Maharashtra Election CommissionThe state of Maharashtra has been a constituent state of the Indian Union since Independence. Owing to its large geographic expanse and populous pockets of regions, the state has always played a leading role in national politics. Situated in western India, it also accounts for a lion's share of government's revenue, mostly due to the presence of Mumbai, the commercial capital of India.
History and its Formation
The new amendments in the Constitution of India that came into force in the 1990s provisioned each Indian state to have an election commission of its own to administer and superintend the electoral procedures of the local bodies in the state. Hence, in the year of 1994, the State Election Commission of Maharashtra was established as per provisions of Article 243K and 243ZA of the Constitution of India. It was formed as a free, federal body, but under the helm of the state government.
Chief Election Commissioner of Maharashtra
A term of six years is fixed for the Chief Election Commissioner from the date on which he assumes office. At the age of sixty-five, irrespective of whether the six-year term has been completed or not, the Commissioner has to vacate his office. At present,Smt. Neela Satyanarayana is the election commissioner with effect from July 6, 2009. She is the first woman to hold this prestigious post of State Election Commissioner in Maharashtra. She is an IAS Officer of the 1972 batch. After supervising crucial departments like revenue, home, forest, information and publicity, she retired as additional chief secretary. She has an artistic side as well, with interests in music and literature. She has several collections of poems and plays written in Hindi and Marathi, and later translated to other languages.
Officers Appointed By the Election Commission of Maharashtra:
The State Election Commission appoints officers to dutifully carry out its activities and various procedures. The names of different officers appointed are as follows:
- State Election Commissioner: Shri. Jageshwar S . Saharia
- Secretary: Shri Sunil Porwal
- Under Secretary: Shri D. M. Kaned
- Asst. Commissioner: Shri A. T. Sanas
- Dy. Secretary: Shri P. B. Dandekar
- Asst. Commissioner: Smt. P. A. Shirsolkar
- Dy. CEO: Smt. Dr. Dipti Patil
- Desk Officer: Shri A. G. Jadhav
- Desk Officer: Shri Sanjay Hendre
- Desk Officer: Shri N. J. Wagle
- Tahsildar: Aarti Saravade
- Desk Officer: Smt. Manisha Rane
- Desk Officer: Shri. V. D. Bhople
- Accounts Officer: Shri. D. N. Mapuskar
Maharashtra Election Commission
First Floor, New Administrator Building
Hutatma Rajguru Chowk, Madam Cama Road
Mumbai 400 032
Phone: 022-22846720, 022-22045075
Fax: 022-22846719, 022-22046909, 022-22846720
Election Commission Latest News And Updates
In Maharashtra, the Shiv Sena has registered 4 leads. The BJP is ahead in 11 seats like The BJP is ahead in seats like Sakri, Raudur, Ajola West, Pune cantonment and Sangli. The BJP, it appears may not need anyone alliance to form the government in the state. In Haryana the BJP is ahead in all the three seats for which leads are out so far. (Media reports) The Congress has registered its first lead in Malegaon central. The NCP is also ahead in one seat - Nandgaon.
Counting of votes for the 90 assembly seats in Haryana began Sunday morning. The counting will decide the fate of 1,351 candidates, including 116 women. Polling for the 90 assembly seats took place Oct 15. Haryana Chief Electoral Officer Shrikant Walgad said that the counting started at 8 a.m. under tight security arrangements. The counting was going at 90 centres across 57 locations in Haryana, he added. (IANS)
Counting will be held tomorrow for Maharashrea and Haryana Assemblies, elections to which were held on 15 October. It will be done across 288 counting centres at 269 locations in Maharashtra. Altogether, 63.13 percent voters cast their vote in the Assembly polls and for the Beed Lok Sabha bypoll.Among the major parties, BJP fielded 280, BSP 260, CPI 34, CPM 19, Congress 287, NCP 278, Shiv Sena 282 and MNS had fielded 219. A total of 4119 candidates tried their luck in the polls . Haryana created history by clocking an all-time high polling of about 76.54 per cent. The top contenders are Congress, BJP and INLD. As many as 1351 candidates, including 116 women, contested the elections.
Maharashra and Haryana went to polls on 15 October. Now all eyes are on 19 October when the process of vote counting will start at 8 AM. The elections for the 288-member Maharashtra Assembly and 90-member Haryana Assembly being considered as the test of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's pan-India appeal, post-general elections. Significantly, Haryana recorded a record turnout of 76.54 percent and Maharashtra witnessed 63.13 percent polling. According to a majority of exit polls, the BJP will emerge as the largest party in both Maharashtra and Haryana.
The Election Commission has issued a notice to Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray for violating the model code of conduct ahead of the Oct 15 elections in the state. Thackeray was charged with "promoting enmity between different classes of citizens of India on grounds of religion, race, caste or language". The notice said that the EC was prima facie of the opinion that by making the statements, the MNS chief had violated the provisions of the model code of conduct and asked him to explain his stand by Oct 15. (Source: IANS)
Last Updated on October 08, 2014