General Election to the Legislative Assemblies of Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Puducherry – Schedule of Election
By PIB Delhi
Election Commission of India today announced the schedule for 2021 General Elections to State Legislative Assemblies of Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Puducherry.
Identification of Voters at Polling Stations –
For identification of voters at Polling Station, the Voter shall present the EPIC or any of the following identification documents approved by the Commission:
i. Aadhar Card,
ii. MNREGA Job Card,
iii. Passbooks with photograph issued by Bank/Post Office,
iv. Health Insurance Smart Card issued under the scheme of Ministry of Labour,
v. Driving License,
vi. PAN Card,
vii. Smart Card issued by RGI under NPR,
viii. Indian Passport,
ix. Pension document with a photograph,
x. Service Identity Cards with photograph issued to employees by Central/State Govt./PSUs/Public Limited Companies, and
xi. Official identity cards issued to MPs/MLAs/MLCs.
4) Braille Voter Information Slips:
To ensure ease of participation and active engagement of Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) in the election process, the Commission has directed to issue Accessible Voter Information Slips with Braille Features to Persons with Visual Impairment, along with normal Voter Information Slips to be issued.
Nomination Process- Brief description about the filing of nomination are given
I. Additional option to facilitate online mode in nomination has been provided:
1) Nomination form will also be available online on the website of CEO/DEO. Any intending candidate may fill in it online and it’s print may be taken for submitting before the Returning Officer as specified in Form-1 (Rule-3 of Conduct of Election Rules 1961).
2) Affidavit may also be filled in online on the website of CEO/DEO and its print can be taken and after notarization, it may be submitted along with the nomination form before the Returning Officer.
3) Candidate may deposit security money through online mode at the designated platform. However, a candidate will continue to have the option of deposit in cash in the treasury.
4) Candidate may have the option to seek his/her elector certification for the purpose of nomination online.
II. Further, Commission has directed the following:
1) Number of persons to accompany the candidate for submission of the Nomination is restricted to two (2) instead of five (5). (This is in supersession of existing Para
5.8.1 of Returning Officer’s Handbook 2019)
2) Number of vehicles for the purposes of nomination is restricted to two (2)
instead of three (3). (This is in supersession of existing Para 5.8.1 of Returning Officer’s Handbook 2019)
3) Returning Officer’s chamber should have sufficient space to perform the functions of nomination, scrutiny, and symbol allocation following social distancing norms.
4) Returning Officer should allot staggered time in advance to prospective candidates.
5) Large space for waiting for the candidate(s) should be arranged.
6) All steps required to be taken for the submission of the nomination form and affidavit shall continue to operate as per the provisions contained in the Representation of the People Act, 1951.