Office of Chief Electoral Officer - Tamil Nadu

District Election Officers

 
           

District Election Officers

Structure at District Level

All District Election Officers, Returning Officers (ROs), Assistant ROs & Electoral Registration Officers (EROs) & Assistant EROs are notified by Election Commission of India in consultation with the State Government.

The regular revenue/ local body staff attend to the various activities pertaining to electoral administration. For special nature of work, temporary posts are sanctioned for a limited period.

Special Staff in the districts for (photo) electoral rolls preparation/ updation & production & issue of EPICs

Special Tahsildars/ PA/ DRO (Elections)

Created in DEOs offices for special items of work. Chennai has a post of DRO (Elections) and the districts of Kancheepuram,Coimbatore,Vellore & Tiruvallur have a post of PA (Elections) each with supporting staff

Deputy Tahsildars

Chennai (14+2)

Taluk Offices (208) – 1 per office

Assistants

DEO's Offices (32) -- 1 per Office

Chennai –  2 per office

Other Corporations- 1 each

RDO’s Offices (74) -- 1 per Office

Chennai Zonal Office - 1 per office

Taluk Offices (208) -- 1 per Office

Junior Assistants

Taluk Offices (208) – 1 per Office

Posts (additional) – Dy. Tah./ Asstt.

Tambaram & Ambattur Taluks

Augmentation during elections

 

P.A. (Elections)

Temporarily created for elections in the districts with supporting staff (other than Chennai); for Chennai- DRO (Elections)

Accountant (Dy. Tahsildar cadre)

Chennai Corporation -- 1

Deputy Tahsildars

Corporations of Coimbatore, Tiruchirapalli, Salem – 1 each; Madurai-2

Assistant/ Jr. Assistant/ Typist

DEOs Offices- 1 for each office

RDOs Offices- 1 for each office

ROs Offices (234 nos. in LA elections; 39 nos. in LS elections)

Corporations of Coimbatore, Madurai, Tiruchirapalli, Salem – 1 Asst. & 1 Jr. Asst. each

Posts (additionally)

Tambaram & Ambattur Taluks

Office Assistant

Taluk Offices- 1 for each office

Corporations of Coimbatore, Madurai, Tiruchirapalli, Salem – 1 each

Administrative Machinery for Preparation, Revision and Correction of Electoral Rolls

In accordance with the provisions of the Representation of the People Act, 1950, for each State, an officer of Government is designated or nominated in consultation with that Government by the Election Commission of India as the Chief Electoral Officer to supervise under the superintendence, direction and control of the Election Commission of India, the preparation, revision and correction of all electoral rolls in that State. Similarly, for each district in a State, other than a Union territory, the Election Commission of India designates or nominates, in consultation with the Government of that State, a District Election Officer who is an officer of Government to coordinate and supervise, under the superintendence, direction and control of the Chief Electoral Officer, all work in the district or in the area within his jurisdiction in connection with the preparation, revision and correction of the electoral rolls for all Parliamentary, Assembly and Council constituencies within the district.

The electoral roll for each Assembly Constituency and each Council Constituency is prepared and revised by an Electoral Registration Officer who is an officer of Government or of a local authority as the Election Commission may, in consultation with the Government of the State in which the Constituency is situated, designate or nominate in this behalf.

The Election Commission also appoints Assistant Electoral Registration Officers to assist the Electoral Registration Officer in the performance of his functions and he is, subject to the control of the Electoral Registration Officer, competent to perform all or any of the functions of the Electoral Registration Officer.

All the above officers and any other officer employed in connection with the preparation, revision and correction of the electoral rolls for, and the conduct of, all elections are deemed to be on deputation to the Election Commission for the period during which they are so employed and such officers and staff shall, during such period, be subject to the control, superintendence and discipline of the Election Commission.

Every local authority in a State shall, when so requested by the Chief Electoral Officer of the State, make available to any Electoral Registration Officer such staff as may be necessary for the performance of any duties in connection with the preparation and revision of electoral rolls.

Administrative Machinery for Conduct of Elections

The Chief Electoral Officer of each State shall, subject to the superintendence, direction and control of the Election Commission, supervise the conduct of all elections in the State under the Representation of the People Act, 1951 and, subject to the superintendence, direction and control of the chief electoral officer, the District Election Officer shall coordinate and supervise all work in the district or in the area within his jurisdiction in connection with the conduct of all elections to Parliament and the Legislature of the State.

For every constituency, for every election to fill a seat or seats in the Council of States and for every election by the members of the Legislative Assembly of a State to fill a seat or seats in the Legislative Council of a State, the Election Commission shall, in consultation with the Government of the State, designate or nominate a Returning Officer who shall be officer of Government or of a local authority. The Returning Officer is primarily responsible for the conduct of elections from his constituency.

The Election Commission may appoint one or more Assistant Returning Officers to assist any Returning Officer in the performance of his functions. Every Assistant Returning Officer shall, subject to the control of the Returning Officer, be competent to perform all or any of the functions of the Returning Officer. However the Assistant Returning Officer cannot perform any of the functions of the Returning Officer relating to scrutiny of nominations unless the Returning Officer is unavoidably prevented from performing the said function.

The District Election Officer shall, with the previous approval of the Election Commission, provide a sufficient number of polling stations for every constituency and shall publish a list showing the polling stations so provided and the polling areas for which they have respectively been provided.

The District Election Officer shall appoint a Presiding Officer for each polling station and such Polling Officer or Officers as he thinks necessary but he shall not appoint any person who has been employed by or on behalf of, or has been otherwise working for, a candidate in or about the election. A Polling Officer shall, if so directed by the Presiding Officer, perform all or any of the functions of a Presiding Officer. If the Presiding Officer, owing to illness or other unavoidable cause, is obliged to absent himself from the polling station, his functions shall be performed by such polling officer as has been previously authorized by the District Election Officer to perform such functions during any such absence.

The general duty of the presiding officer at a Polling Station is to keep order thereat and to see that the poll is fairly taken. He enjoys full legal power to control the proceedings in the polling station under his charge. The duty of the Polling Officers at a polling station is to assist the Presiding Officer in the performance of his functions. The polling party generally consists of a Presiding Officer and, at a single election, 3 Polling Officers if the number of electors attached to a polling station is 1200 or less and 4 Polling Officers if the number of electors is more than 1200. At a simultaneous election, the polling party consists of a Presiding Officer and 5 Polling Officers.

According to section 159 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, the staff of the following authorities shall be made available when so requested by the Chief Electoral Officer of the State for the performance of any duties in connection with an election:

  1. every local authority;

  2. every university established or incorporated by or under a Central, Provincial or State Act;

  3. a Government company as defined in section 617 of the Company Act, 1956;

  4. any other institution, concern or undertaking which is established by or under a Central, Provincial or State Act or which is controlled or financed wholly or substantially by funds provided directly or indirectly by the Central Government or a State Government.

The Returning Officer, Assistant Returning Officer, Presiding Officer, Polling Officer and any other officer appointed for the purpose connected with the conduct of elections and any police officer designated for the time being by the State Government, for the conduct of any election shall be deemed to be on deputation to the Election Commission for the period commencing on and from the date of the notification calling for such election and ending with the date of declaration of the results of such election and, accordingly, such officers shall, during that period be subject to the control, superintendence and discipline of the Election Commission.

The Returning Officer for an election to fill a seat or seats in the Council of States or for an election by the members of the Legislative Assembly of a State to fill a seat or seats in the Legislative Council of the State, shall with the previous approval of the Election Commission, fix the place at which the poll will be taken for such election and shall notify the place so fixed in such manner as the Election Commission may direct. The Returning Officer shall preside over such election at the place so fixed and shall appoint such polling officer or officers as he thinks necessary but he shall not appoint any person who has been employed by or on behalf of, or has been otherwise working for, a candidate in or about the election.

 

 

III. List of DEOs with Phone nos.

Click here for the list of District Collectors of Tamil Nadu

Name

Designation

STD

Code

Office Ph.

Res.

Ph.No.

Fax No.

Thiruvallur Collector
044

27661600

9444132000

27662233

27662299

Chennai Commissioner,
Chennai Corpn. (DEO)
044

25381330

9445419966

25383962

Chennai (Collector)

[Collector Chennai is not DEO]

Collector

044

25228025

25234403

9444131000

42112110

25228025

Kancheepuram Collector
044

27237433

9444134000

27238478

27238477

Vellore Collector 0416

2252345

2252501

9444135000

2222000

2253034

2228029

Krishnagiri Collector 04343

239500

9444162000

239400

239100

239300

Dharmapuri Collector

04342

230500

9444161000

232300

232800/ 230886

Tiruvannamalai Collector
04175

233333

9444137000

233366

232222

Villupuram Collector 04146

222450

9444138000

222480

222470

           
Namakkal Collector
04286

281101

9444163000

280111

280222

281106

Salem Collector
0427

2452233

2452244

9444164000

2400200

2400700

2452960

Erode Collector
0424

2266700

9444167000

2262444

2261444

The Nilgiris Collector 0423

2442344

9444166000

2442233

2443971

Coimbatore Collector
0422

2301320

9444168000

2213230

2301523

Dindigul Collector
0451

2461199

9444169000

2432600

2432133/ 2467082

Karur Collector 04324

257555

9444173000

257112

255444

257800

Tiruchirapalli Collector 0431

2415358

9444174000

2420681

2420181

2411929

Perambalur Collector
04328

276300

9444175000

224200

277875

Ariyalur Collector 04329

223351

223331

 
Cuddalore Collector
04142

230999

230651-55

9444139000

230666/

230777

230555

Nagapattinam Collector
04365

252700

9444176000

247800

247400

253048

Thiruvarur Collector 04366

223344

9444178000

225142

224738

221033

Thanjavur Collector 04362

230121

9444179000

230201

230857

230627

Pudukkottai Collector 04322

221663/ 221624

9444181000

221690

221690

Sivaganga Collector
04575

241466

9444182000

241455

241581

241581

Madurai Collector 0452

2531110

9444171000

2532290

2530925

Theni Collector
04546

253676

9444172000

253626

253626

Virudhunagar Collector
04562

252525

9444184000

252345

252500

Ramanathapuram Collector 04567

231220

9444183000

221349

230558

Thoothukudi Collector
0461

2340600

9444186000

2320050

2326747

2340606

Tirunelveli Collector
0462

2501222

9444185000

2577655

2577983

Kanniyakumari Collector
04652

279555

9444188000

260666

260999

260999