Constitution of India read with section 153 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 has further extended the period of election beyond the prescribed term(s) of above mentioned seats. The list of contesting candidates, already published for the said elections by the respective Returning Officers shall remain valid for the purposes of remaining activities, as prescribed under the said notifications. Fresh date of poll and counting for the said biennial elections shall be intimated in due course after reviewing the prevailing situation.
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    Bye-election to the Maharashtra Legislative Council from Dhule-cum-Nandurbar Local Authorities' Constituency-Amendment Notification-regarding.
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    Due to extraordinary circumstances because of COVID-19 pandemic, the Commission has reviewed its decision suo-moto and it is decided to allow usage of Indelible Ink on persons for stamping for home quarantine by health authorities with the following conditions: As per the provisions of Rule 49K of the Conduct of Elections Rules,1961, the left forefinger of electors is required to be marked with indelible ink at the polling stations before the elector is allowed to vote. Sub rule (4) of the said Rule 49K provides that in cases where the elector does not have fore finger on the left hand, the ink is to be marked on any finger on his left hand, and if he does not have any finger on his left hand, the ink is to be marked on his right forefinger. Hence, concerned authorities shall be instructed not to use the Indelible Ink on any finger on left hand of any persons. Ministry may standardise the mark and the location on the body where the mark has to be applied so that it does not come in the way of conduct of elections anywhere in the country. The authorities concerned shall be instructed to maintain the record of the persons to whom Indelible Ink is applied. The authorities shall also be instructed to ensure that the Indelible Ink shall not be used for any other purpose. Commission would like bring to the notice of entities be they be Ministries/ Departments in GOI / any PSUs in the Central / State sector / Govts of user States / Govts of UTs that indelible ink mark is normally expected to last for 3 days when applied on the skin but lasts for a few weeks on the fingernail till the nail grows out.
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    No. ECI/PN/31/2020 Dated: 24th March, 2020 PRESS NOTE ECI DEFERS RAJYA SABHA POLL IN VIEW OF COVID-19; FRESH DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED LATER 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. Now, 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 are 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). On 11.03.2020, World Health Organization has declared Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 a global pandemic. Ministry of Health & Family Affairs and Department of Personnel & Training, Government of India have issued various guidelines and instructions to monitor and contain the transmission of COVID-19. Government of India, vide its press note dated 22.03.2020, has asked all the State Governments to take all measures to break the chain of transmission of COVID-19. This includes suspension of all train services till 31.03.2020 including sub urban rail services; closure of all activities except essential services such as hospitals, telecom, medicine shops, provision stores etc. Subsequently, on 23.03.2020 it has also been informed that the operations of domestic schedule commercial airlines shall cease operations with effective from the mid night 23.59 IST hours on 24.03.2020. State Governments have issued various orders including curb on local transportation accordingly for management and containment of COVID-19. The States of Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya and Rajasthan have issued orders of lock down to contain the transmission of COVID-19. Commission has reviewed in detail the matter. The prevailing unforeseen situation of public health emergency indicates the need for avoidance of possibilities of gatherings of any nature, which expose all concerned to possible health hazard. The poll process in the above said elections would necessarily include the gathering of polling officials, agents of political parties, support officials and members of respective Legislative Assemblies on the poll day, which may not be suitable in view of the prevailing unforeseen situation and related advisories in the country. 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; and accordingly, the Election Commission has deferred the poll and extended the period of said election under the provisions of section 153 of the said Act. The list of contesting candidates, already published for the said elections by the respective Returning Officers shall remain valid for the purposes of remaining activities, as prescribed under the said notification. Fresh date of poll and counting for the said biennial elections shall be announced in due course after reviewing the prevailing situation.

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