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Sunil Arora takes over as Chief Election Commissioner, next LS polls to be held under him

Dec 2nd, 2018 11:38 am | By | Category: LATEST NEWS

Sunil Arora
(THE NEWSMAN OF INDIA.COM)
New Delhi: Sunil Arora, who was recently appointed as the new Chief Election Commissioner by President Ram Nath Kovind of India, Arora took charge as CEC of India today.

He replaced outgoing CEC OP Rawat, who retired last week. Arora assumes charge at a time when the poll panel is in the midst of conducting assembly elections in five states. The Election Commission will hold the 2019 general election under him.

A CEC of the Election Commission can have a tenure of six years or hold office till the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier. The convention is to appoint the senior-most election commissioner as chief election commissioner.

A former bureaucrat, Arora was appointed as election commissioner on August 31, 2017. He succeds Om Prakash Rawat who retires on Saturday.

Arora, 62, had been the information and broadcasting secretary, and the secretary in the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.

A 1980-batch IAS officer of the Rajasthan cadre, Arora has worked in ministries such as finance, textiles and the Planning Commission.

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