Nomination process for first phase of LS polls commences

  • Last date for withdrawal of nominations in this phase is March 30

Bhopal: Chief Electoral Officer Anupam Rajan held a meeting with officials of all recognized national political parties at Nirvachan Sadan, Bhopal.

The nomination process for the first phase has started from Wednesday, March 20. The last date for filing nomination papers is Wednesday March 27. Scrutiny of nomination papers will be done on Thursday March 28. Candidates who have filed nominations will be able to withdraw their names till Saturday March 30. Voting for the first phase will take place on Friday, April 19. Counting of votes in all phases will take place on June 4.

As of now, there are 5 crore 64 lakh 76 thousand 110 voters in Madhya Pradesh. This includes 2 crore 90 lakh 13 thousand 307 male voters, 2 crore 74 lakh 61 thousand 575 female voters and 1 thousand 228 transgender voters.

Rajan said that the total number of polling stations in the state is 64 thousand 523. A proposal to set-up auxiliary polling stations in the identified 367 polling stations with more than 1500 voters has been sent to the Election Commission of India.

Candidate will have to give info about criminal cases

Rajan said that maximum 4 forms can be filled by each candidate in the election. Every candidate will also have to submit an affidavit in the prescribed form along with his nomination paper. The affidavits submitted by the candidates will be displayed within 24 hours on the website of the Office of the Chief Electoral Officer

Control rooms and complaint cells have become functional in all the districts. Action against property defacement is continuing in all Lok Sabha parliamentary constituencies. So far, action has been taken against defacement of property at 2 lakh 76 thousand 892 government buildings, 1 lakh 88 thousand 203 public properties and 57 thousand 992 private properties.

cVIGIL app for election related complaints

Rajan informed that cVIGIL app is available for citizens to lodge election related complaints. Through this app, if citizens provide any live photo, video and audio as complaint regarding violation of Model Code of Conduct, then action will be taken on the complaint within the next 100 minutes. He said that during the Model Code of Conduct, the use of loudspeakers will be completely banned from 10 pm to 6 am the next day.

Rajan said that the limit of election campaign expenditure for a candidate for Lok Sabha elections is fixed at Rs 95 lakh. For this, the candidate is required to open a separate account in the bank. All daily expenditure accounts will have to be maintained in the election expenditure register received from the Returning Officer. All posters, banners, pamphlets, even if they are printed/published before nomination but are being used/displayed after nomination, will be added to the election expenses of the candidate.

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