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Can any Bollywood drama ever compare with the awesome spectacle of an Indian election?

Let us check out how much you know about the Great Election Tamasha.

A quiz we will publish every working day till May 13, the day we know who we have elected to the 14th Lok Sabha.

1. Who was the first Chief Election Commissioner of India?
a. KVK Sundaram.
b. S P Sen Verma.
c. Sukumar Sen

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The correct answer is C
Born in 1899, Sukumar Sen was educated at Presidency College and at London University, where he was awarded a gold medal in Mathematics. He joined the Indian Civil Service in 1921, and served in various districts and as a judge before being appointed chief secretary of West Bengal in 1947, from where he was sent on deputation as chief election commissioner. He served as CEC from March 21, 1950 to December 19, 1958.

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Born in 1899, Sukumar Sen was educated at Presidency College and at London University, where he was awarded a gold medal in Mathematics. He joined the Indian Civil Service in 1921, and served in various districts and as a judge before being appointed chief secretary of West Bengal in 1947, from where he was sent on deputation as chief election commissioner. He served as CEC from March 21, 1950 to December 19, 1958.

2. Who has the distiction of holding the post of CEC for shortest period?
a. V S Ramadevi.
b. Dr Nagendra Singh.
c. T Swaminathan.

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The correct answer is A.
V S Ramadevi, the former governor of Karnataka and Himachal Pradesh, held the post for 16 days from November 26, 1990 to December 11, 1990. Enrolled as an advocate in the Andhra Pradesh high court, she joined the Central Government Service as an officer belonging to group-a service and after working in various capacities as a member of the Indian Legal Service in the legislative department served as special secretary in the legislative department, member-secretary of the Law Commission; and secretary to the Government of India; secretary to the Government of India in the legislative department and also member-Secretary, Law Commission simultaneously for some time; She also served as honorary advisor to the National Commission for Women and was appointed as secretary-general, Rajya Sabha from July 1, 1993 to July 25, 1997.
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V S Ramadevi, the former governor of Karnataka and Himachal Pradesh, held the post for 16 days from November 26, 1990 to December 11, 1990. Enrolled as an advocate in the Andhra Pradesh high court, she joined the Central Government Service as an officer belonging to group-a service and after working in various capacities as a member of the Indian Legal Service in the legislative department served as special secretary in the legislative department, member-secretary of the Law Commission; and secretary to the Government of India; secretary to the Government of India in the legislative department and also member-Secretary, Law Commission simultaneously for some time; She also served as honorary advisor to the National Commission for Women and was appointed as secretary-general, Rajya Sabha from July 1, 1993 to July 25, 1997.

3. When were the two additional Election Commissioners appointed for the first time?
a. January 1, 1990.
b. October 1, 1993.
c. October 16, 1989.

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Wrong! The correct answer is C.
For the first time two additional Election Commissioners were appointed on October 16, 1989 but they had a very short tenure till January 1, 1990. Later on October 1, 1993 two additional Election Commissioners were appointed. The concept of a multi-member Commission has been in operation since then, with decision making power by majority vote.
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For the first time two additional Election Commissioners were appointed on October 16, 1989 but they had a very short tenure till January 1, 1990. Later on October 1, 1993 two additional Election Commissioners were appointed. The concept of a multi-member Commission has been in operation since then, with decision making power by majority vote.

4. Who appoints the Chief Election Commissioner and Election Commissioners?
a. The prime minister.
b. The President.
c. Members of Parliament.

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Wrong! The correct answer is B.
The President appoints the Chief Election Commissioner and Election Commissioners.
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The President appoints the Chief Election Commissioner and Election Commissioners.

5. What is the tenure of Election Commissioners?
a. 6 years.
b. 5 years.
c. 4 years.

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Wrong! The correct answer is A.
They have tenure of six years, or up to the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier. They enjoy the same status and receive salary and perks as available to judges of the Supreme Court of India.
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They have tenure of six years, or up to the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier. They enjoy the same status and receive salary and perks as available to judges of the Supreme Court of India.

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