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12-September-2017 19:28 IST
Schedule for bye-elections to fill casual vacancies in the Lok Sabha from Parliamentary Constituency of Punjab and State Legislative Assembly of Kerala – Regarding.

There are following clear vacancies in Lok Sabha and State Legislative Assemblies  which need to be filled up:

Sl. No.

State

Number & Name of Parliamentary /  Assembly Constituency

1

Punjab

1 – Gurdaspur PC

2

Kerala

41 – Vengara AC

 

After taking into consideration various factors like local festivals, electoral rolls, weather conditions etc., the Commission has decided to hold bye-elections to fill these vacancies as per the programme mentioned as under: -

Poll Events

Schedule

Date of Issue of Gazette Notification

15.09.2017 (FRI)

Last Date of Nominations

22.09.2017 (FRI)

Date for Scrutiny of Nominations

25.09.2017 (MON)

Last Date for Withdrawal of candidatures

27.09.2017 (WED)

Date of Poll

11.10.2017 (WED)

Date of Counting

15.10.2017 (SUN)

Date before which election shall be completed

17.10.2017 (TUE)

 

 

 

ELECTORAL ROLL

The Electoral Rolls for Punjab and Kerala with reference to 01.01.2017 have been finally published. The bye-election in the States will be held with the existing rolls.      

 

ELECTRONIC VOTING MACHINES (EVMs) and VVPATs

                        The Commission has decided to use EVMs and VVPATs in the bye-elections in all the polling stations. Adequate numbers of EVMs and VVPATs have been made available and all steps have been taken to ensure that the polls are conducted smoothly with the help of these machines.

IDENTIFICATION OF VOTERS

                        In consonance with the past practice, the Commission has decided that the voter’s identification shall be mandatory in the aforementioned bye- elections at the time of poll. Electoral Photo Identity Cards (EPIC) shall be the main document of identification of a voter. However, in order to ensure that no voter is deprived of his/her franchise, if his/her name figures in the Electoral Rolls, separate instructions will be issued to allow additional documents for identification of voters at the time of poll in the said bye-elections.

 

MODEL CODE OF CONDUCT

                        The Model Code of Conduct shall come into force with immediate effect in the district(s) in which the whole or any part of the Parliamentary Constituency/Assembly Constituencies going for bye-elections is included, subject to partial modification as issued vide Commission’s instruction No. 437/6/INST2016-CCS, dated 29th June, 2017 (available on the Commission’s website). The Model Code of Conduct shall be applicable to all candidates, political parties and the State Governments concerned. The Model Code of Conduct shall also be applicable to the Union Government for the States concerned.

 

Election Commission of India

New Delhi : 12th September , 2017

 

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