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  1. Communication

    Reply to Shri Sachin Sawant from ECI

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    Reply to Shri Sachin Sawant from ECI
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    LIMITED TENDER ENQUIRY FOR ANNUAL MAINTENANCE FOR AUDIO-VIDEO DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM
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    Reply to Shri Prithviraj Chavan from ECI
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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/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.
  6. Communication

    Statement by ECI

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    Statement by ECI A report appearing in The Tribune today, i.e., 28.7.2020 titled “J&K polls after delimitation” is attributed to Shri G.C. Murmu, Hon’ble Lieutenant Governor (LG), J&K. Similar statements of LG were earlier reported by The Hindu dated 18.11.2019, News 18 dated 14.11.2019, Hindustan Times dated 26.6.2020 and Economic Times (ePaper) dated 28.7.2020. Election Commission takes exception to such statements and would like to state that in the Constitutional scheme of things, the timings etc. of elections is the sole remit of Election Commission of India. Before deciding the timing, the Commission takes into consideration all the relevant factors including topography, weather, sensitivities arising out of regional and local festivities in the area(s) where the election is to take place. For example, in the current times, Covid 19 has introduced a new dynamic, which has to be and shall be taken into consideration at the due time. In the instant case, the outcome of Delimitation is also germane to the decision. Similarly, availability of central forces and railway coaches, etc. for the transportation of CPFs are important factors. All this is done after meticulous homework by the senior officials of the Commission and a detailed assessment in due consultation with concerned authorities. The Commission itself schedules a visit to the concerned State wherever required and holds extensive consultations with all the stakeholders. It would be proper for authorities other than Election Commission to refrain from making such statements which virtually tantamount to interfering with the Constitutional mandate of Election Commission.
  7. Communication

    Clarification regarding bye-elections

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    No. ECI/PN/44/2020 Dated: 23rd July, 2020 PRESS NOTE Clarification regarding bye-elections This is with reference to letter No.99/bye-election/2020/EPS dated 22.7.2020 issued by Shri Sumit Mukherjee, Sr. Pr. Secretary in the Commission. This is causing some confusion in some sections of media. It is hereby clarified that the aforesaid communication is only in respect of eight constituencies regarding which a reference to Ministry of Law & Justice was made vide letter No. 99/bye-election/2020/EPS dated 03.7.2020 due to some extraordinary circumstances peculiar to these constituencies. However, the total number of bye-elections due is 56 Assembly Constituencies (including the eight referred to earlier) besides one Parliamentary Constituency. Out of these total number of 57 bye-elections, it is hereby clarified that the Commission has already taken a decision to hold all bye-election as per provisions of Section 151A of the R.P. Act, 1951. In any case the deferring of aforementioned eight bye-elections is only up to 7th September, 2020. This matter of timing etc. of bye-elections is also slotted for discussion in the Election Commission Meeting to be held tomorrow, i.e., 24.7.2020.
  8. Communication

    VoICE International - Vol 4.1

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    The eleventh edition of VoICE International magazine, brought to you by VoICE.net ( http://voicenet.in ) and India A-WEB Centre ( http://indiaawebcentre.org )
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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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    NOTICE INVITING EXPRESSION OF INTEREST (EOI) FOR EMPANELMENT OF CREATIVE AGENCY
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    INVITATION OF EXPRESSION OF INTEREST (EOI) FOR EMPANELMENT OF PRINTERS
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    My Vote Matters (April 2020)- Vol-II Issue-1 This issue of My Vote Matters brings a vivid account of tenth National Voters' Day, first Sukumar Sen Memorial lecture and various other events organised this year, along with several interesting articles.
  13. Communication

    Press Note dated 16/06/2020

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    No. ECI/PN/42/2020 Dated: 16th June, 2020 PRESS NOTE A meeting of full Election Commission comprising Chief Election Commissioner Shri Sunil Arora and two Election Commissioners Shri Ashok Lavasa and Shri Sushil Chandra, assisted by senior officers of the Commission, was held today. Amongst other issues, the Commission discussed the matter of taking cognizance of complaints of false affidavits filed by some candidates along with their nominations, which adversely affects the rights of voters as well as impinges on the purity of electoral process. The exercise of informed franchise is a foundational requirement for free and fair elections. In People’s Union for Civil Liberties v. Union of India (2003) 4 SCC 399 (PUCL case), Hon’ble Supreme Court observed: “..the foundation of a healthy democracy is to have well-informed citizens-voters.” In this case, the Apex Court further observed: “A little man – a citizen – a voter is the master of his vote. He must have necessary information so that he can intelligently decide in favour of a candidate who satisfies his criterion of being elected as an MP or MLA.” The voter has a fundamental right under Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution to know about the candidates at an election. The genesis of the disclosure requirements, now incorporated in Form 26, appended to the Conduct of Election Rules, 1961 was the case of Union of India v. Association of Democratic Reforms (2002) 5 SCC 294. In his/her affidavit, a candidate discloses (i) criminal antecedents; (ii) assets and liabilities; and (iii) educational qualifications. Subsequently, Commission in 2013, decided that the assets and liabilities of the candidates, as filed in their affidavits, would be verified by Central Board of Direct Taxes(CBDT). Filing of false affidavits by candidates during the nomination process, in terms of false or incomplete information, is a key challenge as it undermines the rights of voters to be fully informed about their political representatives. Supreme Court in catena of judgments (Resurgent India v. Election Commission of India, 2014 14 SCC 189; Rambabu Singh Thakur v. Sunil Arora 2020 SCC online SC178) has held the truthful disclosure of all relevant information by a candidate as integral to the electoral process and any denial or false disclosure would tantamount to vitiating the integrity of elections. Commission views the erosion of this fundamental right as an affront to the democratic ideals which underpin the system of government. Furnishing false information in election affidavits is a devious design to defeat the right of the voter to be informed and transparency in elections. The Commission has today decided to robustly address this challenge to further ensure free, fair and ethical elections in the country. Commission has been receiving complaints regarding furnishing of false information in the affidavits of some candidates. As per the extant provision, individuals are filing such complaints in the competent court under section 125A of the Representation of People Act, 1951. Now, Commission has reviewed this position and decided that, in pursuit of a level-playing field, it will take cognisance of complaints, which indicate serious omission on the part of the candidate, and refer such matters to the relevant investigating authorities on a case-to-case basis.
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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/41/2020 Dated: 15thJune, 2020 PRESS NOTE 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 DokkaManikyaVara Prasad By MLAs Resignation on 09.03.2020 29.03.2023 2. The Commission, after receiving inputs from CEO, Andhra Pradesh, 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 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-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) 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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    Biennial Elections to the Council of States to fill the seats of members retiring between June to July 2020-reg.
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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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    No. ECI/PN/36/2020 Dated: 12th May, 2020 PRESS NOTE ECI sets up Committee to examine details of Gujarat HC judgement concerning Dholka AC Direction had already been conveyed to State Government to initiate disciplinary action against the then Returning Officer. Consequent upon the judgement of Hon’ble High Court in the Election Petition concerning Dholka AC in Gujarat today, Chief Election Commissioner, Shri Sunil Arora has, after discussion with Secretary General, ECI, on telephone, directed that a three member committee of officers will examine the details of the judgement and present the same before the Commission at the earliest. The Committee shall be headed by Shri Umesh Sinha, Secretary General, ECI, and consist of two officers, Shri Chandra Bhushan Kumar, Deputy Election Commissioner and Shri Vijay Pandey, Director, Law, as members. In this matter, on behest of the Commission, a direction had already been conveyed to the State Government of Gujarat to initiate disciplinary action against the then Returning Officer Mr Dhaval Jani, Deputy Collector. The proceedings are underway. Mr Jani was also removed from election duties during the Lok Sabha elections in view of the interim order of the Hon’ble High Court in the matter.
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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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    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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    Biennial Election to the Legislative Councils of Maharashtra and Bihar (by members of Legislative assembly)- ECI Order dated 03.04.2020
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    ORDER - ECI DEFERS RAJYA SABHA POLL FURTHER IN VIEW OF COVID-19; FRESH DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED LATER

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