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    No. ECI/PN/90/2020 Dated: 19th November, 2020 PRESS NOTE Subject: Bye Election to the Council of States from Bihar -reg. There is one casual vacancy in the Council of States from Bihar as per following details: - State Name of Members Reason Date of vacancy Term Up to Bihar Shri Ram Vilas Paswan Death 08.10.2020 02.04.2024 2. The Commission has decided to hold bye-election to the Council of States from Bihar to fill up the above said vacancy in accordance with the following schedule: - S. No Events Dates 1 Issue of Notifications 26th November, 2020 (Thursday) 2 Last date of making nominations 03rd December, 2020 (Thursday) 3 Scrutiny of nominations 04th December, 2020 (Friday) 4 Last date for withdrawal of candidatures 07th December, 2020 (Monday) 5 Date of Poll 14th December, 2020 (Monday) 6 Hours of Poll 09:00 am-04:00 pm 7 Counting of Votes 14th December, 2020 (Monday) at 05:00 pm 8 Date before which election shall be completed 16th December, 2020 (Wednesday) 3. Broad Guidelines to be followed during entire election process 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. 4. The Chief Secretary, Bihar 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. 5. Further, the Commission has also appointed the Chief Electoral Officer, Bihar as Observer for this election.
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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/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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