Om Prakash Rawat new Chief Election Commissioner
Delhi. The Law Ministry today announced that Om Prakash Rawat has been appointed as the new Chief Election Commissioner and ex-finance secretary Ashok Lavasa has been made the election commissioner.
Both Rawat and Lavasa will take charge from January 23. Rawat will succeed AK Joti as Chief Election Commissioner after he steps down on Monday.
Rawat, an IAS officer from the 1977 batch of the Madhya Pradesh cadre, was appointed to the Election Commission two years ago.
In his long career, Rawat has held many illustrious portfolios at both the central and state levels. He had retired as secretary of Ministry of Heavy Industries and public enterprises prior to his appointment in the EC.
Rawat has also served in the defence ministry. In 1994, Rawat was deputed in South Africa as United Nations Election observer.
Meanwhile, the appointment of Lavasa as election commissioner was made as a vacancy would have arisen in the three-member poll panel after the retirement of Joti tomorrow. Sunil Arora is the other election commissioner.