President Ram Nath Kovind has appointed Sunil Arora as the new Chief Election Commissioner (CEC), replacing the OP Rawat. Mr. Arora will take charge of the office on December 2, 2018. Mr. Arora was previously brought in as the Election Commissioner in September last year to fill the vacancy created by former CEC Nasim Zaidi’s retirement.
Sunil Arora, 62, had been the Information and Broadcasting Secretary, and Secretary in the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship. A 1980-batch IAS officer of the Rajasthan cadre, Sunil Arora has also worked in ministries and departments such as Finance, Textiles and Planning Commission and was also CMD of Indian Airlines for five years.
He also served as Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Civil Aviation during 1999-2002 and CMD, Indian Airlines for five years (two years as an additional charge and three years as full charge).
In Rajasthan, besides district postings in Dholpur, Alwar, Nagaur and Jodhpur, he was Secretary to the Chief Minister during 1993-1998 and Principal Secretary to CM Vasundhara Raje (2005- 2008) and handled Information and Public Relations (IPR), Industries and Investment Departments.