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    No. 4/2020/SDR/Vol-I Dated:- 21stOctober, 2020 To, The President/General Secretary of the recognized National/State Political Parties Subject:- Campaign during the period of pandemic COVID-19 – regarding. Sir/Madam, On 9th October, 2020, Election Commission vide its Advisory (copy enclosed) had sought the cooperation of all political parties to follow instructions related to pandemic COVID-19 at all stages, especially wherever public interface in physical form is involved. Observance of the preventive measures including wearing mask, use of sanitizer, observance of social distancing is a duty cast upon all the stakeholders in the larger interest of public health. At para 4 of the aforementioned communication, it was specifically mentioned: “As representatives of public, this onerous responsibility rests with the political parties to ensure that they not only cooperate with the district machineries in following the due norms of public health safety as prescribed, but also instill a sense of discipline for civic behavior in their cadre while doing ground management during campaign times. It is requested that you may like to issue advisory to all your field representatives to demonstrate utmost vigil and care to abide by all the extant instructions in large interest of public health and avoid any penal action for breaching the provisions.” Earlier, in its broad guidelines dated 21st August, 2020, the Commission also stated that non-compliance of instructions during the period of public interface will attract actions as per provisions of Sections 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 besides invocation of the Section 188 of IPC and other legal provisions, as also specified in Order No.40-3/2020-DM-I(A) dated 29th July, 2020 of Ministry of Home Affairs. Instances of such public meetings have come to notice of the Commission, where large number of crowds have assembled in utter violation of social distancing and the political leaders/campaigners are addressing the gathering without wearing masks in complete disregard of the guidelines/instructions issued by Election Commission. By doing so, the political parties and candidates are not only flouting the guidelines of the Commission with impunity,but exposing themselves as well as the public attending the rallies/meetings to the danger of infection during the pandemic. It does not need to be reiterated that during elections political parties/entities are the most important stakeholders in the electoral process and duty bound to observe the norms determined by the Commission for electioneering. The Commission has taken a serious view of the laxity on the part of political parties and candidates, on the ground, in terms of maintaining crowd discipline, and hereby reiterates and further advises them to demonstrate utmost vigil and care during electioneering. CEOs and the District Machinery would be expected by the Commission to invoke appropriate and relevant penal provisions against the candidates concerned as well as the organizers responsible for such violations. Separate instructions for strict compliance of guidelines are being issued to Chief Electoral Officers and State Governments of poll going states. The Commission seeks fullest cooperation from you so that our district election machinery ensures that all the preventive measures are adhering to by all the participants including organizers.
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    Bye Elections to the House of the people of Bihar and Legislative Assemblies of Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Haryana, lharkhand, Kamataka, Madhya Pradesh,Manipur, Nagaland,Odisha, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh, 2020. - Use of Electronic Voting Machines and VVPAT-reg.
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    Bye Elections to the House of the people of Bihar and Legislative Assemblies of Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Nagaland, Odisha, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh,2020. - Identifications of electors of polling stations. The Election Commission hereby directs that for the Bye-Election, all electors who have been issued EPIC shall produce the EPIC for their identification at the polling station before casting their votes. Those electors who are not able to produce the EPIC shall produce one of the following alternative photo identity documents for establishing their identity: - Aadhaar Card, MNREGA Job Card, Passbooks with photograph issued by Bank/Post Office, Health Insurance Smart Card issued under the scheme of Ministry of Labour, Driving License, Pan Card, Smart Card issued by RGI under NPR, Indian Passport, Pension document with photograph, Service Identity Cards with photograph issued to employees by Central/State Govt./PSUs/Public Limited Companies, and Official identity cards issued to MPs/MLAs/MLCs.
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    No. 52/2020/SDR/VOL.I Dated: 3rd October, 2020 To, Chief Electoral Officers of All the States/UTs. Subject: Postal Ballot facility for Sr. Citizen (above 80 years) and PwD electors – regarding. Reference: ECI's letter No. 52/2020/SDR/Vol.I/278 dated 17/09/2020 Sir/Madam, During the visit of Bihar for review of electoral preparedness from 29 September 2020 to 1 October 2020, after receiving feedback from Civil Societies and Media on the above cited subject, Commission directed to issue instructions as follows: 1. BLO will visit to the houses of the concerned electors, as provided by the RO, in the Polling Station area and deliver 12-D form 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. 2. The elector may or may not opt for POSTAL BALLOT in the acknowledgement attached with the form 12-D. 3. 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. 4. BLO shall deposit all the acknowledgement forms with the RO along with all form 12-D. 5. Sector Officer shall supervise it under the overall supervision of RO. 6. As prescribed in ECI's guidelines No. 52/2020/SDR/Vol I/278 dated 17.09.2020, RO shall deploy polling team(s), who shall deliver and collect the postal ballot on pre-informed date(s) and thereafter deposit it with the RO. Accordingly, Chief Electoral Officer, Bihar vide letter No.B1-3-82/2020-3780 dated 2 October 2020 has issued instructions for the delivery and collection of Form 12-D, by the Booth Level Officers, from the electors in the categories of senior citizen (above 80 years) and PwD, who may opt for postal ballot in Bihar. A copy is attached herewith for reference. Commission has directed that henceforth in all elections/bye-elections including the bye-elections, already announced by Commission on 29/09/2020, these instructions shall be followed to facilitate all activities concerning postal ballot option at the door step of the electors throughout India. Accordingly, you are requested to take all necessary measures for compliance.
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    No.3/4/2020/SDR/Vol.II Dated: 21st October, 2020 To, The Chief Electoral Officers all States and Union Territories. Sub: Conduct of Elections (Amendment) Rules, 2020 – Amendment of Rule 90 of Conduct of Elections Rules, 1961 – Increase in maximum limit of election expenses – regarding. Sir/Madam, I am directed to send herewith a copy of the Ministry of Law and Justice, Legislative Department’s, Notification S.O. 3667(E) dated 19th October, 2020, amending Rule 90 of Conduct of Elections Rules, 1961 thereby increasing the upper limit of election expenses applicable to candidates at elections to Lok Sabha and Legislative Assemblies. This may be brought to the notice of all District Election Officers, Returning Officers and other election authorities concerned and also to the State Units of recognized political parties and all registered unrecognized political parties based in your State/Union territory, for their information. Kindly acknowledge receipt.
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    The Election Commission hereby directs that for the General Election to the State Legislative Assembly of Bihar notified/to be notified on 01-10-2020, 09-10-2020 and 13-10- 2020 all electors who have been issued EPIC shall produce the EPIC for their identification at the polling station before casting their votes. Those electors who are not able to produce the EPIC shall produce one of the following alternative photo identity documents for establishing their identity: - Aadhaar Card, MNREGA Job Card, Passbooks with photograph issued by Bank/Post Office, Health Insurance Smart Card issued under the scheme of Ministry of Labour, Driving License, Pan Card, Smart Card issued by RGI under NPR, Indian Passport, Pension document with photograph, Service Identity Cards with photograph issued to employees by Central/State Govt./PSUs/Public Limited Companies, and Official identity cards issued to MPs/MLAs/MLCs. overseas electors who are registered in the electoral roll under Section 20A of the Representation of the People Act, 1950, based on the particulars in their Indian Passport, shall be identified on the basis of their original passport only (and no other identity document) in the polling station.
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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. 3/4/2019/SDR/Vol.IV Dated: 16th September, 2020 To, The Chief Electoral Officers of all States and Union Territories. Sub: Supreme Court’s Judgment on the petition regarding requirement of publishing details regarding people with criminal antecedents contesting elections; Sir/Madam, I am directed to invite your attention to the Commission’s letter No. 3/4/2017/SDR/Vol. II dated 10.10.2018, and letter dated 19.03.2019,issued in pursuance of the Judgment of Hon’ble Supreme Court in WP(C) No. 784 of 2015 (Lok Prahari Vs. UoI &Ors) and WP(C) NO. 536 of 2011 (Public Interest Foundation & Ors. Vs. UoI and Anr.). In the said letters the Commission has directed that the candidates who have criminal cases against them, either pending cases or cases of conviction in the past, and the political parties that set up such candidates, shall publish declaration in newspapers and TV Channels in the manner prescribed in the letters referred to above. 2. Subsequently, in pursuance of the directions given by the Hon’ble Supreme Court in its Order dated 13.02.2020 passed in Contempt Petition(C ) No. 2192 of 2018 in WP(C) NO. 536 of 2011 and in addition to the directions in the Commission’s above said two letters, the Commission vide letter No. 3/4/2020/SDR/Vol.III dated 6th March 2020, has also directed that all political parties, that set up candidates with criminal antecedents, either pending cases or cases of past conviction, shall scrupulously follow each of the above directions in all future elections to the Houses of Parliament and State Legislatures. Information regarding individuals with criminal cases, who have been selected as candidates, along with the reasons for selection of such candidates, as also as to why other individuals without criminal antecedents could not be selected as candidates, shall be published by the political party in the newspapers, social media platform and website of the party within 48 hours of the selection of the candidate or not less than two weeks before the first date for filing of nominations, whichever is earlier. 3. The Commission has also considered the issues relating to the publicity by the uncontested returned candidates and directed that in view of above said directions of Hon’ble Supreme court such candidates must also publicize their criminal antecedents in the manner as prescribed for other contesting candidates.. 4. As per the Commissions directions, the details regarding criminal cases are to be published on three occasions during the campaign period for the purposes of publishing of such details. Now, Commission has considered the matter and directed that the period specified will be decided with three blocks in following manner, so that electors have sufficient time to know about the background of such candidates: a. Within first 4 days of withdrawal. b. Between next 5th- 8thdays. c. From 9th day till the last day of campaign (the second day prior to date of poll) (Illustration: If the last date for withdrawal is 10th of the month and poll is on 24th of the Month, the first block for publishing of declaration shall be done between 11th and 14th of the Month, second and third blocks shall be between 15th and 18th and 19th and 22nd of that Month, respectively.) 5. The other directions in this regard as given in the Commission’s letters referred to in Para 1 & 2 above shall continue to be followed. 6. While filing the a/c of election expenses the details regarding publishing of instruction on criminal antecedents, if any, shall be provided in the prescribed format (Format C-4). In the case of election to Rajya Sabha or State legislative council, these details shall be submitted to the RO for the election. 7. It may again be stated here that as far as political parties are concerned, they will be bound to disclose details regarding candidates selected by them in terms of the above mentioned Hon’ble Supreme Court’s Order dated 13.02.2020, Communicated vide Commission’s letter No. 3/4/2020/SDR/Vol.III dated 6th March, 2020, even if their candidature is rejected during scrutiny and/or withdraws his candidature may be followed in this regard. 8. It may be reiterated that all the expenses incurred by the candidate and the political party in connection with the publication of the aforesaid criminal antecedent will be accounted for the purpose of election. In this regard, the Commission’s letter No 3/4/3029/SDR/Vol.-I dated 19th March 2019 may be referred to. 9. In order to streamline the existing Formats as prescribed by the Commission and in compliance of the Order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court, Formats C1, C2, and C3 have been modified by adding suitable guidelines (copies enclosed). 10. This letter may be circulated to all DEOs/ROs in the State/Union Territory for necessary action on their part. This shall also be circulated to all the political parties based in the State i.e. the State Units of the recognized parities and recognized State parties of other States and all registered un-recognized political parties with head quarters based in your State/Union Territory, with instruction to take note of the above directions for strict compliance both by the parties and their candidates in all future elections. 11. Kindly acknowledge receipt and confirm action taken.
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    Optional facility of online data entry of personal details by candidates in Nomination Form and Affidavit (in Form 26 appended to the CE Rules, 1961) -Guidelines-reg. Guidelines for optional facility for candidates for online data entry of personal details in Nomination Form A facility has been provided for the Candidates to make online data entry of their personal details in the nomination form and the affidavit (Form-26) through ECI suvidha portal i.e. suvidha.eci.gov.in. Validation checks at each step of the process will help the candidates to fill the form in proper format and without errors. The facility for online payment of security deposit by the candidates is also available through the same suvidha portal. 1. Online data entry in Nomination Form 1.1. The facility of Online data entry in nominations form will be available for the Candidates through ECI Suvidha Portal https://suvidha.eci.gov.in Step 1- Registration- The Candidate will have to do the registration and login with the mobile number and OTP. After a successful login, the candidate needs to enter the EPIC number and the relevant details will be auto-fetched from the electoral roll Step 2- Data entry of personal details in the form and affidavit- Candidate then needs to make data entry of his personal details in the nomination form and affidavit online. In case of error or mistake entries, filled in the form, can be edited/corrected, till the finalization of the form by the candidate. Step 3- Selection of preferable dates- After complete details verification, Candidate has to finalize the form and proceed further for selection of 3 preferable dates, by ticking at the same, for physical submission of the form before the Returning Officer. Step 4- Security deposit-Further, the candidate can submit the security deposit online by choosing the available options from net banking. Optionally, the candidate can choose to enter the details of challan or indicate the option to deposit it by cash Step 5- Physical submission of print out of the form filled online-It is to be noted that the form in which the online data entry was made by candidate, will only be treated duly submitted if a printout with QR Code is taken from the system, signed in ink, notarized and delivered by hand, either by the candidate himself or by his proposer between the hours of 11'0 clock in the forenoon and 3'0 clock in the afternoon to the Returning Officer, on the appointed date and place, specified by him. The online Nomination Facility will be closed one day prior to the last date of nomination.
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    Commission's Notification under Section 60(c) of the RP Act, 1951 for the purpose of voting through postal ballot for Absentee voters on essential services-regarding.
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    Election Commission of India’s response to letter dated 29th June, 2020 of Shri Sitaram Yechury, General Secretary, CPI (M)
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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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    FORM 12D [see rule 27-C] PART I Letter of intimation to Assistant Returning Officer (for absentee voters) To The Assistant Returning Officer, (for the notified class of electors) ………………………………….. Parliamentary/Assembly constituency …………………………………... (designation and address of ARO) Sir, I,…………….son/daughter/wife of ………..resident of ……………..village/mohalla………… Town/city/tehsil…………District………………(State) belong to the class of absentee voter and wish to cast my vote by post at the election to the House of the People/Legislative Assembly from the ………………….Parliamentary/Assembly constituency. My complete present postal address is as under:- House/dwelling unit/tent number……………………. Camp/mohalla/village……………. Ward/town/tehsil………………… District………………… State………………PIN CODE………….. Mobile Phone No. (if available)…………………. My name is entered at serial number……………….in part No……………….of the electoral roll for……………………………………………….Parliamentary/Assembly constituency. I am working as………………………………….(designation of the office held) in……………. (Name and full address of organization). I will be on duty in the above-mentioned office on the day of poll for the above-mentioned election. *On account of my official duties on the date of poll, I will not be in a position to be present in the polling station assigned to me on the day of poll. Or *I am……………..years of age/am a person with disability, and am not in a position to go to the polling station to cast vote. It is requested that postal ballot paper may be issued to me as absentee voter for the above election. Yours faithfully, ……………… (Full name and signature) PART II (for absentee voter other than senior citizen or persons with disability) Certificate by the nodal officer appointed by the Organization concerned. It is hereby certified that the particulars given by the applicant in Part I are correct, and it is further certified that the applicant will be on official duty on the day of poll, and he/she will not be in a position to be present in the polling station on the day of poll. ……………………… (full signature of the attesting Officer) ………………………………(Name) …………………………….(address) ……………………….(rubber stamp) · Strike off whichever is not applicable and tick the relevant statement. Note- This Application must reach RO within 5 days following the date of notification of election.
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    By Speed Post ELECTION COMMISSION OF INDIA Nirvachan Sadan, Ashoka Road, New Delhi-110001 No.3/4/2020/SDR – Vol.III Dated: 19th March, 2020 To The Chief Electoral Officers of All States and UTs Subject: - Order dated 13th February, 2020 of Hon’ble Supreme Court in Contempt Petition (C) No. 2192 of 2018 in WP (C) No. 536 of 2011- Requirement of publishing details regarding candidates with pending criminal cases- regarding. Sir, I am directed to refer to the Commission’s letter of even No. dated 06.03.2020, on the above subject and addressed to recognized political parties, a copy of the letter endorsed to CEOs and to say that in pursuance of the directions given by the Hon’ble Supreme Court in its Order dated 13.02.2020, if a political party fails to submit compliance report with the Election Commission, the Election Commission shall bring such non compliance by the political party concerned to the notice of the Supreme Court as being in contempt of the court’s order. Accordingly, the political parties shall publish information regarding candidates with criminal antecedents with the reason for selection of such individuals in Format C-7 within the given time and a compliance report shall be sent in Format C-8 to the Commission within 72 hours of the selection of the candidates. The CEOs are requested to obtain information with regard to the individuals with criminal antecedents, selected as candidates by the political parties, in the elections be
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    By speed post/ email ELECTION COMMISSION OF INDIA NirvachanSadan, Ashoka Road, New Delhi-110001 No.3/ER/2020/SDR Dated: 19th March, 2020 To, The Chief Electoral Officer of All States and Union Territories Sub:- Affidavits filed by candidates with their nomination paper-uploading on website-regarding Sir/Madam, I am directed to state that as per the Commission’s letters no. 3/ER/2011/SDR dated 12th October, 2012 and no. 3/ER/2013/SDR dated 12th July, 2013, the Affidavit in Form 26 appended to the CE Rules, 1961 and counter-affidavit thereupon are uploaded on the CEO’s website within 24 hours of filing the same. It has come to the notice of the Commission, that along with the Affidavits, copies of other documents such as Aadhaar card etc.,which have not been prescribed in the Commission’s instructions, are also being uploaded on the website.The Commission has directed that copy of no document, other than the Affidavit, shall be uploaded on the website. Kindly acknowledge receipt. Yours faithfully, (N.T.Bhutia) Secretary
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    General Election to the Legislative Assembly of Jharkhand 2019- Use of Electronic Voting Machines and VVPAT
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    General Elections to the State Legislative Assembly of Jharkhand, 2019- Commission's order regarding identification of electors- Bilingual.
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    General Election to the Legislative Assembly of Jharkhand 2019- Commission's Direction regarding transmission of postal ballot papers for service voters- electronically regarding
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    No. 576/3/EVM/2020/SDR-Vol.I Dated: 14th January,2020 To, The Chief Electoral Officer NCT of Delhi Subject: -General Election to the Legislative Assembly of NCT of Delhi- Use of Electronic Voting Machines and VVPAT. Sir, I am directed to enclose herewith the Commission’s Direction dated 14thJanuary, 2020, regarding use of Electronic Voting Machines and VVPAT at the current General Election to the Legislative Assembly of NCT of Delhi. The Direction may be published in the Official Gazette of NCT of Delhi immediately. 2. I am further directed to invite your attention to the Rules 49A, 49B, 49P and 49T(2) of the Conduct of Elections Rules, 1961, relating to the designs of voting machines, form and language(s) of the ballot paper on the balloting unit, design and language of tendered ballot paper and the manner of sealing of voting machines after the poll. The related instruction in this regard contained in the Chapter on‘Postal Ballot Papers and Ballot Papers for Voting Machines’, in Returning Officers’ Handbook, 2019edition may kindly be followed. Attention is also invited to the instructions regarding use of VVPAT system and sealing of the paper slip after counting is completed. 3 The above mentioned instructions may be brought to the notice of the Returning Officers of the Constituencies concerned for their information and compliance. 4. The aforesaid decision of the Commission may also be given wide publicity. 5. As regards counting of votes, your attention is invited to the provisions of Rules 50 to 54A, 60 to 66A and 55C to 57C of the Conduct of Elections Rules, 1961, and also the Commission’s detailed directions and instructions relating to counting of votes as contained in the Returning Officers’ Handbook, 2019 and the other supplementary instructions issued on the subject, from time to time. The Returning Officers should be instructed to follow the said directions and instructions scrupulously. 6. Kindly acknowledge receipt and confirm action taken. Yours faithfully, (Abhishek Tiwari) Under Secretary --------------------------- To be published in the Official Gazette of State Government of NCT of Delhi ELECTION COMMISSION OF INDIA Nirvachan Sadan, Ashoka Road, New Delhi – 110001 Dated: 14thJanuary, 2020 DIRECTION No.576/3/EVM/2020/SDR-Vol.I:- Whereas, Section 61A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, provides that the giving and recording of votes by Voting Machines in such manner as may be prescribed, may be adopted in such constituency or constituencies as the Election Commission of India may, having regard to the circumstances of each case, specify; and 2. Whereas, as per the proviso to Rule 49A of the Conduct of Elections Rules, 1961, a Printer with a drop box of such design, as may be approved by the Election Commission of India, may also be attached to voting machine for printing a paper trail of the vote, in such constituency or constituencies or parts thereof as the Election Commission of India may direct; and 3. Whereas, the Commission has considered the circumstances in all the Constituencies for the General Election to the Legislative Assembly of NCT of Delhi announced by the Commission’s Press Note No. ECI/PN/4/2020 dated 6th January, 2020 ,and is satisfied that sufficient number of Electronic Voting Machines and Printers for printing Paper Trail [Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail(VVPAT)] are available for taking the poll in all the Assembly Constituencies of NCT of Delhi, the polling personnel are well trained in efficient handling of the Electronic Voting Machines and Printers for Paper Trail (hereafter referred to as ‘VVPAT Printers’) and the electors are also fully conversant with the operation of the Electronic Voting Machines and the VVPAT Printers; 4. Now, therefore, the Election Commission of India, in exercise of its powers under the said Section 61A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, and Rule 49A of the Conduct of Elections Rules, 1961, hereby specifies all the Assembly Constituencies of NCT of Delhi for the general election to the Legislative Assembly notified on 14-01-2020 as theconstituencies in which the votes,shall be given and recorded by means of Electronic Voting Machines and VVPAT printers in the manner prescribed, under the Conduct of Elections Rules, 1961, and the supplementary instructions issued by the Commission from time to time on the subject. 5. The Commission also hereby approves the design of the Electronic Voting Machine and the Printer with the drop box (the VVPAT Printers) as developed by the Bharat Electronics Ltd., Bangalore and Electronics Corporation of India Ltd., Hyderabad, which shall be attached to the said machines, to be used for the giving and recording of votes in all the Constituencies. By Order, (N.T.BHUTIA) Secretary
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    No. 3/4/ID/2020/SDR/VOL.I Dated: 16th January, 2020 To, The Chief Electoral Officer NCT of Delhi Subject: General Election to the State Legislative Assembly of NCT of Delhi, 2020- Commission’s order regarding identification of electors. Sir, I am directed to enclose herewith Commission's Order dated 16thJanuary, 2020 regarding identification of electors at the General Election to the State Legislative Assembly of NCT of Delhi. 2. The Commission has directed that all electors in all constituencies who have been issued EPIC have to produce the Electors Photo Identity Card (EPIC) for their identification at the polling station before casting their votes. Those electors who are not able to produce the EPIC shall produce one of the alternative photo identity documents mentioned in paragraph 7 of the Order for establishing their identity. The list of documents is reproduced below for clarity: (i) Passport, (ii) Driving License, (iii)Service Identity Cards with photograph issued to employees by Central/State Govt./PSUs/Public Limited Companies, (iv) Passbooks with photograph issued by Bank/Post Office, (v) PAN Card, (vi) Smart Card issued by RGI under NPR, (vii) MNREGA Job Card, (viii) Health Insurance Smart Card issued under the scheme of Ministry of Labour, (ix) Pension document with photograph, (x) Official identity cards issued to MPs/MLAs/MLCs, and (xi) Aadhaar Card. 3. In the case of EPIC, minor discrepancies in the entries therein should be ignored provided the identity of the elector can be established by the EPIC. If an elector produces an EPIC which has been issued by the Electoral Registration Officer of another Assembly Constituency, such card shall also be accepted for identification provided the name of that elector finds place in the electoral roll pertaining to the polling station where the elector has turned up for voting. If it is not possible to establish the identity of the elector on account of mismatch of photograph, etc. the elector shall have to produce one of the alternative photo documents mentioned in Para 7 of the Order. 4. On earlier occasions, the Commission had allowed Photo Voter Slip as a document for identification. However, there have been representations against its use as a stand-alone identification document on the grounds of misuse as these are printed after the finalization of the roll and distributed just close to the poll through Booth Level Officers. The design of Photo Voter Slip does not incorporate any security feature. In fact, Photo Voter Slip was started as an alternative document as the coverage of EPIC was not complete. As per available information, at present, 100 per cent electors possess EPIC, and more than 99 per cent adults have been issued Aadhaar Cards. Taking all these facts in view, Commission has now decided that Photo Voter Slip shall henceforth not be accepted as a stand-alone identification document for voting. However, Photo Voter Slip will continue to be prepared and issued to electors as part of the awareness building exercise. In order to make it clear to the electors that Photo Voter Slips shall not be accepted as a stand-alone identification document for voting, the words 'THIS SLIP WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED FOR THE PURPOSE OF IDENTIFICATION IN POLLING STATION. YOU ARE REQUIRED TO CARRY EPIC OR ONE OF THE 11 ALTERNATIVE DOCUMENTS SPECIFIED BY THE COMMISSION FOR VOTING" shall be printed on the Photo Voter Slip in bold letters. Photo Voter Slips shall continue to be printed. 5. Overseas electors shall have to produce their original passport only for identification. 6. The Order may be brought to the notice of the Returning Officers and all Presiding Officers. A copy of the Order translated in the vernacular language should be supplied to each of the Presiding Officers. The Order shall be got published in the StateGazette, immediately. This Order shall also be given wide publicity through print/electronic media for information of the general public and electors immediately and subsequently at regular intervals till the date of polling. This should include paid Advertisements in the newspapers. All political parties in your State/UT and contesting candidates may also be informed, in writing, regarding these directions. 7. The Returning Officers shall explain the implications of this Order and explain the contents thereof to all Presiding Officers through special briefings. They should also ensure that a copy of this letter is available with the Presiding Officers at all polling stations /booths in the constituency. 8. Kindly acknowledge receipt and confirm action taken.

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