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    ECI/PN/75/2018 Date: 7th November, 2018 PRESS NOTE Sub: Commission deputes a high level team to Mizoram led by Sh. Sudeep Jain, Deputy Election Commissioner for deliberations. Election Commission of India had deputed a team of Officers to discuss various issues related to ensuing Mizoram Assembly Elections. ECI Team held a detailed discussion on 6th November 2018 at Aizwal with the leaders and representatives of All NGO Coordination Committee, comprising Central YMA, Mizoram Senior Citizen Association, Mizoram Women Federation, Mizo Student Association & Mizo Student Union and Mizoram Church Leaders Committee. The meetings were conducted in a very cordial atmosphere in which various issues were deliberated threadbare after which a joint resolution of NGO Coordination Committee signed by Mr. Vanlalruata, Mr. L. Ramdinliana Renthlei, Mr. Vanlalliana Khiangte, Mr R K Thanga, Ms Saipui & Mr Lalhmachhuana was submitted to ECI on 7th November, 2018. The Commission appreciates the glorious tradition of people of Mizoram to always have a very peaceful election. Considering the urgency of the matter, a full Commission meeting was convened today (7th November 2018) to further build on this mutual understanding. After due deliberations on the resolution, the Commission, while accepting the broad contours of the resolution passed by the All NGO, Mizoram, decided to depute a higher level ECI Team led by Deputy Election Commissioner Mr Sudeep Jain, incharge of Mizoram to have further discussion on 9th November 2018 at Aizwal with the representatives of All NGO, Mizoram on their Resolution. Other members of the team would comprise of Mr. Lalbiakthanga Khiangte, CEO, Jharkhand, Mr SB Joshi, Secretary, ECI and Ms. Lalzarmawii, Additional CEO, Mizoram. The Commission has expressed its serious concern at the violent incident at Kolasib yesterday. The Commission expects that, keeping with the ethos and tradition of peaceful society in Mizoram, all stakeholders will sincerely work together so that no such incident recurs in future during the entire election process and elections are conducted peacefully with maximum participation as always.
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    ECI/PN/76/2018 Date: 9th November, 2018 PRESS NOTE Sub: General election to the Legislative Assemblies of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Mizoram & Telangana, 2018 – Ban on Exit Poll. Election Commission of India, in exercise of the powers under sub-section(1) of Section 126A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 notified the period between 7.00 A.M. on 12.11.2018 and 5.30 P.M. on 07.12.2018 as the period during which conducting any exit poll and publishing or publicizing the result of exit poll by means of the print or electronic media or in any other manner shall be prohibited in the ongoing general elections to the Legislative Assemblies of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Mizoram & Telangana, 2018. Further, under Section 126(1)(b) of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, displaying any election matter including results of any opinion poll or any other poll survey, in any electronic media, would be prohibited during the period of 48 hours ending with the hour fixed for conclusion of poll in each of the phase in connection with the aforesaid general elections. Notification dated 9th November, 2018 issued in this regards is enclosed herewith for the information of all concerned.
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    GE-2014 SCHEDULE

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    General Election 2014 Schedule
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    General Election 2014 Schedule
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    Schedule for bye-election to fill casual vacancy in the Lok Sabha from Parliamentary Constituencies of Maharashtra, Nagaland, Uttar Pradesh and State Legislative Assemblies of Bihar, Jharkhand, Kerala, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal – regarding. Bilingual
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    Launch of 'cVIGIL' online app. Bilingual
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    PRESS NOTE Subject: Election Commission of India organises Sign language Training Session for Election Officials Election Commission of India, in its commitment towards Accessible Elections, organised Sign Language Training Session for officials of the Commission in collaboration with ISLRTC (Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre) on September 12, 2018 at ECI Headquarters in New Delhi. The training was conducted by experts from ISLRTC (Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre) wherein the officers were acquainted with basic as well as election related sign languages symbols such as Election, Identity Card, Address and Polling Booth etc. Besides, information related to basic etiquette while conversing with persons with disabilities was also shared with the Officials of the Commission and they were sensitised regarding the needs of Deaf persons. The session saw enthusiastic participation of the officials. A sensitisation activity was conducted through a live demonstration of a mock poll to understand the frequently asked questions/ issues of the deaf voters. The aim of the workshop was to sensitise election officials to the needs of persons with disabilities so as to be better able to respond to their needs & facilitate them during the election process. In July 2018, Election Commission of India organised a two day National Consultation on Accessible Elections in New Delhi where the Commission declared a series of facilitation measures for Persons with Disabilities, including training and sensitisation of Election Officials. (PAWAN DIWAN) Under Secretary
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    PRESS NOTE Subject: Election Commission of India holds a meeting with all the recognised National and State Political Parties at New Delhi on various electoral reforms. Today Election Commission comprising Chief Election Commissioner Shri O. P. Rawat, Election Commissioners Shri Sunil Arora and Shri Ashok Lavasa held an in depth interactive session with all the recognised National and State Political Parties on a broad range of issues concerning various matters pertaining to elections. Altogether 7 National parties and 34 State parties were present. In his opening remark, CEC said that political parties are important stakeholders in our electoral process and the Commission always values their inputs in making out electoral process robust, fair and credible. 2. Chief Election Commissioner observed that political parties are initiators of reforms and act as agents for mobilizing people and electors, enabling them to express their political choice. The Commission considers political parties as the most important stakeholders in its endeavour to strengthen electoral democracy. Commission further observed that the Commission is uniquely privileged and honoured to enjoy trust and confidence of people, media and all political parties, because the Commission is having an open door policy treating all with respect, impartiality and fairness. Commission urged the representatives of political parties to put forward their views on important issues such as transparency in political funding, media management including that of social media, bringing in trust and confidence of all stakeholders in the voting and counting process and as such strengthening democracy in our country while setting an example globally. Chief Election Commissioner mentioned about the challenge faced by all the democracies globally in view of the new media and advancements in information technology and the Commission is taking initiatives to prevent such interference. Commission sought suggestions and support of political parties to comprehensively meet these and other challenges for ensuring free and fair elections. 3. All the parties assured the Commission that they would extend the requisite support in the process of preparation of electoral roll. They also suggested sharing with them copies of the list of deletion in electoral roll. Some parties also suggested to strengthen the system of Booth Level Officers for better preparedness of electoral roll. Some parties requested for avoiding the festival season for roll revision. Commission has already taken this into account and revision in all states excluding poll going states, will start from 1st September itself for 2 months which is more than usual one month period. 4. Political parties urged the Commission to link Aadhar numbers with electors’ detail for better electoral roll management. 5. Political parties expressed concern on Paid News and suggested to make it an electoral offence to curb this menace. 6. Political parties also asked the Commission that on the lines of Doordarshan and AIR, the free airtime to political parties should be provided on private media for electoral campaigns. 7. All parties appreciated the Commission’s effort in making elections inclusive for all especially PwD electors. They also lauded the steps taken under SVEEP to enhance the awareness and participation of electors. 8. Some political parties requested the Commission to fix a certain % of VVPAT slips counting to enhance the trust in EVM. Commission assured them that it is being looked into with input from experts. Commission also informed that any candidate may approach the Returning Officer concerned for the specific count of VVPAT of a polling station under the law already available. 9. They suggested for a ceiling on expenditure limit for council elections, as suggested by the Commission. 10. All political parties welcomed the discussion on taking the steps for enhancing the role of women in the Electoral process. 11. For no campaign period, they suggested for more measures in view of current electronic and digital environment. Commission assured all the political parties that each of the suggestions will be looked into and will be responded by Commission in time bound manner. -sd- (Pawan Diwan) Under Secretary
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    PRESS NOTE Subject: Bye-elections to the Legislative Council of Karnataka and Maharashtra by the Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs). There are three casual vacancies in the Karnataka Legislative Council and one casual vacancy in the Legislative Council of Maharashtra by the Members of Legislative Assembly. The details of the vacancies are as follow: KARNATAKA Name of Member Cause of vacancy Term Upto K.S. Eshwarappa Resignation as they got elected to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly on 16.05.2018 30.06.2020 Dr. G. Parameshwara 30.06.2020 V. Somanna 14.06.2022 MAHARASHTRA Pandurang Pundlik Fundkar Death on 31.05.2018 24.04.2020 2. The Commission has decided to hold bye-elections to the Legislative Councils of Karnataka and that of Maharashtra by the Members of the respective Legislative Assembly to fill the above mentioned vacancies in accordance with the following programme: - S.No. Subject of Programme Dates and Days 1. Issue of Notifications 14thSeptember, 2018 (Friday) 2. Last Date of making nominations 22ndSeptember, 2018 (Saturday) 3. Scrutiny of nominations 24thSeptember, 2018 (Monday) 4. Last date for withdrawal of candidatures 26thSeptember, 2018 (Wednesday) 5. Date of Poll 3rdOctober, 2018 (Wednesday) 6. Hours of Poll 9.00 A.M. to 4.00 P.M. 7. Counting of Votes 3rdOctober, 2018 (Wednesday) at 5.00 P.M. 8. Date before which election shall be completed 6thOctober, 2018 (Saturday) (PAWAN DIWAN) UNDER SECRETARY
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    PRESS-NOTE Subject: Visit of ECI’s Team to Hyderabad. In view of the dissolution of the State Legislative Assembly of Telangana, the Commission has decided to send a team of ECI officers to assess the situation in the state regarding poll preparedness. A team of ECI officers headed by Sh. Umesh Sinha, Sr. Deputy Election Commissioner will be visiting Hyderabad on Tuesday i.e. 11th September, 2018 and will give its report to the Commission after completion of the visit. Sd-- (Pawan Diwan) Under Secretary
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    PRESS NOTE Subject: Three bye elections to Karnataka Legislative Council and one bye election to Maharashtra Legislative Council by the Members of respective Legislative Assembly- Corrigendum-reg The Commission had announced a schedule for holding three bye elections to Karnataka Legislative Council and one bye election to Maharashtra Legislative Council by the Members of Legislative Assembly, vide its Press Note No. ECI/PN/60/2018 dated 7thSeptember, 2018. As the last date for making nominations, i.e. 22ndSeptember, 2018 (Saturday) falls on 4th Saturday of the month is a ‘Public Holiday’ as per Section 25 of Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881, as per the Ministry of Finance, Government of India, Notification dated 20.08.2015, therefore, the Commission has suitably amended the schedule changing the last date for making nominations to the next working day i.e. 24thSeptember, 2018 (Monday). Consequently, the date of scrutiny, the last date of withdrawal of candidatures and the date of poll have been accordingly shifted as follows: S.No. Subject of Programme Dates and Days 1. Last Date of making nominations 24thSeptember, 2018 (Monday) 2. Scrutiny of nominations 25thSeptember, 2018 (Tuesday) 3. Last date for withdrawal of candidatures 27thSeptember, 2018 (Thursday) 4. Date of Poll 4thOctober, 2018 (Thursday) 5. Hours of Poll 9.00 A.M. to 4.00 P.M. 6. Counting of Votes 4thOctober, 2018 (Thursday) at 5.00 P.M. 7. Date before which election shall be completed 6thOctober, 2018 (Saturday) (PAWAN DIWAN) UNDER SECRETARY
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    PRESS NOTE Sub: Supply of VVPATs & EVMs is on track and not a matter of concern. The Election Commission of India would like to allay any unfounded apprehensions regarding the supply of VVPATs for the Lok Sabha Election in 2019. The Commission is committed to 100% deployment of VVPATs at all polling stations in future General, as well as bye elections to the Lok Sabha and State Legislative Assemblies. In order to meet the requirement of 100% VVPATs for all polling stations for the upcoming Lok Sabha Election in 2019, the Commission placed an order of 17.45 lakh VVPATs to Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), Bangalore and Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL), Hyderabad. Till date, 9.45 lakh units have been produced by the PSUs. Both PSUs have assured the Commission that the remaining VVPAT units (8 lakh) will be manufactured and supplied to the various States/UTs comfortably before end of Nov 2018. The Commission has been consistently and periodically reviewing the status of production and supply of VVPATs with the CMDs of PSUs, as well as the Technical Expert Committee (TEC), to ensure that the design, production and supply activities of all the units of EVMs and VVPATs is streamlined and completed in a time-bound manner after incorporating the features suggested by the TEC which is carrying out a rigorous supervision of the production process and product performance. The officers of the Commission are monitoring the manufacturing and supply of machines on a daily basis in order to ensure timely delivery and pre poll preparedness. The Commission has indeed enhanced the requirement of additional VVPATs from 125% to 135% considering the trend of failure rate of VVPATs in past elections. The Commission has estimated 171% Ballot Units, 125% Control Units and 135% VVPATs requirements for upcoming Lok Sabha Elections. It may be noted that in case of any error in VVPAT, only VVPAT is replaced with the reserve one, whereas, in case of any error in Ballot Unit or Control Unit of the EVM, entire set of Ballot Unit(s), Control Unit and VVPAT is changed, resulting in an increase in requirement of VVPATs than the requirement of Control Units of EVMs. It is pertinent to mention that learning from experience of Kairana and Bhandara-Gondiya bye-polls held in May, 2018 where the errors were mainly caused by excessive exposure to illumination in the polling stations, the Commission has adopted the hardware improvement recommended by the Technical Expert Committee to prevent auto shutdown of VVPATs due to excessive light. It is also pertinent to note that comprehensive and systematic preparatory activities for the Lok Sabha Elections, including the detailed First Level Checking of EVMs and VVPATs have already commenced across various States/UTs and will be completed in an efficient, effective and timely manner. First Level Checks workshops and trainings of polling officials are being regularly conducted by the Commission to minimize EVM/VVPAT failures due to human errors. It may be appreciated that over the last twenty years, the Election Commission of India has successfully conducted 113 State Legislative Assembly Elections and 03 Lok Sabha Elections using EVMs. Since, June 2017, Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines have also been used successfully along with EVMs in General as well as Bye elections in all State Assembly and Parliamentary constituencies for enhanced voter verifiability. The Commission is fully geared to use VVPATs in all forthcoming elections. The Election Commission of India is mandated under Article 324 to 329 of the Constitution of India to provide superintendence, direction and control for conduct of elections in accordance with the law in force. ************
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    PRESS NOTE Sub: ECI-EVMs are totally distinct from ones used in elections held by other Organisation/Institution. 1. Certain complaints of alleged tampering of EVMs during the recently held elections held by different organizations/institutions elsewhere also generated wrong perception about EVMs of ECI. It was noted that confusion exists in the minds of many about the jurisdiction of ECI. We would like to clarify once again on this occasion that ECI is not responsible for the conduct of local body elections (Municipalities, Panchayats etc.) that are conducted by the State Election Commissions and elections held by various organisations/institutions in the country and consequently about various protocols and procedures adopted by them. 2. The Commission is confident and has firm conviction about the integrity, non-tamperability and credibility of ECI-EVMs. The basis of confidence of the Commission flows from a wide range of technical and administrative protocols and procedural safeguards that protects our EVMs and VVPATs against any sort of tampering during manufacture, transportation, storage, polling and counting process. 3. Till 2017, M/s Bharat Electronics Limited, Bangalore and M/s Electronics Corporation of India Limited, Hyderabad were allowed by the Commission to supply EVMs to State Election Commissions and other organisations (The permission letter issued in August, 2006 is enclosed). However, since May 2017, BEL and ECIL were directed to seek Commission’s prior approval and supply only EVMs that are different from ECI-EVMs to SECs or to other foreign countries, that too only after the current ordered quantities to ECI are fully supplied. 4. Old EVMs are sent to BEL/ECIL for destruction and destroyed as per strict protocol prescribed by the Commission. 5. Commission uses only single post EVMs (i.e. vote can be cast only for one post). In the elections at DUSU it is told that multi-post EVMs (i.e. vote can be cast for more than one post for instance President/Vice-President/General Secretary), which are technically completely different from ECI’s single post EVMs, have been used. 6. The Commission would like to state that the important technical and administrative safeguards available in ECI-EVMs might not be available in EVMs being used by other organisations/institutions. (Ajoy Kumar) Secretary
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    Meeting with Political Parties on various electoral reforms. Bilingual
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    Permanent Representatives to the UN from 12 countries visit Election Commission of India
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    Distribution of Photo Voter Slips by Booth Level Officer Bilingual
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    Bye-election to the Karnataka Legislative Council from Bijapur Local Authorities' Constituency. Bilingual
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    Election Commission of India conducts first ever orientation workshop on Election Management for IAS Asstt Secretaries BIlingual
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    Schedule for Bye-Election to fill casual vacancy in the State Legislative Assembly of Meghalaya - Regarding. Bilingual
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    All VVPATs shall be delivered well within the time required for making pre-poll preparations. Commission monitoring the manufacture & supply of machines on a daily basis to ensure timely delivery & pre poll preparedness BIlingual
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    Schedule for bye-election to fill casual vacancy in the State Legislative Assembly of Meghalaya -regarding. Bilingual
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    Election Commissioner Shri Sunil Arora visited Bharat Electronics Limited, Bangalore. Bilingual
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    IIIDEM organizes 5 – day Capacity Development programme for Media Officials from Bhutan Bilingual
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    Election Commission of India unveils Strategic Framework on Accessible Elections BIlingual
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    Election Commission of India holds two days National Consultation on Accessible Elections on 3rd & 4th July, 2018. BIlingual

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