About Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), India
Who is Chief Electoral Officer?
A CEO (Chief Electoral Officer) works under the administration, control and complete guidance of Indian Election Commission. According to the People’s Act 1950 and 1951 representation, each Indian state must be facilitated with a CEO India during the elections of State Assembly along with the general elections.
According to People’s Act provisions, the Chief Electoral Officer has a prominent role to play during the elections to President Office and Indian Vice President.
- The Chief Electoral Officer India administrates the preparation, revision and maintenance of state electoral rolls.
- It is the CEO’s duty to make sure free and fair state elections, such that many numbers of votes are filed.
- It is the CEO’s responsibility to strengthen communication between the state voters and various departments of elections within the state.
- Importantly, the task of the CEO is to make sure that no Indian political party has any control with the state elections.
Need of Chief Electoral Officer in every State Election Department:
Every Indian state needs a CEO (Chief Electoral Officer) so as to maintain topmost transparency in any elections. The Chief Electoral Officer administrates the procedure and machinery for state elections. The State Election Department in each state, of which the Chief Electoral Officer is an important part, wishes to reach out the state people to make sure better services in the following:
- In terms of Electoral Rolls
- Issuing of valid EPIC (Electors Photo Identity Cards).
- Making sure of thorough verification, scrutinization and correction of EPIC cards and electoral rolls list.
- Providing digitizing maps to indicate polling stations areas and their respective distances, also offering sufficient power of men and material resources on elections day.
- A Conduct model code to be followed by all the people (voters).
- During an Election, he also looks into the financial administration.
- Law maintenance and order largely depends on the CEO.
The CEO also supervises DEO (District Electoral Officers). A CEO is required in each state to create maximum awareness of the duties and rights of the voters.
Eligibility to become a CEO:
In order to become a CEO, the following conditions of eligibility are required.
- He / She must be an Indian Citizen.
- He / She must not be holding any office of profit.
- He / She must be an IAS (Indian Administrative Services) Officer.
- He / She must be a member of any Indian Political Party for the duration of his term as Chief Executive Officer.
- He / She must not be an employee of Banking Institutions, Financial Institutions or Courts of Law.
CEO’s Pay Scale:
Currently, the pay scale of a CEO of any state is Rs. 18,500 – Rs. 23,500.
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