New Delhi: Om Prakash Rawat is appointed the new chief election commissioner (CEC), a day before the incumbent CEC Achal Kumar Joti demits charge.
Former finance secretary Ashok Lavasa was also appointed as an election commissioner to fill up the vacancy that would have arisen in the three-member Election Commission after Joti’s retirement. Sunil Arora is the other commissioner in the poll body.
Rawat will take over as the CEC on 23 January. His tenure will end in December this year and Arora, the senior most commissioner after the CEC, is expected to take over as the head of the poll panel as per convention.
An EC or CEC has a tenure of six years. But if officers turn 65 before that, they demit office. Born on 2 December, 1953, Rawat is a former Madhya Pradesh cadre IAS officer. He completed his MSc in social development planning in 1989 in the United Kingdom.
Rawat has served as secretary, department of public enterprises in the ministry of heavy industries. Earlier in 1993, he served as a director in the defence ministry.
He also served as principal secretary to Babu Lal Gaur, the then chief minister of Madhya Pradesh between 2004 and 2006.
Working as an IAS officer in Madhya Pradesh, Rawat held the posts of Commissioner (Women & Child Development), Registrar (Co-operative Societies), Secretary (Cooperation), Secretary (Agriculture) and State Excise Commissioner, added the report.