CONSTITUTION OF ELECTION COMMISSION:
In pursuance to the CONSTITUTION (97th Amendment) Act, 2011 and as per provision under Article 243-ZK the superintendence, direction and control of the preparation of the electoral rolls for, and the conduct of, all elections to a Cooperative Society shall vest in such a authority or body, as may be provided by the Legislature of a State, by law. Accordingly the Government of Odisha U/S 28-AA of the Odisha Cooperative Societies Act, 1962 constituted a separate Commission known as Odisha State Cooperative Election Commission consisting of a Odisha State Cooperative Election Commissioner to be appointed by the Governor, who shall hold of office for a period of five years from the date of his appointment or he attains the age of 65 years whichever is earlier. No person shall be qualified for appointment as State Cooperative Election Commissioner unless he is or has been an Officer of the Government not below the rank of Secretary to the Government.
Dr. R.N. Senapati, IAS (Retd.) was appointed as the first State Cooperative Election Commissioner who assumed Office on 18.02.2013 and continued till 18.08.2014. There after Sri Krishna Gopal Mohapatra, IAS (Retd.) has assumed Office as Cooperative Election Commissioner on 19.09.2014 and continuing as such.