Rajiv Kumar is new Chief Election Commissioner of India

Rajiv Kumar assumes charge as the Chief Election Commissioner of India in New Delhi on May 15, 2022. (Photo/PIB)

New Delhi: Rajiv Kumar on May 15, 2022, assumed charge as the 25th Chief Election Commissioner of India at Election Commission of India, Nirvachan Sadan, New Delhi in pursuance of the Ministry of Law & Justice, Government of India’s Gazette Notification dated May 12, 2022.

Rajiv Kumar has been serving in ECI as Election Commissioner since September 1, 2020.

During his tenure as Election Commissioner, elections have been held for State Assemblies of Bihar in 2020, Assam, Kerala, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, and West Bengal amidst Covid concerns in March-April 2021, and also elections to Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh recently in early 2022.

After assuming charge as CEC, Kumar said: “The Commission will follow the time-tested and democratic methods of consultations and consensus building in bringing about any major reforms for dynamically evolving to changing contexts. And in matters for which it is responsible under the Constitution, ECI will not shy away from tough decisions.”

The CEC also said that Technology will further be made the major instrument for simplification of processes and practices for bringing about transparency and ease of voter services for better election management and operations. (Press Release)

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