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N Gopalaswami appointed new CEC

He would take over as CEC on June 30, succeeding the incumbent BB Tandon who retires on June 29.

india Updated: Jun 08, 2006 23:04 IST

N Gopalaswami, the senior most Election Commissioner, has been appointed the next Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) by President APJ Abdul Kalam.

He would take over as CEC on June 30, succeeding the incumbent BB Tandon who retires on June 29.

Sixtytwo-year old Gopalaswami, prior to becoming an Election Commissioner in 2004, had worked as Union Home Secretary.

A gold medalist post-graduate in chemistry from Delhi University, Gopalaswami, a 1966-batch Gujarat cadre IAS officer, would have a stint of nearly three years. His term would end in 2009.

The CEC has a term of six years or 65 years whichever is earlier.

By appointing Gopalaswami as CEC, the government has followed the seniority principle.

It will be keenly watched who fills the third slot in the Commission following the elevation of Gopalaswami. Navin Chawla is the other Election Commissioner.

Besides serving in Gujarat in various capacities, Gopalaswami had worked as Culture Secretary, Secretary General in the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and various Central departments.

He takes over as CEC at a time when Nirvachan Sadan is in focus due to the office of profit controversy and the attack by the Left on the poll body.