HS Brahma appointed as Chief Election Commissioner of India
- Indian President Pranab Mukherjee has appointed Harishankar Brahma as the new Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) of India.
- He will be 19th CEC of India and succeed V S Sampat who had retired after attaining age 65 on 15 January 2015.
- He will take charge on 16 January 2015.
- Mr.Brahma is a retired IAS officer of 1975 batch from the Andhra Pradesh cadre.
- Originally, he hails from the state of Assam.
- He is second person from North East India to become Chief Election Commissioner after J. M. Lyngdoh.
- Brahma was a Power Secretary in the Centre before his induction into the Election Commission.
- He assumed charge as one of the three Election Commissioners on August 25, 2010.
What is a Chief Election Commissioner ?
- According to the Article 324 of Constitution there shall be a Chief Election Commissioner in Indaia.
- Chief Election Commissioner and Election Commissioners are appointed by the President.
- The term of EC is 6 years or until they attain age of 65 years, whichever is earlier.
- The Chief Election Commissioner can be removed from office only through impeachment by Parliament.