Details of the election of the Sarpanch under RTI
The appellant sought information in respect of the election of the Sarpanch from the Election Commission of India. The Public Information Officer (PIO) provided some information related with the Election Commission of India while denying the rest observing that they did not have any information in respect of the remaining queries.
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The Central Information Commission (CIC) rejected the appeal observing that most of the queries were related to the election process at the Panchayat level and such elections are conducted by the State Election Commission and not the Election Commission of India. The Commission advised the appellant to approach the he respective State Election Commission to obtain the sought information.
There have been many cases where the application has been filed with the nodal office where the applicant expects it to be transferred to the regional offices all over the country. This is not mandated under the RTI Act. An application should be filed to the PIO of the concerned public authority.
Citation: Shri Sudershan Kumar v. Election Commission of India in File No.CIC/SM/A/2011/000747
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2012/CIC/296
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