Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar (Retd. IAS:1984:JH) has been appointed as the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) with effect from May 15, a notification from the government said on Thursday. Kumar will take charge from CEC Sushil Chandra (IRS-IT:1980), who is due to retire on May 14.
“The President is pleased to appoint Shri Rajiv Kumar the senior-most Election Commissioner, as the Chief Election Commissioner in the Election commission of India. Shri Rajiv Kumar will assume charge of the office of the Chief Election Commissioner with effect from the 15th May 2022 vice Shri Sushil Chandra consequent upon his demitting the office of the Chief Election Commissioner on the 14th May 2022,” a press note from the Ministry of Law and justice read.
Kumar took charge as the Election Commissioner of the Election Commission of India (ECI) on September 1, 2020. Prior to assuming charge in the Election Commission, Kumar had been the chairman of the Public Enterprises Selection Board. He joined as the PESB chairman in April 2020.