Sunil Arora, 62, a retired 1980-batch IAS officer of the Rajasthan cadre, took over as Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) on Sunday.Mr. Arora sought the cooperation of political parties and people to make elections “totally free, fair and ethical.”He succeeded O.P. Rawat who demitted office on Saturday. The Lok Sabha election, which is due next year, will be conducted the Election Commission under Mr. Arora. He will also hold elections to the Assemblies of Sikkim, Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha, Maharashtra, Haryana, Jharkhand, Delhi, Bihar and Jammu & Kashmir.He will be in office till April 12, 2021.
Mr. Arora retired in April 2016 as Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting.During his 36 years of service, he held various crucial positions in Rajasthan and at the Centre. He served in several key positions, including as Secretary in the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship; Chairman & Managing Director of the then Indian Airlines between 2002 and 2005; member of the Board of Directors of Air India (AI), the Airport Authority of India Limited (AAI), and the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC).