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Om Prakash Rawat takes over as Chief Election Commissioner

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on January 21, 2018

Ashok Lavasa, who retired recently as Finance Secretary, has been appointed as an Election Commissioner.

Om Prakash Rawat takes over as the Chief Election Commissioner in place of Achal Kumar Joti, who retired on Friday.

Lavasa, a 1980 batch Haryana cadre IAS officer, joins the Commission as the third Commissioner in place of Joti.

During his career, Lavasa held various positions at the Centre, including Civil Aviation Secretary and Additional Secretary and Special Secretary in the Ministry of Power before he moved to the Ministry of Finance, from where he retired from service in October last year.

By convention, the three Commissioners have equal powers although the seniormost of them takes over as the Chief Election Commissioner.

Published on January 21, 2018

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