Telangana Panchayat Raj(Conduct of Elections)Rules,2018


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GOVERNMENT OF TELANGANA
PANCHAYAT RAJ AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT(PTS.III)DEPARTMENT
RULES-
Telangana Panchayat Raj(Conduct of Elections)Rules,2018-Issued.

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PANCHAYAT RAJ AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT(PTS.III)DEPARTMENT
G.O.Ms.No. 28 Dated: 19-05-2018.
 Read
 From the Secretary, TSEC, Hyd., Lr.No.167/TSEC-PR/2018, Dt:7.4.2018
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ORDER:
 The appended Notification will be published in extra ordinary issue of the
Telangana Gazette.
(BY ORDER AND IN THE NAME OF THE GOVERNOR OF TELANGANA)
 VIKAS RAJ
PRINCIPAL SECRETARY TO GOVERNMENT(FAC)
To
The Commissioner, Printing,Stationery & Stores Purchase (Printing wing)
Chanchalguda, Hyd., (with a request to publish the Notification in the Telangana
Gazette and send 500 copies)
The Secretary,Telangana State Election Commission, 1st Floor,DTCP Building,opp
PTI Building,AC Guards,Hyderabad.
The Commissioner, Panchayat Raj and Rural Employment, Telangana,Hyderabad.
All the District Collectors in the State
All the Chief Executive Officers of Zilla Praja Parishad
All the District Panchayat Officers in the State
Copy to:
The Engineer-in-Chief(Panchayat Raj)Telangana, Hyderabad.
The Director, Local fund audit, Hyderabad.
The Law(C)Department
All Head of Departments
All Departments of Secretariat
All Sections in the PR&RD Department
The PS to Minister(Panchayat Raj)
Sf/sc
//FORWARDED::BY ORDER//
SECTION OFFICER
INDEX
Rule No. Marginal heading Page No.
CHAPTER – I
(Preliminary)
1 Short title and Application 1
2 Definitions 1-2
CHAPTER – II
(General Provisions)
3 Administrative Machinery for the Conduct of Elections 3
4 Display of voters list 3
5 Issue of election notice by the Returning Officer 3
6 Special Election Programme 3
7 Nomination of Candidates 3-5
8 Presentation of Nomination Paper and Requirements of valid
Nominations
5
9 Deposits 5-6
10 Publication of list of nominations received 6
11 Scrutiny of Nomination Papers 6-8
12 Appeal against rejection of Nomination 8
13 Withdrawal of candidature 8
14 Preparation and Publication of list of Contesting candidates 8-9
15 Declaration of Result of Uncontested Election 9-10
16 Death of candidate before poll 10-11
17 Appointment of Election Agent 11
18 Appointment of Polling Agent 11-12
19 Appointment of Counting Agent 12
20 Prohibition for appointment as Election Agent, Polling Agent and
Counting Agent
12-13
21 Rights of candidates and his Election Agent 13
22 Non-attendance of Agents 13
CHAPTER – III
( Postal Ballot )
23 Voting by postal ballot 13
24 Electors under preventive detention 13-14
25 Intimation by voters on election duty 14
26 Form of Postal Ballot Paper 14-15
27 Issue of Postal Ballot Paper 15
28 Recording of Vote 15-16
29 Assistance to illiterate or infirm voters 16
30 Re-issue of Ballot Paper 16
31 Return of Ballot paper 16-17
32 Safe custody of postal ballots 17
CHAPTER – IV
(Voting by Ballot)
33 Voting at Polling Station 17
34 Right to vote (Voting to be in person) 17
35 Form of Ballot Paper 17
36 Arrangements at polling station 18
37 Admission to Polling Station 18
38 Preparation of Ballot Boxes 19
39 Demonstration of the marked copy of the electoral roll 19
40 Facilities for woman electors 19-20
41 Identification of electors 20
42 Facilities for public servants on election duty 20
43 Challenging of Identity 20-21
44 Safeguards against personation 21-22
45 Distinguishing Mark 22
46 Issue of ballot paper 22
47 Maintenance of secrecy of voting by electors and voting
procedure
22-23
48 Recording of votes of Blind or infirm voters 23
49 Spoilt and returned ballot papers 23-24
50 Tendered votes 24
51 Closing of Poll and sealing of Ballot Boxes and covers after poll 24-25
52 Account of ballot papers 25
53 Delivery of ballot boxes to Returning Officer 25
54 Procedure on adjournment of poll 25-26
55 Fresh Poll in case of destruction of ballot boxes or Electronic
Voting Machines
26
56 Counting of votes 26-27
57 Counting of Postal Ballot Papers 27-29
58 Grounds for rejection of ballot papers 29-30
59 Preparation of Results Sheet 30
60 Recount of Votes 30
61 Equality of Votes 30
62 Declaration of result of election and return of election 31
63 Grant of Election Certificate 31
64 Publication of Results 31
65 Sealing of used ballot papers 31
66 Disposal of Ballot Papers 31-32
CHAPTER - V
(Voting by Electronic Voting Machines)
67 Design of Voting Machine 32
68 Preparation of Voting Machine by the Returning Officer 32-33
69 Arrangements at the Polling Stations 33
70 Admission to Polling Station 34
71 Preparation of voting machine for poll 34
72 Marked copy of electoral roll 34
73 Facilities for Women electors 35
74 Identification of electors 35
75 Facilities for public servants on election duty 35
76 Challenging of Identity 35
77 Safeguard against personation 35
78 Procedure for voting by voting machines 35-36
79 Maintenance of secrecy of voting by electors within the polling
station and voting procedure
36
80 Procedure in case of complaint about particulars printed on paper
slips
36-37
81 Recording of votes of blind or infirm electors 37
82 Elector deciding not to vote 38
83 Tendered Votes 38
84 Presiding Officer’s entry in the voting compartment during poll 38-39
85 Closing of poll 39
86 Account of votes recorded 39
87 Sealing of voting machine after poll 39
88 Sealing of other packets 39-40
89 Transmission of voting machines, etc., to the Returning Officer 40
90 Procedure on adjournment of poll 40
91 Closing of voting machines in case of booth capturing 40
92 Scrutiny and inspection of voting machines 40-41
93 Counting of votes 41
94 Scrutiny of Paper Trail 41-42
95 Sealing of Voting Machines 42
96 Sealing of voting machine with DMM/ SDMM facility where CUs
and BUs are reused
42-43
97 Custody of voting machines or DMMs/SDMMs and papers relating
to election
43
98 Production and Inspection of Voting Machines or DMMs/SDMMs
and election papers
43-44
99 Safe custody of Voting Machines or DMMs/SDMMs and all other
packets
44
100 Power of the State Election Commission to issue directions 44
CHAPTER VI
(Miscellaneous)
101 Filling up of Casual Vacancies 45
102 Interpretation of rules 45
103 Particulars of account of election expenses 45
104 Notice by Mandal Parisahd Development Officer or Chief
Executive Officer of Zilla Praja Parishad as the case may be for
inspection of accounts
45-46
105 Inspection of account and the obtaining of copies thereof 46
106 Report by Mandal Parisahd Development Officer or Chief
Executive Officer of Zilla Praja Parishad as the case may be as to
the lodging of account of election expenses and the decision of
the State Election Commission thereon.
46-47
107 Maximum election expenses 47
List of Forms
Form
No. Description in Brief Page No.
I Election Notice for the office of Sarpanch /Member Gram
Panchayat
48-49
II Election Notice for the Office of Member, MPP/ZPP 50
 III Nomination Paper for Sarpanch /Member Gram Panchayat
Election
51-54
IV Nomination Paper for Member, MPP/ZPP Election 55-58
 V Publication of List of Nominations 59
 VI List of Validly Nominated Candidates 60
VII Notice of Withdrawal of Candidature 61
 VIII Publication of Notice of Withdrawal of Candidature 62
 IX List of Contesting Candidates 63
 X Declaration of Result of Uncontested Election 64
 XI Appointment of Election Agent 65
XI A Revocation of Appointment of Election Agent 66
 XII Appointment of Polling Agent 67
XII A Revocation of Appointment of Polling Agent 68
 XIII Appointment of Counting Agent 69
XIII A Revocation of Appointment of Counting Agent 70
 XIV Application for Postal Ballot 71
 XV Application for Election Duty Certificate 72
 XVI Format of Election Duty Certificate 73
XVII a) Declaration by Elector - for Postal Ballot 74-75
XVIII b) Cover - A in Form XVIII - for Postal Ballot 76
XIX c) Cover - B addressed to the Returning Officer in Form XIX -
for Postal Ballot
77
XX d) Instructions for the guidance for the elector in Form XX - for
Postal Ballot
78-80
XXI List of Challenged Votes 81
XXII Declaration by the Companion of Blind or Infirm Voter 82
XXIII List of Blind or Infirm Voters 83
XXIV List of Tendered Votes (when ballot boxes are used) 84
XXV Ballot Paper Account (when ballot boxes are used) 85-86
XXVI Result Sheet 87-88
XXVII Declaration of Result of Election 89
XXVIII Return of Election 90
XXIX Certificate of Election 91
STATUTORY FORMS CAN BE USED WHERE EVMS ARE USED
XXX Register of Voters 92
XXXI List of Tendered Votes 93
XXXII
Account of Votes Recorded 94-96
Account of Votes Recorded (where VVPATs are used) 97-99
NOTIFICATION
In exercise of the powers conferred by Section 286 read with sections 8, 11, 12, 14, 15,
23, 145, 151, 174, 199, 237 & 238 of the Telangana Panchayat Raj Act, 2018 (Act No. 5
of 2018), the Governor of the State of Telangana, hereby, makes the following rules
relating to conduct of election of members and Sarpanch of Gram Panchayat, Members
of Mandal Praja Parishad and Members of Zilla Praja Parishad.
R U L E S
C H A P T E R – I
PRELIMINARY
1. Short title and application:- (1) These Rules may be called the Telangana
Panchayat Raj (Conduct of Elections) Rules, 2018.
2. These rules shall come into force on 19.05.2018.
3. These rules shall be apply to whole state of Telangana for filling ordinary and
casual vacancies in the offices of Member and Sarpanch of Gram Panchayat, Member of
Mandal Praja Parishad and Member of Zilla Praja Parishad.
2. Definitions:- (1) In these rules, unless the context otherwise requires -
(a) 'Act' means the Telangana Panchayat Raj Act, 2018;
(b) 'Ballot box’ includes any box, bag or other receptacle used for the insertion
of ballot papers by voters;
(c) 'Counterfoil' means the counterfoil attached to a ballot paper printed under
the provisions of these rules;
(d) “Detachable Memory Module (DMM) / Secured Detachable Memory
Module (SDMM)” means such electronic memory device which is attached
to the control unit of electronic voting machine and keeps the election data
safely in secured manner.
(e) 'Election' means an election to fill a vacancy in the office of Member or
Sarpanch of Gram Panchayat or Member of Mandal Praja Parishad or Zilla
Praja Parishad;
(f) 'Elector’ in relation to an election to any Gram Panchayat or Mandal Praja
Parishad or Zilla Praja Parishad means, any person entitled to vote at such
election;
(g) 'Electoral Roll' in relation to a Gram Panchayat or Mandal Praja Parishad or
Zilla Praja Parishad means, the electoral roll published under section 11 of
the Act;
(h) ‘Electronic Voting Machine’ means the voting machine referred to in
section 199 of the Act;
(i) 'Form' means a form appended to these rules;
(j) 'Marked copy of the electoral roll' means the copy or copies of the
electoral roll set apart for the purpose of marking the names of electors to
whom ballot papers are issued at an election or to whom access is allowed to
Electronic Voting Machines in order to exercise their franchise.
(k) 'Polling station' in relation to any election held under these rules means,
the place fixed for taking the poll at such election;
(l) ‘Presiding Officer’, includes any polling officer performing any of the
functions of a Presiding Officer under these rules;
(m) 'Returning Officer' means any officer of the local authority or the
Government authorised or appointed by the Collector and District Election
Authority to do any act or perform any function in connection with the
conduct of elections under these rules.
 Explanation: The Collector and District Election Authority may appoint one or
more persons who shall be an Officer or Officers of the local authority or the
Government, as Assistant Returning Officer or Officers to assist the Returning Officer in
the performance of his functions and every Assistant Returning Officer so appointed
shall, subject to the control of the Returning Officer, be competent to perform all or
any of the functions of the Returning Officer and the expression Returning Officer shall
be deemed to include such Assistant Returning Officer also.
(n) 'Section' means a section of the Act;
(o) ‘Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT)’ means Voter verifiable
Paper Audit Trail System which enables the voter to physically verify the vote
cast by herself/himself in addition to keeping a physical record of the ballot
enabling manual counting of votes in cases of specified circumstances.
 (2) The words and expressions used but not defined in these rules shall have
the same meaning assigned to them in the Act.
 (3) For the purpose of these rules, a person who is unable to write his/her name
shall, unless otherwise expressly provided in these rules, be deemed to have signed an
instrument or other paper, if -
(a) he/she has placed a mark on such instrument or other paper in the presence
of the Returning Officer or the Presiding Officer or such other Officer
specified in these rules;
 (b) such Officer on being satisfied as to his/her identity has attested the mark
as being the mark of that person.
CHAPTER – II
GENERAL PROVISIONS
3. Administrative Machinery for the Conduct of Elections:- The
Administrative Machinery for the purpose of conducting elections under these rules,
shall be such as may be specified by the State Election Commission, by an order made
under Article 243-K of the Constitution of India.
4. Display of voters list:- The Returning Officer shall affix a notice on the notice
board of the office of the Gram Panchayat or Mandal Praja Parishad or Zilla Praja
Parishad, as the case may be, showing the voters list thereof, or of any ward or
territorial constituency thereof, notified for elections on the day of publication of
election notice under Section 198 of Telangana Panchayat Raj Act, 2018.
5. Issue of election notice by the Returning Officer:- (1) The Returning
Officer shall, on the basis of the election notification issued by the State Election
Commission under Section 198, shall give public notice of the intended elections for
Gram Panchayats in Form I and for Mandal Praja Parishad and Zilla Praja Parishad in
Form II in Telugu language which shall be published in such manner as the Returning
Officer thinks fit.
6. Special Election Programme:- Notwithstanding anything contained in these
rules, where the election process is interrupted or the election programme has to be
altered on account of the orders of any court of law or for other valid reasons to be
recorded in writing, it shall be competent for the State Election Commission either
generally or in respect of specified Gram Panchayat or Mandal Praja Parishad or Zilla
Praja Parishad, as the case may be, to alter the election programme notified under
sub- section (1) of Section 198 and re-notify the election programme as it deems fit in
the circumstances of the case without having regard to the guidelines mentioned in
sub-section (2) of Section 198 and the Returning Officer shall give effect to the same :
Provided that where the election programme is re-notified under this rule
commencing from the making of nominations, the nominations already made shall be
disregarded and the deposits, if any, made under Rule 9 shall be refunded.
7. Nomination of Candidates:-(1) Any person may be nominated as a candidate
for election to the office of Member or Sarpanch of a Gram Panchayat, Member of a
Mandal Praja Parishad and Member of a Zilla Praja Parishad if he/she is qualified to be
chosen to fill the seat under the provisions of the Act. Every nomination paper shall be
in Form III for Gram Panchayat and in Form IV for Mandal Praja Parishad and Zilla
Praja Parishad. This shall be presented by the candidate or by his proposer in person,
between the hours specified, and signed by the candidate and by the proposer. The
candidate shall sign the declaration on the nomination paper expressing his willingness
to stand for the election.
(2) (a) A candidate for the office of Member and Sarpanch of Gram Panchayat,
Member of Mandal Praja Parishad and Member of Zilla Praja Parishad shall
be a person whose name is registered in the electoral roll for that Gram
Panchayat or Mandal Praja Parishad or Zilla Praja Parishad, as the case may
be.
 (b) The proposer for member of a ward in the Gram Panchayat or for Member
of Mandal Praja Parishad or Zilla Praja Parishad shall be a registered voter in
the concerned ward or the territorial constituency. The proposer to the
office of Sarpanch shall be a registered voter in any ward of the concerned
Gram Panchayat.
 (c) A candidate for the office of Member or Sarpanch in a Gram Panchayat or
Member in Mandal Praja Parishad or Zilla Praja Parishad, which is reserved,
to be filled by a person belonging to the Scheduled Tribes or Scheduled
Castes or Women or Backward Classes, as the case may be, shall not be
deemed to be qualified to be chosen to fill that seat unless his nomination
paper contains a declaration by him specifying the particular tribe or caste or
class of which he is a member and the area in relation to which that Tribe or
Caste is a Scheduled Tribe or as the case may be, a Scheduled Caste or
Backward Class of the State. This declaration shall be made before any
Gazetted Officer of the Government or before any Officer of the Revenue
Department not below the rank of a Deputy Tahasildar.

 (d) Each candidate shall be nominated on a separate nomination paper.

 (e) A candidate may be nominated by more than one nomination paper but
not more than four nomination papers for election in the same office of Ward
Member or Sarpanch or Mandal Parishad Territorial Constituency or Zilla
Parishad Territorial Constituency.
(f) A candidate may be nominated by more than one proposer separately for
the same elective post in a separate nomination paper.

 (3) A candidate may file nominations for more than one ward in a Gram
Panchayat or territorial constituency of a Mandal Praja Parishad or Zilla Praja Parishad,
as the case may be, but he/she shall withdraw his/her nominations to all but one ward
or territorial constituency, as the case may be, of his/her choice, before the date and
time fixed for withdrawal of candidature, failing which, all his/her nominations shall
become invalid and he/she shall not be allowed to contest from any ward or territorial
constituency, referred to above.
(4) A candidate may file nominations to a ward and Sarpanch of a Gram
Panchayat or Territorial Constituency of a Mandal Praja Parishad or Zilla Praja Parishad
as the case maybe simultaneously. Where a person is elected to two such offices
simultaneously, he/she shall retain one office of his/her choice and vacate the other
office in the manner prescribed within 15 days of election failing which, all his/her
elected offices shall become invalid.
8. Presentation of Nomination Paper and Requirements of Valid
Nominations:- (1) On receiving nomination paper, the Returning Officer shall
forthwith number the nomination paper serially in the order in which it is presented and
give a receipt as provided in Form III for Gram Panchayats and in Form IV for
Mandal Praja Parishads and Zilla Praja Parishads. The Returning Officer or such other
authorised person shall satisfy himself that the name and serial number of the
candidate and his proposer, as entered in the nomination paper, are the same as those
entered in the electoral roll. Where necessary, he shall direct that the nomination form
be amended so as to be in accordance with the electoral roll.

(2) The Returning Officer may while interpreting an entry in the electoral roll
overlook merely clerical or printing errors, but he shall record the interpretation adopted
by him, together with the reasons therefor, while making the formal acceptance or
rejection on scrutiny of a nomination.

(3) Every candidate shall, along with the nomination paper also file a declaration
with regard to his criminal antecedents, assets and liabilities and educational
qualifications as required by the State Election Commission and in the prescribed format
attested by two witnesses.
9. Deposits:- (1) The State Election Commission may, before ordinary election, by
notification, specify the amount of deposit, which each candidate has to make and
different amounts may be specified for different offices and categories of candidates. At
or before the time of presentation of his nomination paper each candidate shall remit or
cause to be remitted the specified amount of deposit, in any Government Treasury or
Bank or in cash with the Returning Officer. Where the deposit is made in cash a receipt
therefor shall be given by the Returning Officer. No candidate shall be deemed to be
duly nominated, unless the deposit as aforesaid has been made:
Provided that where a candidate has been nominated in more than one
nomination paper, for an office, not more than one deposit shall be required to be
made.
Explanation: The delivery to the Returning Officer of a receipt from
Government Treasury or from the Bank in which the concerned local body has an
account, evidencing the payment by or on behalf of a candidate to the credit of Gram
Panchayat or Mandal Praja Parishad or Zilla Praja Parishad as the case may be of the
amount required to be deposited under this sub-rule shall be deemed to be a deposit of
such amount within the meaning of this sub-rule, made by or on behalf of such
candidate at the time of such delivery;
(2) If no nomination paper is received within the time appointed in that behalf, in
respect of any person by whom or on whose behalf the deposit referred to in sub-rule
(1) has been made or if the nomination of any such person is rejected, or if he
withdraws his candidature in the manner and within the time specified in sub-rule (1) of
Rule 13, the deposit shall be returned immediately to the person by whom it was made,
and if any candidate dies before commencement of the poll, any such deposit if made
by him shall be returned to his legal representative, if not made by the candidate, shall
be returned to the person by whom it was made.
(3) If a candidate by whom or on whose behalf the deposit referred to in subrule
(1) has been made, is not elected and the number of valid votes polled by him
does not exceed one eighth of the total number of valid votes polled by all the
candidates, the deposit shall be forfeited, to the Government.
(4) The deposit made in respect of a candidate shall, if it is not forfeited under
sub-rule (3) be returned to the candidate or to the person who has made the deposit
on his behalf., as the case may be, within thirty days after publication of the result of
election.
(5) A deposit required to be returned to any person under sub-rule (2) or subrule
(4) shall, if such person is dead, be returned to his legal representative.
(6) Notwithstanding anything contained in this rule, immediately after publication
of the result of election, the Returning Officer or the person authorised by the District
Collector in this behalf, shall pass an order as to whether a deposit made under subrule
(1) shall be refunded or forfeited. The executive authority concerned shall, within
thirty days from the date of publication of the result, return the deposit to the person
who made the deposit or to his legal representative when such deposit is refundable.
In the case of forfeiture of deposit under sub-rule (3), the Returning officer shall
communicate an order to the person concerned who made the deposit citing the reason
for such forfeiture.
(7) The amounts received towards election deposit, and credited to the. Gram
Panchayat/Mandal Praja Parishad/Zilla Praka Parishad fund shall be remitted to
Government Account by the Executive Authority concerned after deducting any refunds
made to the concerned for any reason provided under these rules.
10. Publication of list of nominations received:- On the last day appointed for
the receipt of nomination papers and immediately after the hour fixed for their receipt
is past, the Returning Officer or such other authorised person shall publish at his office
in Telugu language a list in Form-V of all the nominations received, with a notice that
the nomination papers will be taken up by the Returning Officer for scrutiny at the
specified place, and on the date and time appointed.
11. Scrutiny of Nomination Papers:- (1) On the date appointed for scrutiny of
the nominations, the candidate, the proposer of each candidate and one other person
duly authorised in writing by each candidate, may attend at such time and place
specified. No other person shall be entitled to be present. The Returning Officer may,
however, admit such other persons as he thinks fit to assist him. He shall give such
persons all reasonable facilities to examine the nomination papers of all the candidates,
which have been received as aforesaid.
(2) The Returning Officer shall then examine the nomination papers and shall
decide on all objections which may be made at the time to any nomination and may
either on such objection or on his own motion after such summary enquiry as he thinks
necessary, reject any nomination on any of the following grounds, namely: -
(i) that the candidate is ineligible for election as a Member or Sarpanch of
Gram Panchayat, Member of Mandal Praja Parishad and Member of Zilla
Praja Parishad under Sections 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 150, 151, 179 & 180
of the Act; or
(ii) that the name of the candidate is not registered in the electoral roll of the
Gram Panchayat, Mandal Praja Parishad or Zillar Praja Parishad;
(iii) that the name of the proposer is not registered in the electoral roll of the
Gram Panchayat in the case of Sarpanch, in the electoral roll of the
concerned ward in the case of Member, Gram Panchayat and in the
electoral roll of the concerned territorial constituency in the case of
Member, Mandal Praja Parishad and Member, Zilla Praja Parishad; or
(iv) that the candidate or his proposer has failed to comply with any of the
provisions of Rules 7, 8(3) and 9,
(v) that, in case the office is reserved for any community or women, the
candidate does not belong to that community or is not a women, as the
case may be; or
(vi) that the signature/thumb impression of the candidate or the proposer in
the nomination paper is not genuine:
Provided that the nomination of a candidate shall not be rejected merely on the
ground of any incorrect description of his name or of the name of his proposer, or of
any other particulars relating to the candidate or his proposer as entered in the
electoral roll, if the identity of the candidate or proposer, as the case may be, is
otherwise established beyond reasonable doubt.
(3) The Returning Officer shall endorse on each nomination paper, his
decision, accepting or rejecting the same and, if the nomination paper is rejected, he
shall record in writing a brief statement of his reasons for such rejection. The scrutiny
shall be completed on the date appointed in this behalf and no adjournment of the
proceedings shall be allowed except where such proceedings are interrupted or
obstructed by riot or open violence or for causes beyond the control of the Returning
Officer:
Provided that in case an objection is made, the candidate concerned may be
allowed time to rebut the same not later than the next day and the Returning Officer
shall record his decision on the date to which the proceedings are adjourned.
(4) Immediately after all the nomination papers have been scrutinised and the
decisions, accepting or rejecting the same have been recorded, the Returning Officer
shall prepare a list of validly nominated candidates, and affix it on the notice board of
his office in Form VI. There shall be one entry only in respect of each validly
nominated candidate in the list, although more nomination papers than one in respect
of him may have been accepted as valid.
12. Appeal against rejection of nomination:- A person whose nomination paper
is rejected may prefer an appeal against the decision of the Returning Officer before the
concerned Revenue Divisional Officer in case of election to Sarpanch and member Gram
Panchayat and Member, Mandal Praja Parishad and before the District Collector in case
of election to Member, Zilla Praja Parishad on the day immediately following the date of
scrutiny of nominations. The appeal shall be disposed off by the appellate authority the
day immediately following the date of filing of appeal.
13. Withdrawal of candidature:- (1) Any candidate may withdraw his candidature
by notice in writing in Form-VII signed by him and delivered to the Returning Officer
by such candidate in person at any time after the presentation of his nomination paper
and not later than 3-0’ Clock in the afternoon of the third day succeeding that
appointed for scrutiny of the nominations whether or not it is a public holiday. Where
such notice is not delivered by such candidate in person, it shall be delivered by his
proposer or election agent who has been authorised in this behalf in writing by such
candidate. The Returning Officer shall give a receipt for the same as provided in
Form–VII on being satisfied as to the genuineness of the notice of withdrawal and the
identity of the candidate.
(2) The Returning Officer on receiving a notice of withdrawal under sub-rule
(1) shall, as soon as may be, cause a notice of the withdrawal to be published in
Form-VIII.
(3) A candidate who has withdrawn his candidature under sub-rule (1) shall not
be allowed to cancel the withdrawal.
14. Preparation and Publication of List of Contesting candidates:- (1) On
the expiry of the time allowed for withdrawal of candidature under Rule 13, the
Returning Officer shall prepare in Telugu language in Form IX a list of persons whose
nominations have not been rejected and who have not withdrawn their candidature and
publish it on the notice board of his office forthwith whether or not it is a public holiday.
The list shall contain the names of the candidates in alphabetical order in Telugu and
shall describe them as in their nomination paper.

(2) In the election to Member, Mandal Praja Parishad and Member, Zilla Praja
Parishad, for the purpose of listing, the names of the candidates shall be classified as
follows namely:-
(a) candidates of recognized National and State political parties;
(b) candidates of registered political parties with a reserved symbol;
(c) candidates of registered political parties without a reserved symbol;
(d) Independent candidates.

 (3) The arrangement of names of candidates shall be on the basis of first
letter of his name irrespective of whether the name given is a proper name or surname.
The initials, if any, prefixed to the name of the candidate shall be ignored for the
aforesaid purpose. If two candidates in the same category have the same name but
different initials, then the two names should be arranged inter se with reference to the
first letter of the initial. Further, if two or more such candidates have the same name
but different surnames, then their names should be arranged inter-se in alphabetical
order with reference to the surnames.

(4) If two or more candidates falling under the same category bear the same
name, they shall be distinguished by the addition of their occupation or residence or in
some other manner. In the list of contesting candidates, the names of such candidates
shall be arranged in the order in which their nominations were received by the
Returning Officer.
There will also be no objection to the addition of any honorific, academic,
hereditary, professional or any other title to the name of a candidate, but such title
should on no account be taken into consideration, in the arrangement of names in
alphabetical order.

(5) If the poll is found to be necessary, the Returning Officer shall assign to
each contesting candidate a distinctive symbol subject to such directions as may be
issued by the State Election Commission in that behalf.
Provided that the Returning Officer shall not allot to any contesting candidate
any symbol reserved for a recognized political party and registered political party in the
case of elections to the gram panchayats. However, he shall allot symbols including
symbols reserved for a recognized or registered political party, where any candidate is
set up by such political party in case of elections to the office of Member, Mandal Praja
Parishad and Zilla Praja Parishad.
Provided further that in case of election to Member, Mandal Praja Parishad and
Member, Zilla Praja Parishad, the Returning Officer shall assign to every contesting
candidate a distinctive symbol as per the provisions of paragraph 6 of the Registration
of Political Parties and Allotment of Symbols Order, 2001, and any other instructions
issued by the State Election Commission in this behalf from time to time.

 (6) In every case where a symbol has been assigned to a candidate under
sub-rule (5) such candidate or his election agent shall forthwith be informed of the
symbol so assigned and be supplied with a specimen thereof by the Returning Officer.
15. Declaration of Result of Uncontested Election:- (1) If the number of
contesting candidates is more than one, poll shall be taken.
(2) If there is only one validly nominated candidate, the Returning Officer
shall forthwith declare such candidate as duly elected in Form-X and send the same to
the State Election Commission, Election Authority and the District Election Authority.
16. Death of candidate before poll:- (1) If a contesting candidate in respect of
Gram Panchayat dies before the poll, it shall not be necessary to countermand the poll.
(2) In respect of elections to the office of Member of Mandal Praja Parishad or
the office of Member of Zilla Praja Parishad,-
(a) Where an independent candidate or a candidate of a Registered Political
Party without a reserved symbol dies before the poll, it shall not be
necessary to countermand the poll;

 (b) If a candidate, set up by a recognised or registered political party with a
reserved symbol -
 (i) dies at any time after 10.00 AM on the last date of making
nominations and his nomination is found valid on scrutiny under
Rule 11;
 (ii) whose nomination has been found valid on scrutiny under Rule 11
and who has not withdrawn his/her candidature under Rule 13 dies
and in either case, a report of his/her death is received at any time
before the preparation and publication of the list of contesting
candidate under Rule 14; or
 (iii) dies as a contesting candidate and a report of his death is received
before the commencement of the poll;
The Returning Officer shall, upon being satisfied about the fact of the death of
the candidate, by order, announce an adjournment of the poll to a date to be notified
later and report the same to the State Election Commission, Election Authority and to
the District Election Authority:
Provided that no order adjourning a poll shall be made in a case referred to in
sub-rule (1) and clause (a) of sub-rule (2) except after the scrutiny of all the
nominations including the nomination of the deceased candidate.
(c) The State Election Commission shall, on receipt of a report from the
Returning Officer under clause (b) of sub-rule (2), call upon the
recognized or registered political party with a reserved symbol as the case
may be, whose candidate has died, to nominate another candidate for the
said poll within seven days of issue of such notice to such recognized or
registered political party and the provisions of Section 198 and Rules 4 to
14 shall, so far as may be, apply in relation to such nomination as they
would apply to other nominations;
Provided that no person who has given a notice of withdrawal of his candidature
under sub-rule (1) of rule 13 before the adjournment of the poll shall be ineligible for
being nominated as a candidate for the election after such adjournment.
(d) where a list of contesting candidates had been published under sub-rule
(1) of rule 14 before the adjournment of the poll, the Returning Officer
shall again prepare and publish a fresh list of contesting candidates under
the aforesaid rule so as to include the name of the candidate who has
been validly nominated.
17. Appointment of Election Agent:- (1) A candidate at an election may appoint
any one person other than himself to be his election agent. The notice of such
appointment shall be given in Form-XI by forwarding the same in duplicate to the
Returning Officer who shall return one copy thereof to the election agent after affixing
therein his seal and signature in token of his approval of the appointment.
(2) An election agent may perform such functions in connection with the
election as are authorised by or under these rules to be performed by an election
agent.
(3) (i) Any revocation of the appointment of an election agent shall be signed
 by the candidate and shall operate from the date on which it is lodged with the
 Returning Officer in Form-XI A;
(ii) In the event of such revocation or of the death of an election agent
the candidate may appoint in like manner another person to be his election
agent; and when such appointment is made, notice thereof shall be given in the
manner laid down in sub-rule (1).
(4) No person shall be appointed as election agent who is disqualified under
Section 21, excepting the one mentioned in clause (h) of sub section (2).
18. Appointment of Polling Agent:- (1) The number of polling agents that may
be appointed by a contesting candidate or his election agent, shall, in respect of each
polling station, be one agent and a relief agent.
(2) Every such appointment shall be made in Form XII and shall be made
over to the polling agent for production at the polling station.
(3) No polling agent shall be admitted into the polling station unless he has
delivered to the Presiding Officer the instrument of his appointment under sub-rule (2)
after duly completing and signing before the Presiding Officer the declaration contained
therein.
(4) A polling agent may perform such functions in connection with the poll as
are authorised by or under these rules, to be performed by a polling agent.
(5) Any revocation of the appointment of a polling agent shall be signed by
the candidate or his election agent, as the case may be. Such revocation shall operate
from the date on which it is lodged with the Returning Officer in Form-XII A. In the
event of such a revocation or of the death of a polling agent before the close of the poll
the candidate or his election agent may appoint another polling agent at any time
before the poll is closed and shall forthwith give notice of such appointment as laid
down in sub-rule (2).
19. Appointment of Counting Agent:- (1) Each candidate may appoint such
number of counting agents at the place or places fixed for counting as may be specified
by the District Election Authority.
(2) Every such appointment shall be made in Form-XIII in duplicate one
copy of which shall be forwarded to the Returning Officer while the other copy shall be
made over to the counting agent for production before the Returning Officer not later
than one hour before the time fixed for counting.
(3) A counting agent may perform such functions in connection with the
counting of votes as are authorised by or under these rules to be performed by a
counting agent.
 (4) Any revocation of the appointment of a counting agent shall be signed by
the candidate or his election agent as the case may be. Such revocation shall operate
from the date on which it is lodged with the Returning Officer in Form-XIII A. In the
event of a revocation or of the death of a counting agent at any time before the
counting of votes is commenced, the candidate or his election agent may appoint
another person as the counting agent and when an appointment is made, a notice of
such appointment in the manner prescribed above shall be given to the Returning
Officer.
20. Prohibition for appointment as Election Agent, Polling Agent and
Counting agent:- The following persons, irrespective of whether he/she is provided
with security or not or anything else shall not be appointed as Election Agent, Polling
Agent and Counting Agent of a candidate during an election.
 (i) Any sitting Minister of Union and State Government;
 (ii) Sitting Member or Parliament;
 (iii) Sitting Member of Legislative Assembly/Legislative Council;
(vi) Mayor of a Corporation, Chairperson of Municipality/ Nagar Panchayat;
(v) Chairperson of Zilla Praja Parishad and President of Mandal Praja
Parishad, Sarpanch of a Gram Panchayat or any sitting member of any
Mandal Praja Parishad or Zilla Praja Parishad;
(vi) Elected Chairperson of National/State/District co-operative Institution;
(vii) Political functionaries appointed as Chairpersons of Central PSUs/State
PSUs, Chairpersons of Government Bodies, Government Pleader/
Additional Government Pleader;
(viii) Any Government servant.
21. Rights of candidates and his election agent:- (1) At every election where a
poll is taken, each contesting candidate at such election and his election agent shall
have a right to be present at any polling station.
(2) A contesting candidate himself or his election agent may do any act or
thing which any polling agent or the counting agent of such contesting candidate if
appointed, would have been authorised by or under these rules to do, or may assist any
polling agent or counting agent or such contesting candidate in doing any such act or
thing.
22. Non-attendance of agents:- Where any act or thing is required or authorised
by or under these rules to be done in the presence of the polling or counting agents,
the non-attendance of any such agent or agents at the time and place appointed for the
purpose shall not, if the act or thing is otherwise duly done, invalidate the act or thing
done.
CHAPTER – III
POSTAL BALLOT
23. Voting by postal ballot:- At an election where a poll is taken, any member of
the Armed Forces of the Union or a member of the Armed Police Forces of the State
serving outside the State may give his vote by a postal ballot and such person shall not
be entitled to give his vote in any other manner. The wife of any such person may also
give her vote by postal ballot.
24. Electors under preventive detention:- (1) Subject to the other provisions of
these rules, a voter of a Ward/Territorial Constituency may, if he is subject to
preventive detention under any law for the time being in force, give his vote by postal
ballot at any election in such Ward/Territorial Constituency where a poll is taken.
 (2) As soon as possible, after a notice is published under sub-section (3) of
Section 198 and Rule 5, the Returning Officer shall ascertain in writing from the
Collector of the District whether any voter is subject to preventive detention under any
law for the time being in force. The Collector shall within five days from the date of
receipt of such communication from the Returning Officer forward list of names of any
such voters in that Ward/Territorial Constituency, if any, together with their addresses
and the particulars about their place of detention to the Returning Officer.
 (3) Any voter who is subject to preventive detention under any law for the
time being in force or on his behalf any member of his family may within ten days from
the date of publication of the notice apply to the Returning Officer of the
Ward/Territorial Constituency for permission to give his vote by postal ballot at the
election. Every such application shall specify the name of the voter, his address, his
serial number in the electoral roll and the particulars regarding his place of detention.

(4) If the Returning Officer is satisfied that the person whose name has been
forwarded under sub-rule (2) or who has made an application under sub-rule (3) is
under preventive detention and is a voter in the Ward/Territorial Constituency to which
the election relates and is entitled to vote at such election he shall permit such person
to give his vote at the election by postal ballot.
 (5) While granting any such permission, the Returning Officer shall, at the
same time, put the letters ‘P.B.’ against his name in the marked copy of the electoral
roll which means that a postal ballot has been issued.
25. Intimation by voters on election duty:- (1) A voter on election duty who
wishes to vote by post at an election shall send an application in Form – XIV to the
Returning Officer so as to reach him atleast seven days or such shorter period as the
Returning Officer may allow before the date of poll and if the Returning Officer is
satisfied that the applicant is such public servant and voter on election duty, he shall
issue a postal ballot paper to him. The Returning Officer shall mark ‘P.B’ against his
name in the marked copy of the electoral roll to indicate that a postal ballot paper has
been issued to him.
 (2) Where such voter, being a Presiding Officer, Polling Officer or other public
servant on election duty in the Ward/Territorial Constituency of which he is an elector,
wishes to vote in person at an election in a Ward/Territorial Constituency and not by
post, he shall send an application in Form XV to the Returning Officer so as to reach
him atleast four days, or such shorter period as the Returning Officer may allow, before
the date of poll; and if the Returning Officer is satisfied that the applicant is such public
servant and voter on election duty in the Ward/Territorial Constituency he shall—
(a) issue to the applicant an election duty certificate in Form XVI;
(b) mark ‘EDC’ against his name in the marked copy of the electoral roll to
indicate that an election duty certificate has been issued to him, and
(c) ensure that he is not allowed to vote at the polling station where he would
otherwise have been entitled to vote.
26. Form of postal ballot paper:- (1) Every postal ballot paper shall have a
counterfoil attached thereto, and the said ballot paper and the counterfoil shall be in
such form, and the particulars therein shall be in such language or languages as the
State Election Commission may direct.
 (2) In the postal ballot paper, below the last symbol, None Of The Above
(NOTA) provision shall be provided and a symbol may also be assigned to it in the
manner prescribed by the State Election Commission for the benefit of those electors
who may wish to exercise the option of not voting for any of the contesting candidates
in the fray.
 27. Issue of postal ballot paper:- (1) The Returning Officer shall, in case of every
voter who is entitled to give his vote at the election by postal ballot, as soon as may be
after the publication of list of contesting candidates at the election, send by post under
certificate of posting to each such voter a ballot paper together with –
a) a declaration in Form XVII.
b) a cover in Form XVIII.
c) a large cover addressed to the Returning Officer in Form XIX.
d) instructions for the guidance for the elector in Form XX.
Provided that the Returning Officer may in case of voter on election duty deliver
the ballot paper and forms or cause them to be delivered to such voter personally.
(2) The Returning Officer shall, at the same time -
a) record on the counterfoil of the ballot paper, the number of the elector as
entered in the marked copy of the electoral roll;
b) mark the name of the elector in the marked coy of the electoral roll to
indicate that a postal ballot paper has been issued to him without however
recording therein the serial number of the ballot paper issued to that elector;
and
c) ensure that the elector is not allowed to vote at a polling station.
 (3) Every officer under whose care or through whom a postal ballot paper is
sent shall ensure its delivery to the addressee without delay.

(4) After all the ballot papers are issued under this rule, the Returning Officer
shall seal in a separate packet, the counterfoils of the ballot papers issued to the voters
entitled to vote under postal ballot and record on the packet a brief description of its
contents and the date on which it was sealed.
 (5) No election shall be invalid by the reason that a voter has not received his
postal ballot paper.
28. Recording of vote:- (1) An elector who has received a postal ballot paper and
desires to vote shall record his vote on the ballot paper in accordance with the
directions contained in Part I of Form XX and then enclose it in the cover in Form
XVIII.
 (2) The elector shall sign the declaration in Form XVII in the presence of,
and have the signature attested by, a stipendiary magistrate or such other officer
specified below, as may be appropriate, to whom he is personally known or to whose
satisfaction he has been identified -
(a) in the case of a service voter, such officer as may be appointed in this
behalf by the Commanding Officer of the unit, ship or establishment in
which the voter or her husband, as the case may be, is employed;
(b) in the case of a voter on election duty, any gazetted officer or the
Presiding Officer of the polling station at which he is on election duty.
(c) in the case of an elector under preventive detention, the Superintendent
of the Jail or the Commandant of the detention camp in which the elector
is under detention; and
(d) in any other case, such officer as may be notified by the State Election
Commission.
29. Assistance to illiterate or infirm voters:- (1) If an elector is unable through
illiteracy, blindness or other physical infirmity to record his vote on a postal ballot paper
and sign the declaration, he shall take the ballot paper, together with declaration and
the covers received by him to an officer competent to attest his signature under subrule
(2) of Rule 28 and request the officer to record his vote and sign his declaration on
his behalf.
 (2) Such officer shall thereupon mark the ballot paper in accordance with the
wishes of the elector in his presence, sign the declaration on his behalf and complete
the appropriate certificate contained in Form XVII.
30. Re-issue of ballot paper:- (1) When a postal ballot paper and other papers
sent under Rule 27 are for any reason returned undelivered, the Returning Officer may
re-issue them by post under certificate of posting or deliver them or cause them to be
delivered to the elector personally on a request being made by him.
 (2) If any elector has inadvertently dealt with the ballot paper or any of the
other papers sent to him under Rule 27 in such a manner that they cannot conveniently
be used, a second set of papers shall be issued to him after he has returned the spoiled
papers and satisfied the Returning Officer of the inadvertence.
 (3) The Returning Officer shall cancel the spoiled papers so returned and
keep them in a separate packet after noting thereon the particulars of the election and
the serial numbers of the cancelled ballot papers.
31. Return of ballot paper:- (1) After an elector has recorded his vote and made
his declaration under Rule 28 or Rule 29, he shall return the ballot paper and
declaration to the Returning Officer in accordance with the instructions communicated
to him in Part II of Form XX so as to reach the Returning Officer before the hour fixed
for the commencement of counting of votes.

 (2) If any cover containing a postal ballot paper is received by the Returning
Officer after the expiry of the time fixed in sub-rule (1), he shall note thereon the date
and time of its receipt and shall keep all such covers together in a separate packet.
32. Safe Custody of postal ballots:- The Returning Officer shall keep in safe
custody until the commencement of the counting of votes all covers containing postal
ballot papers received by him.
CHAPTER – IV
VOTING BY BALLOT
33. Voting at Polling Station:- (1) If poll has to be taken, the Returning Officer
shall appoint forthwith one Presiding Officer and one or more polling officers at each
polling station and may pay the remuneration as fixed by the Government for their
services:
Provided that if a polling officer is absent from the polling station, the Presiding
Officer may appoint any person who is present at the polling station other than a
person who has been employed by or on behalf of or has been otherwise working for a
candidate in or about the election, to be the polling officer during the absence of the
former officer and inform the Returning Officer accordingly:
(2) A polling officer shall, if so directed by the Presiding Officer perform all or
any of the functions of a Presiding Officer under these rules or any rules or orders made
thereunder.
(3) If the Presiding Officer, owing to illness or other unavoidable cause, is
obliged to absent himself from the polling station, his functions shall be performed by
such Polling Officer as has been previously authorised by the Returning Officer to
perform such functions during any such absence.
34. Right to vote (Voting to be in person):- All electors voting at an election
shall do so in person at the polling station provided for them under the rules.
35. Form of Ballot Paper:- (1) Every Ballot paper shall have a counterfoil attached
thereto and the said ballot paper and the counterfoil shall be in such form as the State
Election Commission may, by order, direct.
 (2) In the ballot paper, below the last symbol, None Of The Above (NOTA)
provision shall be provided and a symbol may also be assigned to it in the manner
prescribed by the State Election Commission for the benefit of those electors who may
wish to exercise the option of not voting for any of the contesting candidates in the
fray.
36. Arrangements at Polling Station:- (1) Outside each polling station there shall
be displayed prominently,-
 (a) a notice specifying the polling area, the serial number of electors in the
relevant electoral roll who are entitled to vote at the polling station; and
 (b) a copy of the list of contesting candidates with the serial numbers and
the symbols assigned to them.
(2) At each polling station there shall be set up one or more voting
compartments in which electors can record their votes, screened from observation.

(3) Where the elections for Gram Panchayats and Mandal Praja Parishads and
Zilla Praja Parishads are held simultaneously there shall be two ballot boxes kept in the
polling station, one for the Member and Sarpanch of Gram Panchayat and the other for
the Member of Mandal Praja Parishad and Zilla Praja Parishad. Where the elections are
held separately only one ballot-box either for Gram Panchayat or for Mandal Praja
Parishad or for Zilla Praja Parishad, as the case may be, shall be kept.

(4) The names of the contesting candidates along with their symbols shall be
displayed inside the polling station, above the ballot box to enable the voter to exercise
his franchise without difficulty.
(5) The Returning Officer shall provide at each polling station sufficient
number of ballot boxes, copies of the electoral roll or such part thereof as contains the
names of the electors entitled to vote at the polling station, ballot papers, instruments
for stamping the distinguishing mark on the ballot paper and articles necessary for
electors to mark the ballot papers, stationery and such forms as may be necessary.
37. Admission to Polling Station:- (1) The Presiding Officer shall keep order at
the polling station, shall see that the election is fairly conducted, shall regulate the
number of electors to be admitted at any one time inside the polling station and shall
exclude there from all persons other than,-
(a) his polling officers and such persons as the Presiding Officer may, from time
to time, admit for the purpose of identifying electors;
(b) other public servants on duty in connection with the election;
(c) the candidates, their election agents, and one polling agent of each candidate
at a time;
(d) a child in arms accompanying an elector;
(e) a person accompanying blind or infirm voters who cannot move without help;
 and
(f) persons authorised by the State Election Commission.
(2) Where a woman elector cannot be identified by the identification officers
appointed for the purpose by reason of her observing ‘purdah’ she may be required to
be identified by any of women voter in the queue or local women government
employee unless she otherwise satisfies the Presiding Officer of her identity.
38. Preparation of Ballot Boxes:-(1) Where a paper seal is used for securing a
ballot box, the Presiding Officer shall affix his own signature on the paper seal and
obtain thereon the signature of such of the polling agents present as are desirous of
affixing the same.
(2) The Presiding Officer shall thereafter fix the paper seal so signed in the
space meant therefor in the ballot box and shall then secure and seal the box in such
manner that the slit for the insertion of ballot piper therein remains open.
(3) The seals used for securing a ballot box shall be affixed in such manner
that after the box has been closed, it is not possible to open it without breaking the
seals.
(4) Where it is not necessary to use paper seals or securing the ballot boxes,
the Presiding Officer shall secure and seal the ballot box in such manner that the slit for
the insertion of ballot papers remains open and shall allow the polling agents present to
affix, if they so desire, their seals.
(5) Every ballot box used at a polling station shall bear label both inside and
outside marked with:-
 (a) the details of the Ward/Territorial Constituency;
 (b) the serial number and name of the polling station;
(c) the serial number of the ballot box (to be filled in at the end of the poll on
the label outside the ballot box only) and;
 (d) the date of poll.
(6) Immediately before commencement of the poll the Presiding Officer shall
demonstrate to the polling agents and other persons present, that the ballot box is
empty and bears the labels referred to in sub-rule (5)
(7) The ballot box shall then be closed, sealed, secured and placed in full view
of the Presiding Officer and polling agents.
39. Demonstration of the marked copy of the electoral roll:- Immediately
before commencement of the poll, the Presiding Officer shall demonstrate to the polling
agents and others present, the marked copy or, as the case may be, marked copies of
the electoral roll to be used during the poll.
40. Facilities for woman electors:- (1) Where a polling station is for both men
and women electors, the Presiding Officer may direct that they shall be admitted into
the polling station alternately in separate batches.
(2) The Returning Officer or the Presiding Officer may appoint a woman to
serve as an attendant at any polling station to assist women electors and also to assist
the Presiding Officer generally in taking the poll in respect of women electors, and in
particular, to help in searching any woman elector in case it becomes necessary.
41. Identification of electors:– (1) The Presiding Officer may employ at the
polling station such persons, as he thinks fit to help identification of the electors or to
assist him otherwise in taking the poll.
(2) As each elector enters the polling station, the Presiding Officer or the
polling officer authorised by him in this behalf shall check the elector’s name and other
particulars with the relevant entry in the electoral roll and then call out the serial
number, name and other particulars of the elector.
 (3) Every elector shall produce identity card issued to him/her under the
provisions of the Registration of Electors Rules, 1960 made under the Representation of
the Peoples Act, 1950 or any such document as may be specified, by order, by the
State Election Commission before the Presiding Officer or the polling officer authorized
by him in this behalf, in order to establish his/her identity at the polling station.

 (4) In deciding the right of a person to cast his vote, the Presiding Officer or
the polling officer, as the case may be, shall over look the clerical or printing errors in
an entry in the electoral roll if he is satisfied that such person is identical with the
elector to whom such entry relates.
42. Facilities for public servants on election duty:- (1) The provisions of Rule
41 shall not apply to any person who produces at the polling station an election duty
certificate issued by Returning Officer and seeks permission to cast his vote at that
polling station although the polling station is different from the one where he is entitled
to vote.
(2) On production of such certificate the Presiding Officer shall –
 (a) obtain thereon the signature of the person producing it;
 (b) have the person’s name and electoral roll number as mentioned in the
 certificate entered at the end of the marked copy of the electoral roll; and
 (c) issue to him a ballot paper, and permit him to vote, in the same manner as
 for an elector entitled to vote at that polling station.
43. Challenging of Identity:- (1) Any polling agent may challenge the identity of a
person claiming to be a particular elector by first depositing a sum of five rupees in
cash with the Presiding Officer for each such challenge.
 (2) On such a deposit being made, the Presiding Officer shall:
(a) warn the person challenged, of the penalty for personation;
(b) read the relevant entry in the electoral roll in full and ask him
whether he is the person referred to in the entry.
(c) enter his name and address in the list of challenged votes in
Form - XXI; and
(d) require him to affix his signature in the said list.
(3) The Presiding Officer shall thereafter hold a summary inquiry into the
challenge and may for that purpose -
 (a) require the challenger to adduce evidence in proof of the challenge
and the person challenged to adduce evidence in proof of his identity;
(b) put the person challenged any question necessary for the purpose of
establishing his identify and require him to answer them on oath; and
(c) administer an oath to the challenger and any other person offering to
give evidence.
(4) If, after the inquiry, the Presiding Officer considers that the challenge has
not been established, he shall allow the person challenged, to vote; and if he considers
that the challenge has been established, he shall debar the person challenged from
voting and handover him/her to the police for prosecution under relevant law.

(5) If the Presiding Officer is of the opinion that the challenge is frivolous or
has not been made in good faith, he shall direct that the deposit made under sub-rule
(1) be forfeited to the Government and in any other case he shall return it to the
challenger on the conclusion of the inquiry.
44. Safeguards against personation:- (1) Every elector about whose identity the
Presiding Officer or the Polling Officer, as the case may be, is satisfied shall allow –
(a) the inspection of his left fore-finger by the Polling Officer; and
(b) an indelible ink mark to be put on his left fore-finger.
 (2) If any such elector —
(a) refuses to allow such inspection of his left fore-finger; or
(b)refuses to allow an indelible ink mark to be put on his left fore-finger;
or
(c) does any act in order to remove any such mark after it has been put;
or
(d)fails or refuses to produce his identity card or any other document
specified by State Election Commission to establish his identity under
rule 41 of these rules; or
(e) refuses to put his signature or thumb impression on the counter-foil;
he shall not be entitled to be supplied with any ballot paper or to record his vote
at the election.
(3) A person who already has such a mark on his left fore-finger at the time
he enters the polling station shall not be supplied with any ballot paper.
(4) Any reference in this rule to the left fore-finger of an elector shall, in the
case where the elector has no left fore-finger be construed as a reference to another
finger of his left hand and shall in the case whether there are no fingers on his left hand
be construed as a reference to the fore finger or any other finger on his right hand and
shall in the case where he has no finger on both the hands be construed as a reference
to such extremity of his right or left arm as he possesses.
45. Distinguishing Mark:- Before a ballot paper is issued to an elector, the ballot
paper and the counterfoil attached thereto, shall be stamped on the back with such
distinguishing mark as the State Election Commission may direct and every ballot paper
before it is issued shall be signed in full on its back by the Presiding Officer.
46. Issue of ballot paper:- (1) At the time of issuing a ballot paper to an elector,
the polling officer shall,-
(a) record on its counterfoil the electoral roll number of the elector as entered in
the marked copy of the electoral roll, and
(b) obtain the signature or thumb impression of that elector on. the said
counterfoil:
(c) mark the name of the elector in the marked of the electoral roll to indicate
that a ballot paper has been issued to him, without however, recording
therein the serial number of the ballot paper issued to the elector:
Provided that, no ballot paper shall be delivered to an elector unless he has put
his signature or thumb impression on the counterfoil of that ballot paper.
 (2) No person in the polling station shall note down the serial numbers of the
ballot papers issued to the electors.

47. Maintenance of secrecy of voting by electors and voting procedure:- (1)
Every elector to whom a ballot paper has been issued under Rule 46 or any other
provisions of these rules shall maintain secrecy of voting within the polling station and
for that purpose observe the voting procedure hereinafter laid down.
(2) The elector on receiving the ballot paper or papers, as the case may be,
shall forthwith-
 (a) proceed to one of the voting compartments,
 (b) make a mark on the ballot paper or papers with the instrument supplied for
the purpose on or near the symbol / symbols allotted to the candidate /
candidates for whom he intends to vote,
 (c) fold the ballot paper / papers vertically first and thereafter horizontally so as
to conceal his vote,
 (d) if required, show to the Presiding Officer the distinguishing mark on the
ballot paper or papers,
 (e) insert the folded ballot paper into the specified ballot box, and
(f) leave the polling station by the exit provided.
(3) Every elector shall vote without undue delay.
(4) No elector shall be allowed to enter a voting compartment when another
elector is inside it.
(5) If an elector to whom a ballot paper has been issued refuses, after
warning given by the Presiding Officer to observe the procedure laid down in sub-rules
(1) and (2), the ballot paper issued to him shall, whether he has recorded his vote
thereon or not, be taken back from him by the Presiding Officer or a polling officer,
under the direction of the Presiding Officer.

(6) After the ballot paper has been taken back, the Presiding Officer shall
record on its back the word "Cancelled: voting procedure violated" and put his signature
below these words and all such ballot papers shall be kept in a separate cover which
shall bear on its face the words "Ballot Papers - voting procedure violated".
(7) Without prejudice to any other penalty to which an elector, from whom a
ballot paper has been taken back under sub-rule (5) may be liable, the vote, if any
recorded on such ballot paper shall not be counted.
48. Recording of votes of Blind or infirm voters:- (1) If the Presiding Officer is
satisfied that owing to blindness or other physical infirmity, an elector is unable to
recognise the symbols on ballot paper or to make a mark thereon without assistance,
the Presiding Officer shall permit the elector to take with him a companion of not less
than eighteen years of age to the voting compartment for recording vote on the ballot
paper on his behalf and in accordance with his wishes and if necessary, for folding the
ballot paper so as to conceal the vote and insert it into the ballot box:
Provided that no person shall be permitted to act as the companion of more than
one elector at any polling station on the same day:
 Provided further that when any person is permitted to act as the companion of
the elector on any day under this rule, the person shall be required to declare in
Form –XXII that he shall keep secret the vote recorded by him on behalf of the
elector and that he has not already acted as the companion of any other elector at any
polling station on that day.
(2) The Presiding Officer, shall keep a record of all cases under this rule in
Form–XXIII.
49. Spoilt and returned ballot papers:- (1) An elector who has inadvertently
dealt with his ballot paper in such manner that it cannot be conveniently used as a
ballot paper, may, on returning it to the Presiding Officer and on satisfying him of the
inadvertence, be given another ballot paper and the ballot paper so returned and the
counterfoil of such ballot paper shall be marked as "Spoilt: Cancelled" by the Presiding
Officer.
50. Tendered Votes:- (1) If a person representing himself to be a particular elector
seeks to vote after another person has already voted as such elector, he shall, on,
satisfactorily answering such questions relating to his identity as the Presiding Officer
may ask, be entitled, subject to the following provisions of this rule, to mark a ballot
paper (hereinafter in these rules referred to as a "Tendered Ballot Paper) in the same
manner as any other elector.
(2) Every such person, shall, before being supplied with a tendered ballot
paper, sign his name against the entry relating to him in a list in Form - XXIV
(3) A tendered ballot paper shall be the same as the other ballot paper used
at the polling except that it shall be-
(a) serially the last in the bundle of ballot papers issued for use at the
polling station; and
(b) endorsed on the back of the ballot paper and its counterfoil with
the words "Tendered Ballot Paper" by the Presiding Officer in his
own hand and signed by him.
(4) The elector, after marking a tendered ballot paper in the voting
compartment and folding it, shall instead of putting it into the ballot box, give it to the
Presiding Officer, who shall place it in a cover specifically kept for the purpose.
51. Closing of Poll and Sealing of Ballot Boxes and covers after poll:- (1)
The Presiding Officer shall close the polling station at the hour appointed for closing and
shall not thereafter admit any elector into the polling station:
Provided that all electors present at the polling station before it is closed shall be
allowed to cast their votes.
(2) If any question arises whether an elector was present at the polling
station before it was closed, it shall be decided by the Presiding Officer and his decision
shall be final.
(3) The Presiding Officer of each polling station, as soon as practicable, after
the close of the poll, shall close the slit of the ballot box and where the box does not
contain any mechanical device for closing the slit, he shall seal up the slit and also allow
any polling agent present to affix his seal. The ballot box shall thereafter be sealed and
secured.
(4) Where it becomes necessary to use a second ballot box by reason of the
first ballot box getting full, the first box shall be closed, sealed and secured as provided
in sub-rule (3) before another ballot box is put into use.
(5) The Presiding Officer of each polling station, as soon as practicable, after
the close of the poll, shall in the presence of any candidate or polling agents who may
be present make up the following into separate packets and seal with his own seal and
the seals of such candidates or agents as may desire to affix their seals:
(i) the tendered ballot papers;
(ii) the unused ballot papers;
(iii) the spoilt and returned ballot papers;
(iv) the marked copy of the electoral roll;
(v) the tendered votes list;
(vi) the list of challenged votes;
(vii) the counterfoils of used ballot papers;
(viii) the ballot papers cancelled for violation of voting procedure; and
(ix) any other papers directed by the State Election Commission to be
kept in a sealed cover/packet.

(6) Each packet shall be numbered and shall bear a note as to its contents,
description of the election and the polling stations. Where no vote has been recorded at
any polling station, the Presiding Officer shall submit a ‘nil' report.
52. Account of ballot papers:- (1) The Presiding Officer shall at the close of the
poll prepare a ballot paper account in Form XXV and place it in a separate cover with
the words “Ballot Paper Account” superscribed thereon.
(2) The Presiding Officer shall furnish to every polling agent present at the
close of the poll a true copy of the entries made in the ballot paper account after
obtaining a receipt from the said polling agent therefor and shall also attest it as a true
copy.
53. Delivery of ballot boxes to Returning Officer:- (1) The Presiding Officer
shall then, as soon as may be, deliver the ballot boxes and all such packets and papers
used at the polling station or cause them to be delivered to the Returning Officer at
such places as he may direct.
(2) The Returning Officer shall make adequate arrangements for the safe
transport of all ballot boxes, packets and other papers referred to in this rule from
polling stations and for their safe custody until the commencement of this counting of
votes.
54. Procedure on adjournment of poll:- (1) If the poll at any polling station is
adjourned under Section 229, the provisions of rules 51 to 53 shall, as far as
practicable, apply as if the poll was closed at the hour fixed in that behalf.
 (2) When an adjourned poll is recommended under sub-section (2) of Section
229, the electors who have already voted at the poll so adjourned shall not be allowed
to vote again.
 (3) The Returning Officer shall provide the Presiding Officer of the polling
station at which such adjourned poll is held, with the sealed packet containing the
marked copy of the electoral roll and a new ballot box.
 (4) The Presiding Officer shall open the sealed packet in the presence of the
polling agents present and use the marked copy of the electoral roll for marking the
names of the electors to whom the ballot papers are issued at the adjourned poll,
without however recording therein the serial number thereof.
 (5) The provisions of Rules 33 to 53 shall apply in relation to the conduct of
an adjourned poll as they apply in relation to the poll before it was so adjourned.
55. Fresh Poll in case of destruction of ballot boxes or Electronic Voting
Machines:- If at any election any ballot box or Electronic Voting Machine used at a
polling station is unlawfully taken out of custody of the Presiding Officer or Returning
Officer or is accidentally or intentionally destroyed or lost or is damaged or is tampered
with to such an extent that the result of the poll at that polling station cannot be
ascertained or any such error or irregularity in procedure is likely to vitiate the poll is
committed at the polling station, the procedure prescribed in Section 230 of the Act
shall be followed.
56. Counting of votes:- (1) The counting of votes shall commence on the day and
at the place and hour appointed in that behalf. Votes shall be counted by or under the
supervision of the Returning Officer.
 (2) The postal ballot papers shall be counted first.
 (3) Each candidate, the election agent and the counting agent of each
candidate shall have a right to be present at the time of counting. No other person
shall be allowed to be present except such person as the Returning Officer may
appoint to assist him in counting votes and no person shall be appointed to assist in
counting votes who has been employed by or on behalf of any candidate for any
purpose whatsoever connected with the election.
 (4) The Returning Officer shall, before he commences to count the votes,
read out the provisions of Section 217 of the Act to such person as may be present and
shall then count and check all the ballot boxes placed for the counting of votes and
satisfy himself that all such ballot boxes contain the ballot papers which are to be
counted at such place have been received and accounted for.
 (5) The Returning Officer shall allow, the candidates and their election agents
and counting agents present at the counting, reasonable opportunities to inspect the
ballot boxes and their seals for satisfying themselves that they are in order.
 (6) If any ballot box is found by the Returning Officer to have been tampered
or interfered with or destroyed or lost, or if at any time, before counting of votes is
completed any ballot papers used at a polling station or at a place fixed for the poll are
unlawfully taken out of the custody of the Returning Officer or are accidentally or
intentionally, destroyed or lost or are damaged or tampered with to such an extent that
the result of the poll at that polling station or place cannot be ascertained, the
Returning Officer shall follow the procedure laid down in Section 231 of the Act.
(7) (a) Subject to such general or special directions, if any, as may be given
by the State Election Commission in this behalf the ballot papers shall be
counted after mixing the votes ward-wise/ Gram Panchayat wise/
Territorial Constituency-wise, as the case may be.
 (b) The Returning Officer shall open, or cause to be opened,
simultaneously the ballot box or boxes used at more than one polling
station and shall have the total number of ballot papers found in such box
or boxes counted and recorded in Part II of ballot paper account in
Form - XXV.
 (c) Discrepancy, if any, between the total number of such ballot papers
recorded as aforesaid and the total number of ballot papers issued to
voters as shown in Item 3 of Part I of the said Form - XXV minus the
number of ballot papers cancelled as shown in item 4 thereof and the
number of papers as shown in item 5 thereof, shall also be recorded in
Part II of Form - XXV.
 (8) The Returning Officer shall, as far as practicable, proceed continuously with
the counting of the votes and shall, during any necessary intervals during which the
counting has to be suspended, place the ballot papers, packets and other documents
relating to the election under his own seal and the seals of such candidates or agents
as may desire to affix them and shall cause adequate precautions to be taken for their
custody.
57. Counting of Postal Ballot Papers:- (1) The Returning Officer shall first deal
with the postal ballot papers in the manner hereinafter provided.
 (2) No cover in Form -XIX received by the Returning Officer after the expiry
of the time fixed in that behalf shall be opened and no vote contained in any such cover
shall be counted.
(3) The other covers shall be opened one after another and as each cover is
opened, the Returning Officer shall first scrutinise the declaration in Form - XVII
contained therein.
 (4) If the said declaration is not found, or has not been duly signed and
attested, or is otherwise substantially defective, or if the serial number of the ballot
paper as entered in it differs from the serial number endorsed on the cover in
Form -XVIII, that cover shall not be opened, and after making an appropriate
endorsement thereon, the Returning Officer shall reject the ballot paper therein
contained.
 (5) Each cover so endorsed and the declaration received with it shall be
replaced in the cover in Form - XIX and all such covers in Form - XIX shall be kept in
separate packet which shall be sealed and on which shall be recorded the details of the
ward/constituency, the date of counting and a brief description of its content.
 (6) The Returning Officer shall then place all the declarations in Form - XVII
which he has found to be in order in a separate packet which shall be sealed before any
cover in Form - XVIII is opened and on which shall be recorded the particulars referred
to in sub-rule (5).
 (7) The covers in Form - XVIII not already dealt with under the foregoing
provisions of this rule shall then be opened one after another and the Returning Officer
shall scrutinise each ballot paper and decide the validity of the vote recorded thereon.
 (8) A postal ballot paper shall be rejected--
 (a) if it bears any mark (other than the mark to record the vote) or writing
 by which the elector can be identified; or
 (b) if no vote is recorded thereon; or
 (c) if the vote is given on it in favour of more candidates than one; or
 (d) if it is a spurious ballot paper; or
 (e) if it is so damaged or mutilated that its identity as a genuine ballot
 paper cannot be established; or
 (f) if it is not returned in the cover sent along with it to the elector by the
 Returning Officer.
 (9) A vote recorded on a postal ballot paper shall be rejected if the mark
indicating the vote is placed on the ballot paper in such manner as to make it doubtful
to which candidate the vote has been given.

(10) A vote recorded on a postal ballot paper shall not be rejected merely on
the ground that the mark indicating the vote is indistinct or made more than once, if
the intention that the vote shall be for a particular candidate clearly appears from the
way the paper is marked.

(11) The Returning Officer shall count all the valid votes given by postal ballot
in favour of each candidate, record the total thereof in the result sheet in Form - XXVI
and announce the same.

(12) Thereafter, all the valid ballot papers and all the rejected ballot papers
shall be separately bundled and kept together in a packet which shall be sealed with the
seals of the Returning Officer and of such of the candidates, their election agent or
counting agents as may desire to affix their seals thereon and on the packet so sealed
shall be recorded the details of the ward/constituency, the date of counting and a brief
description of its contents.
58. Grounds for rejection of ballot papers:- (1) The Returning Officer shall
reject a ballot paper,-
(a) if it bears any mark or writing by which the elector can be identified, or
(b) if it bears no mark at all to indicate the vote, it bears a mark elsewhere than on
or near the symbol of one of the candidates on the face of the ballot paper or, it
bears a mark made otherwise than with the instrument supplied for the purpose,
or
(c) if votes are given on it in favour of more than one candidate, or
(d) if the mark indicating the vote thereon is placed in such manner as to make it
doubtful as to which candidate the vote has been given, or
(e) if it is a spurious ballot paper, or
(f) if it is so damaged or mutilated that its identity as a genuine ballot paper cannot
be established, or
(g) if it bears a serial number, or is of a design, different from the serial numbers,
or, as the case may be, design, of the ballot papers authorised for use at the
particular polling station, or
(h) if it does not bear both the distinguishing mark and the signature which it should
have borne under the provisions of Rule 45.
Provided that where the Returning Officer is satisfied that any such defect as is
mentioned in clause (g) or clause (h) has been caused by any mistake or failure on the
part of a Presiding Officer or Polling Officer, the ballot paper shall not be rejected
merely on the ground of such defect:
 Provided further that a ballot paper shall not be rejected merely on the ground
that the mark indicating the vote is indistinct or made more than once, if the intention
that the vote shall be for a particular candidate clearly appears from the way the paper
is marked.
(2) Before rejecting any ballot paper under sub-rule (1), the Returning Officer
shall allow candidates and their counting agents present a reasonable opportunity to
inspect the ballot paper but shall not allow them to handle it or any other ballot paper.
(3) The Returning Officer shall endorse on every ballot paper which he rejects
the word “rejected” and the grounds of rejection in abbreviated form either in his own
hand or by means of a rubber stamp and shall initial such endorsement.
(4) All ballot papers rejected under this rule shall be bundled together.
(5) Every ballot paper which is not rejected under this rule shall be counted
as one valid vote.
59. Preparation of Results Sheet: - After counting of all ballot papers contained
in all the ballot boxes used in Ward/ Gram Panchayat/Territorial Constituency, as the
case may be have been completed, the Returning Officer shall make the entries in a
result sheet in Form - XXVI and announce the particulars.
60. Recount of Votes :- (1) After such announcement has been made under rule
59, a candidate or, in his absence, his election agent or any of his counting agents may
apply in writing to the Returning Officer for recounting of the votes either wholly or in
part stating the grounds on which, he demands such recount.
(2) On such an application being made the Returning Officer shall decide the
matter and may allow the application in whole or in part or may reject it wholly if it
appears to him to be frivolous or unreasonable.
(3) Every decision of the Returning Officer under sub--rule (2) shall be in
writing and contain the reasons therefor.
(4) If the Returning Officer decides under sub-rule (2) to allow a recount of
the votes either wholly or, in part he shall -
(a) do the recounting in accordance with rule 56.
(b) amend the result sheet in Form - XXVI to the extent necessary after such
recount; and
 (c) announce the amendments so made by him.
(5) After the total number of votes polled by each candidate has been
announced under sub-rule (4), the Returning Officer shall complete and sign the result
sheet in Form - XXVI and no application for a further or second recount shall be
entertained thereafter.
61. Equality of Votes:- If, after the counting of the votes is completed an equality
of votes is found to exist between any candidates and the addition of one vote will lead
to any of those candidates being declared elected, the Returning Officer shall forthwith
decide between those candidates by lot, and proceed as if the candidate on whom the
lot falls had received the additional vote.
62. Declaration of result of election and return of election:- (1) The
Returning Officer shall subject to the provisions of rule 61 in so far as they apply to any
particular case -
 (a)declare in Form XXVII the candidate to whom the largest number of valid
votes have been given to be elected for the seat and send signed copies
thereof to the State Election Commission, Election Authority and District
Election Authority.
 (b)complete and certify the return of election in Form XXVIII and send copies
thereof to the State Election Commission, Election Authority and District
Election Authority.

(2) Any candidate or his agent shall, on application be permitted to take a
copy of an extract of the return of election in Form XXVIII.
63. Grant of Election Certificate:- As soon as may be after a candidate has been
declared by the Returning Officer under rule 15 or, as the case may be, under rule 62
to have been elected, the Returning Officer shall grant such candidate a certificate of
election in Form XXIX and obtain from the candidate an acknowledgement of its
receipt duly signed by him immediately.
64. Publication of Results:- The Returning Officer shall publish on the notice
board in the Office of the Gram Panchayat/Mandal Praja Parishad/Zilla Praja Parishad
concerned a notification signed by him, stating the names of the candidates duly
elected.
65. Sealing of used ballot papers:- The valid ballot papers of each candidate and
the rejected ballot papers shall thereafter be bundled separately and the several
bundles made up into a separate packet which shall be sealed with the seals of the
Returning Officer and of such of the candidates, their election agents or counting
agents as may desire to affix their seals thereon, and on the packets to be sealed shall
be recorded the following particulars, namely –
(a) number of ward/name of the Gram Panchayat or Territorial Constituency of
the Mandal Praja Parishad, or the Zilla Praja Parishad, as the case may be;
and
(b) the date of counting.
66. Disposal of Ballot Papers: - (1) The Returning Officer shall, after declaring
the results, forward a copy of the return to the Executive Authority concerned and shall
handover to the Officer authorised by the District Election Authority the packets of
ballot papers, whether counted, rejected or tendered. These packets shall not be
opened and their contents shall not be inspected or produced except under the orders
of an authority competent to decide election disputes.
(2) The Officer so authorised shall retain packets and the marked copies of
the electoral roll for a year and shall then, unless otherwise directed by the orders of an
authority competent to decide election disputes, cause them to be destroyed.
CHAPTER – V
VOTING BY ELECTRONIC VOTING MACHINES
67. Design of Voting Machine:- Every Electronic Voting Machine (hereinafter
referred to as the voting machine) shall have a control unit (without Detachable
Memory Module/Secured Detachable Memory Module or with Detachable Memory
Module/Secured Detachable Memory Module) with one or more balloting units and may
also be attached to a printer with a drop box for printing a paper trail of the vote(Voter
Verifiable Paper Audit Trail), in such constituency or constituencies or polling station or
polling stations or parts there of as the State Election Commission may direct basing on
the availability. The number of balloting units shall depend on the number of contesting
candidates and number of seats. The design and shape of control unit, balloting unit
and printer shall be such, as may be approved by the State Election Commission.
 Explanation:- Detachable Memory Module (DMM) / Secured Detachable
Memory Module (SDMM) means such electronic memory device which is attached to the
control unit of electronic voting machine and keeps the election data safely in secured
manner. In all cases where the EVMs are to be revised before the counting process, the
DMM/SDMM containing poll data shall be separated and stored securely as per the
directions of SEC till they are taken up for counting.
Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) or Verifiable Paper Record (VPR) is a method
of providing feedback to voters using a ballotless voting system. A VVPAT is intended as
an independent verification system for voting machines designed to allow voters to verify
that their vote is recorded correctly, and to provide a means to audit the stored
electronic results.
"A 'voter verified paper audit trail' (VVPAT) consists of physical paper records of voter
ballots as voters have cast them on an electronic voting system. In the event that an
election recount or audit is called for, the VVPAT provides a supporting record. The
'voter-verified' part of the VVPAT refers to the fact that the voter is given the
opportunity to verify that the choices indicated on the paper record correspond to the
choices that the voter has made in casting the ballot. Thus, the result of an election in
an electronic form of the votes cast is tallied with the paper record of the individual
votes that have been cast."
68. Preparation of Voting Machine by the Returning Officer:– (1)The
Balloting Unit of the voting machine shall contain such particulars in such language or
languages as the State Election Commission may specify.
 (2) The names of the candidates or the symbols allotted to the candidates
shall be arranged on the Balloting Unit in the same order in which they appear in the
list of the contesting candidates.
 (3) If two or more candidates bear the same name, they shall be
distinguished by the addition of their occupation or residence or in some other manner.
(4) Subject to the foregoing provisions of this rule, the Returning Officer
shall; -
(a) fix the label containing the names and symbols of the contesting
candidates in the Balloting Unit and secure that unit with his seal and
the seals of such of the contesting candidates or their election agents
present as are desirous of affixing the same.
(b) set the number of contesting candidates and close the candidate set
section in the Control Unit and secure it with his seal and the seals of
such of the contesting candidates or their election agents present as
are desirous of affixing the same.
 (5) where the printer for paper trail is used under the proviso to rule 68, set
the printer as per the number of contesting candidates set in the control unit by –
(a) Loading in the printer the serial numbers and names of candidates and
symbols allotted to them as given on the balloting units under clause 4
(a);
(b) Loading paper in the printer; and
(c) Sealing the printer in such manner as may be directed by the Election
Commission
69. Arrangements at the Polling Stations:- (1) Outside each polling station
there shall be displayed prominently,-
(a) a notice specifying the polling area, the electors of which are entitled to
vote at the polling station; and
(b) a copy of the list of contesting candidates.
 (2) At each polling station there shall be set up one or more voting
compartments in which the electors can record their votes free from observation.
(3) The Returning Officer shall provide at each polling station one or more
voting machines and copies of relevant part of the electoral roll and such other election
material as may be necessary for taking the poll.
70. Admission to Polling Station:- The provisions of Rule 37 shall apply to
regulate the entry of electors and other persons inside the polling station.
71. Preparation of voting machine for poll:– (1) The Control Unit and Balloting
Unit of every voting machine used at a polling station and the printer for paper trail
where used shall bear a label marked with:-
(a) the details of Territorial Constituency;
(b) the serial number and the name of the polling station;
(c) the serial number of the Balloting unit and Control Unit; and
(d) the serial number of the detachable memory module (DMM) / Secured
Detachable Memory Module (SDMM) wherever used;
(e) the serial number of the printer wherever used; and
(f) the date of poll.
 (2) Immediately before the commencement of the poll, the Presiding Officer
shall demonstrate to the polling agents and other persons present that no vote has
been already recorded in the voting machine and it bears the label referred to in subrule
(1) and where the printer for paper trail is used that the drop box of the printer is
empty.
 (3) A paper seal shall be used for securing the Control Unit of the voting
machine, and the Presiding Officer shall affix his own signature on the paper seal and
obtain thereon the signature of such of the polling agents present as are desirous of
affixing the same.
 (4) The Presiding Officer shall thereafter fix the paper seal so signed in the
space meant therefore in the Control Unit of the voting machine and shall secure and
seal the same.
 (5) The seal used for securing the Control Unit shall be fixed in such manner
that after the unit has been sealed, it is not possible to press the “result button” without
breaking the seal.
 (6) The Control Unit shall be closed and secured and placed in full view of the
Presiding Officer and the polling agents and the Balloting Unit placed in the voting
compartment.
 (7) Where the printer for paper trail is used, the printer shall also be kept
along with the balloting unit in the voting compartment and shall be connected to the
electronic voting machine in the manner as directed by the State Election Commission.
72. Marked copy of electoral roll:– Immediately before the commencement of
the poll, the Presiding Officer shall also demonstrate to the polling agents and others
present, that the marked copy of the electoral roll to be used during the poll does not
contain any entry other than that made with regard to issue of postal ballot papers and
election duty certificates.
73. Facilities for Women electors:– With regard to facilities to women electors,
the provisions of rule 40 shall apply.
74. Identification of electors:- For the purpose of identification of electors, Rule
41 shall apply.
75. Facilities for public servants on election duty:– With regard to facilities for
public servants on election duty provisions of Rule 42 shall apply.
76. Challenging of Identity:– Where the identity of an elector is challenged, the
provisions of Rule 43 shall apply.
77. Safeguard against personation:– (1) Every elector about whose identity the
Presiding Officer or the polling officer, as the case may be, is satisfied, shall allow his
left forefinger to be inspected by the Presiding Officer or polling officer and an indelible
ink mark to be put on it.
(2) If any elector; -
(a) refuse to allow his left forefinger to be inspected or marked in
accordance with sub-rule (1) or has already such a mark on his left
forefinger or does any act with a view to removing the ink mark, or
(b)fails or refuses to produce his identity card or such other document as
specified by order of State Election Commission under sub-rule (3) of
Rule 41, he shall not be allowed to vote.
(3) Any reference in this rule to the left forefinger of an elector shall, in the
case where the elector has his left forefinger missing, he construed as a reference to
any other finger to his left hand, and shall, in the case where all the fingers of his left
hand are missing, be construed as a reference to the forefinger or any other finger of
both the hands are missing be construed as a reference to such extremity of his left or
right arm as he possesses.
78. Procedure for voting by voting machines:– (1) Before permitting an elector,
to vote the polling officer shall –
(a) record the electoral roll number of the elector as entered in the marked
copy of the electoral roll in a register of voters in Form XXX
(b) obtain the signature or the thumb impression of the elector on the said
register of voters; and
(c) mark the name of the elector in the marked copy of the electoral roll to
indicate that he has been allowed to vote:
Provided that, no elector shall be allowed to vote unless he has affixed his
signature or thumb impression on the register of voters.
(2) It shall not be necessary for any Presiding Officer or polling officer or any
other officer to attest the thumb impression of the elector on the register of voters.
79. Maintenance of secrecy of voting by electors within the polling station
and voting procedure:– (1) Every elector who has been permitted to vote under rule
78 shall maintain secrecy of voting within the polling station and for that purpose
observe the voting procedure hereinafter laid down.
(2) Immediately on being permitted to vote the elector shall proceed to the
Presiding Officer or the polling officer in-charge of the Control Unit of the voting
machine who shall, by pressing the appropriate button on the Control Unit, activate the
Balloting Unit, for recording of elector’s vote.
(3) The elector shall thereafter forthwith, -
(a) proceed to the voting compartment;
(b)record his vote by pressing the button on the Balloting Unit against the
name and symbol of the candidate for whom he intends to vote; and
(c) come out of the voting compartment and leave the polling station.
Provided that where printer for paper trial is used, upon casting the vote by
pressing the button as referred to in clause (b), the elector shall be able to view
through the transparent window of the printer, kept along with the balloting unit inside
the voting compartment, the printed paper slip showing the serial number, name and
the symbol of the candidate for whom he has cast his vote before such paper slip gets
cut and drops in the drop box of the printer.
(4) Every elector shall vote without undue delay.
(5) No elector shall be allowed to enter the voting compartment when
another elector is inside it.
(6) If an elector who has been permitted to vote under rule 78 or rule 83
refuses after warning given by the Presiding Officer to observe the procedure laid down
in sub-rule (3) of rule 79 or sub-rule (3) of rule 83, the Presiding Officer or a polling
officer under the direction of the Presiding Officer shall not allow such elector to vote.
(7) Where an elector is not allowed to vote under sub-rule (6), a remark to
the effect that voting procedure has been violated shall be made against the elector’s
name in the register of voters in Form XXX by the Presiding Officer under his
signature.
80. Procedure in case of complaint about particulars printed on paper
slips:- (1) Where printer for paper trail is used, if an elector after having recorded his
vote under rule 79 alleges that the paper slip generated by the printer has shown the
name or symbol of a candidate other than the one he voted for, the presiding officer
shall obtain a written declaration from the elector as to the allegation, after warning the
elector about consequence of making a false declaration.
 (2) If the elector gives the written declaration referred to in sub-rule (1), the
presiding officer shall make a second entry related to that elector in Register of Votes in
From XXX, and permit the elector to record a test vote in the voting machine in his
presence and in the presence of the candidates or polling agents who may be present
in the polling station, and observe the paper slip generated by the printer.
 (3) If the allegation is found true, the Presiding Officer shall report the facts
immediately to the Returning Officer, stop further recording of votes in that voting
machine and act as per the direction that may be given by the Returning Officer.
 (4) If, however, the allegation is found to be false and the paper slip so
generated under sub-rule (1) matches with the test vote recorded by the elector under
sub-rule(2), then, the Presiding Officer shall –
(i) make a remark to that effect against the second entry relating to that
elector in Register of Voters in Form XXX mentioning the serial number
and name of the candidate for whom such test vote has been recorded;
(ii) obtain the signature or thumb impression of that elector against such
remarks; and
(iii) make necessary entries regarding such test vote in item 5 in Part I of
Accounts of Votes Recorded in Form XXXII.
81. Recording of votes of blind or infirm electors:– (1) If the Presiding Officer
is satisfied that owing to blindness or other physical infirmities an elector is unable to
read the names or recognise the symbols on the Balloting Unit of the voting machine or
unable to record his vote by pressing the appropriate button thereon without
assistance, the Presiding Officer shall permit the elector to take with him a companion
of not less than eighteen years of age to the voting compartment for recording the vote
on his behalf and in accordance with his wishes:
Provided that no person shall be permitted to act as the companion of more than
one elector at any polling station on the same day:
Provided further that before any person is permitted to act as the companion of
an elector on any day under this rule that person shall be required to declare in
Form XXII that he will keep secret the vote recorded by him on behalf of the elector
and that he has not already acted as the companion of any other elector at any other
polling station on that day.
(2) The Presiding Officer shall keep a record of all cases under this rule in
Form – XXIII.
82. Elector deciding not to vote:- If an elector, after his electoral roll number has
been entered in the register of votes in Form XXX and has put his signature or thumb
impression thereon decides not to record his vote, a remark to this effect shall be made
against the said entry in Form XXX by the Presiding Officer and the signature or thumb
impression of the elector shall be obtained against such remark.
83. Tendered Votes:– (1) If a person representing himself to be a particular
elector seeks to vote after another person has already voted as such elector, he shall,
on satisfactorily answering such questions relating to his identity as the Presiding
Officer may ask, be, instead of being allowed to vote through the Balloting Unit,
supplied with a tendered ballot paper which shall be of such design and the particulars
of which shall be in such language or languages as the State Election Commission may
specify.
(2) Every such elector shall before being supplied with tendered ballot paper
affix his signature or thumb impression against the entry relating to him in a list in
Form – XXXI.
(3) On receiving the ballot paper he shall forthwith –
(a) proceed to the voting compartment;
(b)record there his vote on the ballot paper by placing a cross mark “X”
with instrument or article supplied for the purpose, on or near the
symbol of the candidate for whom he intends to vote;
(c) fold the ballot paper so as to conceal his vote;
(d) give it to the Presiding Officer who shall place it in a cover specially
kept for the purpose; and
(e) leave the polling station.
(4) If owing to blindness or physical infirmities, such elector is unable to
record his vote without assistance the Presiding Officer shall permit him to take with
him a companion, subject to the same conditions and after following the same
procedure as laid down in rule 81 for recording the vote in accordance with his wishes.
84. Presiding Officer’s entry into the voting compartment during poll:– (1)
The Presiding Officer may whenever he considers it necessary to do so, enter the voting
compartment during poll and take such steps as may be necessary to ensure that the
Balloting Unit is not tampered or interfered with in any way.
(2) If the Presiding Officer has reason to suspect that an elector who has
entered the voting compartment is tampering or otherwise interfering with the Balloting
Unit or has remained inside the voting compartment for unduly long period, he shall
enter the voting compartment and take such steps as may be necessary to ensure the
smooth and orderly progress of the poll.
(3) Whenever the Presiding Officer enters the voting compartment under this
rule, he shall permit the polling agents present to accompany him if they so desire.
85. Closing of Poll:– (1) The Presiding Officer shall close a polling station at the
hour fixed in that behalf:
Provided that all electors present at the polling station before it is closed shall be
allowed to cast their votes.
(2) If any question arises whether an elector was present at the polling
station before it was closed it shall be decided by the Presiding Officer and his decision
shall be final.
86. Account of votes recorded:– (1) The Presiding Officer shall at the close of the
poll prepare an account of votes recorded in Form – XXXII and put it in a separate
cover with the words “Account of Votes Recorded” superscribed thereon.
(2) The Presiding Officer shall furnish to every polling agent present at the
close of the poll, a true copy of the entries made in Form – XXXII after obtaining a
receipt from the said polling agent therefor and shall attest it as a true copy.
87. Sealing of voting machine after poll:– (1) As soon as practicable after the
closing of the poll, the Presiding Officer shall close the Control Unit to ensure that no
further votes can be recorded and shall detach the Balloting Unit from Control Unit and
from the printer, where printer is also used, so however, that the paper slips contained
in the drop box of the printer shall remain intact.
(2) The Control Unit, the Balloting Unit and the printer, where it is used, shall
thereafter be sealed, and secured separately in such manner as the State Election
Commission may direct and the seal used for securing them shall be so affixed that it
will not be possible to open the units without breaking the seals.
(3) The polling agents present at the polling station, who desire to affix their
seals, shall also be permitted to do so.
88. Sealing of other packets:– (1) The Presiding Officer shall then make into
separate packets, -
(a) the marked copy of the electoral roll;
(b) the register of voters in Form – XXX;
(c) the cover containing the tendered ballot papers and the list in
Form – XXXI;
(d) the list of challenged votes; and
(e) any other papers directed by the State Election Commission to be kept in a
sealed packet.
(2) Each packet shall be sealed with the seal of the Presiding Officer and with
the seal either of the candidate or of his election agent or of his polling agent who may
be present at the polling station and may desire to affix his seal thereon.
89. Transmission of voting machines, etc., to the Returning Office:– (1) The
Presiding Officer shall then deliver or cause to be delivered to the Returning Officer at
such place as the Returning Officer may direct -
(a) the voting machine;
(b) the account of votes recorded in Form – XXXII;
(c) the sealed packets referred to in rule 88; and
(d) all other papers used at the poll.
(2) The Returning Officer shall make adequate arrangements for the safe
transport of the voting machine, packets and other papers for their safe custody until
the commencement of the counting of votes.
90. Procedure on adjournment of poll:– (1) If the poll at any polling stations is
adjourned under Section 229 of the Act, the provisions of rules 85 to 88, shall, as far as
practicable, apply as if the poll was closed at the hour fixed in that behalf.
(2) When an adjourned poll is recommended under sub-section (2) of section
229 of the Act, the electors who have already voted at the poll so adjourned shall not
be allowed to vote again.
(3) The Returning Officer shall provide the Presiding Officer of the polling
station at which such adjourned poll is held, with sealed packet containing the marked
copy of the electoral roll, register of voters in Form – XXX and a new voting machine.
(4) The Presiding Officer shall open the sealed packet in the presence of the
polling agents present and use the marked copy of the electoral roll for marking the
names of the electors who are allowed to vote at the adjourned poll.
(5) The provisions of Rules 67 to 88 shall apply in relation to the conduct of
an adjourned poll before it was so adjourned.
91. Closing of voting machines in case of booth capturing:- Where the
Presiding Officer is of opinion that booth capturing is taking place at a polling station or
at a place fixed for the poll, he shall immediately close the Control Unit of voting
machine to ensure that no further votes can be recorded and shall detach the Balloting
Unit from the Control Unit and thereupon the provisions of Section 239 of the Act, in so
far as they relate to booth-capturing at a polling station shall apply.
92. Scrutiny and inspection of voting machines:– (1) The Returning Officer
may have the Control Units of the voting machines used at more than one polling
station taken up for scrutiny and inspection and votes recorded in such units counted
simultaneously.
(2) Before the votes recorded in any Control Unit of a voting machine are
counted under sub-rule (1), the candidate or his election agent or his counting agent
present at the counting table shall be allowed to inspect the paper seal and such other
vital seals as might have been affixed on the unit and to satisfy themselves that the
seals are in tact.
(3) The Returning Officer shall satisfy himself that none of the voting
machines has in fact been tampered with.
(4) If the Returning Officer is satisfied that any voting machine has in fact
been tampered with, he shall not count the votes recorded in that machine and shall
report the matter to the State Election Commission.
93. Counting of votes:- (1) After the Returning Officer is satisfied that a voting
machine has in fact not been tampered with, he shall have the votes recorded therein
counted by pressing the appropriate button marked “Result” provided in the Control
Unit whereby the total votes polled and votes polled by each candidate shall be
displayed in respect of each such candidate on the display panel provided for the
purpose in the unit.
(2) As the votes polled by each candidate are displayed on the Control Unit,
the Returning Officer shall have:-

(a) number of such votes recorded separately in respect of each candidate in
Part II of Form – XXXII;
(b) part II of Form – XXXII completed in other respects and signed by the
counting supervisor and also by the candidates or their election agents or
their counting agents present; and
(c) corresponding entries made in a result sheet in Form XXVI and the
particulars so entered in the result sheet announced.
(3) Provided that the test vote recorded, if any, for a candidate, as per item 4
in Part I of Accounts of Votes Recorded in Form XXXII, shall be subtracted from the
number of votes recorded for such candidate as displayed on the control unit.
94. Scrutiny of Paper Trail:- (1) Where printer for paper trail is used, after the
entries made in the result sheet are announced, any candidate, or in his absence, his
election agent or any of his counting agents may apply in writing to the returning
Officer to count the printed paper slips in the drop box of the printer in respect of any
polling station or polling stations.
 (2) On such application being made, the returning officer shall, subject to
such general or special guidelines, as may be issued by the Election Commission, decide
the matter and may allow the application in whole or in part or may reject in whole, if it
appears to him to be frivolous or unreasonable.
 (3) Every decision of the returning officer under sub-rule (2) shall be in
writing and shall contain the reasons therefor.
 (4) If the returning officer decides under sub-rule (2) to allow counting of the
paper slips either wholly or in part or parts, he shall-
(a) do the counting in the manner as may be directed by the State Election
Commission;
(b) if there is discrepancy between the votes displayed on the control unit and the
counting of the paper slips, amend the result sheet in Form XXVI as per the
paper slips count;
(c) announce the amendments so made by him; and
(d) complete and sign the result sheet.
95. Sealing of Voting Machines:– (1) After the result of voting recorded in
Control Unit has been ascertained candidate-wise, and entered in Form – XXXII and
in the form prescribed for this purpose, the Returning Officer shall reseal the unit with
his seal and the seals of such of the candidates or their election agents present who
may desire to affix their seals thereon, so however that the result of voting recorded in
the unit is not obliterated and the unit retains the memory of such result and where
printer for paper trail is used, the returning officer shall seal the paper slips in such
manner, as may be directed by the State Election Commission.
(2) The Control Unit and the paper slips so sealed shall be kept in specially
prepared boxes on which the Returning Officer shall record the following particulars,
namely:-
(a) the details of the territorial constituency;
(b) the particulars of the polling station where the Control Unit has been used;
(c) serial number of the Control Unit;
(d) the serial number of the VVPAT printer, where it is used;
(e) date of poll; and
(f) date of counting.
96. Sealing of voting machine with DMM/SDMM Facility where CUs & BUs
are reused:- (1) A part of the EVM i.e., Electronic Memory Device called as
Detachable Memory Module (DMM) or Secured Detachable Memory Module (SDMM)
only shall be sealed by separating it from Control Unit.
 (2) After the result of voting is ascertained and recorded in the control unit
and recorded candidate wise in Part-II of Form-XXXII mentioned in Rule 86, 88, 93 &
97, the Returning Officer shall separate DMM/SDMM from control unit and seal in the
manner prescribed by the State Election Commission. During the sealing procedure the
candidate or their election agents present may affix their seals and put signatures
thereon.
where printer for paper trail is used, the returning officer shall seal the paper
slips in such manner, as may be directed by the State Election Commission.
 (3) The DMM/SDMM so sealed shall be kept in specially prepared box on
which the Returning officer shall record the following particulars:-
 (a) The details of the Territorial Constituency;
 (b) The Particulars of Polling Station or Stations where the
 control unit / DMM / SDMM has been used;
 (c) Serial Number of Control Unit and Printer wherever used ;
 (d) Serial Number of DMM/SDMM used:
 (e) Date of Poll; and
 (f) Date of counting.
 (4) The sealed DMM/SDMM may be used for judicial purpose and other
necessary purposes. The control unit may be used for other phases of election.
97. Custody of Voting Machines or DMMs /SDMMs and papers relating to
election:- (1) All voting machines where DMMs /SDMMs are not used and only DMMs
/SDMMs where CUs & BUs are reused at an election shall be kept in the custody of the
concerned Collector & District Election Authority or the Officer authorized by him.
(2) The Collector & District Election authority or the Officer authorized by him
shall keep in the safe custody-
(a) the packets of marked copy of the electoral roll;
(b) the packets containing register of voters in Form – XXX;
(c) the packets containing the number of votes recorded in respect of each
candidate in Form – XXXII;
(d) the printed paper slips sealed under the provisions of rule 95 or 96; and
(e) all other papers relating to election.
98. Production and Inspection of Voting Machines or DMMs / SDMMs and
election papers:– (1) While in the custody of the Collector & District Election
Authority or the Officer authorized by him –
(a) the packets of marked copy of electoral roll;
(b) the packets containing registers of voters in Form – XXX;
(c) the printed paper slips sealed under the provisions of rule 95 or 96; and
shall not be opened and their contents shall not be inspected by, or produced before
any person or authority except under the order of the competent court.
(2) The Control Unit or DMM/SDMM sealed as per the provisions of Rule 95 or
96 kept in the custody of the Collector & District Election Authority or the Officer
authorized by him shall be stored in Government Treasury or sub-Treasury and shall not
be opened and inspected by, or produced before any person or authority except under
the order of the competent court.
99. Safe custody of Voting Machines or DMMs / SDMMs and all other
packets:- (1) The voting machines where DMMs/SDMMs are not used and the DMMs
/SDMMs where they are used and kept in the custody of the Collector & District Election
Authority or the Officer authorized by him shall be retained in tact for such period as
the State Election Commission may direct and shall not be used at any subsequent
election without the previous approval of the State Election Commission.
(2) All other packets relating to elections where there is no election petition,
shall be destroyed as per the provisions of these rules.
100. Power of the State Election Commission to issue directions:- Subject to
the other provisions of these rules, the State Election Commission may issue such
directions as it may consider necessary to facilitate the proper use and operation of the
voting machines and also as occasion requires to facilitate the holding of elections
under these rules.
CHAPTER – VI
MISCELLANEOUS
101. Filling up of Casual Vacancies: - Any casual vacancy of Member and
Sarpanch of Gram Panchayat and Members of Mandal Praja Parishad/Zilla Praja
Parishad shall be filled up within a period of one hundred and twenty days from the
date of occurrence of such vacancy in accordance with the provisions of these rules and
orders made there under.
102. Interpretation of rules:- (1) If any question arises on the interpretation of
these Rules, otherwise than in connection with an enquiry held under the rules for the
decision of disputes as to the validity of an election, the question shall be referred to
the State Election Commission whose decision thereon shall be final:
Provided that, the State Election Commission shall not entertain any petition
relating to elections that may arise from the time of calling for nomination till the
declaration of results. Such cases shall be decided by a court of competent jurisdiction.

 (2) If any difficulty arises as to the holding of an election under these rules, the
State Election Commission may by order, do anything not inconsistent with these rules,
which appear to them necessary for the proper holding of elections.
103. Particulars of account of election expenses: - (1) The account of election
expenses to be kept by a candidate or his election agent shall contain such particulars
and shall be in such proforma as may be specified by the State Election Commission.
(2) The account of election expenses of Members of Gram Panchayat, Mandal
Praja Parishad and Zilla Praja Parishad shall be submitted to the Mandal Parishad
Development Officer (MPDO) concerned within forty-five days of the declaration of the
result of the election.
(3) The Mandal Parishad Development Officer immediately on the expiry of
forty five days from the date of declaration of the results of elections shall submit the
copies of election expenditure statements in respect of the members of Zilla Praja
Parishad to the Chief Executive Officer of Zilla Praja Parishad concerned for onward
transmission to the State Election Commission.
104. Notice by Mandal Parishad Development Officer or Chief Executive
Officer of Zilla Praja Parishad as the case may be for inspection of accounts:-
The Mandal Parishad Development Officer or Chief Executive Officer of Zilla Praja
Parishad as the case may be shall, within two days from the date on which account of
election expenses has been received by him/her under Rule 103, cause a notice to be
affixed on his notice board, specifying -
(a) the name of the candidate;
(b) the date on which the account has been lodged before the Mandal
Parishad Development Officer
(c) the amount reported as incurred and
(d) the time and place at which such account can be inspected by any
intending person.
105. Inspection of account and the obtaining of copies thereof:- Any person
shall on payment of a fee of fifty rupees, be entitled to inspect any such account and on
payment of Rs. 200/- or the actual cost of making copies whichever is lesser, be
entitled to obtain attested copies of such account or any part thereof.
106. Report by Mandal Parishad Development Officer or Chief Executive
Officer of Zilla Praja Parishad as the case may be as to the lodging of the
account of election expenses and the decision of the State Election
Commission thereon:- (1) As soon as may be, after the expiration of the time
specified in Section 238 for the lodging of the accounts of election expenses at any
election, the Mandal Parishad Development Officer or Chief Executive Officer of Zilla
Praja Parishad as the case may be shall, report to the State Election Commission –
(a) the name of each contesting candidate;
(b) whether such candidate has lodged his account of election expenses, and
if so, the date on which such account has been lodged; and
(c) whether in his opinion such account has been lodged within the time and
in the manner required by the Act and these rules.
 He/she shall also publish the same information on the office notice board of the
Mandal Praja Parishad or Zilla Praja Parishad as the case may be.
(2) Where the Mandal Parishad Development Officer or Chief Executive Officer
of Zilla Praja Parishad as the case may be is of the opinion that the account of election
expenses of any candidate has not been lodged within the due date or lodged but not
in the manner required by the Act and these rules, he/she shall make a report to the
State Election Commission and with every such report, forward the account of election
expenses of that candidate and the vouchers lodged along with it, if any.
(3) As soon as may be, after the receipt of the report referred to in sub-rule
(1), the State Election Commission shall, consider the same and decide whether any
contesting candidate has failed to lodge the account of election expenses within the
time and in the manner required by the Act and these rules.
(4) Where, the State Election commission decides that, a contesting candidate
has failed to lodge his account of election expenses within the time and/or in the
manner required by the Act and these rules, the Commission shall by notice in writing
call upon the candidate to show cause why he/she should not be disqualified, and
declared to have ceased to hold office under Section 23 of the Act for the failure in case
he/she is elected.
(5) Any contesting candidate who has been called upon to show cause under
sub-rule (4) may, within twenty days of the receipt of such notice, submit in respect of
the matter a representation in writing to the State Election Commission, and shall at the
same time send to Mandal Parishad Development Officer or Chief Executive Officer of
Zilla Praja Parishad as the case may be a copy of his/her representation together with
a complete account of his/her election expenses if he/she had not already furnished
such an account.
(6) The Mandal Parishad Development Officer or Chief Executive Officer of Zilla
Praja Parishad as the case may be, shall, within five days of the receipt thereof,
forward to the State Election Commission, the copy of the representation and the
account, if any, with such comments as he/she wishes to make thereon.
(7) If, after considering the representation submitted by the candidate and the
comments made by the Mandal Parishad Development Officer or Chief Executive Officer
of Zilla Praja Parishad as the case may be, and after such inquiry as it thinks fit, the
State Election Commission is satisfied that the candidate has no good reason or
justification for the failure, the Commission shall declare him/her by an order made
under Section 23 of the Act to be ineligible for a period of three years, from the date of
the said order, to contest any election held for any office under the Act and if he/she is
an elected candidate declare him/her to have ceased to hold office with immediate
effect and publish the order in the Official Gazette.
107. Maximum election expenses:- The total of the election expenses incurred
or authorized to be incurred by each contesting candidate in connection with an election
shall not exceed the amount specified for each office in the order made by the State
Election Commission in this behalf.
 VIKAS RAJ
PRINCIPAL SECRETARY TO GOVERNMENT
FORM - I
[See Rule 5]
NOTICE OF ELECTION
Notice is hereby given that:
(1) (a) an election is to be held for the office(s) of Sarpanch / Member(s) in the
…………………………… Gram Panchayat in …………….. Mandal Praja Parishad.
(b) Total number of members inclusive of Sarpanch in the Gram Panchayat
 are: ………
(c) Reservation particulars for the office of Sarpanch:
 ………………………………………………………
(d) Reservation particulars for the offices of Ward Members:
Category Ward Nos.
ST(Women)
ST(General)
SC (Women)
SC (General)
BC (Women)
BC(General)
General (Women)
General (Unreserved)
(2) Nomination Papers may be delivered by a candidate or his proposer to the
Returning Officer or to Assistant Returning Officer, at the office of ------------------
(place) between 10.30 A.M. and 5.00 P.M. on the dates from ------------------
to -------------- (whether or not it is a public holiday).
(3) Forms of nomination papers may be obtained at the place and time aforesaid.
(4) Nomination papers will be taken up for scrutiny at ------------- (time) on -----------
(date) at ---------------------(place).
(5) Notice of withdrawal of candidature may be delivered either by the candidate or
by his proposer / election agent, who has been authorised in writing by the
candidate to deliver it to either of the officers specified in paragraph (2) above at
his office before 3.00 P.M. on ------------------------------- (date) (Whether or not it
is a Public holiday).
(6) In the event of the election being contested, the poll will be taken on --------------
(date) between the hours of ------------ and -----------------.
(7) Where the Poll is held, the counting of votes will be taken at
……………………………….(place) on ……………. (date) at ----------- (time) and the
results will be declared and published at …………………….. (place) soon after
completion of counting.
(8) A special meeting will be held for the election of Upa-Sarpanch at
…………………………(time) on ……………………(date) at ………………….(place).
Place :
Date : RETURNING OFFICER
 ……………………………………
 …………………………………….

FORM - II
[See Rule 5]
NOTICE OF ELECTION FOR THE OFFICE OF MEMBER, MANDAL PRAJA
PARISHAD / ZILLA PRAJA PARISHAD………………………………………………
Notice is hereby given that:
(1) An election is to be held for the office of the Members of Mandal Praja Parishad /
Zilla Praja Parishad …………………………….
(a) Total number of Members of Territorial constituencies:
(b) Reservation particulars:
Reservation
Category
Name of the territorial
constituency
ST(Women)
ST(General)
SC (Women)
SC (General)
BC (Women)
BC(General)
General (Women)
General (Unreserved)
(2) Nomination papers may be delivered by a candidate or his proposer to the
undersigned or to ………………… (person authorized) between 10.30 A.M. and
5.00 P.M. from date ……………. to …………… (date) (whether or not it is a public
holiday).
(3) Forms of nomination papers may be obtained at the place and time aforesaid.
(4) The nomination papers will be taken up for scrutiny at …………….. (time) on ------
----------(date) at ---------------------(place).
(5) Notice of withdrawal of candidature may be delivered by a candidate or by his
proposer / election agent, who has been authorised in writing to deliver it either
of the officers specified in paragraph (2) above at his office before 3.00 P.M. on
………………………….. (date) (Whether or not it is a Public holiday).
(6) In the event of the election being contested, the poll will be taken on ------(date)
between the hours of ------------------------ and ------------------------------.
Place :
Date : RETURNING OFFICER
FORM – III
[See Rule 7(1)]
NOMINATION PAPER
Name of the Gram Panchayat ………………………………
(Scheduled Area/ Non Scheduled Area)
Part-I
Election to the office of Sarpanch / Member……………………………… Ward
……………………………… Gram Panchayat.
Reservation status of the post………………………………………

 I nominate the following as a Candidate for election to the office of Sarpanch /
Member …………………………. Ward, …………………….. Gram Panchayat.
Full name of the candidate :
Age :
Father’s /Mother’s / Husband’s Name:
Postal Address of the candidate :
Occupation :
His / Her name is entered at serial number ……………. of …………….. Gram
Panchayat / concerned ward electoral roll.
My name is ………………………… and it is entered at serial number
……………………… of ………………………. Gram Panchayat / ……………………ward electoral
roll.
Date: Signature of the Proposer.
Part - II
(Candidates Declaration)
I, the candidate mentioned in Part – I assent to this nomination and hereby declare-
(a) that I have completed ……………………………….. years of age
(b) that the code of conduct prescribed by the State Election Commission has
 been read by me /read over to me and I will abide by it.
(c) that my name and my father’s / mother’s / husband’s name have been
 correctly spelt out above in Telugu.
(d) that to the best of my knowledge and belief, I am qualified and not
 disqualified for being chosen to fill the seat of Sarpanch/ Member of Ward
 No. ………………… of …………………….Gram Panchayat.
 Signature of the candidate
Part – III
(Declaration in case of Scheduled Caste / Scheduled Tribe / Backward Class
Candidate)
I hereby declare that I am a member of the ……………………………… Caste / Tribe/
Class which is a Scheduled Caste / Scheduled Tribe / Backward Class of the State of
Telangana in relation to …………………………… District or Area in the State.
 Signature of Candidate
…..
The above declaration is solemnly affirmed before me………………… (name of the
officer in block letters) by Sri/Smt/Kum…….………………………………who is personally
known to me / who has been identified to my satisfaction by Sri/Smt/Kum
…………………………… of ………………………… (Village/Town)

Signature of the Gazetted Officer or any
officer of the Revenue Department
not below the rank of a Dy. Tahasildar.
(Seal of office) Full designation
Date
Part – IV
(To be filled by the Returning Officer)
Serial Number of Nomination Paper …………………………………………
This nomination paper was delivered to me at my office at …………………………
(hour) on ……………………. (date) by the candidate / proposer.
Date:
 Returning Officer or
other authorized person
_______________________________________________________________________
Part – V
(Decision of Returning Officer accepting or rejecting the Nomination Paper)
 I have examined this nomination in accordance with Rule 11 of TPR (Conduct of
Elections) Rules, 2018 and decide as follows
Accepted /Rejected
Reasons for Rejection
……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
Date: Returning Officer
_____________________________________________________________
Part – VI
(RECEIPT FOR NOMINATION PAPER AND NOTICE FOR SCRUTINY)
(To be handed over to the person presenting the nomination paper)
Serial Number of Nomination paper…………………………………
The Nomination paper of Sri/Smt/Kum…………………………….……. a candidate for
election of Sarpanch/ Member of Ward No. ………………… of …………………….Gram
Panchayat was delivered to me at ………… (hour) on……………… (date) by Sri/Smt/Kum
……………………………………. the candidate / proposer.
All nomination papers will be taken up for scrutiny at……..……. (hour)…..……..
on………….…… (date) at………………..……….(place).
Date: Returning Officer.

FORM – IV
[See Rule 7 (1)]
NOMINATION PAPER
Part - I
Name of the Mandal Praja Parishad / Zilla Praja Parishad ………………………………..
(Scheduled Area / Non scheduled Area)
 Election to the Office of Member……………………………………………. Territorial
Constituency …………………………………. Mandal Praja Parishad / Zilla Praja Parishad.
Reservation status of the post……………………………………….
 I nominate the following as a candidate for election to the office of Member
…………………..Territorial Constituency …………………………………. Mandal Praja Parishad /
Zilla Praja Parishad
Full name of the candidate :
Age :
Father’s /Mother’s / Husband’s Name :
Postal address of the candidate :
Occupation :
His / Her name is entered at Serial Number ………………… of the electoral roll for
…………………………… Gram Panchayat comprised in ………………………………… Mandal
Praja Parishad.
My name is …………………………….. and it is entered at Serial Number
……………………… of the electoral roll for the ……………………………… Gram Panchayat
falling within the Territorial constituency of ……………………….. Mandal Praja Parishad /
Zilla Praja Parishad.
Date: Signature of the Proposer.
 ____________________________________________________________
Part - II
(Candidates Declaration)

I, the candidate mentioned in Part – I assent to this nomination and hereby
declare-
(a) that I have completed ……………………………….. years of age
(b) (i) that I am set up at this election by the …………………………. party, which
is recognized National Party / State Party / Registered political party with
reserved symbol (strike out which is not applicable) and that the symbol
reserved for the above party be allotted to me.
OR
 (ii) that I am set up at this election by the …………………………. party,
 which is registered political party without reserved symbol or
(iii) that I am contesting this election as an independent candidate. (Strike
 out which is not applicable) and that the symbols I have chosen, in order
 of preference, are:-
(i)……………………………………………… (ii)……………………………………………..
(iii)…………………………………………………..
(c) that my name and my father’s / mother’s / husband’s name have been
 correctly spelt out above in Telugu.
(d) that to the best of my knowledge and belief, I am qualified and not
 disqualified for being chosen to fill the seat in the Mandal Praja Parishad /
 Zilla Praja Parishad.
(e) that the code of conduct prescribed by the State Election Commission is
 read by me / is read over to me and I will abide by it.
Signature of the candidate
Part – III
(Declaration in case of Scheduled Caste / Scheduled Tribe / Backward Class
Candidate)
I hereby declare that I am a member of the ……………………………… Caste / Tribe
/Class which is a Scheduled Caste / Scheduled Tribe / Backward Class of the State of
Telangana in relation to …………………………… District or area in the State.

Date: Signature of Candidate
The above declaration is solemnly affirmed before me………………… (name of the
officer in block letters) by Sri/Smt/Kum…….………………………………who is personally
known to me / who has been identified to my satisfaction by Sri/Smt/Kum
…………………………… of ………………………… (Village/Town)
 Signature of the Gazetted Officer or any
officer of the Revenue Department not below
the rank of a Dy. Tahasildar.
(Seal of office) Full designation
Date
Part – IV
(To be filled by the Returning Officer)
Serial Number of Nomination Paper …………………………………………
This nomination paper was delivered to me at my office at …………………………
(hour) on ……………………. (date) by the candidate / proposer.
Date: Returning Officer
_______________________________________________________________________
Part – V
(Decision of Returning Officer accepting or rejecting the Nomination Paper)
 I have examined this nomination in accordance with Rule 11 of TPR (Conduct of
Election) Rules, 2018 and decide as follows
Accepted / Rejected
Reasons for Rejection
……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
Date : Returning Officer
_____________________________________________________________
Part – VI
(Receipt for Nomination Paper and notice for Scrutiny)
(To be handed over to the person presenting the nomination paper)
Serial Number of Nomination paper…………………………………
The Nomination paper of…………………………….…….a candidate for election to the
office of the Member………………………………… Territorial Constituency………………….
Mandal Praja Parishad / Zilla Praja Parishad was delivered to me at …………(hour)
on………………(date) by the candidate / proposer.
All nomination papers will be taken up for scrutiny at……..……. (hour)…..……..
on………….…… (date) at………………..……….(place).
Date: Returning Officer.
F O R M – V
[See rule 10]
LIST OF NOMINATIONS RECEIVED
* Election to Sarpanch / Member of Ward No. …………. of …………………………………. Gram Panchayat /Member,
……………………………… Territorial Constituency of………………..……. Mandal Praja Parishad/ Zilla Praja Parishad.
S.No of
Nomination
Paper
Name of
Candidate
Father’s /
Mother’s /
Husband’s
Name
Age of
the
candidate
Occupation
& Address
Particulars
of Caste or
Tribes or
Class for
candidates
belonging
to SC or
ST or BC
Gram
Panchayat
Electoral
Roll serial
number of
Candidate
Name of
the
Proposer
Gram
Panchayat
Electoral
Roll Serial
No. of
Proposer
** Name of
the Political
party
(National/
State or
Registered)
by which the
candidate
claims to
have been
set up/
independent
candidate
** Symbols
chosen in
order of
preference
by the
candidate
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
The nomination papers will be taken up for scrutiny at …………… A.M./ P.M. on …………………. (date) at
……………………………………….(place).
Place : Signature of the Returning Officer or
Date : other authorized person
*Strike of the inappropriate alternative.
**Applicable in case of election to Member, Mandal Praja Parishad / Zilla Praja Parishad.
FORM - VI
[See Rule 11 (4)]
 LIST OF VALIDLY NOMINATED CANDIDATES
*Election to Sarpanch / Member of Ward No. …………. of …………….………………. Gram
Panchayat / Member, ………………………..……………. Territorial Constituency of
…….………………………. Mandal Praja Parishad / Zilla Praja Parishad.
Sl. No. Name of the
Candidate
Name of the
father/mother/
husband
Address of the
Candidate
** Party
affiliation if any
(1) (2) (3) (4) (5)
1
2
3
Etc.

Place : Returning Officer.
Date :
* Strike off the inappropriate alternative.
**Applicable in case of election to Member, Mandal Praja Parishad / Zilla Praja
Parishad.
FORM - VII
[See Rule 13(1)]
NOTICE OF WITHDRAWAL OF CANDIDATURE
*Election to Sarpanch / Member of Ward No. …….……. of …………………….....……. Gram
Panchayat / Member, …………………..……………. Territorial Constituency of
………………………….…………. Mandal Praja Parishad / Zilla Praja Parishad.
To
The Returning Officer,
I, ………………………………………………………………. a candidate validly nominated at
the above election do hereby give notice that I withdraw my candidature.
Place :
Date : Signature of Candidate.

This notice was delivered to me at my office at ………………. (hour) on
………………….(date) by ……………………………………………….. (name) * the candidate /
candidate’s proposer / candidate’s election agent who has been authorized in writing by
the candidate to deliver it.
Date : Returning Officer.
RECEIPT FOR NOTICE OF WITHDRAWAL
(To be handed over to the person delivering the notice)
The notice of withdrawal of candidature by …………………………………. a validly
nominated candidate at the election to the office of the Sarpanch / Member of Ward
No. …………. of ……………………………….………. Gram Panchayat / Member, Territorial
Constituency of ………………….…………………. Mandal Praja Parishad / Zilla Praja
Parishad was delivered to me by the *candidate/candidates proposer / candidate’s
election agent who has been authorized in writing by the candidate to deliver it at my
office at ………………….. (hour) on …………………… (date).
Returning Officer.
* Strike off the inappropriate alternative.
FORM – VIII
[See Rule 13(2)]
PUBLICATION OF NOTICE OF WITHDRAWAL OF CANDIDATURE
*Election to Sarpanch / Member of Ward No. ………………. of ………………. Gram
Panchayat / Member, …………………. Territorial Constituency of …………………..…………….
Mandal Praja Parishad / Zilla Praja Parishad.
 Notice is hereby given that the following validly nominated candidate/ candidates
at the above election withdraws / withdraw his/her candidature / their candidatures
today.
Sl. No. Name of Validly Nominated
Candidate
Address of Validly
Nominated Candidate Remarks
(1) (2) (3) (4)
1
2
3
Etc.
Date : Returning Officer.
* Strike off the inappropriate alternative.
FORM - IX
[See Rule 14]
LIST OF CONTESTING CANDIDATES
*Election to Sarpanch / Member of Ward No. ….……. of ……………..…. Gram Panchayat /
Member, …………………. Territorial Constituency of ………………..……………………. Mandal
Praja Parishad / Zilla Praja Parishad.
Sl. No. Name of the Candidate Address of the
Candidate
** Party
affiliation if any Symbol Allotted
(1) (2) (3) (4) (5)
1
2
3
etc.
Place : Returning Officer.
Date :
* Strike off the inappropriate alternative.
** Applicable in case of election to Member, Mandal Praja Parishad/Zilla Praja Parishad.
Note:
1. In the election to member / Mandal Praja Parishad / Zilla Praja Parishad, for the
purpose of listing, the names of candidates shall be placed in the following
categories.
a) candidates of recognised political parties (National and State parties)
b) candidates of registered political parties with a reserved symbol.
c) candidates of registered political parties without a reserved symbol
d) independent candidates.
Under Col. No. 1 above, the serial numbers of candidates of all above four categories
shall be given consecutively and not separately for each category in case of election to
Member, Mandal Praja Parishad / Zilla Praja Parishad.
FORM – X
[See Rule 15]

DECLARATION OF THE RESULT OF UNCONTESTED ELECTION

 In accordance with Rule 15 of the Telangana Panchayat Raj (Conduct of
Elections) Rules 2018, I declare that the following candidate has been duly elected for
the office of * Sarpanch / Member of Ward No. ………..……. of ………………………….…….
Gram Panchayat / Member, …………………………….…………. Territorial Constituency of
………………………………. Mandal Praja Parishad / Zilla Praja Parishad.
Name:
Address:
** Party affiliation, if any:

Place:
Date : Signature of the Returning Officer.
* Strike off the inappropriate alternative.
** Applicable in case of election to Member, Mandal Praja Parishad / Zilla Praja
Parishad.
FORM – XI
[See Rule 17]
APPOINTMENT OF ELECTION AGENT
*Election to Sarpanch / Member of Ward No. ….……. of ……………..…. Gram Panchayat /
Member, …………………. Territorial Constituency of ………………..……………………. Mandal
Praja Parishad / Zilla Praja Parishad.
To
The Returning Officer,
I, …………………………………….. R/o………………………………………. a candidate at the
above election do hereby appoint Sri/Smt/Kum………………………..…… R/o…………….……..
as my election agent from this day at the above election.
Place :
Date : Signature of Candidate.
I accept the above appointment.
Place :
Date : Signature of Election Agent.
Approved
 Signature and seal of the
 Returning Officer
* Strike off the inappropriate alternative.
FORM – XI A
[See Rule 17 (3)]
REVOCATION OF APPOINTMENT OF ELECTION AGENT
*Election to Sarpanch / Member of Ward No. ….……. of ……………..…. Gram Panchayat /
Member, …………………. Territorial Constituency of ………………..……………………. Mandal
Praja Parishad / Zilla Praja Parishad.
To
The Returning Officer,
I, …………………………………….. R/o………………………………………. a candidate at the
above election do hereby revoke the appointment of Sri/Smt/Kum………………………..……
R/o…………….…….. as my election agent.
Place :
Date : Signature of Candidate.

* Strike off the inappropriate alternative.

FORM - XII
[See Rule 18]
APPOINTMENT OF POLLING AGENT
*Election to Sarpanch / Member of Ward No. ….……. of ……………..…. Gram Panchayat /
Member, …………………. Territorial Constituency of ………………..……………………. Mandal
Praja Parishad / Zilla Praja Parishad.
 I, ………………………………………………………. a candidate / the election agent of
Sri/Smt/Kum ……………………………………………..………… who is a candidate at the above
election, do hereby appoint (name and address) …………………………… ……………………….
as a polling agent to attend polling station No. …………………………fixed for the poll
……………………………… at ………………………………...
Place :
Date : Signature of Candidate / Election Agent
I agree to act as such polling agent.

Signature of Polling Agent
Declaration of Polling Agent to be signed before Presiding Officer
I hereby declare that at above election I will not do anything forbidden by
Section 217 of the Telangana Panchayat Raj Act, 2018, which I have read / has been
read over to me.
Date: …………… Signature of Polling Agent.
Signed before me
Date: …………… Presiding Officer
Note: The appointment order shall be made in duplicate and one copy thereof shall be
handed over to the polling agent for production at the polling station and the
other copy to be sent to the Returning Officer.
* Strike off the inappropriate alternative.
FORM – XII A
[See Rule 18(5)]
REVOCATION OF APPOINTMENT OF POLLING AGENT
*Election to Sarpanch / Member of Ward No. ….……. of ……………..…. Gram Panchayat /
Member, …………………. Territorial Constituency of ………………..……………………. Mandal
Praja Parishad / Zilla Praja Parishad.
To
The Returning Officer,
I, ……………………………………………..………… a candidate / the election agent of
Sri/Sri/Kum ………………………………… at the above election, do hereby revoke the
appointment of Sri/Smt/Kum………………………..…… R/o…………….…….. as my/his/her
polling agent at Polling Station No……………...
Place :
Date : Signature of Person Revoking
 (Candidate or his/her Election Agent)

* Strike off the inappropriate alternative.
FORM - XIII
[See Rule 19]
APPOINTMENT OF COUNTING AGENT
*Election to Sarpanch / Member of Ward No. ….……. of ……………..…. Gram Panchayat /
Member, …………………. Territorial Constituency of ………………..……………………. Mandal
Praja Parishad / Zilla Praja Parishad.
To
The Returning Officer,
 I, ……………………………………. a candidate / the election agent of Sri/Smt/Kum
…………………………………… who is a candidate at the above election, do hereby appoint
the following persons as my counting agents to attend the counting of votes at
………………………………….
 Name of the Counting Agent Address of the Counting Agent.
1.
2.
3.
Signature of Candidate / Election Agent
 I/We agree to act as such counting agents.
 1.
 2.
 3.
Place :
Date : Signature of the Counting Agents
Declaration of counting agents
 We hereby declare that at the above election we will not do anything forbidden
by Section 217 of the Telangana Panchayat Raj Act, 2018 which we have read/ has
been read over to us.
 1
 2
 3
 Signature of counting agent
Signed before me
Date …………… Returning Officer
* Strike off the inappropriate alternatives.
FORM – XIII A
[See Rule 19(4)]
REVOCATION OF APPOINTMENT OF COUNTING AGENT
*Election to Sarpanch / Member of Ward No. ….……. of ……………..…. Gram Panchayat /
Member, …………………. Territorial Constituency of ………………..……………………. Mandal
Praja Parishad / Zilla Praja Parishad.
To
The Returning Officer,
I, ……………………………………………..………… a candidate / the election agent of
Sri/Sri/Kum ………………………………… at the above election do hereby revoke the
appointment of Sri/Smt/Kum………………………..…… R/o…………….…….. as my/his/her
counting agent.
Place :
Date : Signature of Person Revoking
 (Candidate or his/her Election Agent)

* Strike off the inappropriate alternative.
FORM - XIV
[See Rule 25 (1)]
APPLICATION FOR POSTAL BALLOT PAPER
To
The Returning Officer,
Gram Panchayat / Mandal Praja Parishad/Zilla Praja Parishad……………………………………..
 I intend to cast my vote by post at the ensuing election to the office of the
*Sarpanch/Member of Ward No.…………. of …………………………………. Gram Panchayat/
Member, …………………………. Territorial Constituency of ………………………..Mandal Praja
Parishad/ Zilla Praja Parishad.
 My name is entered at Sl. No. …….……….. in Polling Station No:………. of the
electoral roll for…………………………..Gram Panchayat in ………….……….………….. Mandal
Praja Parishad / Zilla Praja Parishad.
 The Ballot paper may be sent to me at the following address:
 -----------------
 -----------------
 -----------------
 -----------------
Place :
Date : Yours faithfully
 (Signature of the Applicant)
* Strike off the inappropriate alternatives.
FORM - XV
[See Rule 25 (2)]
APPLICATION FOR ELECTION DUTY CERTIFICATE
To
The Returning Officer,
Gram Panchayat / Mandal Praja Parishad / Zilla Praja Parishad……………………………………
Sir,
 I intend to cast my vote in person at the ensuing election to the office of the
*Sarpanch / Member of Ward No. …………. of …………………………………. Gram Panchayat
/ Member, ………………………. Territorial Constituency of …………………………. Mandal
Praja Parishad / Zilla Praja Parishad.
 I have been posted on election duty elsewhere than the polling station at which I
am entitled to vote.
 My name is entered at Sl. No. …………… in Polling Station No:……… …… of the
electoral roll for ………………….…… Gram Panchayat in ………..……………..……. Mandal
Praja Parishad / Zilla Praja Parishad.
 I request that an Election Duty Certificate in Form XVI may be issued to enable
me to vote at the polling station where I may be on duty on the polling day. It may be
sent to me at the following address.
 -----------------
 -----------------
 -----------------
 -----------------
Place :
Date : Yours faithfully
 (Signature of the Applicant)
* Strike off the inappropriate alternatives.
FORM - XVI
[See Rule 25 (2) (a)]
ELECTION DUTY CERTIFICATE
 Certified that Sri/Smt/Kum …………………………….………… is an elector in the
…………………………………. Gram Panchayat ……………………………….Mandal Praja Parishad
……………………………………….…… Zilla Praja Parishad and his electoral roll number being
……………..…………….. of …………………………………….. Gram Panchayat that by reason of
his being on election duty he is unable to vote at the polling station where he is entitled
to vote and that he is therefore hereby authorized to vote at any polling station (in the
Ward No………… of …………. Gram Panchayat / …………………….. Territorial Constituency
of Mandal Praja Parishad / Zilla Praja Parishad, as the case may be) where he may be
on duty on the date of poll.
Place :
Date : Signature ………………………….
 Returning Officer
 (Seal)

FORM – XVII
[See Rules 27 (1) (a), 28(2), 29 (2) & 57]
DECLARATION BY ELECTOR
*Election to the Sarpanch/Member of Ward No.…….……. of …………………………… Gram
Panchayat/ Member, …………………………………………. Territorial Constituency of
……………………….. Mandal Praja Parishad/ Zilla Praja Parishad.
 (This side is to be used only when the elector signs the declaration himself)
 I hereby declare that I am the elector to whom the postal ballot paper bearing
serial number ……………………..….. has been issued at the above election.
Date………………. Signature of elector.
 Address………………………………..…………..
--------x ----------
Attestation of Signature
 The above has been signed in my presence by Sri/Smt/Kum………………..………
(elector) who is personally known to me/has been identified to my satisfaction by
Sri/Smt/Kum ……………………… (identifier) who is personally known to me.
Signature of Attesting Officer,
Signature of identifier, if any ……………….. Designation ………………
Address ………………………………………….……… Address
………………………….……………
 Date ……………
(This side is to be used when the elector cannot sign himself)
 I hereby declare that I am the elector to whom the postal ballot paper bearing
serial number ………………………..….. has been issued at the above election.
Signature of Attesting Officer on behalf of elector.
Date ………………. Address of Elector ……………………………….………………
* Strike off the inappropriate alternatives.
CERTIFICATE
I hereby certify that –
1. the above named elector in Ward No. …………. of ……………………..…. Gram
Panchayat/ Member, …………………………………. Territorial Constituency of
……………………….. Mandal Praja Parishad/ Zilla Praja Parishad is personally
known to me/has been identified to my satisfaction by
Sri/Smt/Kum………………………….. (identifier) who is personally known to
me;
2. I am satisfied that the elector in Ward No. …….. of …………………….. Gram
Panchayat/ Member, …………………………………. Territorial Constituency of
……………………….. Mandal Praja Parishad/ Zilla Praja Parishad is illiterate/
suffers from ……………………….….. (infirmity) and is unable to record his
vote himself or sign his declaration:
3. I was requested by him to mark the ballot paper and to sign the above
declaration on his behalf; and
4. The ballot paper was marked and the declaration signed by me on his
behalf in his presence and in accordance with his wishes.
Signature of Attesting Officer ……………….
Signature of identifier, if any……….. Designation……………..
Address ……………… Address …………………………………………………….
 Date …………………..

FORM XVIII
[See Rules 27 (1) (b), 28(1) & 57]
COVER NOT TO BE OPENED BEFORE COUNTING

*of the Election to the Sarpanch / Member of Ward No. ………….….. of
………………………………… Gram Panchayat / Member of ………………………………Territorial
Constituency ………………… Mandal Praja Parishad/ Zilla Praja Parishad.
POSTAL BALLOT PAPER
Serial number of the Ballot Paper
* Strike off the inappropriate alternatives.

‘A’
FORM XIX
[See Rules 27 (1) (c) & 57]
COVER [Service Unpaid]

ELECTION – IMMEDIATE
---------------------------------------
POSTAL BALLOT PAPER
*For election to the Sarpanch / Member of Ward No. ……….. of
………………………………………. Gram Panchayat / Member of
………………………………Territorial Constituency ………………… Mandal Praja Parishad/ Zilla
Praja Parishad
(NOT TO BE OPENED BEFORE COUNTING)
 **To
 The Returning Officer,
Signature of sender ………………………… .................................
 .....................................

*Returning Officer to insert here the name of the appropriate Constituency.
** Returning Officer to mention here his/her full postal address.
‘B’
 FORM XX
[See Rules 27 (1) (d), 28(1) & 31 (1)]
INSTRUCTIONS FOR GUIDANCE OF ELECTORS
*Election to the Sarpanch/Member of Ward No.…….……. of …………………………… Gram
Panchayat/ Member, …………………………………………. Territorial Constituency of
……………………….. Mandal Praja Parishad/ Zilla Praja Parishad.
Part – I
*The postal ballot paper for election to Sarpanch / ward member of Gram
Panchayat contains only symbols. For the information of elector, the names of the
contesting candidates and the symbols allotted to them in the election to the said office
are listed below –
Sl.No. Name of the Candidate Symbol allotted




Record your vote in the postal ballot paper by placing clearly a mark on the
symbol allotted to candidate you wish to vote
** The postal ballot paper for election to Member, ZPTC and Member, MPTC
contains names of contesting candidates and their party affiliation if any. Record your
vote by placing clearly a mark against the name of the candidate whom you wish to
vote.
The mark should be so placed as to indicate clearly and beyond doubt to which
candidate you are giving your vote. If the mark is so placed as to make it doubtful to
which candidate you have given your vote, your vote will be invalid.
The number of members to be elected is one. Please remember that you have
only one vote. Accordingly you should not vote for more than one candidate. If you do
so, your ballot paper will be rejected.
Do, not put your signature or write any word or mark any mark, sign or writing
whatsoever on the ballot paper other than the mark required to record your vote.
After you have recorded your vote on the ballot paper, place the ballot paper in
the smaller cover marked ‘A’ sent herewith. Close the cover and secure it by seal or
otherwise.
(1) You may then sign the declaration in From XVII also sent herewith in the
presence of a stipendiary magistrate and obtain the attestation of your signature by
such stipendiary magistrate.
* applicable in case of Gram Panchayat Elections
** applicable in case of MPTC/ZTPC Elections
 (2) If you are a member of the armed forces of the Union or of an armed
police force of a State but is serving outside that State, the attestation may be obtained
by such officer as may be appointed in this behalf by the Commanding Officer of the
Unit, ship or establishment in which you or your husband, as the case may be, are
employed.
(3) If you are employed under the Government of India in a post outside
India the attestation may be obtained by such officer as may be appointed in this behalf
by the diplomatic or consular representative of India in the country in which you are
resident.
(4) If you hold an office like the office of the (i) President, (ii) Vice-President
(iii)Governors of State, (iv) Cabinet Ministers of the Union or of any State, (v) The
Deputy Chairman and Members of the Planning Commission, (vi) The Ministers of State
of the Union or of any State, (vii) Deputy Minister of the Union of any State, (viii) The
Speaker of the House of the People or of any State Legislative Assembly, (ix) The
Chairman of any State Legislative Council (x) Lieutenant Governor of Union Territories,
(xi) The Deputy Speaker of the House of the People or of any State Legislative
Assembly, (xii) The Deputy Chairman of the Council of States or of any State Legislative
council, (xiii) Parliamentary Secretaries of the union or of any State, the attestation may
be obtained by an officer not below the rank of a Deputy Secretary to the Government
of the Union or the State, as the case may be.
(5) If you are on an election duty, attestation may be obtained by any
gazetted officer or by the Presiding Officer of the polling station in which you are on
election duty.
(6) If you are under preventive detention, the attestation may be obtained by
the Superintendent of the jail or the Commandant of the detention camp in which you
are under detention.
In all the above cases you may take the declaration to the authorised officer and
sign it in his presence after he has satisfied himself about your identity. The officer will
attest your signature and return the declaration to you. You must not show your ballot
paper to the attesting officer nor tell him how you have voted.
If you are unable to mark the ballot paper and sign the declaration yourself in
the manner indicated above by reason of illiteracy, blindness or other infirmity, you are
entitled to have your vote marked and declaration signed on your behalf by any of the
authorised officer mentioned above. Such an officer will, at your request mark the
ballot paper in your presence and in accordance with your wishes. He will also complete
the necessary certificate in this behalf.

Part – II
After your declaration has been signed and your signature has been attested,
place the declaration in Form XVII as also the smaller cover marked ‘A’ containing the
ballot paper in the larger cover marked ‘B’. After closing the larger cover, send it to the
returning officer by post or by messenger. You have to give full signature in the space
provided on the cover marked ‘B’.
No postage stamp need to affix by you, if the cover is posted in India. If,
however, you are an elector employed under the Government of India in a post outside
India, you should return the cover to the returning officer concerned direct by air mail
service after the requisite postage stamp is duly affixed thereon by the office in which
you are serving except where it is sent by diplomatic bag.
You must ensure that the cover reaches the Returning Officer before
…………..……… on ……………….
Please note that:-
(i) if you fail to get your declaration attested or certified in the manner
 indicated above, your ballot paper will be rejected; and
(ii) if the cover reaches the returning officer after……………..….. on the
 ……………………………. your vote will not be counted.
FORM XXI
[See Rules 43 (2) (c)]
LIST OF CHALLENGED VOTES
*Election to the Sarpanch/Member of Ward No.…….……. of …………………………… Gram Panchayat/ Member,
…………………………………………. Territorial Constituency of ……………………….. Mandal Praja Parishad/ Zilla Praja Parishad.
Name and Number of the Polling Station ……………………… Ward No. ………….…. Gram Panchayat …………………………………
Sl. No.
Sl. No. of
Elector in the
Electoral Roll
Name of Elector
Signature or
thumb
impression of
the person
challenged
and his
address
Name of
Challenger
Signatures or
thumb
impression
and address
of identifier, if
any
Order of
Presiding
Officer
Signature of
Challenger on
receiving
refund of
deposit if the
challenge is
proved
(1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8)
Place :
Date : Signature of Presiding Officer
* Strike off the inappropriate alternative.
FORM - XXII
[See Rules 48 (1), 81 (1)]
DECLARATION BY THE COMPANION OF
BLIND OR INFIRM VOTER
*Election to Sarpanch / Member of Ward No. …………. of …………………………….……….
Gram Panchayat/ Member, …………………………………………. Territorial Constituency of
………………….…………….. Mandal Praja Parishad/ Zilla Praja Parishad.
(Name and Number of the Polling Station......................................... in Ward No..........
of …………………………….. Gram panchayat)
I, ........................................ son/daughter of ......................aged ...............years
resident of............................................................................................. hereby
declare that
(a) I have not acted as companion of any other elector at any polling station today
the ………………………….; and
(b) I will maintain secrecy of voting recorded by me on behalf of
……................................
Signature of Companion

* Strike off the inappropriate alternative.
FORM - XXIII
[See Rules 48 (2), 81 (2)]
LIST OF BLIND OR INFIRM VOTERS
*Election to Sarpanch / Member of Ward No. …………. of …………………………………….
Gram Panchayat/ Member, …………………………………………. Territorial Constituency of
………………….…………….. Mandal Praja Parishad/ Zilla Praja Parishad.
Name of Number of the Polling Station......................................... in Ward No.......... of
…………………………….. Gram panchayat
Sl. No. in
Electoral Roll
Full Name of
Voter
Full Name of
Companion
Address of
Companion
Signature of
Companion of
Voter
(1) (2) (3) (4) (5)

Date :………………….. Signature of Presiding Officer.
* Strike off the inappropriate alternative.

FORM - XXIV
[See Rules 50 (2)]
LIST OF TENDERED VOTES
* Election to the Sarpanch/ Member of Ward No. ………… of ………………………………..
Gram Panchayat/ Member, …………………………………………. Territorial Constituency of
………………….…………….. Mandal Praja Parishad/ Zilla Praja Parishad.
Name and Number of the Polling Station ………….................................... in Ward No.
…….. of ……………………………………………. Gram Panchayat.
Sl.
No.
Name of the
Elector
Sl. No. in
Electoral Roll
Serial No. of
Tendered
Ballot paper
issued
Signature /
thumb
impression of
person
tendering
Serial No. of
Ballot Paper
issued to the
person who had
already voted
(1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10

Place :
Date :
* Strike off the inappropriate alternative.
FORM - XXV
[See Rules 52 & 56]
PART - I
BALLOT PAPER ACCOUNT
* Election to the Sarpanch/ Member of Ward No. ………… of ………………………………..
Gram Panchayat/ Member, …………………………………………. Territorial Constituency of
………………….…………….. Mandal Praja Parishad/ Zilla Praja Parishad.
Ward No……………………….
Gram Panchayat…………………………………………………
Name and No. of the Polling Station……………………………………………..
Sl. No. Details
Serial No (s)
Total No
From To
(1) (2) (3) (4) (5)
1 Ballot Papers Received xxx xxx xxx
2
**Ballot Papers unused (i.e. not issued to
Voters)
(a) With the signature of Presiding
Officer xxx
(b) Without the Signature of Presiding
Officer xxx
(c) Total (a)+(b) xxx
 3 **Ballot Papers used at the Polling
Station (1-2=3) xxx
 4
Ballot Papers used at the Polling Stations
but not inserted into the Ballot Box
(a) Ballot Paper cancelled for violation of
voting procedure under Rule 47(6) xxx
(b) Ballot Papers cancelled for other
reasons
xxx
(c) Ballot Papers used as Tendered Ballot
Papers xxx
Total (a) + (b) + (c) xxx
 5 ** Ballot Papers to be found in the Ballot
Box (3-4=5) xxx
** Serial number need not be given
* Strike off inappropriate alternatives.
Date : Signature of the Presiding Officer
Part – II (of Form XXV)
RESULT OF INITIAL COUNTING
(to be used when the counting of votes is done by mixing)
1. Total number of ballot papers found in the ballot box (es) used at the polling
station……………………………….
2. Discrepancy, if any, between the total number as shown against item 1 in this
Part and the total number of ballot papers to be found in the ballot box(es)
shown in item 5 of Part-I…………………………………………………………………………..
……………………………………………………………………………………...........................
Date…………… Signature of Counting Supervisor

 Signature of the Returning Officer
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
FORM – XXVI
[See rules 57 (11), 59, 60 & 93]
FINAL RESULT SHEET
(to be used for recording the result where counting is done
polling station wise)
*Election to the Sarpanch/ Member of Ward no. ……….. of ……………………………… Gram
Panchayat/ Member, …………………………… Territorial Constituency of ………………………..
Mandal Praja Parishad/ Zilla Praja Parishad.
Serial No. of
the Polling
Station
Candidate-wise Polled Valid
Votes
Total
Valid
Votes
(A+B+
C) = (I)
No. of
reject
ed
votes
(II)
NOT
A
(III)
Total Votes
polled
(I)+(II)+(III)
 Total
No. of
Tendered
Votes
Candidat
e
A
Candidate
B
Candidate
C
(1)
(2)
etc
(i) Total No. of
Votes Recorded
at Polling
Stations

(ii) No. of
Valid Votes
Recorded on
Postal Ballot
Papers for
candidates and
rejected postal
ballot papers.

 Grand Total
(i+ii)

Place……………….
Date ………………... Returning Officer
* Strike off the inappropriate alternatives.
FORM – XXVI
[See rules 57 (11), 59, 60 & 93]
FINAL RESULT SHEET
(to be used when the counting of votes is done by mixing)
*Election to the Sarpanch/ Member of Ward no. ……….. of …………………………….. Gram
Panchayat / Member, ………....................................…………… Territorial Constituency
of …………………………..…….Mandal Praja Parishad / Zilla Praja Parishad.
Polling
Station No. Total votes found in the ballot box (es) No. of tendered votes
(1)
(2)
(3)
...
Total
1. Total No. of valid
votes recorded for
candidates and of
rejected Ballot Papers
Candidate’s wise
polled valid votes
Total
Valid
Votes
(A+B+C+
D) = (I)
No. of
rejected
votes
(II)
NOTA
(III)
Total votes
polled
A B C D (I)+(II)+(III)
1st
 Round
2nd Round
3rd Round
4th Round
2. Total number of valid
votes recorded on
postal ballot papers for
candidates and of
rejected Postal ballot
papers

Grand Total
Place……………….
Date ………………... Returning Officer
* Strike off the inappropriate alternatives.
FORM XXVII
[See Rule 62 (1) (a)]
(for use in election when the seat is contested)
DECLARATION OF RESULT OF ELECTION
In accordance with rule 62 (1) (a) of Telangana Panchayat Raj (Conduct of
Election) Rules, 2018, I, declare that the following candidate has been elected to the
office of * Sarpanch / Member of Ward No. ………………… of ……………………………....
Gram Panchayat / Member, …………………………………………………. Territorial
Constituency of …………………………………. Mandal Praja Parishad / Zilla Praja Parishad.
Name in Full :
Address :
** Party affiliation, if any;
Place :
Date: Signature of Returning Officer
* Strike off the inappropriate alternatives.
** Applicable in case of election of Member, Mandal praja Parishad/ Zilla Praja
Parishad
FORM XXVIII
[See Rule 62 (1) (b)]
RETURN OF ELECTION
*Election to the Sarpanch/ Member of Ward no. ……….. of ………………………………….…..
Gram Panchayat / Member, …………………… Territorial Constituency of
………………..……… .Mandal Praja Parishad / Zilla Praja Parishad.
Serial
No
Name of the Candidate ** Party
Affiliation, if any
Number of Votes
Polled

[Total number of Electors…………………………………………………………]
Total number of Valid Votes Polled………………………………………………
Total number of Rejected Votes…………………………………………………..
Total number of Tendered Votes………………………………………………..
I declare that -
Sri/Smt/Kum…………………………………………………………(Name)
of ……………………………………………………(address)
has been duly elected to fill the seat.
Place……………………..
Dated……………………..
Returning Officer
* Strike off the inappropriate alternatives.
** applicable in case of election of member, Mandal Praja Parishad/ Zilla Praja Parishad

FORM XXIX
[See Rule 63]
CERTIFICATE OF ELECTION
I, Returning Officer for the election to the *Sarpanch/ Member of Ward no.
……….. of …………………………….….. Gram Panchayat / Member, ………………………………
Territorial Constituency of …………………………………….……….Mandal Praja Parishad /
Zilla Praja Parishad hereby certify that I have on the ………… day of ……… 20…..
declare that Shri/Smt/ Kum ………………………………………….…………… **sponsored by
…………………………………. Party (name of the recognized/registered political party) to
have been duly elected to the said office in the ordinary / casual election and that in
token thereof I have granted to him this Certificate of Election.
Place………………………….
Date………………
Returning Officer
Seal
* Strike off the inappropriate alternatives.
** Applicable in case of election of member, Mandal Praja Parishad/ Zilla Praja
Parishad

FORM – XXX
[See Rules 78, 79, 82, 88, 90, 97 & 98]
REGISTER OF VOTERS
*Election to the Sarpanch/ Member of Ward no. ……….. of ……………..…….. Gram
Panchayat / Member, ………………………………………………..… Territorial Constituency of
…………………………….Mandal Praja Parishad / Zilla Praja Parishad.
Name & No. of the Polling Station ______________________________
Sl .No. Sl. No. of elector in the
electoral roll
Signature / Thumb
impression of
elector
Remarks
(1) (2) (3) (4)
1
2
3
4
Etc
Date ……………
Signature of the Presiding Officer
* Strike off the inappropriate alternatives.

FORM – XXXI
[See Rules 83 (2) & 88]
LIST OF TENDERED VOTES
*Election to the Sarpanch/ Member of Ward no. ……….. of …………………………….. Gram
Panchayat / Member, …………………………………………..… Territorial Constituency of
………………………..…….Mandal Praja Parishad / Zilla Praja Parishad.
Name & No. of the Polling Station ______________________________
Sl.
No. Name of Elector
Sl. No. of
Elector in
Electoral Roll
Sl. No. in Register of Voters
(Form XXX) of the person
who has already voted in
place of elector
Signature
/ Thumb
impression
of elector
(1) (2) (3) (4) (5)
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
Date:
Signature of the Presiding Officer
* Strike off the inappropriate alternatives.
FORM – XXXII
[See Rules 86, 89, 93, 95, 96 & 97]
PART – I – ACCOUNT OF VOTES RECORDED
* Election to the Sarpanch / Member of Ward No. …..……….…..………. of
………………………………. Gram Panchayat / Member, ……………………….Territorial
Constituency of …………………………..….. Mandal Praja Parishad/Zilla Praja Parishad.
No. & Name of the Polling Station :
Serial No. of Control Unit of EVM used at Polling
Station
:
Serial No. of Balloting Unit of EVM used at
Polling Station
:
Serial No. of DMM/SDMM if used :
1. Total No. of electors assigned to the
Polling Station.
:
2. Total No. of voters as entered in the
Register of voters( Form-XXX)
:
3. No. of voters decided not to record votes
Under Rule 82
:
4. No. of voters not allowed to vote under
Rule 79(6).
:
5. Total No. of votes recorded as per Voting
machine.
:
6. Whether the total No. of votes as shown
against item 5 tallies with the total No. of
voters as shown against item 2 minus
total No. of voters as against item 3 & 4
i.e. [2-(3+4) = 5] or any discrepancies
noticed.
:
7. No. of voters to whom tendered ballot
papers were issued under Rule 83.
:
8. No. of tendered ballot papers. : Sl. Nos
From To
(a) received for use
(b) issued to electors
(c) not used and returned
9. Account of paper seals : Sl. Nos
From To
a) Serial number of paper seal :
b) Total number supplied :
c) Number of paper seals used :
d) Number of unused paper seals
returned to Returning Officer
(Deduct item c from item b)
:
e) Serial number of damaged paper
seals, if any
:
Signature of Polling Agents.

1. Smt/Sri/Kum
 2.Smt/Sri/Kum
 3.Smt/Sri/Kum
 4.Smt/Sri/Kum
 5.Smt/Sri/Kum
 6.Smt/Sri/Kum
Date :
Place: Signature of Presiding Officer
 Polling Station No.
* Strike off the inappropriate alternative
Part – II
Result of Counting
Sl.
No.
Name of the Candidate No. of Votes recorded on
control unit
(1) (2) (3)
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9 None of the above (NOTA)
Total :
 Whether, the total Nos., of votes shown above tallies with the total No. of votes
shown against item 5 of Part – I or any discrepancy noticed between the two totals. If
any discrepancy noticed, the reasons for discrepancy are ………………………..
Place:
Date:
 Signature of Counting Supervisor
Sl.
No.
Name of the Candidate/Election
Agent/Counting Agent Full signature
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8

 Signature of Returning Officer

FORM – XXXII
[See Rules 86, 89, 93, 95, 96 & 97]
PART – I – ACCOUNT OF VOTES RECORDED
(Where VVPATs are used)
* Election to the Sarpanch / Member of Ward No. …..……….…..………. of
…………………………. Gram Panchayat / Member, …………………….Territorial Constituency
of …………………………..….. Mandal Praja Parishad/Zilla Praja Parishad.
No. & Name of the Polling Station :
Serial No. of Control Unit of EVM used at Polling
Station
:
Serial No. of Balloting Unit of EVM used at Polling
Station
:
Serial No. of DMM/SDMM if used :
Serial No. of Printer used :
1. Total No. of electors assigned to the
Polling Station.
:
2. Total No. of voters as entered in the
Register of voters( Form-XXX)
:
3. No. of voters decided not to record votes
Under Rule 82
:
4. No. of voters not allowed to vote under
Rule 79(6).
:
5. Total votes recorded under rule 80(4)
required to be deducted
a) Total No of test votes to be deducted
:
 Total No. Sl.No.(s) of
elector(s) in Form XXX
 ___________ _______________
:
 b) Candidate(s) for whom test vote(s) cast:
 Sl.No Name of the candidate No. of Votes
 _____ ___________________ __________
6. Total No. of votes recorded as per Voting
machine.
:
7. Whether the total No. of votes as shown
against item 6 tallies with the total No. of
voters as shown against item 2 minus Total
No. of voters as against item 3 & 4 i.e.
[2-(3+4) = 6] or any discrepancies
noticed.
:
8. No. of voters to whom tendered ballot :
papers were issued under Rule 83.
9. No. of tendered ballot papers. : Sl. Nos
 From To
 (a) received for use
 (b) issued to electors
 (c) not used and returned
10. Account of paper seals : Sl. Nos
 From To
 a) Serial number of paper seal :
 b) Total number supplied :
 c) Number of paper seals used :
 d) Number of unused paper seals
returned to Returning Officer
(Deduct item c from item b)
:
 e) Serial number of damaged paper
seals, if any
:
Signature of Polling Agents.
1. Smt/Sri/Kum
 2.Smt/Sri/Kum
 3.Smt/Sri/Kum
 4.Smt/Sri/Kum
 5.Smt/Sri/Kum
 6.Smt/Sri/Kum
Date :
Place: Signature of Presiding Officer
 Polling Station No.
* Strike off the inappropriate alternative
Part – II
Result of Counting (Where VVPATS are used)
Sl.
No.
Name of the
Candidate
No. of Votes as
displayed on
control unit
No. of test votes to
be deducted as for
item 5 of Part-I
No. of valid
votes (3-4)
1 2 3 4 5
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9 None of the above
(NOTA)
 Total:
Whether, the total Nos., of votes shown above tallies with the total No. of votes
shown against item 6 of Part – I or any discrepancy noticed between the two totals. If
any discrepancy noticed, the reasons for discrepancy are ………………………..
Place:
Date:
 Signature of Counting Supervisor
Sl.
No.
Name of the Candidate/Election
Agent/Counting Agent Full signature
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8

 Signature of Returning Officer

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