Chief Election Commissioner Achal Kumar Joti will retire on Monday and Election Commissioner Om Prakash Rawat will replace Joti as the next Chief Election Commissioner from Tuesday. Former finance secretary Ashok Lawasa has been appointed the new election commissioner, reported PTI quoting the law ministry.
"The President is pleased to appoint the senior-most Election Commissioner, Shri Om Prakash Rawat as the Chief Election Commissioner in the Election Commission".
He may oversee elections to Madhya Pradesh, Chhatisgarh and Rajasthan should the commission decide to hold it along with Mizoram.
This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Press Trust of India wire. He completed his MSc in social development planning in 1989 in the United Kingdom.
Rawat is a 1977-batch former IAS officer who earlier served the government in several important roles.
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The Chief Election Commissioner heads the Election Commission of India for a tenure of six years. But if officers turn 65 before that, they demit office.
According to News18 report, in May 1994, Rawat was a United Nations election observer in South Africa overseeing the first post-apartheid elections.
In May 2015, Achal Kumar Jyoti was appointed as Election Commissioner. He received the Prime Minister's award in 2010 for excellence in public administration for innovative group initiative "Recognition of Forest Rights".
Talking to the leading daily, CEC Rawat said, "One can't say (definitively) because there is nothing as proof". He also served as Collector, Narsinghpur (1983-86) and Indore (1986-88) in Madhya Pradesh.