Achal Kumar Joti takes over as new Chief Election Commissioner of India

Achal Kumar Joti takes over as CEC
Mr. Achal Kumar Joti assumed charge here today as the 21st Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) of India, succeeding Dr. Nasim Zaidi, who demitted office yesterday after completing his tenure.
After the assumption of charge, Mr. Joti spoke about the priorities of the Commission and said that the Commission shall pursue vigorously its commitment to hold free, fair, inclusive and credible elections throughout the country. 
Secondly, the Commission will also pursue its mission to ensure that “No Voter to be Left Behind”, he said.
Thirdly, the Commission shall actively promote e-Governance for holding of elections to the State Assemblies and Parliamentary Elections in the country, he added.
Mr. Joti, 64,was the senior-most Election Commissioner in the Election Commission after Dr. Zaidi.
A retired Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the Gujarat cadre, had joined as Election Commissioner on May 13, 2015. He had served as Chief Secretary of Gujarat from January 2010 until his retirement in 2013 during the period when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the Chief Minister of the state.
Before that, he had served as Additional Chief Secretary, General Administration Department (Personnel). Among other assignments, he had served as Managing Director of the Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited (SSNNL) and as Chairman of the Kandla Port Trust. He had also worked as Secretary in the Industry, Revenue and Water Supply Departments in the Gujarat Government.
Born on January 23, 1953, Mr. Joti holds a Bachelor's degree in Science and a Master's degree in Chemistry from the University of Delhi.


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