Taking over the position of Om Prakash Rawat after he demitted the office, Sunil Arora took the charges as Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) of India and will head the benchmark Lok Sabha Election 2019.

Arora took the charges as the 23rd Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) on Sunday, a day after O.P. Rawat demitted the office. The appointment of Sunil Arora was approved by President Ram Nath Kovind, keeping up with the tradition of signing the senior-most Election Commissioner as the CEC upon the end of tenure of the previous chief. Arora, a 1980-batch IAS officer of the Rajasthan cadre, has headed many governmental ministries and his tenure till October 2021.

While taking the charges Arora said that he hoped to receive support from the government and all political parties in India to be able to conduct “totally free, fair and ethical” general election that is to occur within next few months. Besides the Lok Sabha elections in 2019, Arora will also head the poll panel for some benchmark Assembly Elections for states like Jammu and Kashmir, Odisha, Maharashtra, Haryana, Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim that will be held after the general elections.