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Updated: June 12, 2012 13:14 IST

Sampath assumes office

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V. S. Sampath Chief Election Commissioner soon after taking charge, in New Delhi on June 11, 2012. Photo: V. Sudershan
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V. S. Sampath Chief Election Commissioner soon after taking charge, in New Delhi on June 11, 2012. Photo: V. Sudershan

Seniormost Election Commissioner V.S. Sampath, who was appointed as the new Chief Election Commissioner in the place of Mr. S.Y. Quraishi, on Monday assumed Charge and announced that the schedule for the President poll will be out shortly and all the preparatory work was in full swing.

Talking to journalists, along with Election Commissioner H.S. Brahma, after assuming office here at Nirvachan Sadan, Mr. Sampath said similarly preparations for the forthcoming Assembly polls in Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Tripura and Meghalaya were also on and training of polling personnel had already began. "Work relating to electoral rolls revision and polling station rationalisation has been taken up. The Commission will start visiting these states soon," he said.

Regarding the Commission's priorities, he said it wanted to ensure distribution of elector photo identity card, without any error, for all the voters. Similarly the names of all the eligible voters included in the electoral roll. The Commission also wanted to seriously pursue electoral reforms pending with the government and those include decriminalisation of politics, he said.

Use of money power in elections disturbed the level playing field and vitiates the purity of elections. "Our objectives will be two fold – to ensure legal expenses like rally, poster, banner, vehicles etc are kept within the ceiling limits, while simultaneously ensuring that illegal expenses like bribing the voters with cash or kind is effectively prevented," he said.

A 1973-batch IAS officer of Andhra Pradesh cadre, Mr. Sampath was Power Secretary in the central government before entering Nirvachan sadan on April 21, 2009, as Election Commissioner. He will have term till January 16, 2015.

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congratulations and all the best to the Chief Election Commissioner on his assumption of office.We are confident that he would function like Sri T.N.Seshan his illustrious predecessor. The photo identity card for the voters were issued long back. We do not know whether any new card has been issued on account of movement of voters between places in the past few years. I request him to initiate such measures as are necessary for issuance of updated photo identity cards for such voters, as one of the electoral system to function effectively.

from:  G.Santhanam
Posted on: Jun 12, 2012 at 04:07 IST

its not a comment its actually a query.....can a CEC if wishes to restrict people with criminal cases sub judice do it without the consent of the parliament or govt??? cause i don't think any of those two will permit it right now....

from:  Ankur
Posted on: Jun 11, 2012 at 23:38 IST

congratulations and I wish all the best

from:  allahbakash
Posted on: Jun 11, 2012 at 22:03 IST
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