Schedule for bye-elections
There are following clear vacancies in Lok Sabha and State Legislative Assemblies of Legislative various States, which need to be filled up:
Sl. No. State Name of Parliamentary/
Assembly Constituency No. & Name
1 Meghalaya 2 - Tura (ST) PC
2 Arunachal Pradesh 58 - Kanubari (ST)
3 Jammu & Kashmir 40 - Anantnag
4 Jharkhand 17 - Godda
5 Jharkhand 75 - Panki
6 Gujarat 91 - Talala
7 Uttar Pradesh 376 - Jangipur
8 Uttar Pradesh 30 - Bilari
9 Madhya Pradesh 132 – Ghoradongari (ST)
10 Telengana 113 - Palair
After taking into consideration various factors like, festivals, electoral rolls, etc., the Commission has decided to hold bye-elections to fill these vacancies as per the programme mentioned as under: -
Poll Events Schedule
Date of Issue of Gazette Notification 22.04.2016 (Friday) Last Date of Nomination 29.04.2016 (Friday) Date for Scrutiny of Nomination 30.04.2016 (Saturday) Last Date of Withdrawal of candidatures 02.05.2016 (Monday) Date of Poll 16.05.2016 (Monday) Date of Counting 19.05.2016 (Thursday) Date before which election shall be completed
The Electoral Roll for all the States with reference to 01.01.2016 has been finally published on 11.01.2016 except Telengana. The Electoral Roll in respect of Telengana with reference to 01.01.2016 will be finally published on 31.05.2016. The bye-election in the State of Telengana will be held with the existing rolls.
ELECTRONIC VOTING MACHINES (EVMs)
The Commission has decided to use EVMs in the bye-elections in all the polling stations. Adequate numbers of EVMs have been made available and all steps have been taken to ensure that the polls are conducted smoothly with the help of these machines.
IDENTIFICATION OF VOTERS
In consonance with the past practice, the Commission has decided that the voter’s identification shall be mandatory in the aforementioned bye- elections at the time of poll. Electoral Photo Identity Cards (EPIC) shall be the main document ofidentification of a voter. However, in order to ensure that no voter is deprived of his/her franchise, if his/her name figures in the Electoral Rolls, separate instructions will be issued to allow additional documents for identification of voters at the time of poll in the said bye-elections.
MODEL CODE OF CONDUCT
The Model Code of Conduct shall come into force with immediate effect in the district(s) in which the whole or any part of the Parliamentary Constituency/Assembly Constituencies going for bye-elections is included, subject to partial modification as issued vide Commission’s instruction No. 437/INST/2012/CC&BE, dated 26th April, 2012 (available on the Commission’s website). The Model Code of Conduct shall be applicable to all candidates, political parties and the State Governments concerned. The Model Code of Conduct shall also be applicable to the Union Government for the States concerned.