Sunil Arora appointed as new Chief Election Commissioner
President Ram Nath Kovind appointed Sunil Arora as the new Chief Election Commissioner. He would be succeeding OP Rawat who retired on November 24. The 62-year-old Arora was appointed to the Election Commission on August 31, 2017. He was brought in last year to fill the vacancy created by former CEC Nasim Zaidi’s retirement. He is now expected to take charge of his new post on December 2, 2018.A CEC of the Election Commission can have a term of six years or hold office till the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier.The post of Chief Election Commissioner is generally given to the senior-most election commissioner within the Election Commission.
About Sunil Arora
- Sunil Arora is a 1980 batch IAS officer of the Rajasthan Cadre, who has held top positions in various government departments and ministries. Prior to being appointed as a top bureaucrat in the central government, he served as the secretary to the Chief Minister from 1993 to 1998. He served as the principal secretary of CM Vasundhara Raje from 2005 to 2008.
- He also handled Information and Public Relations (IPR), Industries and Investment Departments in the state besides having district postings in Dholpur, Alwar, Nagaur, and Jodhpur. He was later appointed as the Secretary in the Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting and the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.
- He has also served as the joint secretary in the Ministry of Civil Aviation from 1999 to 2002. He also worked in finance, textile, and planning commission during his long career as a bureaucrat. He also worked as chief managing director of the Indian Airlines for a period of five years, with two years as an additional charge and three years as full charge.