Legal Framework For Simultaneous Polls Will Take Time: Election Body

24 January, 2018, 11:15 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • Rawat is new CEC, Lavasa election commissioner

Om Prakash Rawat will be the new chief election commissioner but it will be Sunil Arora who will be CEC till 2021 and manage the 2019 general elections.

Former Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa was appointed an election commissioner to replace Rawat.

Rawat, who took over as the 22nd CEC, also said an expert committee at the poll panel is examining the matter of electoral bonds and is likely to place its report before the Commission in a few days. The legal framework will take a lot of time, bringing constitutional amendments and making new laws.

Over the last six months, EC has been attacked over a series of issues including the delay in announcement of Gujarat election schedule, controversy over electronic voting machines (EVMs) and more recently the disqualification of 20 Aam Aadmi Party MLAs.

A retired 1977 Madhya Pradesh batch IAS cadre, he assumed office as one of the two Election Commissioners of India on 14 August 2015.

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OP Rawat did postgraduation in MSC from Banaras Hindu University. Apart from this, Rawat has also served as Collector of Narsinghpur from 1983-86 and Indore (Madhya Pradesh) from 1986-88. He had also done the postgraduation in Social Development planning from the United Kingdom in 1989.

Once elected by the President, it is very hard to remove the authority of the Chief Election Commissioner. Rawat is expected to head the polling monitor till December 2018. Three Commissioners have heard the case - (Nasim) Zaidi, (AK) Joti and myself.

He will take charge as the new CEC from Jan 23.

Rawat said the government will have to do a lot of work - in the realm of bringing amendments in the constitutions and the laws and provide logistics to the Commission - to make simultaneous elections a possibility.

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