Sunil Arora set to take over as CEC on 2 December: New Election Commission chief will anchor 2019 Lok Sabha polls

New Delhi: Sunil Arora is learnt to have been appointed as the next chief election commissioner (CEC), highly-placed sources in the law ministry said Monday.

Though a formal notification announcing his appointment is yet to be issued, his name has been cleared by the Centre and sent to Rashtrapati Bhavan, the sources said.

"Yes. His name has been cleared. He is the next CEC. A notification will follow," a senior functionary said. He will take over on 2 December. The Election Commission will hold the 2019 general election under him. 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 in 2019.

File image of Sunil Arora. Image courtesy: News18

File image of Sunil Arora. Image courtesy: News18

A CEC 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 31 August, 2017. He succeeds Om Prakash Rawat who retired 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.

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 chief minister (2005-2008), besides handling information and public relations (IPR), Industries and Investment Departments.

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Updated Date: Nov 27, 2018 11:17:11 IST

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