Sunil Arora has been appointed as the next Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) by President Ram Nath Kovind. 

Sunil Arora Takes Charge as Chief Election Commissioner

Sunil Arora, a 1980-batch IAS officer belonging to the Rajasthan cadre, took charge as the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) of India on 2 December.

Arora, appointed to the post by President Ram Nath Kovind, will govern the poll body which will hold the 2019 general election.

Arora succeeded OP Rawat as head of the Election Commission.

Arora has previously served as secretary in the Information and Broadcasting and the Skill Development ministries, and has been serving in the Election Commission since September 2017, NDTV reported.

He also had a stint as the principal secretary to the Rajasthan chief minister between 2005 and 2008, during which he was considered to be one of the most trusted officers of Vasundhara Raje, reported The Indian Express.

Arora’s take-over on 2 December came just days before Rajasthan goes to polls on 7 December.

(With inputs from NDTV and The Indian Express)