Election Commission Functions 2022 – The parliament on 22 March 2003 enacted the election laws (Amendment) Act, 2003 and conduct of Election (Amendment) Rules, 2003 which came into force with effect from 22 September 2003.
The Constitution provides for an independent agency termed as Election Commission which is vested with the power of superintendence, direction and control of preparation of electoral rolls required for the conduct of all elections to the Parliament and Vice President.
The Chief Election Commissioner holds an independent office charged with the onerous task of holding free and fair elections in the country.
Election Commissioner Functions as follows:
- To get the electoral rolls for the election to the Parliament and all state legislatures including local bodies prepared and revised subject to the provisions of the constitution.
- To exercise superintendence, direction and control over all matters pertaining to the elections of the President, Vice-President, Parliament and State Legislatures.
- Advise the President and Governors regarding the incurring of disqualifications by a member of the Union and State legislatures subsequent to his elections.
- To appoint election officers for inquiring into the doubts and disputes arising out of or connected with the election arrangements.
- To advise the President to appoint regional election commissioners.
- Requisition from the President such staff as he may deem essential for the conduct of electors.
Another Important Election Commission Functions
- Settle disputes regarding allotment of symbols to the parties at the time of elections.
- To reserve the right to prepare or restore for central broadcasts and telecasts allocating particular days and time to particular parties.
- Order for rectification of a clerical mistake made by the Delimitation Commission with the prior approval of this authority.
- To visit the disturbed areas and make appeals through the mass communication media to pacify the people asking for the rectification of electoral records or procedures.
- Waive the conditions of not holding an election until the electoral rolls are revised and order re-pollin exceptional situations.
- To exempt a person from the disqualification imposed by a judicial decision.