Rajiv Kumar has been appointed the next CEC, taking charge on May 15

On Thursday, Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar was appointed as the next Chief Election Commissioner.

He will assume office on May 15 after the current Sushil Chandra resigns on May 14, according to a notification from the law ministry.

Leaving a notice and a press note on his Twitter handle, Law Minister Kiren Rijiju greeted Kumar.

“Pursuant to Article (2) of Article 324 of the Constitution, the President is pleased to appoint Shri Rajiv Kumar as the Chief Election Commissioner from May 15, 2022,” the statement said.

Once Chandra leaves the office, there will be a vacancy on the poll panel.

Kumar, who was born in 1960, will leave office in mid-February 2025.

In addition to the forthcoming presidential and vice-presidential elections, the 2024 Lok Sabha elections and several Assembly elections will be held under his watch.

Kumar was the chairperson of the Public Enterprise Selection Board (PESB) when he was appointed Election Commissioner.

He took over as the Election Commissioner on September 1, 2020 after a vacancy was created following the resignation of the then Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa.

Kumar, a 1984-batch Indian Administrative Service officer from Bihar / Jharkhand cadre, was sacked in February 2020.

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