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Chief Election Commissioner of India


Chief Election Commissioner of India is the head of the Election Commission of the country. He is generally an Indian Civil Service member and is likely to be from the Indian Administrative Services.
The Chief Election Commissioner of India is appointed by the President and once appointed it is extremely difficult to remove him from authority as it requires two-thirds of Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha's votes against him. According to the Election Commission 1991 act, the salary of the Chief Election Commissioner of India is same as that of the Supreme Court Judge.

Roles and Responsibilities of Chief Election Commissioner of India


As the head of the apex election body, he sees that elections at national and state level are conducted free and fair. The final decision of disqualification of a political member or a party also lies with him. He also has the authority to pass a law regarding elections. He can also advise the President for disqualification of any member.

Who is the Chief Election Commissioner of India?

The present Chief Election Commissioner of India is Om Prakash Rawat. He assumed office on Jan 23, 2018 and was preceded by Achal Kumar Jyoti.

List of Chief Election Commissioners of India


S.No.NameTenure
1Om Prakash RawatJan 23, 2018 to Present
1Achal Kumar JyotJuly 6, 2017 to Jan 23, 2018
2Nasim ZaidiJan 19, 2015 to July 5, 2017
3H. S. BrahmaJan 16, 2015 to Apr 18, 2015
4V. S. SampathJun 11, 2012 to Jan 15, 2015
5S. Y. QuraishiJul 30, 2010 to Jun 10, 2012
6Navin ChawlaApr 21, 2009 to Jul 29, 2010
7N. GopalaswamiJun 30, 2006 to Apr 20, 2009
8B. B. TandonMay 16, 2005 to Jun 29, 2006
9T. S. KrishnamurthyFeb 8, 2004 to May 15, 2005
10J. M. LyngdohJun 14, 2001 to Feb 7, 2004
11M. S. GillDec 12, 1996 to Jun 13, 2001
12T. N. SeshanDec 12, 1990 to Dec 11, 1996
13V. S. RamadeviNov 26, 1990 to Dec 11, 1990
14R. V. S. Peri SastriJan 1, 1986 to Nov 25, 1990
15R. K. TrivediJun 18, 1982 to Dec 31, 1985
16S. L. ShakdharJun 18, 1977 to Jun 17, 1982
17T. SwaminathanFeb 7, 1973 to Jun 17, 1977
18Nagendra SinghOct 1, 1972 to Feb 6, 1973
19S. P. Sen VermaOct 1, 1967 to Sep 30, 1972
20Kalyan SundaramDec 20, 1958 to Sep 30, 1967
21Sukumar SenMar 21, 1950 to Dec 19, 1958


Last Updated on Feb 06, 2018




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