Thursday, 22 February, 2018

Meet New Chief Election Commissioner

Om Prakash Rawat Om Prakash Rawat
Melinda Barton | 23 January, 2018, 02:34

Sunil Arora is the other commissioner in the poll body. Rawat will replace incumbent CEC Achal Kumar Joti, whose term comes to an end on Monday (January 22).

Rawat took charge as election commissioner in August 2015.

Rawat, a 1977-batch IAS officer from the Madhya Pradesh cadre, will have a tenure of little over 10 months. Ashok Lavasa, a former finance secretary and an Indian Administrative Service officer of the 1980 batch, has been appointed as an Election Commissioner. The Ministry of Law and Justice has confirmed his appointment on Sunday. He served as Collector, Narsinghpur (1983-86) and Indore (1986-88) in Madhya Pradesh. During his long career, he served at various important portfolios at Centre and state level.

In May 1994, Rawat was a United Nations election observer in South Africa overseeing the first post-apartheid elections. He will demise the office if he turns 65 before the completion of the mandate.

Om Prakash Rawat takes over as the Chief Election Commissioner in place of Achal Kumar Joti, who retired on Friday. An awardee of state government's "recognition of forest rights" in 2009, Rawat did M.Sc in social development planning in 1989 in the United Kingdom. Besides serving in Defence and Heavy Industries ministries, Rawat had also been Principal Secretary to then Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Babu Lal Gaur from 2004 and 2006.

Rawat toldThe Economic Times he is in favour of biometric-based identity checks before a a voter enters into a polling booth and gets access to an EVM.