Tamil Nadu State Election Commission

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Tamil Nadu State Election Commission
தமிழ்நாடு மாநிலத் தேர்தல் ஆணையம்
Agency overview
Formed 15 July 1994
Jurisdiction Tamil Nadu Local Bodies
Headquarters Chennai
Minister responsible K. P. Munusamy, Minister for Municipal Administration and Rural Development
Agency executives Dr. S. Ayyar I.A.S (R), State Election Commissioner
V. M. Xavier Chrisso Nayagam, Secretary
Website [1]

The Tamil Nadu State Election Commission is an autonomous, independent Constitutional and Statutory authority of Tamil Nadu. It was formed under the Constitution of India as per the provisions of the 73rd and 74th Amendments Acts of 1992 on 15 July 1994.[1] All Local Body elections of Tamil Nadu are conducted by this agency.


Tamil Nadu Panchayats Act, 1994 was enacted according to the 73rd and 74th Constitutional amendments of India in May 1994 which paved way for the creation of Tamil Nadu State Election Commission. But, the first election to the Local Bodies of Tamil Nadu was conducted in October 1996. Consecutive elections were then conducted in October 2001 and October 2006 successfully.[2]


The commission is headed by a State Election Commissioner appointed by the Governor of Tamil Nadu. State Election Commissioner holds his term for two years which is eligible for reappointment for two terms. Usually, Commissioners are appointed in the rank of Secretary to Govt. of Tamil Nadu.[3] Currently, Dr. S. Ayyar, IAS(R) is the Tamil Nadu State Election Commissioner. Commissioner is assisted by a Secretary and various Election officers.


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The conduct of elections to Rural and Urban bodies of Tamil Nadu are held by both direct and indirect elections. The sole controlling authority vests with the Tamil Nadu State Election Commission. Elections to the following posts are held by this commission by direct election.[4][5]

  • Rural Bodies
  1. District Panchayat Ward Member
  2. Panchayat Union Ward Member
  3. Village Panchayat President
  4. Village Panchayat Ward Member
  • Urban Bodies
  1. Corporation Mayor
  2. Municipality/Town Panchayat Chairman
  3. Corporation/Municipality/Town Panchayat Councillor

Electoral rolls as per the electoral rolls of Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly constituency are prepared by this commission. Polling stations are then identified based on the rolls. Followed by which is the notification for elections. Similar norms followed for the assembly elections are adhered here.[6]

Apart from this, indirect elections are held for the Deputy-Mayor and Vice-Chairman posts in urban bodies and Rural local body chairpersons (except Village panchayat president). Statutory/Standing Committees and District Planning committees in the respective bodies concerned are also elected by the way of indirect elections. After the assumption of charge by the elected candidates, Indirect elections are held in the allocated time by the local bodies.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Constitution of TNSEC". Tamil State Election Commission. Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Elections to Panchayat. Raj". Panchayat Raj & Rural Development Dept., Govt. of Tamil Nadu. 
  3. ^ "Tamil Nadu Panchayats Act, 1994". Govt. of Tamil Nadu. 
  4. ^ "Local Body Elections". TNSEC. 
  5. ^ "Local body elections to be held in October". The Hindu. 27 May 2011. Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  6. ^ "Conduct of Elections". TNSEC. 

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