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Rajiv Kumar appointed as Chief Election Commissioner of India

Rajiv Kumar is appointed as the Chief Election Commissioner of the Election Commission of India (ECI) with effect from the 15th May, 2022. 

The Union Ministry of Law and Justice Thursday announced Rajiv Kumar, the current Election Commissioner, will take over as the next Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) from May 15. Kumar will take charge from CEC Sushil Chandra, who is due to retire.

The Election Commission of India today organized a conference with the Chief Electoral Officers of all States/UTs in New Delhi. The two day conference is organised to share experiences and learnings from recently held State Assembly Elections in five states along with thematic discussions on election planning, Expenditure monitoring, Electoral Roll, IT Applications, Data Management, EVM/VVPAT, timely resolution of grievances, SVEEP Strategy & Voter Outreach, media and communication.

During his address, CEC Shri Sushil Chandra said that such conferences are an excellent platform for sharing experiences and learning from each other. While complimenting the Chief Electoral Officers, he added that these five states’ elections conducted amidst the pandemic were exemplary and had no previous examples or references. The extraordinary circumstances demanded extraordinary solutions from banning physical rallies, promoting digital campaigning and weekly reviewing the situation with critical stakeholders.

CEC Shri Chandra stressed on the need to continuously upgrade the services for voters through the entire election process, right from registration to voting. Elaborating further, he mentioned that CEOs are the face of the Election Commission of India in the States. and should ensure that they are accessible and visible to all stakeholders. While narrating instances, he urged CEOs to provide regular feedback to the ECI for systemic improvements and improvising voter facilitation.He urged CEOs to strengthen their outreach and communication to showcase their best practices and innovations in election management to the world.

CEC congratulated EC Shri Rajiv Kumar who has been appointed as new Chief Election Commissioner. He wishes that ECI attains greater heights under his leadership.

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