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Former Chief Election Commissioner T. N. Seshan dies in Chennai

Chennai: Former Chief Election Commissioner (CEC), T. N. Seshan died in Chennai following a massive heart attack. He was 87 years old.

T. N. Seshan was the 10th CEC and served in the post from 12 December, 1990, to 11 December, 1996. He was a retired IAS officer of the Tamil Nadu cadre.

Former Election Commissioner S. Y. Qureshi tweeted, “Sad to announce that Shri T. N. Seshan (former Chief Election Commissioner of India) 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.

Seshan will always be remembered for bringing in reforms to ensure fair and free polls in India. It was he who enforced the Model Code of Conduct and used to take strict action against anyone who violated  it.

This paved for more fairness in the election campaigning in India since then. He was conferred the Magsaysay Prize for Public Service in 1996.

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