Replacing the current Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat who is about to demit from his tenure, President Ram Nath Kovind has confirmed appointment of former bureaucrat Sunil Arora as the next CEC of India.
With assembly elections ongoing in five states, the tenure of incumbent topmost election commissioner OP Rawat ends, and the President has cleared the appointment of next Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora, according to information from presidential office. Rawat demits the office on December 1 and Sunil Arora will take over the charges as the topmost official of the poll panel of India from December 2, 2018. The appointment of Arora as CEC is in line with the convention of appointing the senior most election commissioner as the CEC.
Sunil Arora is an IAS officer of 1980 batch from Rajasthan and was posted as a bureaucrat in districts like Dholpur, Alwar, Nagaur and Jodhpur. Later, Arora joined the Rajasthan CM office as secretary from 1993 to 1998, and then as principal secretary from 2005 to 2008. On national level has served for a number of key positions including information and broadcasting secretary, secretary in the skill development and entrepreneurship ministry, as well as the chairman and managing director of Indian Airlines.
Considering the fact that Arora knows how the poll panel works, as he was the second election commissioner in September last year, he was given the lead position in the election panel for about two-and-half-year long tenure. The appointment takes place amidst assembly election ongoing in five states, but more importantly, the Lok Sabha Election 2019 will take place under Sunil Arora’s stewardship. Along with the appointment of CEC, the President has also appointed former finance secretary Ashok Lavasa as the second election commissioner of the poll panel of India.