Election commissioner Mr Achal Kumar Joti has been designated as 21st chief election commissioner (CEC) by President Pranab Mukhrjee. He will be succeeding Nasim Zaidi. Mr Joti who is 64 years old will be holding the position of CE up to January 17, 2018.
He had become the part of the three members team of election commission in May of 2015.
Joti is an Ex IAS officer of 1975 batch. He had also worked as Chief Secretary of Gujarat from where he was retired in January, 2013. During his career he has worked in various departments like:
- Chairman of the Kandla Port Trust (1999- 2004),
- Worked as managing director of the Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd. (SSNNL).
- Secretary in the Industry, Revenue and Water Supply Departments in the State.
- Also worked as vigilance commissioner of Gujarat.
About Election Commission and Commissioners:
The election commission of India is an independent constitutional authority which takes care of the voting held in the nation. Its responsibility is to ensure the smoothly process of elections of Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha, state legislatures, and the workplaces of the President and Vice President in the nation. It tackles any issue which affects the voting progression.
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Term of EC and CEC:
When selected the, the election commissioner or chief election commissioner can hold the office for a period of six years or till he or she gets 65 years old as per set by the act named Chief Election Commissioner and Other Election Commissioners (Conditions of Service) Act, 1991.
The pay and allowances for both the designations are equal, equivalent to a judge of Supreme Court.