President Ram Nath Kovind has appointed retired bureaucrat Sunil Arora as the replacement for the current chief election commissioner, Om Prakash Rawat.

Rawat is set to retire on 2 December, after which Arora will have a two-and-a-half-year term and will be responsible for conducting the 2019 general election.


Arora, who holds a degree in English from Panjab University, is a 1980-batch bureaucrat and belongs to the Rajasthan Cadre. He has previously served in the Ministry of Civil Aviation (1999-2002), Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (2014-2015), and Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (2015-2016).


As a secretary in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Arora led

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