The central government has appointed Anup Chandra Pandey, as the next Election Commissioner. Pandey is a retired IAS officer if 1984 batch from Uttar Pradesh cadre. He will serve the office for around 3-years and will retire in February 2024.

  • Pandey has been appointed to position after retirement of former Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora.
  • Thus, the Election Commission now restores to its full strength of three members. Other members of the panel are CEC Sushil Chandra and Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar.
  • It will now which will now oversee upcoming crucial assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Punjab, Manipur and Uttarakhand in the year 2022.

Backdrop

Anup Chandra Pandey retired from civil services in August 2019. He had served as Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh under CM Yogi Adityanath. He also worked as the Infrastructure and Industrial Development Commissioner of UP.

Election Commission

The Election Commission of India is an autonomous constitutional authority that administers Union & State election processes in India. It was established on 25th January 1950 in accordance with constitution under article 324. It also administers elections to Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha, State Legislative Assemblies, President and Vice President. It is not concerned with elections to panchayats and municipalities. A separate State Election Commission is there to administer Panchayat & Municipality election.

Chief Election Commissioner

The Chief Election Commissioner and Election Commissioner are appointed by President for a fixed tenure of 6 years or till 65 years of age. They have same status, salary and perks as is available to Judges of Supreme Court.

Anup Chandra Pandey appointed next Election Commissioner