Rawat is new CEC, Lavasa election commissioner

by Garry Watts January 24, 2018, 11:13
Rawat is new CEC, Lavasa election commissioner

He took the charge as new CEC in Delhi today.

He said again a situation came up when Joti was retiring on January 22 (yesterday) and he would be alone and the matter would remain open for re-hearing.

The Election Commission is yet to firm up its view on the BJP government's new scheme of electoral bonds - described unsafe for the democracy by many political parties - and will soon flag its concerns to the government. During his tenure as the Election Commissioners of India, Rawat has monitored assembly elections in fourteen Indian states including Assam, Bihar, Kerala, Puducherry, and Tamil Nadu. Rawat is a retired IAS cadre of 1977 Madhya Pradesh batch and has held many important govt positions. Om Prakash Rawat has also served as the Public Enterprise Secretary of India.

The EC is also going to launch an "outfit" on Wednesday which will mark its foray into social media.

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A former joint secretary in the Ministry of Defence, Rawat was appointed Election Commissioner in August 2015.

Once elected by the President, it is very hard to remove the authority of the Chief Election Commissioner. Reports claimed that former finance commissioner Ashok Lavasa has been appointed new election commissioner.

As the CEC, he will oversee elections to the state legislative assemblies of Karnataka, Mizoram, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, including the ongoing assembly elections in Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura. "Unless legal framework is in place, we do not have to talk about anything else", Rawat said when asked if simultaneous polls are possible by 2019. "The commission will take a view where they are falling short and where some tweaking is needed and will respond accordingly", said Rawat.

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