The Law ministry on Tuesday announced that Election Commissioner Achal Kumar Joti will succeed the outgoing Nasim Zaidi as the next Chief Election Commissioner of India. Nasim Zaidi’s tenure as the Chief Election Commissioner ends on July 6th.
64-year-old Joti has previously served as the chief secretary of Gujarat under then Chief Minister Narendra Modi. A.K. Joti is a 1975-batch Indian Administrative Service officer and was appointed to the three-member panel as an election commissioner in 2015. Joti will continue as the Chief Election Commissioner until January next year.
According to law, the tenure of an Election Commissioner is six years or till the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier. The government will soon appoint a new Election Commissioner to complete the three-member election panel.