A constitutional authority under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of India, Election Commission, is the authority responsible for conducting elections at all national, state, and local levels in the country.
Reportedly, as per the PTI news agency, the current election commissioner of India Sushil Chandra is going to be the next Chief election commissioner. As per sources, Sushil Chandra’s name has been cleared for the post of CIC. It has been a tradition that the seniormost member of the three-membered election commission is appointed as the chief election commissioner.
The formal orders of his appointment as chief election commissioner will likely be issued soon. Sushil Chandra will become India’s 24th CIC, succeeding current CIC Sunil Arora (23rd CIC). 30 April 2021 will be the last working day of present CIC Sunil Arora.
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WHO IS THE NEW CHIEF ELECTION COMMISSIONER?
An officer of the 1980 batch Indian Revenue Service (IRS), Sushil Chandra took charge as Election Commissioner of India on 15 February 2019 and he was posted as the chairman of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) before this. Sushil Chandra has served in the IRS services, before assuming charge as Election Commissioner of India, for 38 years.
Having completed his Btech from Roorkee University, Chandra also holds a degree in LLB degree from DAV College, Dehradun. He was in the IES before joining IRS and has undergone several pieces of training at IIM, Bengaluru, and IMF.
Chandra, as chairman of CBDT, also led the unearthing of illegal money used during the Assembly elections. He signed treaties for the automatic exchange of information, in a bid to promote transparency between India and Switzerland.