President Ram Nath Kovind appointed Anup Chandra Pandey, a Former Uttar Pradesh IAS officer, as Election Commissioner of India.
Pandey was a 1984- batch IAS officer in UP. He has also served as Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Defence and Joint Secretary in the Union Ministry of Labour and Employment in Uttar Pradesh.
“In pursuance of clause (2) of article 324 of the Constitution, the President is pleased to appoint Shri Anup Chandra Pandey, IAS (Retd.) (UP: 1984) as the Election Commissioner with effect from the date he assumes the office.” published in The Gazette of India.
Sunil Arora demitted office as the Chief Election Commissioner on 12 April. Regarding this, a notification has already been issued by Legislative Department, Ministry of Law and Justice. Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sushil Chandra and Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar newly joined Anup Chandra Pandey in India’s top executive body (ECI).
This poll body will have crucial tasks, including assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Manipur, Uttarakhand, and Goa next year.
Pandey will demit office by 2024 before holding the next Lok Sabha polls. The three election commissioners hold office for six years or until they attain 65, but Pandey has to serve around three years in the poll body.