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Former Chief Election Commissioner passes away

Former Chief Election Commissioner passes away

Tirunellai Narayana Iyer Seshan, 87 years old was the man behind several electoral reforms passed away due to a cardiac arrest. He was not well for the past couple of years. He was the 10th Chief Election Commissioner (CEC). He served between 1990 and 1996.

Key Points:

  • He was a 1955 batch retired IAS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre. He was born in Palakkad district of Kerala. Before becoming a CEC, he served around 18 cabinet secretaries. He also won the Ramon Magsaysay Award for his services in 1986. The award is considered as Asia’s Nobel Prize.
  • He is credited for introducing Election Commission’s constitutional powers that keep the politicians under check.
  • During his tenure, two additional Election Commissioners were appointed by the centre.
  • The following laws were implemented during his period

1. Implementation of strict Code of Conduct.

2. A limit was imposed on the election expenditure of the candidate

3. Issuance of voter IDs

  • During his period the CEC, the following was made offensive:

1.    Bribing voters

2.    Distributing alcohol during elections

3.    Approaching voters to appeal on caste or community basis

4.    Using official machinery for campaigning

5.    Using worship places for campaigning

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