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Sushil Chandra takes over as Chief Elections Commissioner | India News


NEW DELHI: Sushil Chandra took office as the 24th election commissioner on Tuesday.
Chandra was appointed CEC on Monday, the day Sunil Arora stepped down from office.
Chandra was appointed Election Commissioner on February 14, 2019, prior to the Lok Sabha elections. He would leave office on May 14, 2022.
Under his command, the Electoral Commission (EC) will hold general elections in Goa, Manipur, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh.
The term of the Goa, Manipur, Uttarakhand and Punjab assemblies ends on various dates in March next year.
The Uttar Pradesh assembly term ends on May 14 next year.
Chandra is from the 1980 batch of the Indian Revenue Service.
He is also an ex officio member of the Delimitation Commission since February 18, 2020 in charge of the process in the territory of the union of Jammu and Kashmir.
Having held various positions in the Income Tax Department for nearly 39 years, Chandra was appointed Chairman of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) on November 1, 2016.
He spent considerable time as Director of Research and Director General of Research, Mumbai and Gujarat respectively, followed by his tenure as a member (Research), CBDT and then assuming the position of chair of this lead body.
“Transparency and purity of political funding are vitally important to a free and fair electoral process and the creation of a level playing field. Continuing the crusade that he began as chairman of the CBDT against the threat of black money, Chandra was proactive. as the former Election Commissioner in curbing the use of monetary power that vitiates the electoral process, “the Commission said Tuesday.
It has consistently emphasized the concept of “no incentive” elections and it has become an integral dimension of monitoring the electoral process in all current and future elections, the EC said.

Times of India