New Delhi, Apr 3 UNI | 4 months ago

As the nation heads towards the general elections to elect representatives for the 16th Lok Sabha, the Press Information Bureau(PIB) has planned a series of steps to disseminate information about this mammoth exercise.

A number of fact sheets, backgrounders and features have already been issued on various aspects of the polls.

The backgrounders cover detailed and in-depth analysis of various aspects of past elections, with special focus on the 15th Lok Sabha Elections (2009 General Elections).

State-wise fact-sheets impart information on various states pertaining to electorate, parliamentary constituencies, past elections and others.

Many of the features have been contributed by senior officers of the Election Commission of India.

The features range from the topics like 'Evolution of Election System in India', 'Electoral Laws in India', 'Salient Features of Representation of the People Act 1952', 'SVEEP- Tool for Voters Awareness'. New developments like NOTA and VVPAT also figure in the topic-list and Guidelines for media, paid news, opinion polls and exit polls have also been covered under features.

The PIB today released 'General Elections 2014: Reference Handbook' , a compendium on past elections and the latest provisions relating to the general elections.

Apart from English and Hindi, the book will be made available in 11 regional languages, namely, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu.

Simultaneously, the Bureau launched a web-portal, dedicated for the General Elections 2014:

This will be used for dissemination of important instructions, orders and press notes of the ECI.

The Reference Handbook also will be made available on this portal. On Counting-Day, that is May 16, this portal will also be used to disseminate official trends and results, based on real-time data made available by the poll watchdog.

These trends and results will also be shared on social media, and through SMS.

Once the results are declared, this office will analyse the data of the polls in detail, and a compiled version thereof will be released.

(Posted on 03-04-2014)