Election Management

The Indian constitution provides for an independent Election Commission (Election Commission of India)  for the superintendence, direction and control of the electoral roll and the conduct of elections. The constitutional status given to the Election commission makes it the apex body of Indian electoral framework when it comes to holding elections in India.

The election commission consists of a Chief election Commissioner (CEC) and 2 election commissioners. They are appointed by the President of India on the advice of the Union Council of ministers. The term of the CEC is 6 years or 65 years of age whichever is earlier. The term of other election commissioners is 6 years of service or 62 years of age whichever is earlier. They can be removed from their office by the president on a resolution passed by both the houses of parliament by a special majority on the grounds of proved misbehaviour and incapacity.

The election commission has a very limited staff of their own. It conducts the election with the help of the administrative machinery. Once the election process begins commission can exercise complete control over the administration of the state as far as the election matters are concerned. During this period commission enjoys full rights of transferring officers or stopping their transfers in order to ensure free and fair elections.


Link : Election Commission of India official website
PDF : Check list for District Election Officers in connection with Conduct of General Elections, 2014
PDF : Check List for Presiding Officers, General Elections, 2014
PDF : Check List for Sector Officers, General Elections, 2014
PDF : Checklist for Manpower Management, General Elections, 2014
PDF : Check List for Police Officer, General Elections, 2014
PDF : Check List for Postal Ballots, General Elections, 2014
PDF : Check List for Electronic Voting Machines Management, General Elections, 2014
PDF : Model Check List for Chief Electoral Officers, Elections for House of People/ Legislative Assembly
Link : Important ECI’s Instructions
PDF : Changing Face of Electoral India: Delimitation 2008
PPT : How to Enrol and Vote: A Guide for Service Personnel -General Elections 16th Lo k Sabha (ECI: 2014)
PDF : Training Module (to be used by trainers for booth level officers) 2011
PDF : Handbook for Booth Level Officers (2011)
PDF : Handbook for Returning Officers (updated 2014)
PDF : Handbook for Polling Agents (at elections where electronic voting machines are used) 2014
PDF : Handbook for Returning Officers (Council Elections)
PDF : Handbook for Presiding Officers (2014)
PDF : Handbook for Electoral Registration Officer (2012)
PDF : A Model of an Independent EMB (Vijay Patidar and Ajay Jha)
PDF : Application For New Registration of Electors
PDF : Cost of Registration and Elections
PDF : Handbook for Counting Agents (At Elections where Electric Voting Machines are used) (ECI: 2004)
PDF : Election Calendar (1997)
PPT : Description of the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM)
PDF : Application for inclusion of name in electoral roll
PDF : Application for Objecting Inclusion of Name in Electoral Roll
PDF : Application for correction to particulars entered in electoral roll
PDF : Application for transposition of entry in electoral roll

Electronic Voting Machine (EVM)
Link : Electronic Voting Machine (ECI)
PPT : How to use Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) as in January 2014 (ECI)
Link : Frequently Asked Questions on Electronic Voting Machine (ECI)

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