This branch serves as an important link between the Electoral Machinery & Citizens. Conducting free and fair Elections and error free Electoral Rolls continues to remain the primary and priority areas of the Branch, for which this branch looks after the preparation of Electoral Roll, preparation of elector's photo-identity card (EPIC), reorganization and rationalization of polling stations etc.
Elections are conducted according to the constitutional provisions, supplemented by laws made by Parliament. The major laws are Representation of the People Act, 1950, which mainly deals with the preparation and revision of electoral rolls, the Representation of the People Act, 1951 which deals, in detail, with all aspects of conduct of elections and post election disputes.
Collector & District Election Officer is over all Controlling Authority of all the elections in the District. He is Returning Officer for Parliamentary Constituency and officer not below the rank of Deputy Collectors are designated as Returning Officers for Legislative Assembly Constituencies. Generally Returning Officers for Legislative Assembly Constituencies are designated as Assistant Returning Officer for Parliamentary Constituency election.
For conducting Lok Sabha Election Collector is usually appointed as Returning Officer, and Deputy Collector’s are appointed as Asst. Returning Officers to assist the Collector.
For conducting election of Legislative Assembly, Collector is over all controlling authority as a District Election Officer and Deputy Collector & Sub Divisional Officers are appointed as Returning Officer for each Legislative Assembly Constituencies.