NEW DELHI: Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar
on Thursday was appointed as the new Chief Election Commissioner
(CEC). He will replace Sushil Chandra
, who will demit office on May 14.
Kumar will assume charge as CEC on May 15, according to a press release by the ministry of law and justice.
"The President is pleased to appoint Shri Rajiv Kumar, the senior-most Election Commissioner, as the Chief Election Commissioner in the Election Commission of India. Shri Rajiv Kumar will assume the charge of office of the Chief Election Commissioner with effect from the 15th May, 2022 vice Shri Sushil Chandra consequent upon his demitting the Office of the Chief Election Commissioner on the 14th May, 20222," said the notification.
Kumar, born in 1960, is expected to demit office in February, 2025. He will be overseeing the President and the Vice President elections, the 2024 Lok Sabha polls and several assembly polls.
A 1984-batch Indian Administrative Service officer of the Bihar/Jharkhand cadre, Kumar superannuated from service in February 2020. He was the chairperson of the Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) when he was appointed an election commissioner, a post that became vacant on September 1, 2020, following the resignation of then election commissioner Ashok Lavasa.
Kumar has also been the Director, Central Board of Reserve Bank of India (RBI), SBI, NABARD; Member, Economic Intelligence Council (EIC); Member, Financial Stability and Development Council (FSDC); Member, Bank Board Bureau (BBB); Member, Financial Sector Regulatory Appointments Search Committee (FSRASC), Civil services Board among many other such Boards and Committees.
Law minister Kiren Rijiju extended his best wishes to Rajiv 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. My best wishes to Shri Rajiv Kumar," Rijiju tweeted.