Former Finance Secretary Rajiv Kumar has been appointed as the new Election Commissioner. He will take charge on September 1.
“In pursuance of clause (2) of article 324 of the Constitution, the president is pleased to appoint Shri Rajiv Kumar (IAS retired) as the election commissioner with effect from the date he assumes the office vice Shri Ashok Lavasa, election commissioner who has resigned with effect August 31,” said the Law Ministry in a notification.
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Kumar, a retired IAS officer of the 1984 batch from Jharkhand cadre, has been appointed in place of Ashok Lavasa, who had resigned earlier this week to join Philippines-based Asian Development Bank (ADB) as vice-president next month.
While Sunil Arora is the Chief Election Commissioner, the other Election Commissioner, aside from Kumar now, is Sushil Chandra.