Sunil Arora takes over as Chief Election Commissioner


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Sunil Arora, who was appointed as the new Chief Election Commissioner has taken charge today, NDTV reported.

He has succeeded OP Rawat, who demitted office on Saturday.

Shortly after taking charge, Mr Arora held a press conference at his office. “Our first and foremost priority is to give the country fair, credible, free, impartial and ethical elections.” Arora was quoted as saying by ANI.

As the Chief Election Commissioner, Arora will oversee the 2019 general election.

Arora, 62, had been the Information and Broadcasting Secretary, and Secretary in the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.

A 1980 batch IAS officer of the Rajasthan cadre,  Arora is the senior-most officer in the election commission. He has worked in ministries and departments such as Finance, Textiles and Planning Commission.

He also served as Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Civil Aviation during 1999-2002 and CMD, Indian Airlines for five years (two years as additional charge and three years as full charge).

In Rajasthan, besides district postings in Dholpur, Alwar, Nagaur and Jodhpur, he was Secretary to the Chief Minister during 1993-1998 and Principal Secretary to CM (2005- 2008) and handled Information and Public Relations (IPR), Industries and Investment Departments.


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