Andhra Pradesh State Election Commission

Andhra Pradesh State Election Commission is a Constitutional authority agency of Andhra Pradesh, India. It was formed under the Articles 243-K and 243-ZA of Constitution of India. It conducts the Rural and Urban Local Body Elections in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

Andhra Pradesh State Election Commission
Official emblem of the electoral commission
Agency overview
FormedJune 1994
JurisdictionAndhra Pradesh
Headquarters1st Floor , New Hod's Building, Indira Gandhi Municipal Stadium, M. G. Road, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh - 520010[1]
EmployeesAround 300
Agency executive
  • NILAM SAWHNEY (1 March 2021-present), Commissioner



The Andhra Pradesh State Election Commission was formed in June 1994. The 1st Local body elections to Municipalities and Panchayat Raj Institutions were held in March 1995. The 2nd and 3rd Local Body elections were held in 2000-2001 and 2005-2006 respectively. The 4th ordinary elections to Gram Panchayats were held in July 2013. The 4th ordinary elections to Municipalities were held in March 2014 and to those of MPTCs and ZPTCs in April 2014.

Consequent on the bifurcation of the State, the Government of Andhra Pradesh constituted a State Election Commission for the State of Andhra Pradesh on 30 January 2016.



The State Election commission is headed by a State Election Commissioner appointed by the Governor of Andhra Pradesh. The State Election Commissioner holds his term for three years from the date of assumption of office. Officers holding the post of Principal Secretary to Government.

Andhra Pradesh State Election Commissioner is Nilam Sawhney, retired IAS.[2]



Elections to the Rural and Urban bodies of Andhra Pradesh are held by both direct and indirect elections.[3] The sole controlling authority rests on the Andhra Pradesh State Election Commission.

The A.P. State Election Commission adopts the Assembly Electoral Rolls prepared under the supervision of the Chief Electoral Officer, General Administration (Elections) Department (who is the representative of the Election Commission of India in the State) for preparation of ward-wise electoral rolls for conduct of elections to Rural and Urban Local Bodies in the State.[4] Polling stations are identified based on the rolls. Once the pre-election exercises such as delimitation and reservation of seats and offices in local bodies are completed and communicated by the State Government, the State Election Commission issues Notification for conduct of elections.

Direct elections


Elections to the following posts are held by this Commission by Direct election.

  • Rural Local Bodies :
  1. Members of the Zilla Parishad Territorial Constituency (ZPTC).
  2. Members of the Mandal Parishad Territorial Constituency (MPTC).
  3. Sarpanch of the Gram Panchayat.
  4. Ward Member of Gram Panchayat.
  • Urban Local Bodies :

The Urban Local Bodies consist of Municipal Corporations, Municipalities and Nagar Panchayats.

  1. Corporators / Ward Members of Municipal Corporation.
  2. Councillors / Ward Members of Municipality / Nagar Panchayat.

Indirect elections


Indirect elections are held for the following positions: After taking oath by the directly elected Members, indirect elections are held as per the date and time appointed by the Commission in the respective local bodies.

  • Rural Local Bodies :
  1. Upa-Sarpanch of Gram Panchayat.
  2. President and Vice-President of Mandal Praja Parishad.
  3. Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson of Zilla Praja Parishad.
  • Urban Local Bodies :
  1. Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Municipal Corporation.
  2. Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson of Municipalities.


  1. ^ "Andhra Pradesh State Election Commission". Andhra Pradesh State Election Commission. Retrieved 7 December 2021.
  2. ^ "Nilam Sawhney to be new State Election Commissioner of Andhra Pradesh". ANI News. 27 March 2021. Retrieved 7 December 2021.
  3. ^ "Andhra Pradesh Election Commission launches call centre, e-mail to receive complaints". The New Indian Express. 4 November 2021. Retrieved 7 December 2021.
  4. ^ "Andhra Pradesh State Election Commissioner to consider pleas on forced withdrawals". The Hindu. 28 February 2021. Retrieved 7 December 2021.