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Former Chief Election Commissioner TN Seshan passes away

Former Chief Election Commissioner TN Seshan passes away

Former Chief Election Commissioner TN Seshan passed away Sunday at 9:30 pm at his home in Chennai. He was 86.

Seshan was appointed CEC on December 12, 1990 during the P V Narasimha Rao led Congress government. He is widely credited for introducing electoral reforms that changed the face of Indian elections.

One of them was the implementation of the Model Code of Conduct, which is a set of guidelines issued to regulate political parties and candidates prior to elections.

The rules range from issues related to speeches, polling day, polling booths, portfolios, content of election manifestos, processions and general conduct, so that free and fair elections are conducted. In 1996, Seshan received the Ramon Magsaysay Award for his services as the CEC

Former CEC SY Quraishi took to Twitter to condole his death.

“Sad to announce that Shri TN Seshan passed away a short while ago. He was a true legend and a guiding force for all his successors. I pray for peace to his soul,” he said.

Calling him a “pillar of our democracy,” Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said Seshan was “courageous and a crusty boss who asserted the ElectionCommission’s autonomy and authority as no CEC before him had done.”