Schedule for bye-elections to fill casual vacancy in the Lok Sabha and State Legislative Assemblies


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Schedule for bye-elections 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. 

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

Poll Events
Schedule
Date of Issue of Gazette Notification
03.05.2018 (THU)
Last Date of Nominations
10.05.2018 (THU)
Date for Scrutiny of Nominations
11.05.2018 (FRI)
Last Date for Withdrawal of candidatures
14.05.2018 (MON)
Date of Poll
28.05.2018 (MON)
Date of Counting
31.05.2018 (THU)
Date before which election shall be completed
02.06.2018 (SAT)

There are clear vacancies in the Lok Sabha from Parliamentary Constituencies of various States, which need to be filled up:

Sl. No.
State
Number & Name of Parliamentary Constituency
1
Maharashtra
11 – Bhandara-Gondiya
2
Maharashtra
22 – Palghar (ST)
3
Nagaland
Nagaland
4
Uttar Pradesh
2 - Kairana

There are clear vacancies in the State Legislative Assemblies of various States, which need to be filled up:

Sl. No.
State
Number & Name of Assembly Constituency
1
Bihar
50 – Jokihat
2
Jharkhand
34 – Gomia
3
Jharkhand
61 – Silli
4
Kerala
110 – Chengannur
5
Maharashtra
285 – Palus Kadegaon
6
Meghalaya
53 – Ampati (ST)
7
Punjab
32 – Shahkot
8
Uttarakhand
05 – Tharali (SC)
9
Uttar Pradesh
24 – Noorpur
10
West Bengal
155 – Maheshtala

ELECTORAL ROLL
The Electoral Rolls for all the aforesaid Lok Sabha and Assembly Constituencies have been finally published w.r.t 01.01.2018.
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/Assembly Constituency going for bye-election 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 Government concerned. The Model Code of Conduct shall also be applicable to the Union Government for the State concerned.


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