Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar was on Thursday appointed as the next Chief Election Commissioner (CEC). He will assume charge on May 15 after incumbent Sushil Chandra demits office on May 14, a notification issued by the law ministry said.
Putting the notification and a press note on his Twitter handle, Law Minister Kiren Rijiju extended his best wishes to Kumar. "In pursuance of clause (2) of article 324 of the Constitution, the President is pleased to appoint Shri Rajiv Kumar as the Chief Election Commissioner with effect from the 15th May, 2022," read the notification.
Once Chandra demits office, there will be a vacancy in the poll panel. Born in 1960, Kumar will demit office sometime in the middle of February 2025.
Besides the President and the Vice President elections due shortly, the 2024 Lok Sabha polls and several assembly polls will be held under his watch.
Kumar was the chairperson of the Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) when he was appointed an election commissioner.
He took charge as an election commissioner on September 1, 2020, after a vacancy was created following the resignation of then election commissioner Ashok Lavasa.
A 1984-batch Indian Administrative Service officer of the Bihar/Jharkhand cadre, Kumar superannuated from service in February 2020.
Meanwhile, the Election Commission of India last month said that itâ€™s contemplating postal ballots for overseas voters.
During his recent visit to South Africa and interaction with the members of the Indian community there, the current CEC Sushil Chandra urged the community to register as overseas voters as the present numbers are abysmally low. He also shared with the members that extension of Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballot System (ETPBS) facility to overseas voters is being contemplated.
The Election Commission delegation, led by the CEC, visited South Africa and Mauritius from April 9-19.