CHENNAI: Just when the Madras High Court is insisting that elections to local bodies in Tamil Nadu should be held by May 14, as directed by it earlier, the State Election Commission (SEC) is headless for around a fortnight.The two-year term of State Election Commissioner P Seetharaman ended on March 22 and he had demitted office that day.Till now, the government is yet to choose a retired IAS officer to be appointed as the State Election Commissioner.
Sources said the officialdom feels that since Seetharaman had handled the by-election related issues from preparation to notification and later involved in the court proceedings, re-appointing him as SEC would be ideal. However, the State government is considering a few other names for this key post.
But a final decision is likely to be taken after the by-election in RK Nagar constituency. The notification regarding appointment of a new SEC will be issued by the Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao.