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Sushil Chandra appointed as new Election Commissioner

Sushil Chandra has assumed charge as the new Election Commissioner (EC) of India. He would be working along with Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora and Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa in the Election Commission.

Feb 16, 2019 12:24 IST
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Sushil Chandra on February 15, 2019 assumed charge as the new Election Commissioner (EC) of India. He would be working along with Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora and Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa in the Election Commission.

The Election Commissioners are usually retired IAS or IRS officers. Until 1989, the Election Commission was a single member body, but later two additional Election Commissioners were added. Thus, the Election Commission currently consists of a Chief Election Commissioner and two Election Commissioners.

The decisions of the commission are taken by a majority vote. The term of an Election Commissioner in 6 years.

About Sushil Chandra

Born on May 15, 1957,  Sushil Chandra is a 1980 batch Indian Revenue Service Officer.

He acquired his academic proficiency from Roorkee University and LLB from DAV College, Dehradun.

In the IRS service, Chandra rendered his service in various states including Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi, Gujarat and Maharashtra.

He has the expertise of working extensively in the areas of international taxation and investigation at various places.

Chandra brings rich experience from his position of Director of Investigation, Mumbai and Director General (Investigation), Gujarat.

Besides this, he has undergone various training programmes at Singapore, IIM Bangalore and Wharton.

Prior to joining the Election Commission, Chandra held the office of Chairman in Central Board of Direct Taxes in the Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance and was also Member (Investigation), CBDT.

Background

In 1950, the Election Commission had only a Chief Election Commissioner. Two additional Commissioners were appointed to the commission for the first time on October 16, 1989 but they had a very short tenure, ending on January 1, 1990.

The Election Commissioner Amendment Act, 1989 made the Commission a multi-member body.

The concept of a 3-member Commission has been in operation since then, with the decisions being made by a majority vote.

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