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EC to institute annual lecture in memory of first CEC Sukumar Sen

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The has proposed to institute an annual lecture in memory of the country's so as to build awareness about his contributions to the electoral system, the current CEC said Thursday.

served as the first CEC from March 21, 1950 to December 19, 1958, overseeing the first in 1952.

"The has proposed to institute a lecture in memory of Sen, the first CEC of the country, to build awareness about his contributions to the electoral system," CEC said during a book launch event.

The book -- "The Great March of Democracy: Seven Decades of India's Elections" -- is a compilation of essays by several scholars, authors and political leaders, among others, and edited by former CEC S Y Quraishi.

Quraishi said is among the people, the book is dedicated to.

"His contributions to this field are immense... About 80-85 per cent of the electoral system we still use today, was laid down by him," he said.

The in a statement said, "This lecture would be delivered by an eminent person from the democratic world, whose contribution for the spread and furtherance of democratic values and ideals is widely known and recognised."

"It would be the endeavour of the Commission to involve a wide cross-section of including political parties, NGOs, media, leading constitutionalists, legal luminaries, academia and others," it said.

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First Published: Thu, February 07 2019. 22:20 IST