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Andhra Pradesh Election Commission

About Election Commission of Andhra Pradesh

State Election Commission (SEC) of Andhra Pradesh is an autonomous, congenital and statutory body of Andhra Pradesh, India looking after the state election process. It was established under Articles 243-K and 243-ZA of the Constitution of India. Under these Articles, the administration, direction and management of the groundwork for electoral rolls of the panchayats and municipal bodies in the state is to be announced in a state election commission. The commission will be headed by a state election commissioner appointed by the governor. Following the same rules, the foundation stone of the Election Commission of Andhra Pradesh was laid in the month of June, 1994 to ensure free and fair electoral exercise in the state.

History and Formation

The first general elections were conducted in the year 1956 for 249 constituencies in 26 districts. In 2009, the Andhra Pradesh State Legislative Assembly consisted of 294 seats from 23 districts. The inaugural of local body elections for municipalities and panchayats took place in March 1995. The second and third elections were held in 2000-2001 and 2005-2006, respectively.

Chief Electoral Commissioner, Andhra Pradesh

The present election commissioner of Andhra Pradesh, Ramakanth Reddy, is a 1973-batch Indian Administrative Services (IAS) officer of the Andhra Pradesh cadre.

Officers Appointed by Election Commission of Andhra Pradesh

The officers bestowed with powers and assigned duties to work for the electoral process in the state of Andhra Pradesh are as follows:
1. P. Ramakanth Reddy, State Election Commissioner
2. Navin Mittal, Secretary
3. A.V.S. Satya Ramesh, Joint Secretary
4. P. Satyanarayana Reddy, Joint Director (Panchayat Raj)
5. Vishnu Prasad, Assistant Secretary & PIO
6. G.V. Sai Prasad, Assistant Secretary (Panchayat Raj)
7. G. Guru Murthy, Assistant Secretary (Municipal)

Election schedule and budget

The looming state election in 2013 will help to probe voter sentiment for the Lok Sabha elections in 2014, in which Andhra Pradesh has 42 members.

The Election Commission (EC) of India has been holding regular discussions with the state election commissioners to finalize the dates for the impending elections. It has been reported that some security and associated issues still concern the EC, for which it has been delaying the declaration of final dates. The same holds true for budgetary allocation for the elections. The political parties, though, are of the opinion that the elections will not be held before the festival of Diwali. The EC is expected to announce the dates in a few days.

Last Updated on August 11, 2014