Achal Kumar Joti to succeed Nasim Zaidi as Chief Election Commissioner
Election Commissioner Achal Kumar Joti has been appointed as the next chief election commissioner, succeeding the retiring Nasim Zaidi.
Election Commissioner Achal Kumar Joti was appointed as the next Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) on 4 July 2017. He will be succeeding Nasim Zaidi.
According to a notification issued by the law ministry, Achal Kumar Joti would be taking over as the 21st Head of the Election Commission on 6 July 2017. Zaidi would be resigning from his position on 5 July.
About Achal Kumar Joti
• Joti is a 1975-batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer.
• The 64-year-old served as the Chief Secretary of Gujarat when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the state’s Chief Minister. He retired from the post in January 2013.
• He had joined the three-member poll panel as an election commissioner on 8 May 2015 and would be in office until 17 January 2018.
• He has also previously served as the Gujarat vigilance commissioner and worked in various capacities in the state, including as the chairman of the Kandla Port Trust between 1999 and 2004.
• He has also been the Managing Director of the Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd (SSNNL).
• He was also the secretary in the industry, revenue and water supply departments in the state.
The term of a Chief Election Commissioner or Election Commissioner is six years or until the person reaches the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier.
With Zaidi’s retirement, the government is soon expected to appoint one more Election Commissioner to fill up the vacant seat. Currently, the only other member in the poll panel besides Joti is Om Prakash Rawat.
Election Commission of India
• The Election Commission of India is an autonomous constitutional authority responsible for administering election processes in India.
• The body administers elections to the Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha, state legislatures and the offices of the President and Vice President in the country.
• The Commission has the powers under the Constitution, to act in an appropriate manner when the enacted laws make insufficient provisions to deal with a given situation in the conduct of an election.