Port Blair, 12 September 2023
The Election Commission for the Andaman and Nicobar Islands has introduced the schedule for the upcoming normal elections to Hut Bay and Netaji Nagar Gram Panchayats (Both GPs are situated in Little Andaman). These elections have turn into crucial because the time period of the present Gram Panchayats is ready to run out on November 8, 2023. The new Panchayats are to be constituted earlier than this expiration date.
The timeline for the elections is as follows:
– Issue of Notification by the Administrator/Election Commission: September 15, 2023 (Friday)
– Last Date for Making Nominations: September 22, 2023 (Friday)
– Last Date for Scrutiny of Nominations: September 23, 2023 (Saturday)
– Last Date for Withdrawal of Candidatures: September 25, 2023 (Monday)
– Polling Day (if needed): October 15, 2023 (Sunday)
– Completion of Elections: October 19, 2023 (Thursday)
The Model Code of Conduct, as prescribed by the Election Commission for the steering of Political Parties and Candidates in Elections to Panchayats and Municipalities within the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, issued on October 13, 1999, and subsequent directions, shall apply to those elections. Furthermore, directions issued by the Election Commission of India on the Model Code of Conduct may even be adopted.
Given the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India, and the Andaman and Nicobar Administration have issued tips and normal working procedures (SOPs) to make sure the protection of all individuals. These tips and SOPs will probably be strictly adhered to throughout these General Elections.
The Election Commission for the Andaman and Nicobar Islands has moreover issued complete tips, based mostly on the Election Commission of India’s tips and proposals from the Standing Committee of All India State Election Commissioners, particularly tailor-made for conducting General Elections/Bye-Elections throughout the COVID-19 interval. These tips may even be scrupulously adopted.
The Model Code of Conduct for the elections has come into quick impact, and all involved events have been urged to watch it diligently. These elections characterize a big democratic train within the area, and adherence to those tips is important for a good and clear electoral course of.