New Delhi: Anup Chandra Pandey (IAS, Retd.) has been appointed as the new Election Commissioner in the Election Commission of India. According to a gazette notification issued on June 8, Pandey has been appointed by President Ram Nath Kovind as the Election Commissioner with effect from the date he assumes office. Pandey (Retd.) is a 1984-batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer belonging to the Uttar Pradesh cadre and retired as the Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh in August 2019.
Pandey has been appointed to the position left vacant by former Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora’s retirement on April 12. This restores the three-member commission to its full strength, which will now oversee the next set of crucial assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Goa, Manipur and Uttarakhand next year.
Pandey has served in various key positions for both the government of Uttar Pradesh and the Central Government, including as the Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh, Additional Chief Secretary (Infrastructure and Industrial Development and NRI), Chairperson of Udyog Bandhu and Infrastructure and Industrial Development Commissioner of Uttar Pradesh, Divisional Commissioner of Lucknow division, Additional Chief Secretary (Finance and Institutional Finance) and Finance Commissioner, Chairperson of Pradeshiya Infrastructure and Investment Corporation of Uttar Pradesh, Chairperson of Greater NOIDA, Principal Secretary (Medical Education), Principal Secretary (Planning) and Director General of Uttar Pradesh State Planning Institute and as the district magistrate and collector of two districts of a unified Uttar Pradesh in the Uttar Pradesh government; and as an Additional Secretary in the Department of Ex-servicemen Welfare of the Ministry of Defence, Additional Director General in the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) and as a Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Labour and Employment in the Central Government.
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