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Personnel
The State Election Commission for U.T., Chandigarh is headed by a State Election Commissioner appointed under Article 243 ZA read with Article 243 K of the Constitution of India and also relevant laws of Punjab Municipal Law and the Punjab Panchayati Raj Acts as extended to the U.T. of Chandigarh by separate Acts.

The Commission was initially constituted for N.C.T. of Delhi and subsequently it was assigned the work of elections to the M.C. Chandigarh and the Gram Panchayats (3 tier system) in Chandigarh. No supportive post to assist the commission in election work has been provided so far. Only the Secretary of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh is designated as ‘ex-officio Assistant Election Commissioner’ for U.T., Chandigarh. Some staff from U.T., Chandigarh Administration is provided in diverted capacity as and when an election is to be conducted. However, the officers and staff in Delhi office also look after the regular election work for Chandigarh also.

The nature of election work is regular in sense that though the term of the each House is 5 years yet due to different dates of various election in U.T., Chandigarh, the commission is always busy in holding elections and bye-elections as a result of death/resignation of a member or on expiry of the term of a House. The post election work includes election petitions, litigation in courts, maintenance and upkeep of valuable election records, settlement of account of election expenses, disposal of election records after expiry of the prescribed period, keeping the electoral rolls uptodate for use at an election within a given time etc. etc. To cope with the above items of work, office at Chandigarh needs regular staff for which efforts are on as the quality of work done by the borrowed staff is not up to the mark and staff at Delhi has to bear the brunt of gigantic task of Chandigarh elections.

For the purpose of preparation of electoral rolls and for conduct of elections to the various bodies, the State Election Commissioner appoints the following officers belonging to the Govt. of U.T. of Chandigarh:-

(a) Electoral Registration Officers
(b) Assembly Electoral Registration Officers
(c) Returning Officers
(d) Assistant Returning Officers
(e) Election Observers
(f) Election Expenditure Observers
(g) Presiding and Polling Officers
(h) Counting staff
(i) Staff at Collection Centres to receive polled ballot boxes and election documents after the close of poll.
(j) Sector officers for a group of polling stations tosupervise the poll.
(k) A large No. of Police Officers/ Police personnel are also deputed.

At the time of any election in U.T. Chandigarh, the State Election Commissioner
with senior officers and supportive staff shifts temporarily to Chandigarh and remains there till completion of elections.

Necessary funds for elections are provided to the Commission by the U.T. Administration of Chandigarh.
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