About Election Commission of Rajasthan
"Elections are not considered as a secluded affair; instead they are visualized as an integrated mechanism for the endorsement of a democratic administration." The Election Commission of India is an autonomous constitutionally mandated body entrusted with supervising all the electoral procedures in the Republic of India. Peaceful and unbiased elections have been conducted in India at regular intervals by the Election Commission, as per the precepts laid out in the Constitution. Under the provisions of the Constitution (Seventy-third Amendment) Act, 1992 and the Constitution (Seventy-fourth Amendment) Act, 1992, the State Election Commissions and the State Election Commissioners are entrusted with supervising the preparation of the electoral rolls for the groundwork and conduct of the elections to Panchayats and Municipalities.
The State Election Commission, Rajasthan was incorporated in the month of July, 1994 under Article 243K of the Constitution of India. The State Election Commission is a sole member Commission overseen by the State Election Commissioner. There is a Secretary, who is also delegated as the Chief Electoral Officer for the State.
Lawful elections are the bedrocks of a robust polity. The State Election Commission, Rajasthan is that Constitutional body, accountable for regulating and conducting elections to the regional bodies in the State.
History & its formation
The Commission assembles electoral rolls and coordinates elections for the Panchayati Raj Institutions (P.R.I's) including the Municipal bodies in the state.
Since 1960, elections for Panchayati Raj Institutions have been organized in Rajasthan. The Election Department therefore managed the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th elections in the corresponding years 1965, 1978, 1981 and 1988.
Apart from P.R.I’s, elections for the respective Municipal bodies have being held in Rajasthan since 1960 by the regional department. The Election Department conducted their first elections in the year 1963. Thereafter, elections were also conducted by the Election Department in the years – 1970, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1982, and 1986.
Rajasthan has a stratified system of Panchayati Raj consisting 32 Zila Parishads at District level, 237 Panchayat Samities at Block level and 9,188 Panchayats at Village level, amounting to a single village or an assortment of villages.
Chief Electoral commissioner of Rajasthan
The President of India appoints the Chief Election Commissioner and Election Commissioners. They have a tenure of six years till the age of 65 years. They equal in rank and emoluments to the Supreme Court Judges of India. The Chief Election Commissioner can be ask to leave his office from office only through a vote by the Parliament with two-thirds majority in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha on the grounds of corruption, negligence of duty or incapability. On the outline elaborated by the Chief Election Commissioner, other Election Commissioners can be suspended by the President.
The duty of the present Election Commissioner Shri Ashok Kumar Jain is to supervise and enhance the administration through Local-Self Bureaucracy by ensuring that elections to the Local Bodies are held on time, and in a free, candid and unbiased manner.
Officers Appointed by Election Commission of Rajasthan
The officers appointed by the Election Commission are enlisted below:
1. Shri Ashok Kumar Jain, Chief Electoral Officer
2. Shri P.C.Gupta, Jt. Chief Electoral Officer
3. Shri M.M.Tiwari, Chief Electoral Officer, Deputy CEO (IT)
4. Shri Vinod Kumar Pareek, Chief Electoral Officer, Deputy CEO
5. Shri Ashish Kumar Sharma, Assistant CEO (Store)
6. Shri. Har Govind Meena, Assistant CEO (Elections)
7. Shri Kirti Jain, Chief Accounts Officer
Upcoming Election Schedule and its budget
The upcoming states election in India 2013 will be a precursor for the Lok Sabha elections in 2014.
With 200 Assembly Constituencies, Rajasthan is expected to have its polls in the month of December, 2013 while the exact date of the Vidhan Sabha Elections is yet to be affirmed. In the concluding half of 2013, other states including Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi and Mizoram are conducting their state assembly polls. The Election Commission is preparing for the approaching polls.
Office of the Chief Electoral Officer
Last Updated on 10/19/2013