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

 

Sl. No. State Name of Parliamentary/

Assembly Constituency No. & Name

1 Meghalaya 2 – Tura (ST) PC
2 Arunachal Pradesh 58 – Kanubari (ST)
3 Jammu & Kashmir 40 – Anantnag
4 Jharkhand 17 – Godda
5 Jharkhand 75 – Panki
6 Gujarat 91 – Talala
7 Uttar Pradesh 376 – Jangipur
8 Uttar Pradesh 30 – Bilari
9 Madhya Pradesh 132 – Ghoradongari (ST)
10 Telengana 113 – Palair

 

After taking into consideration various factors like, festivals, electoral rolls, 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

22.04.2016 (Friday)

Last Date of Nomination

29.04.2016 (Friday)

Date for Scrutiny of Nomination

30.04.2016 (Saturday)

Last Date of Withdrawal of candidatures

02.05.2016 (Monday)

Date of Poll

16.05.2016 (Monday)

Date of Counting

19.05.2016 (Thursday)

Date before which election shall be completed

21.05.2016 (Saturday)

 

ELECTORAL ROLL

 

The Electoral Roll for all the States with reference to 01.01.2016 has been finally published on 11.01.2016 except Telengana. The Electoral Roll in respect of Telengana with reference to 01.01.2016 will be finally published on 31.05.2016. The bye-election in the State of Telengana will be held with the existing rolls.

 

 

 

ELECTRONIC VOTING MACHINES (EVMs)

 

The Commission has decided to use EVMs in the bye-elections in all the polling stations. Adequate numbers of EVMs 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 ofidentification 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/INST/2012/CC&BE, dated 26th April, 2012 (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.

 

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