No. ECI/PN/43/2013, Dated 04.10.2013,General Elections in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Rajasthan and Delhi. Election Schedule 2013. None of the Above (NOTA) Option in EVMs. Bye Elections in Gujarat, Tamilnadu. ECI Press Note
No. ECI/PN/43/2013, Dated 04.10.2013, Election Commission of India Press Note
Schedule for General Election to the Legislative Assemblies of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Rajasthan and Delhi and bye-elections to fill the casual vacancies in the State Legislative Assemblies of Gujarat and Tamil Nadu –Regarding
The terms of the Legislative Assemblies of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Rajasthan and Delhi are normally due to expire as follows:
Madhya Pradesh: 12.12.2013
As per the established practice, the Election Commission holds the General Elections to the Legislative Assemblies of the States whose terms expire around the same time, together.
By virtue of its powers, duties and functions under Article 324 read with Article 172(1) of the Constitution of India and Section 15 of Representation of the People Act, 1951, the Commission is required to hold elections to constitute the new Legislative Assemblies in the said States of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh,
Mizoram, Rajasthan and Delhi before expiry of their present terms.
The total number of Assembly Constituencies in the States of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Rajasthan and Delhi and seats reserved for the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes, as determined by the Delimitation Commission under the Delimitation Act, 2002 are as under
State Total No. of Assembly Constituencies Reserved for SCs Reserved for STs
Chhattisgarh 90 10 29
Madhya Pradesh 230 35 47
Mizoram 40 - 39
Rajasthan 200 34 25
Delhi 70 12 -
The Electoral Rolls of all existing Assembly Constituencies in the States of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Rajasthan and Delhi on the basis of the electoral rolls revised with reference to 1.1.2013 as the qualifying date and have been finally published on 12.09.2013, 24.07.2013, 16.08.2013, 06.09.2013 and09.09.2013 respectively. Photo electoral rolls will be used during the forthcoming general elections
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’. For implementing the NOTA option, the Commission is preparing
detailed instructions for issue to the Chief Electoral Officers of all States/Union Territories.
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
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