O.P. Rawat appointed next Chief Election Commissioner

Om Prakash Rawat, on Tuesday, assumed charge as the Chief Election Commissioner.

Former finance secretary Ashok Lavasa was appointed Election Commissioner to fill up the vacancy in the three-member commission.

Rawat, who will take over as the 22nd chief of India's Election Commission on Tuesday, will be the CEC until December 2, 2018.

He said again a situation came up when Joti was retiring on January 22 (yesterday) and he would be alone and the matter would remain open for re-hearing. "And such also, it has already taken more than two years", Rawat said.


As per the reports, the new Chief election Commission tenure will end in December this year.

The new process had reduced the time taken for getting environmental clearances for projects from 600 days to 190 days.

Sunil Arora, presently the second seniormost Election Commissioner, will continue until April 2021. "But we have approached the apex court to allow use restart seeding to check duplicity", the Chief Election Commissioner said. "We are working for a public perception of absolute neutrality, impartiality and commitment to the cause of free fair elections.", he said. "We are doing whatever is befitting to us, they are doing whatever is befitting to them", Rawat said while responding to recent criticism of the EC, particularly by opposition parties.

Rawat, a retired Madhya Pradesh cadre Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the 1977 batch, joined the poll panel as an Election Commissioner on August 14, 2015. "The election commission is a creature of the constitution and we have to perform willy-nilly whenever the elections are to be done in whatever way prescribed by the law", said Rawat. During this tenure, he was deputed to South Africa in May 1994 as United Nations election observer to oversee first post-apartheid elections in that country.


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