Karnataka Election Commission
The State Election Commission, a constitutional authority came into existence on 26-05-1993 after the promulgation of 73rd and 74th amendment to the Constitution of India to conduct elections to urban and rural local bodies.The State Election Commission is an independent organisation to conduct elections to three types of rural local bodies i.e., Grama Panchayats, Taluka Panchayats and Zilla Panchayaths and four types of Urban Local Bodies i.e., Municipal Corporations. City Municipal Councils, Town Municipal Councils and Town Panchayats.
The State Election Commission is bestowed with powers of superintendence direction and control of elections to local bodies under the Karnataka Panchayat Raj Act 1993, the Karnataka Municipalities Act 1964 and the Karnataka Municipal Corporation Act 1976. Further the State Election Commission is also empowered under the Karnataka local authorities (prohibition of defection) act 1987 to conduct enquiry and pass orders on merit concerning complaints received against taluk panchayat and zilla panchayat members. The State Election Commission is empowered to declare the seats of zilla panchayat and taluk panchayat members as vacant if they fail to attend for more than three meetings Consecutively.
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