In Depth Schedule Timetable Haryana and Maharashtra assembly elections 2014
Schedule for General Election to the Legislative Assemblies of Haryana and Maharashtra and bye-elections to the Parliamentary/Assembly Constituencies of various States–
Voting to elect new assemblies in Maharashtra and Haryana will be held on October 15, and votes will be counted on October 19
The terms of the Legislative Assemblies of Haryana and Maharashtra areNormally due to expire as follows:
Haryana : 27.10.2014
Maharashtra : 08.11.2014
By virtue of its powers, duties and functions under Article 324 read with Article172(1) of the Constitution of India and Section 15 of Representation of the PeopleAct, 1951, the Commission is required to hold elections to constitute the newLegislative Assemblies in the State of Haryana and Maharashtra before expiry of Their present term.
The total number of Assembly Constituencies in the States of Haryana andMaharashtra and seats reserved for the Scheduled Castes and the ScheduledTribes, as determined by the Delimitation Commission under the Delimitation Act,2002, are as under: -
State - Haryana
Total No. Of Assembly Constituencies - 90
Reserved for SCs - 17
Reserved for STs - -
State - Maharashtra
Total No. Of Assembly Constituencies - 288
Reserved for SCs - 29
Reserved for STs - 25
Electoral Rolls -
The Electoral Rolls of all existing Assembly Constituencies in the States ofHaryana and Maharashtra on the basis of the electoral rolls revised with reference to1.1.2014 as the qualifying date have been finally published on 31.07.2014. TheNumber of electors in the States, as on 31.07.2014, is as under:
State - Haryana
Total No. of Electors - 16158117
State - Maharashtra
Total No. of Electors - 82591826
Photo Electoral Rolls
Photo electoral rolls will be used during the forthcoming general elections andPhoto percentages in Photo Electoral Rolls of these States are as follows:-
State – Haryana
Percentage of Photo Electoral Rolls - 100
States – Maharashtra
Percentage of Photo Electoral Rolls - 91.30
Electors Photo Identity Cards (EPIC)
Identification of the voters at the polling booth at the time of poll shall beMandatory. Electors who have been provided with EPIC shall be identifiedThrough EPIC. Presently, the EPIC coverage in the State is as under:-
State – Haryana
Percentage of EPIC - 100
States – Maharashtra
Percentage of EPIC - 92.40
All the residual electors are advised to obtain their Elector Photo IdentityCards from the Electoral Registration Officers of their Assembly Constituencies Urgently.In order to ensure that no voter is deprived of his/her franchise, if his/her namefigures in the Electoral Rolls, separate instructions will be issued to allow additional Documents for identification of voters, if needed.
Polling Stations in the poll going States as on the date of final publication of Electoral rolls are as follows:
State – Haryana
No. of Polling Stations - 16244
State – Maharashtra
No. of Polling Stations – 90403 for the facility of physically challenged persons, instructions have been issued to ensure that all polling stations as far as practicable, are located at ground floor and ramps are provided. Facilitation shall also be provided for locating electors’ names ina polling station or a group of polling stations through help lines and facilitation Centers.
Basic Minimum Facilities (BMF) at Polling Stations
The Commission has issued instructions to the Chief Electoral Officers of all States to ensure that every Polling Station is equipped with Basic Minimum Facilities (BMF) like drinking water, shed, toilet, and ramp for the physically challenged voters and a standard voting compartment etc.
Polling Parties and Randomization
Polling parties shall be formed randomly, through special application software.
Three-stage randomization will be adopted. First, from a wider district database of eligible officials, a shortlist of a minimum 120% of the required numbers will beRandomly picked up. This group will be trained for polling duties. In the second stage,from this trained manpower, actual polling parties as required shall be formed byrandom selection software in the presence of General Observers. In the thirdrandomization, the polling stations will be allocated randomly just before the pollingParty’s departure. There shall be randomization for such Police Constables and Home guards also, who are deployed at the polling stations on the poll day.
Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs)
The poll in these States will be conducted at all polling stations using EVMs.The Commission has already made arrangements to ensure availability of adequateNumber of EVMs for the smooth conduct of elections. The Commission has issued aNew set of instructions with regard to the First Level Check of EVMs, that will be usedIn the poll in these States. The First Level Check of EVMs, has been done in thePresence of representatives of political parties. A two-stage randomization of EVMsWill be made. In the first stage, all the EVMs stored in the district storage center will be randomized by the District Election Officer (DEO) in the presence of the
Representatives of the recognized political parties for allocation assemblyConstituency-wise. EVMs will be prepared and set for elections after finalization of theContesting candidates. At this stage also, candidates or their agents/representativeswill be allowed to check and satisfy themselves in every manner about the Functionality of the EVMs. After the EVMs in a constituency are prepared for the poll by the Returning Officer and the ballot units are fitted with ballot papers, then the EVMs will again be randomized to decide the actual polling stations in which they willBe ultimately used. The Second Stage randomization will be done in the presence of Observers, Candidates or their Election Agents.
None of the Above (NOTA) Option in EVMs
In its judgment dated 27th September, 2013 in Writ Petition (C) No. 161 of 2004, the Supreme Court has directed that there should be a “None of the Above” (NOTA) option on the ballot papers and EVMs. The Court has directed that the Commission should implement it ‘either in a phased manner or at a time with the assistance of Government of India’.
On the Balloting Unit, below the name of the last candidate, there will now be a button for NOTA option so that electors who do not want to vote for any of the candidates can exercise their option by pressing the button against NOTA. The Commission is taking steps to bring this to the knowledge of voters and all other stakeholders and to train all field level officials including the polling personnel about the NOTA option.
Affidavits of candidates – all columns to be filled in
In pursuance of the judgment dated 13th September, 2013 passed by the Supreme Court in Writ Petition (C) No. 121 of 2008, which among other things makes it obligatory for the Returning Officer “to check whether the information required is fully furnished at the time of filing of affidavit with the nomination paper”, the Commission has issued instructions that in the affidavit to be filed along with the nomination paper, candidates are required to fill up all columns. If any column in the affidavit is left blank, the Returning Officer will issue a notice to the candidate to file the affidavit with all columns filled in. After such notice, if a candidate fails to file affidavit complete in all respect, the nomination paper will be liable to be rejected at
the time of scrutiny. The Chief Electoral Officers have been directed to brief all
Returning Officers about the judgment of the Supreme Court and the Commission’s
The Commission attaches great importance to preparation andimplementation of a perfect communication plan at the district/constituency level for the smooth conduct of elections and to enable concurrent intervention and mid course correction on the poll day. For the said purpose, the Commission has directed the Chief Electoral Officers of all the polling going states to coordinate with the officers of Telecommunication Department in the State headquarters,
BSNL/MTNL authorities, the representatives of other leading service providers in the States so that network status in the States is assessed and communication shadow areas be identified. The CEOs have also been advised to ensure best communication plan in their States
All critical events will be video-graphed. District Election Officers will arrange sufficient number of video and digital cameras and camera teams for the purpose. The events for videography will include filing of nominations, scrutiny thereof and allotment of symbols, First Level Checking, preparations and storage of Electronic Voting Machines, important public meetings, processions etc. during campaign, process of dispatching of postal ballot papers, polling process in identified vulnerable polling stations, storage of polled EVMs, counting of votes etc. Webcasting, Videography and Digital cameras will also be deployed inside polling booths wherever needed. CDs of video recordings will be available on payment to anyone
who wishes to obtain a copy of the same.
Law and Order and Deployment of Forces
Conduct of elections involves elaborate security management. It includesensuring the security of polling personnel, security at the polling stations, security of polling materials and also the overall security of the election process. Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) are deployed for area domination prior to poll in order to buildconfidence in the minds of voters specially vulnerable voters viz. weaker section,minorities etc. Keeping all this in mind, the very designing of the poll schedule, and sequencing of multi-phase elections and choice of constituencies for each phase had
to follow the logic of force availability and force management. The Commission has taken various measures to ensure free and fair elections
by creating an atmosphere in which each elector is able to access the polling stationwithout being obstructed or being unduly influenced/intimidated by anybody. Based on the assessment of the ground situation, Central Armed PoliceForces (CAPF) and State Armed Police (SAP) drawn from other States will be deployed during these elections. The CAPF and SAP will be used generally for safeguarding the polling stations and for providing security to the electors and polling
personnel at the polling stations on the poll day. Besides, these forces will be used for securing the strong rooms where the EVMs are stored and for securing the counting centers and for other purposes, as required. The Commission has been issuing instructions from time to time with regard to the advance preventive measures to be taken by the District Magistrates and Police
authorities to maintain the Law & Order and to create atmosphere conducive for the
conduct of free and fair elections. The Commission will be constantly monitoring the
ground situation closely and will take appropriate measures to ensure peaceful, free
and fair polls in these States.
Protection to SC/ST Electors
As per Section 3 (1) (vii) of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, whoever, not being a member of a Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe, forces or intimidates a member of a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe not to vote or to vote for a particular candidate or to vote in a
manner other than that provided by law shall be punishable with imprisonment for a
term which shall not be less than six months but which may extend to five years and
with fine. The Commission has asked the State Governments to bring these
provisions to the notice of all concerned for prompt action.
The Commission will deploy General Observers in adequate number to ensure
Smooth conduct of elections. The Observers will be asked to keep a close watch on
every stage of the electoral process to ensure free and fair elections. Their names,
addresses within the district/constituency and their telephone numbers will be
Publicized in local newspapers so that the general public can quickly approach them
For any grievance redressal. The Observers will be given a detailed briefing by the
Commission before their deployment. Commission may also deploy Police Observers
To keep a close watch on law & order situation.
Election Expenditure Monitoring
Comprehensive instructions for the purpose of effective monitoring of the
Election expenditure of the candidates have been issued, which include formation of
flying squads, static surveillance Teams, video surveillance Teams, involvement of
Investigation Directorates of Income Tax Deptt. Etc. State Excise Departments and
police authorities have been asked to monitor production, distribution, sale and
Storage of liquor and other intoxicants during the election process.
For greater transparency and for ease of monitoring of Election Expenses,
Candidates would be required to open a separate bank account and incur their
Election expenses from that very account. The Investigation Directorate of Income
Tax Dept. has been asked to open Air Intelligence unit in the airports of these states
And also to gather intelligence and take necessary action against movement of large
Sum of money in these states.
Expenditure Observers and Assistant Exp. Observers from Central
Government are being appointed to keep close watch on election expenditure of the
Candidates. Control room and Complaint Monitoring Centre with 24 hours toll free
Numbers shall be operative during the entire election process. Banks and financial
intelligence units of Government of India have been asked to forward suspicious
Cash withdrawal reports to the election officials.
All candidates must ensure that they file their affidavits in the revised format
(Form 26) only. The revised format is available on the ECI website and in Returning
To deal with the issue of ‘Paid News’, a mechanism has been laid out with
Three tier of Media certification and Monitoring Committees (MCMC) at District, State
And ECI level. Revised comprehensive instruction on ‘Paid News’ are available on
The Commission’s Website.
Necessary instructions have been issued to the CEOs of the poll going states
To ensure briefing of political parties and Media in the districts about ‘Paid News’ and
The mechanism to check ‘Paid News’. The MCMCs of all states have been trained to
Do their job.
The Commission may deploy IPS officers as Police Observers in district level,
In the poll going States depending upon the need and sensitivity. They will monitor all
activities relating to force deployment, law and order situation and co-ordinate
Between civil and Police administration to ensure free and fair election.
In addition to General Observers, the Commission will also deploy Micro
Observers to observe the poll proceedings in the polling stations on the poll day in
Selected critical polling stations. They will be chosen from CentralGovernment/Central PSUs officials. Micro-Observers will observe the proceedings atThe polling stations on the poll day right from the mock poll to the completion of polland the process of sealing of EVMs and other documents to ensure that allinstructions of the Commission are complied with by the Polling Parties and thePolling Agents. They will report to the General Observers directly about any vitiation
Of the poll proceedings in their allotted polling stations.
Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP)
Comprehensive measures for voters’ education were taken up during the
Special Roll Revision process in the poll going states. These measures will continue
During the electoral process. Chief Electoral Officers of the poll-going states have
been directed to ensure wide dissemination of election related information and also
For carrying out Voter Education campaigns as well as adequate facilitation measures
For ensuing wider participation of people in polling.
Model polling stations will also be set up in identified districts. Voter-helplines,
Voters’ Facilitation Centres, web and SMS based search facilities are active for
Assistance of voters. There are special facilities in place for those, who are physically
Challenged or have special needs.
Conduct of Officials
The Commission expects all officials engaged in the conduct of elections to
discharge their duties in an impartial manner without any fear or favour. They are
deemed to be on deputation to the Commission and shall be subject to its control,
Supervision and discipline. The conduct of all Government officials who have been
entrusted with election related responsibilities and duties would remain under
constant scrutiny of the Commission and strict action shall be taken against those
Officials who are found wanting on any account.
The Commission has already given instructions that no election related official or
Police officer of the rank of Inspector and above shall be allowed to continue in his
Home district. Besides, instructions have also been issued that election related
officials including police officials of Inspector level & above who have completed
Three years in a district during last four years should be transferred out of that district.
Police officers of the rank of Sub Inspectors who have completed three years in a
Sub Division/Assembly Constituency or are posted in their home sub
division/assembly constituency shall be transferred out of that Sub Division and the
The Commission has also instructed the State Governments not to associate any
Officer with the electoral process against whom charges have been framed in a court
Of law in any case.
District Election Plan
The District Election Officers have been asked to prepare a comprehensive
District election plan in consultation with SPs and Sector Officers including the route
Plan and communication plan for conduct of elections. These plans will be vetted by
the Observers taking into account vulnerability mapping exercise and mapping of
Critical polling station in accordance with Election Commission of India’s extant
Model Code of Conduct
The Model Code of Conduct comes into effect immediately from now onwards.
All the provisions of the Model Code will apply to the whole of poll going States and
Will be applicable to all candidates, political parties, the State Government of Haryana
& Maharashtra. The Model Code of Conduct shall be applicable to the Union Govt.
For the States concerned.
The Commission has made elaborate arrangements for ensuring the effective
implementation of the MCC Guidelines Any violations of these Guidelines would be
Strictly dealt with and the Commission re-emphasizes that the instructions issued in
This regard from time to time should be read and understood by all Political Parties,
contesting candidates and their agents/representatives, to avoid any misgivings or
Lack of information or understanding/interpretation.
Photo Voter Slips
To facilitate the voters to know where he/she is enrolled as a voter at a
particular polling station and what is his/her serial number in the Electoral roll, the
Commission has directed that voter slip along with Photo (wherever present in the
Roll) will be distributed to all enrolled voters by the District Election Officer. It has also
been directed that the said voter slip should be in the languages in which electoral
Roll is published for that Assembly Constituency.
Complaint redressal mechanism – Call Center and Website based
All poll going States shall have a complaint redressal mechanism based on
Website and call center. The number of call center is 1950, which is a toll free
Number. The URL of the complaint registration website will be announced for each
State by the respective Chief Electoral Officer separately. Complaints can be
registered by making calls to the toll free call center numbers or on the web site.
Action will be taken within time limit on all complaints. Complainants will also be
Informed of the action taken by SMS and by the call center. Complainants can also
See the details of the action taken on their complaints on the website.
Schedules of Election
The Commission has prepared the Schedules for holding General Elections to
the Legislative Assemblies of Haryana, Maharashtra and for bye elections in
Parliament and Assembly Constituencies after taking into consideration all relevant
aspects, like the Climatic conditions, Academic Calendars, Festivals, prevailing law
And order situation in the States, availability of Central Police Forces, time needed for
Movement, transportation and timely deployment of forces, and assessment of other
The Commission after considering all relevant aspects has decided to
recommend to the Governors of the States, to issue notifications for the General
Elections to the Legislative Assemblies of the states of Haryana & Maharashtra
under the relevant provisions of the Representation of the People Act, 1951. The
Election Schedule for general election to the Legislative Assemblies of Haryana &
Maharashtra is appended at Annexure ‘1-A’.
Bye-Election to Parliamentary Constituency
39 Bed PC of Maharashtra - The Commission has also decided to hold
Bye-election from 39-Beed Parliamentary Constituency of Maharashtra The
Election schedule for 39-Beed PC is at Annexure ‘1-A’.
13 Kandhamal PC of Odisha - The Commission has also decided to hold
Bye-election from 13-Kandhamal Parliamentary Constituency of Odisha. The
Election schedule for 13-Kandhamal PC is at Annexure ‘1-B’.
Bye-Elections to Assembly Constituencies
The Commission has also decided to hold bye-elections from the following
Assembly Constituencies as per schedule mentioned at Annexure ‘1-A’.
Name of State - Arunachal Pradesh
No. and name of Assembly Constituency - 58-Kanubari (ST)
Name of State - Manipur
No. and name of Assembly Constituency - 38-Hiyanglam
Name of State - Nagaland
No. and name of Assembly Constituency - 11-Northern Ngami-II (ST)
Name of State - Uttar Pradesh
No. and name of Assembly Constituency – 08-Kairana
Name of State - Gujarat
No. and name of Assembly Constituency - 69-Rajkot West
As for Bye elections in Parliamentary and Assembly Constituencies, the
Model Code of Conduct shall come into force with immediate effect in the district(s) in
which the whole or any part of the Parliament or Assembly Constituencies going for
bye-elections are included, subject to partial modification as issued vide
Commission’s instruction No. 437/INST/201/CC&BE, dated 26th April, 2012 (available
on the Commission’s website).The Model Code of Conduct shall be applicable to all
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In Depth Schedule Timetable Haryana and Maharashtra assembly elections 2014