Om Prakash Rawat appointed as new Chief Election Commissioner

Newly appointed Chief Election Commissioner Om Prakash Rawat on Tuesday said there is no "weakness" and "infirmity" on Election Commission's decision in disqualifying 20 MLAs of Aam Aadmi Party in Office of Profit case.

Ashok Lavasa, a 1980-batch IAS officer of the Haryana cadre and former Finance Secretary has been appointed as the first Election Commissioner. He succeeds Achal Kumar Joti, a Gujarat cadre IAS officer, who remitted office yesterday. "Unless legal framework is in place, we don't have to talk about anything else because legal framework will take lot of time - making constitutional amendment to (changing) the law - all the process will take time", he said. During his tenure as the Election Commissioners of India, Rawat has monitored assembly elections in fourteen Indian states including Assam, Bihar, Kerala, Puducherry, and Tamil Nadu.

"As CEC, my priority will be to have a continuity of delivering free, fair and credible elections through the engagement of all stakeholders and to build consensus on poll reforms", Rawat told the paper. Apart from this, Rawat has also served as Collector of Narsinghpur from 1983-86 and Indore (Madhya Pradesh) from 1986-88.

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The EC is also going to launch an "outfit" on Wednesday which will mark its foray into social media.

Rawat said that biometrics should establish the identity before a voter enters a polling booth and gets access to an electronic voting machine, the identification will then be foolproof. In his tenure of the Election Commissioner 2018, the commissioner will mark the Assembly elections in Karnataka, Chattisgarh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

OP Rawat, who took charge today, said, " It is a quasi-judicial matter so it is not right to comment on it. The Election Commission had given its opinion on this issue in 2015.

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