Today, Anup Chandra Pandey the former Uttar Pradesh chief secretary and retired IAS officer has been appointed as the new Election Commissioner of India. He has been appointed for the post by President Ram Nath Kovind.

According to the statement released by the President’s office, it read, “In pursuance of clause (2) of Article 324 of the Constitution, the President is pleased to appoint Shri Anup Chandra Pandey, IAS (Retd.) (UP: 1984) as the Election Commissioner with effect from the date he assumes the office”.

The 1984-batch IAS officer, Anup Chandra graduated from Chandigarh’s Punjab Engineering College holds a master’s degree in business administration from Panjab University (Chandigarh) and a doctorate in ancient history from Bihar’s Magadh University. He was appointed as the chief secretary of Uttar Pradesh from September 2017 to August 2019 and was earlier the state’s industrial development commissioner.

The post was vacant since April 12 after, the former Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora retired. The Election Commission comprises a Chief Election Commissioner and two Election Commissioners.

With his appointment, Anup will be joining Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra and Election Commissioner (EC) Rajiv Kumar. The three-member commission will now oversee the next set of crucial assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Goa, Manipur, and Uttarakhand next year.

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