Achal Kumar Joti appointed as next Chief Election Commissioner

Achal Kumar Joti will assume the charge as the head of the Election Commission on July 6. The 64-year-old had served as the chief secretary of Gujarat when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the chief minister.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 4, 2017 5:21 pm
 achal kumar joti, achal kumar jyoti, election commission, law ministry, nasim zaidi, achal kumar joti next CEC, india news, indian express Achal Kumar Joti will assume the charge as the head of the Election Commission on July 6. (Express photo by Amit Mehra)

Election Commissioner Achal Kumar Joti will succeed Nasim Zaidi as the next Chief Election Commissioner, Law ministry confirmed on Tuesday. The 64-year-old, who served as the chief secretary of Gujarat when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the chief minister, will assume the charge as the head of the Election Commission on July 6, a notification issued by the law ministry said. Zaidi will demit office on Wednesday.

A 1975-batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, Joti had joined the three-member poll panel as an election commissioner on May 8, 2015 and would be in office till January 17 next year. He retired as the Gujarat chief secretary in January 2013. He will be the 21st CEC.

Joti has also served as the Gujarat vigilance commissioner and worked in various capacities in the state, including as the chairman of the Kandla Port Trust between 1999 and 2004 and the managing director of the Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd (SSNNL). In addition, he was the secretary in the industry, revenue and water supply departments in the state.

As per the law, a CEC or an Election Commissioner can have a tenure of six years or hold office till the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier.

The government will also appoint one more Election Commissioner to fill up the vacancy caused by Zaidi’s retirement. Om Prakash Rawat is the other election commissioner in the poll panel.

With PTI inputs

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    kamal singh rawat
    Jul 5, 2017 at 9:24 am
    People who r objecting to his appointment , do U have a better option. Why don't U yourselves apply for the post. We should stop criticising just bcoz we have nothing better to do. PLZZ CRITICISE DYNASTIC POLITICS, CRITICISE FAILURE OF RESERVATIONS. Modi is also a Politician and administrator also. He cannot appoint me and people like us here ....I am not a Gujrati but I keep going there . Gujarat is better than maximum states India. When I used to stay in Ahmedabad the famous sabarmati river BELONGING TO THE CONGRESS Family was worse than a gutter. Plzz go and have a look now. Modi is responsible for atleast 10 percent of the Peace and Prosperity In Gujarat. And what if Gujaratis have lesser number of people in the Forces. It seems The guy criticising here calling himself TRUTH is an Army Major INCHARGE OF INTERNET OPERATIONS.Grow Up Man. If everybody can become everybody then I would have las called myself TRUTH.
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      Truth
      Jul 5, 2017 at 9:27 pm
      Dynastic politics is bad and Absolute power is even worse-----Modi-Shah is doing just that-----It will take a long time for Bhakts to realize this !!!
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        Saurabh
        Jul 6, 2017 at 6:00 pm
        Please think on what you're saying. Opposition is to power being usurped. You can either bring out reasons as to why this apprehension may be wrong. But what u do is to point that (1) there's no one better (2) Modi has done good work (1) Really? You know the only qualification to become an EC/CEC is being below 65 years. You think there's noone except him in the whole India? How do you figure that out? What does that make one think of the "Talent in India"? (2) Can power be usurped by someone who does good work? Plus, WHAT CONS UTES GOOD WORK? Can I not talk of the Human dev. indicators of Gujarat? Gender inequality? Health etc.? I'm not lowering the imp. of what u say but would u say that Sabarmati bank dev. the likes outshines edu., health, inequality totally? What's being suggested is to have a bipartisan committee to have CEC (Like in CBI, NHRC etc.). 1 may've certain "secrets" challenging their professional integrity. Is that completely impossible in India?
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        ak dev
        Jul 5, 2017 at 2:05 am
        It's a good news. Slowly but steadily the right people are moving to cons utional positions. 70 years Congress legacy will take few more years to clear.
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          ASHOK KUMAR
          Jul 4, 2017 at 9:51 pm
          Chamchagiri also pays during Modi's rule......
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            vvvvv
            Jul 4, 2017 at 8:40 pm
            Still we youth have time to think for 2019 not to repeat the same mistake as of 2014 pls. Like Zaidi this man give more free hand to BJP and Rss to play with EVM as they like of toy be ware friends.... Now whole india ruling by all Gujjars ... Jai Hind
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              ak dev
              Jul 5, 2017 at 2:03 am
              People don't talk to nameless AAPees ghosts.
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              Truth
              Jul 4, 2017 at 6:37 pm
              Gujjus on a roll.....Modi's Dynasty----Shah,,,,Urjit Patel,,,,Ambani,,,,,Adani,,,,,AKJoti,,,,,
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                amit gujrati
                Jul 4, 2017 at 7:48 pm
                What about Gujarat cadre officers in CBI and Gujarat cadre officers in PMO? Gujarat has talent ,so what is the objection.Unfortunately we have not been able to produce any athlete or capable persons who could join army i.e. why we have not been able to win any medal in armed forces
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                  Truth
                  Jul 4, 2017 at 8:00 pm
                  Talent can be found all over India ,,,,but right now Modi-Shah's Thug-Dynasty is rul-ing--------As for Gujjus , they are best known for their black business and black wealth------They don't figure in the armed forces because they live the easy life and believe in quick money !
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                  Rajesh
                  Jul 5, 2017 at 7:01 am
                  My dear friends MAHATMA GANDHI SARDAR PATEL HAVE TO HEARD NAME? WHAT IS YOUR PROBLEMS WITH GUJARAT? WE HAVE NEVER RAISED PREVIOUSLY WHO WAS PM, FM AND FROM WHERE HW IS? GOD MAY GIVE STRENGTH TO BEAR SOME MORE GUJARATIS FOR ANOTHER 10 YEARS.
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                  Roby Mani
                  Jul 4, 2017 at 6:19 pm
                  Another Gujarat man who will who will on all counts be a yes man of the Gujarat duo being appointed to the key cons utional post.
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