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Schedule For Bye-Election To 13 Assemblies Constituencies Of 7 States.

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New Delhi, 10th of June, 2024 : The Commission has decided to hold bye-elections to fill vacancies in the following Assembly Constituencies:

Sl. No.Name of StateAssembly Constituency No. & NameReason for Vacancy
01.Bihar60-RupauliResignation of Smt. Bima Bharti
02.West Bengal35-RaiganjResignation of Shri Krishna Kalyani
03.90-Ranaghat Dakshin (SC)Resignation of Dr. Mukut Mani Adhikari
04.94-Bagda (SC)Resignation of Shri Biswajit Das
05.167-ManiktalaDeath of Shri Sadhan Pandey
06.Tamil Nadu75-VikravandiDeath of Thiru. N. Pugazhenthi
07.Madhya Pradesh123-Amarwara (ST)Resignation of Shri Kamlesh Pratap Shah
08.Uttrakhand04-BadrinathResignation of Shri Rajendra Singh Bhandari
0933-ManglaurDeath of Shri Sarwat Karim Ansari
10Punjab34-Jalandhar West (SC)Resignation of Shri Sheetal Angural
11Himachal Pradesh10-DehraResignation of Shri Hoshyar Singh
1238-HamirpurResignation of Shri Ashish Sharma
1351-NalagarhResignation of Shri K.L. Thakur

The Schedule for the bye elections is enclosed at Annexure-I.

  1. ELECTORAL ROLLS

Commission firmly believes that pure and updated electoral rolls are the foundation of free, fair and credible elections. Hence, intensive and sustained focus is placed upon improving its quality, health and fidelity. After the amendment in Section 14 of the Representation of the People Act-1950 by the Election Laws (Amendment) Act-2021, there is a provision of four qualifying dates to enroll as a voter in a year. Accordingly, the Commission conducted the Special Summary Revision of Electoral Roll with reference to 1st January, 2024, as the qualifying date, wherein applications were invited from eligible citizens seeking registration in electoral roll with respect to 1st January, 2024 as the qualifying date. After time-bound completion of Special Summary Revision of Electoral Rolls with reference to 1st January, 2024 as the qualifying date, the final publication of the electoral roll has been done on –

  1. 5th January, 2024 for Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh and Tripura;
  2. 22nd        January,       2024     for    Bihar,     Jharkhand,        West    Bengal, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu;
  3. 23rd January, 2024 for Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra; and
  4. 8th February, 2024 for Telangana and Rajasthan.

However, the process of continuous updation of electoral rolls will continue till the last date of filing nominations, with respect to proximate qualifying date.

  1.  ELECTRONIC VOTING MACHINES (EVMs) & VVPATs

The Commission has decided to use EVMs and VVPATs in the bye-election 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 poll is conducted smoothly with the help of these machines.

  1. IDENTIFICATION OF VOTERS

Electoral Photo Identity Card (EPIC) shall be the main document of identification of a voter. However, any of the below mentioned identification documents can also be shown at the polling station:

  1. Aadhar Card,
  2. MGNREGA Job Card,
  3. Passbooks with photograph issued by Bank/Post Office,

iv. Health Insurance Smart Card issued under the scheme of

Ministry of Labour,

v. Driving License,

  1. PAN Card,
  2. Smart Card issued by RGI under NPR,
  3. viii. Indian Passport,
  1. Pension document with photograph,
  2. Service Identity Cards with photograph issued to employees by Central/State Govt./PSUs/Public Limited Companies, and
  3. Official identity cards issued to MPs/MLAs/MLCs.
  4. Unique     Disability     ID   (UDID)   Card,     M/o    Social    Justice      & Empowerment, Government of India
  5. 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 Assembly constituency going for election is included, subject to provision of the instruction vide Commission’s letter No. 437/6/1NST/ECI/FUNCT/MCC/2024/ (BYE ELECTIONS) dated

02nd January, 2024 (available on the Commission’s website).

  1. INFORMATION REGARDING CRIMINAL ANTECEDENTS

Candidates with criminal antecedents are required to publish information in this regard in newspapers and through Television channels on three occasions during the campaign period. A political party that sets up candidates with criminal antecedents is also required to publish information about criminal background of its candidates, both on its website and also in newspapers and Television channels on three occasions.

Commission vide its letter No. 3/4/2019/SDR/Vol. IV dated 16th September, 2020 has directed that the period specified will be decided with three blocks in the following manner, so that electors have sufficient time to know about the background of such candidates:

  1. Within first 4 days of withdrawal.
  2. Between next 5th – 8th days.
  3. 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.)

This requirement is in pursuance of the judgment of the Hon’ble Supreme Court in Writ Petition (C) No. 784 of 2015 (Lok Prahari Vs. Union of India & Others) and Writ Petition (Civil) No. 536 of 2011 (Public Interest Foundation & Ors. Vs. Union of India & Anr.).

This information will also be available on an App titled, ‘know your candidates’.

  1. COVID RELATED ARRANGEMENT DURING BYE-ELECTION

The Commission has issued COVID Guidelines to be followed during the conduct of the General Election and Bye Elections which are available at Commission’s website.

Annexure-I

SCHEDULE FOR BYE-ELECTION

Poll EventsSchedule
Date of Issue of Gazette Notification14.06.2024 (Friday)
Last Date of Filling of Nominations21.06.2024 (Friday)
Date for Scrutiny of Nominations24.06.2024 (Monday)
Last Date for Withdrawal of candidatures26.06.2024 (Wednesday)
Date of Poll10.07.2024 (Wednesday)
Date of Counting13.07.2024 (Saturday)
Date before which election shall be completed15.07.2024 (Monday)

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