ECI Holds Social Media Consultation



ECI Holds Social Media Consultation 
A Social Media Consultation was organised by the Election Commission of India on the 17th and 18th of December, 2015.

The basic agenda behind the Consultation was to understand the scope of using Social Media for the Election Commission of India. 


The Consultation commenced on the 17th and extended for one and a half day. Eminent dignitaries from the field of academics to Ministries including the President’s house took part in it. Educational institutions like IIT Delhi, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Tata Institute of Social Sciences also took active part in this consultation.

Three thematic groups were made and participants as per their expertise were made part of the each group. The groups were namely Social Media Management Group, Expenditure Monitoring Group and Techno-legal Group.

The Commission inaugurated the Consultation on day one and also witnessed the final presentation session on 2nd day which highlighted the group’s report on social Media.

The Commission directed the ECI officials to prepare a detailed documentation on this report for consideration and future action. 


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Schedule for bye-election to fill casual vacancy in the State Legislative Assembly of Gujarat – Regarding 
There are following cleavacancy in the state Legislative Assembly of Gujarat :          Vacancy in the Legislative Assembly

Sl. No.
State
No. & Name of
Assembly Constituency
1
Gujarat
168-Choryasi




The Commission has decided to hold bye-election to fill thvacancy as per the following schedule:-

1
Date of Issue of Gazette Notification
28.12.2015 (MONDAY)
2
Last date of making Nominations
04.01.2016 (MONDAY)
3
Scrutiny of Nominations
05.01.2016 (TUESDAY)
4
Last date for withdrawal of Candidatures
07.01.2016 (THURSDAY)
5
Date of Poll
21.01.2016 (THURSDAY)
6
Counting of Votes
24.01.2016 (SUNDAY)
7
Date before which election shall
be   completed
27.01.2016 (WEDNESDAY)


ELECTORAL ROLL

The electoral roll of the State of Gujarat has been revised with reference t01.01.2015 as the qualifyingdate and have been finally published.

ELECTRONIC VOTING MACHINES (EVMs)

The Commission has decided to use EVMs in the bye-election in all thpolling stations. Adequate numbers ofEVMs have been made available and all stephave been taketo ensure that the polls are conducted smoothly with the help ofthesmachines.

IDENTIFICATION OVOTERS


ThCommission has decided that the voter’s identification shall be mandatory in the aforementioned bye-election at the time of poll. Elector’s Photo Identity Card (EPIC) shall be the main document of identification of a voter.However, in order tensure that no voter is deprived of his/her franchise, if his/her name figures in thElectoral Rolls,separate instructions will be issued to allow additional documents for identification of voters at the timof poll in the said bye-election.


MODEL CODE OF CONDUCT


The Model Code of Conduct shall come into force with immediate effect in the district in which the whole or anypart of the Assembly Constituency going fobye-election is included, subject to partial modificatioas issued videCommission’s instruction No 437/INST/2012/CC&BEdated 26thApril, 2012(available on the Commission’s website). TheModel Code of Conduct shall be applicable tall candidates, political parties and the State Government. The Model Code of Conduct shall also be applicable to the Union Government in respect of the above district of the State concerned.


Election Commission of India
New Delhi : 18th December,2015



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