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IEVP 2021

ECI hosts International Virtual Election Visitors Programme (IVEP) 2021 for Election Management Bodies (EMBs)/Organisations from 26 countries  and three International Organisations.

International Webinar

International Webinar on ‘Issues, Challenges and Protocols for Conducting Elections during COVID-19 : Sharing Country Experiences’ organised on 21st September 2020

Release of the first document of India A-WEB Centre

“Brief Profiles of Countries, EMBs and Partner Organizations of A-WEB” 

India Chairs A-WEB

CEC, Sh Sunil Arora was elected as the new Chairman of Association of World Election Bodies (A-WEB) for the term 2019-21 as India took over the Chair from Romania at the 4th General Assembly of A-WEB

VoICE International declared as the Magazine of A-WEB

VoICE International was declared as the official magazine of the A-WEB at the 4th General Assembly of A-WEB at Bengaluru on September 03, 2019.

Release of VoICE International

The released issue of the magazine was based on theme ‘Best Practices, Innovations and Initiatives for Enhancing Voter Participation’.

4th General Assembly of A-WEB

More than 110 delegates from 45 countries attended the 4th General Assembly of A-WEB

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    Election Permissions Portal


    The Election Commission of India used an application called ‘Suvidha’ for giving permissions during the elections. This application was prepared for each state and had limited functionality. The State-specific requirements were not factored into the application. The application was web-only and there was no mobile application to update the status to the candidate / political parties. There had been a persistent demand for state-specific customisation and common login.

    However now, the Political Parties or any individual candidate can apply for permissions, in an online or offline mode, during elections using Encore Web Application. Permission module allows the candidates, political parties or any representatives of the candidate to apply for the permission for meetings, rallies, temporary offices, and others. The app goes live after the election dates are announced. Candidates can also track their application status through Encore Web Application and also by using Candidate App from Google Play Store. This application replaced the old ‘Suvidha’ App and integrated into ENCORE application. It was launched on 10 March 2019.

    The valid permissions can be now checked by the citizens using the cVIGIL app also. The app will also authenticate whether the permissions displayed by the political party or the candidate is valid or not. 

    permission2.jpg.b72b777345b24c4f5ff4bbd96ea9faf7.jpgFeatures of the application
    There are two web portals in the Encore-Permissions:

    => Offline Mode allows Assistant Electoral Registration Officer/ Returning Officer/ District Election Officer/ Chief Electoral Officer/ Permission Cell Incharge level officers to apply offline permissions.
    =>  Online Mode allows candidates to apply permissions directly using the candidate web application.  

    This system is for applying, processing, granting and monitoring permissions. Candidates and political parties can apply for permissions during the Election Campaign.

    Process Flow

    1. All masters (permission assign level, police station, approval authority, locations, permission cell in charge)  will be created at CEO/DEO/RO level & thereafter candidates/political parties can apply for permissions. 
    2. Candidate/Political parties can apply for permissions 48 hours prior to the date of event and this permission is valid up to 72 hrs from the date of issue. 
    3. Candidates/Political parties will receive the updates via SMS. 
    4. Officers-CEO/DEO/RO will also receive the new application update via SMS.
    5. Permissions apply mode both Offline & Online will be stopped 48 hrs before the poll date.

    permission3.jpg.84e26cb93d2b79e6aa04563f4b428fe0.jpgOutcome of the application
    The Encore Permissions platform has been widely used by candidates in both national and state elections. In 2019 general elections, a total number of permissions were 2,48,737, while on the other hand 77,093 candidates’ permissions were received in 2019 state elections.  

    Candidate App - Election Permission

    Nodal App - Election Permission


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