Sushil Chandra appointed as the Chief Election Commissioner

Sushil Chandra
Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra

New Delhi: Sushil Chandra appointed as the Chief Election Commissioner with effect from 13th April, a day after incumbent CEC Sunil Arora demits office.

According to a statement issued by the Legislative Department of the ministry, Chandra will assume charge on April 13. Incumbent Sunil Arora demits office on Monday.

Chandra was appointed as an election commissioner on February 14, 2019, ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

He would demit office on May 14, 2022.

Under him, the Election Commission would hold assembly polls in Goa, Manipur, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh.

The term of the assemblies of Goa, Manipur, Uttarakhand and Punjab ends on various dates in March next year.

The term of the Uttar Pradesh assembly ends on May 14 next year.

New assemblies have to be constituted before their five year term ends.

WHO IS THE NEW CHIEF ELECTION COMMISSIONER?

An officer of the 1980 batch Indian Revenue Service (IRS), Sushil Chandra took charge as Election Commissioner of India on 15 February 2019 and he was posted as the chairman of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) before this. Sushil Chandra has served in the IRS services, before assuming charge as Election Commissioner of India, for 38 years.

Having completed his Btech from Roorkee University, Chandra also holds a degree in LLB degree from DAV College, Dehradun. He was in the IES before joining IRS and has undergone several pieces of training at IIM, Bengaluru, and IMF.

Chandra, as chairman of CBDT, also led the unearthing of illegal money used during the Assembly elections. He signed treaties for the automatic exchange of information, in a bid to promote transparency between India and Switzerland.

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