Who is the Chief Election Commissioner?

The Chief Election Commissioner is responsible for conducting free and fair national and state elections in India. The Chief Election Commissioner is appointed by the President of India. At present, there is a Chief Election Commissioner and two Election Commissioners as the head of the Election Commission.

Who is the present Chief Election Commissioner of India?

The present Chief Election Commissioner of India is Rajiv Kumar. Rajiv Kumar assumed office on 15 May 2022. He had replaced Sushil Chandra. Rajeev Kumar, born on 6 July 1951, is an Indian economist. Rajeev Kumar is a retired IAS officer of 1984 batch of Bihar/Jharkhand cadre.

He retired from IAS in February 2020. He served as a director on the central boards of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), SBI and NABARD. He also served as a member of several boards and committees. He was appointed as the chairman of the Public Enterprises Selection Board in April 2020.

What is the tenure of the Chief Election Commissioner?

The tenure of the Chief Election Commissioner will be 6 years or 65 years (whichever is earlier) from the date of assuming office. The tenure of other commissioners will be 6 years or till the age of 65 years. (Whichever came first). In protocol, the honor and salary of the Election Commissioner is at par with that of a Judge of the Supreme Court of India. The Chief Election Commissioner can be removed only by impeachment by the Parliament.

List of Chief Election Commissioners of India since 1950:

Name of the Chief Election Commissioner Start of term Termination
Sukumar Sen 21 March 1950 19 December 1958
K. V.K. Sundaram 20 December 1958 30 September 1967
S. P. Sen Verma 01 October 1967 30 September 1972
Dr. Nagendra Singh October 01 1972 06 February 1973
T. Swaminathan 07 February 1973 June 17 1977
S. L. Shakdhar June 18 1977 June 17 1982
R.K. Trivedi June 18 1982 31 December 1985
R. VS Shastri January 01 1986 25 November 1990
V. S. Ramadevi 26 November 1990 11 December 1990
T. N. Seshan 12 December 1990 11 December 1996
M. S. Gill 12 December 1996 June 13 2001
J. M. Lyngdoh June 14 2001 07 February 2004
T. S. Krishnamurthy February 08 2004 May 15 2005
B. B. Tandon May 16 2005 June 28 2006
N. Gopalaswamy June 29 2006 April 20 2009
Naveen Chawla April 21 2009 July 29 2010
Shahbuddin Yakub Qureshi July 30 2010 June 10 2012
V. S. Sampat June 11 2012 15 January 2015
Hari Shankar Brahma 16 January 2015 April 18, 2015
Dr. Naseem Zaidi April 19, 2015 July 06, 2017
Achal Kumar Jyoti July 06, 2017 22 January 2018
Om Prakash Rawat 23 January 2018 30 November 2018
Sunil Arora 02 December 2018 12 April 2021
Sushil Chandra April 13, 2021 May 14, 2022
Rajeev Kumar May 15, 2022 Current

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The Chief Election Commissioner in India is appointed by the President. Under Article 324 of the Indian Constitution, the President is empowered to appoint the Chief Election Commissioner of India and its members. This appointment has been made on the basis of the advice of the High Court and the Central Government.

On 21 January 2018, Shri O. P. Rawat (O.P. Rawat) was appointed as the new Chief Election Commissioner of India. He received the appointment by the President Shri Ram Nath Kovind. Precedence o. P. Rawat held the post of Chief Election Commissioner from January 2018 to December 1, 2018.

Dr. Nagendra Singh held the office of the Chief Election Commissioner of India from 01 October 1972 to 06 February 1973. He had performed the work of this important post during his tenure.

VS Ramadevi MA, LLM, was the Chief Election Commissioner of India from 26 November 1990 to 11 December 1990. She was the first woman to hold the office of the Chief Election Commissioner of India.

Sukumar Sen was the first Chief Election Commissioner of India who held the post from 21 March 1950 to 19 December 1958. For his services, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1954.

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