New Delhi: Sunil Arora has been appointed as the new Chief Election Commissioner by President Ram Nath Kovind, according to the sources. He will take charge on December 2. He will replace outgoing CEC OP Rawat, who is set to retire this week.
“Yes. His name has been cleared. He is the next CEC. A notification will follow,” a senior functionary was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
The 1980 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer will be in the saddle for two years, supervising the 2019 Lok Sabha polls and assembly polls in at least 10 states.
Besides the Lok Sabha polls, Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir, Odisha, Maharashtra, Haryana, Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim are scheduled to be held next year.
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.
Here are the major highlights from Arora’s career:
- 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.
- He also served as joint secretary in the Ministry of Civil Aviation during 1999-2002 and the CMD, Indian Airlines, for five years — two years as additional charge and three years as full charge.
- In Rajasthan, besides district postings in Dholpur, Alwar, Nagaur and Jodhpur, he was secretary to the chief minister during 1993-1998 and principal secretary to CM (2005-2008), besides handling information and public relations (IPR), Industries and Investment Departments.