2015 was the sixth year that the National Awards announced by the Commission in 2011 to encourage excellence, proficiency and innovations in the field of election management, were presented. The purpose of instituting these awards has been to recognise contributions by the election machinery, media and now the Civil Society Organisations. The National Awards have set new benchmarks for efficient conduct of elections in the country. These have helped develop a core resource base among officers in election management and promoted mutual learning and emulation.
BEST ELECTORAL PRACTICES AWARDS 2015
Sh. Sanjay Kumar Aggarwal, DEO, Gaya, Bihar
- Women Model Polling Station: Seven polling stations managed by all women team including Polling agents, webcasting personnel, micro observers, police personnel, established in Bihar 230- Gaya Town Assembly constituency.
- Extensive arrangements in Naxal area: Elaborate security & confidence building measures along with innovative awareness campaigns in Naxal affected Polling Stations (55% of total P.S)
- Differently-abled District Icon: ‘Vote is my voice’, encouraging silent voters through hearing-impaired & mute Nidhi.
- Increase in Gender Ratio: A rise from 893 to 906 within one year witness.
- Higher female voter turnout: Increase of 10-15% as compared to 2010 elections.
- Postal ballot increase by 12 times: 8153 postal ballot polled
- Voter Percentage Increase: An increase of 14.64% in 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
(i) Shri Aboobacker Siddique (DEO), (West SinghBhum), Jharkhand
- Micro level planning for remote areas: Using handbills, pamphlet & banners in local language.
- SVEEP activities: Awareness on elections through various means like Jagrukta Rath etc.
- Involvement of youth: Organized competitions like football & hockey, essay writing etc.
- First time voting: Heavy naxal affected five villages of Noamundi Block, located in the deep forest of Sarand.
- Nil violence: A bloodless, fearless and participatory election, unlike past.
- High Percentage Turnout: An increase of 61% to 70% witnessed in 2014 General Elections from 63% to 70% in Vidhan Sabha and 45% to 69.7% in 23PSs of Saranda forest area.
(ii) Sh. Lokesh Kumar Singh, DEO West Champaran, Bihar
- Scheduled widespread activities: SVEEP activities at each Polling Station on two days (Tuesday & Friday) per week.
- Using Postal Department: Special seals with awareness messages on the inbound letters /parcels
- Omnipresent slogans: Short & catchy elections painted in bold fonts on long stretches of district roads.
- Highest ever turnout: West Champaran achieved VTR of 62.99% in 2014 General Elections.
For Electoral Roll Management:
Smt. Antara Acharaya DEO, (Purbo Medinipur)
- Enrolment of Youth Electors: 16th September 2015 observed as the ‘District Youth Enrolment Day’. Event was publicized through ‘Baul Song’.
- Improvement of Gender Ratio and EP Ratio: Through constant monitoring, a list of the eligible left out women electors was prepared and included during this SSRER-2016.
- Home Registration for Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) : ‘District Special Week’ for Home Registration of the Person with Disabilities was observed from 2nd – 06th Nov 2015.
- Removal of Duplicate Electors: ‘District Special Day on Roll Cleansing’ observed on 23/09 when all duplicate, dead & shifted electors were identified for suo moto deletion by BLOs.
- Youth elector on roll doubles: 18-19 age group electors on roll increased (more than doubled) to 1,26,582 from 50,393.
- Increase in Gender Ratio: Witness an increase from 918 to 923.
- PwDs elector enrollment: 3620 nos. of PwD electros identified & enrolled.
- Duplicate Deletions: Deletion of 14,000 electors on suo moto basis during SSRER 2016. Also a total of 13,160 EPICs disposed in the district.
For Security Management:
Manu Maharaj, SSP, Gaya, Bihar
- ‘Operation VISHWAS’: Surrender & mainstream hardcore Naxals, Felicitated families of surrendered Naxals.
- Quality Arrest: 2400 criminals arrested including 70 hardcore naxals & 5 carrying state reward.
- Managing the CPMF: 250 Companies employed at Gaya, Largest force ever in Single phase.
- Effective Police Line Management: Creating mini police lines for each assembly, aerial surveillance & all women model polling station entirely managed by women police personnel.
- Turn out increase: 10% rise in voting in Naxal affected & vulnerable hamlets compared to last year
- Increase in Female turn out: Increased of 10-15% in LWE affected Assembly Constituencies
- Recovery: Recovery of landmines / huge arms and explosives by the support of villagers
Sh. Balamurugan, DEO Purnea, Bihar
- Vehicle Cell Management: Sensitization & single window system for all drivers & vehicle owners.
- Postal Ballot: 10,587 participated in training of poll duty, of which 10,379 (98.04%) submitted Form-12 and total 7,423 (90.52%) votes were polled.
- SVEEP initiatives: 2.5 lakh female SHG members (JEEVIKA) involved, 6.5 lac ´Sankalpa Patras´ signed by guardians of students, EVM and VVPAT camps organized through EVM Rath.
- Conformation of Voter Slip: Random calls by control room confirmed 92% received Voter slip.
- Voting Pledge Signatures: 3.5 lakh voting pledge signatures collected in a single day.
(i) Sh. Shekhar Channe, DEO, Mumbai, Suburban
- Task Force: Implementation of SVEEP plan at the District Level and convergence of all government/NGO/CSOs/Media/Institutes and organizations.
- Camp: Enrollment/awareness camps for transgender and sex workers organized.
- Inclusion: From 6 was sent to about 613591 deleted electors through Speed post
- Convergence with Central railway : SVEEP announcement at all 25 local railway stations.
- Mobile Vans: 13 registration vehicles ‘chitrarths’ were circulatedin 26 ACs.
- Achievements : 18+ EP Ratio reached 94.79% (as against 109.14%), gender ratio reached 820 (as against 801),and Photo % of electorall roll reached 92% (as against 69.5% ).
- Higher Voter Turnout: Voter turnout 50.96% in Lok Sabha 2014 (as compared to 40.58% in 2009), it was 50.42% in assembly elections 2014 (as compared to 47.02% in 2009).
(ii) Sh. Shirish Mohod, (SVEEP Nodal Officer), Maharastra
- Effective implementation of Media Plan: Tapping all forms communication including TV/ Radio/ UFO movies, LED screens & seats of buses in and around Mumbai, use of ST buses, gas cylinders etc. for display of voters’ awareness messages.
- State level programmes: Organizing debates, icon performances, NSS awareness activities.
- Use of technology & social media: Using Facebook, Youtube,, State SVEEP Whatsapp Group
- Regular Updation: SVEEP reports on various portals. Compilation of documents.
- Swift handling: Voters’ Complaints/ Voters’ Fest portal (NVSP)/ SVEEP portal
- Special camps: Enrolment of Transgenders and Sex Workers voters in the State.
- Inclusion: ‘Election Module’ included in State Govt. Officials Foundation Training Module.
Sh. Sharat Kumar Sinha, DCP, Delhi
- Implementation of MCC: Late night shifts of staff for MCC for updated information to CEO, Delhi.
- Security Plan: A fail proof deployment plan with flying Squads, Static Surveillance Teams, QRTs given due attention. Meticulous security arrangement of 7 counting centres too.
- Man power Audit: Ensured optimum use of available manpower.
- Seizures: Seizure of Rs. 33,38,500 in cash, 48 Un-licensed Arms & 1134 Cartridges.
- Preventive actions: Action against 33,889 persons & 1,800 Non Bailable warrants issued.
- Implementation of MCC: A total of 190 FIRs registered for violation of MCC.
BEST STATE AWARD - 2015
Bihar for Management of Elections & innovative IT use
- Election Management: Functioning of Control-Room, Help-line, Call-center, state level trainings, basic minimum facilities at all Polling Stations, daily review & assessment of Law & Order situation led to violence free, fair and participative elections.
- Use of technology: Mobile based android applications such as Matdata, Matdaan, Samadhan, Sugam, ELECOM, SMS Poll Monitoring, E-counting etc.
- Management of Electoral Roll: Massive exercise for revision/ purification of electoral rolls with minimal complaint regarding registration, errors, non issuance of EPIC
- Security Management: Polling Stations managed by CAPF deployed in all 62,779 polling Stations. Use of 2,712 motorcycles for patrolling & 171 boats for riverine patrolling, VHF, Satellite phone
- Expenditure Monitoring: 24*7 Call center for information on corrupt practices, GPS Tracking of Flying Squad/ SST Vehicles android based mobile for complaint monitoring.
- Increase in voter turn-out: 4.1% as compared to Bihar Assembly Election 2010 and 12.4% from last Lok Sabha Election 2009.
- Women voters outnumber men: Assembly Election, 2015 witnessed a record turnout of 60.57% (7.16% higher than male turnout) with Assembly Election 2010 witnessing 54.44% (6.13% higher)
- Increase: Total Electors: 1.69% ; Gender Ratio: 875 from 871; EP Ratio: 1% ;
- Achievements: Model Polling Stations created: 1485; Sanklap Patra Issued 1,91,34,211; Android mobile, capturing image of electors, deployed: 2469 Polling Stations, Live web casting for Poll Monitoring: 3236 Polling Stations.
Delhi for Initiatives for PwDs & Electoral Roll Management
- Maximum Reach Optimum Expenditure: e-roll management, facilities for Persons with Disability (PwDs)
- Improved Single Window System: Clearance of more than 20,000 political rallies/meetings within 24 days
- Postal Department engagement: 9 selected Post Offices of Delhi operational for receiving postal ballots. IT techniques: 13.800 different kind of errors identified & 1,78,979 entries deleted after verification.
- Innovations: strategic SVEEP,
- New Practices: Awareness through Delhi Metro, DTC buses by displaying schedule/date/time of election, 2.51 crore SMS sent to electors through 8 mobile service, , Android based mobile application and IT & SMS based Poll day Monitoring System.
- Highest ever Voter turnout: Increase of 2.24% (67.46% to 65.98%)
- High voter participation: 11 lac increase in voter participation Increase in EP ratio: An increase from 68.58% to 71.21%
Tamil Nadu for Technological Innovations
- Technology: First State to maintain entire database with 5.68 crores of electors in the cloud server of BSNL.
- Easy (Electoral Assistance System): Easy has been developed for a voter to check, correct, confirm & apply for new enrollment. It is available in Mobile App, weblink and via SMS.
- ENETRA- Election Novel Electronic Tracking Rapid Action system for central level monitoring of the field using fixed cameras and action taken accordingly.
- Achievement: Tamil Nadu has achieved 80% of feeding and seeding during NERPAP. The entire NERPAP activities handled by Cloud technology.
- De-duplication: 100% matching of image taken up during SSR16.
NATIONAL MEDIA AWARD
National Media Award for outstanding campaign on Voters’ Education and Awareness
Hindustan- Bihar edition
- Aao Rajneeti Karein’ launched: A six-month campaign during election & pre-election period of Bihar Legislative Assembly Election 2015 for electoral participation & ethical voting with ‘Samagam’- a platform with leading representatives to share their perspectives & ‘Hamara Neta Kaisa Ho’ – to portray ideal representatives.
- Facebook: Question and Answer rounds.
- Activities: ‘Janta ke Mudde’ Nukkad Naatak; Candle March; Oath Ceremony; Human Chain.
NATIONAL CSO AWARD
CSO Award for outstanding campaign on Voters’ Education and Awareness
Young Mizo Association
YMA is a non-political Voluntary Organisation formed in June 15, 1935 as YLA, by the Christian Missionaries and the Pioneer Mizo Christians. with the objective of proper utilization of leisure time, reverence for a good Christian life etc
In order to have free and fair election, YMA considers it persistent to caution the political parties to avoid any malpractices and not to indulge in extravagance involving heavy expenses in hopes of influencing the voters to gain weightage.
For this YMA have tirelessly encouraged the public and the political parties to show decency at the time of election to achieve their goal. They issued Public Appeal well in advance before every election for the public and the political parties to observe, the Dos and Donts.
Apart from the above, the YMA has certain characteristics like, providing support to election officials, helping updation of electoral roll, checking of campaign.
Also during the last SSR of Electoral roll 2015 as many as 200 persons were deleted as a result of through check by the YMA Volunteers. Due to excessive campaign launch by YMA Volunteer 100% EPIC is achieved in the Electoral roll.
The YMA gives essential information to the public regarding the voter registration form used for EVM, how and where register document needs for registration and checking names in the voter list.
It is also involved in monitoring the expenditure of Candidates all over Mizoram through the branches of YMA volunteers on the Re-Poll, Poll Date and post Poll
National award for Govt. Department /Agency / PSU for enhancing Electoral Participation
Award for outstanding campaign on Voters’ Education and Awareness
- Motivation of 3,11,77,619 female voters : Ensuring active participation in the elections.
- Appointment of 30,000 cadres: Spreading awareness on importance of elections & ethical voting
- Village level: Around 6500 villages organize rallies with atleast 100 women in each.
- Activating 4.40 lakh SHGs: Use of pamphlets, audio & video clippings using 4,000 Pico projectors
- Activities: 150 Cluster level organizations organize human chain, cluster rally & candle marches.
- Sensitization: 40 lakh households have been covered through 4.40 lakh SHG; 21,000 village organization conducted village rallies.
- High voting percentage: Overall more than 61% women voted in Jeevika districts.
Gujrat Education Department
- Guinness world record: 1,11,111 post cards to the voters from a single place
- Link college admission with voter registration:First in the country to issue instructions.
- 1400 School Ambassadors: To motivate registration of 18+ students.
- Democracy Quiz: Participation of 950 primary schools; 70,000+ students (class 6 to 8) with parents
- House to House: 13,000 villages covered by 607 CAs
- Signed: 71 lakh Sankalp Patras , 50 lakh Ekrar Patras
- Acheivement: High registration in age cohort of 18-29 years of age.
Department of Posts, Delhi
- Nine Post Offices identified: One post Office per district for round the clock collection of postal Ballots
- Special counters: Operated 24/7 till 0600hrs on 10.02.2015 (counting day )
- Deployment of mail vans: For timely pick up and delivery to counting centres.
Wide coverage: All 70 ACs were mapped to an identified delivery Post Office.
First time in India: Electors caste vote using postal ballot up to two hrs. before counting.
Timely collection: Collection of postal ballots from 1300 letter Boxes in Delhi.
Edited by Election Commission of India