The Haryana government on Monday appointed retired IAS officer, Rajeev Sharma as state election commissioner (SEC). However, he will have only one-year tenure as he turns 65 next year, the cut-off age for being the SEC.
Sharma succeeds IAS colleague and former Haryana chief secretary Dharam Vir whose demitted office recently after a six month extension stipulated under the rules. Sharma, who remained Director, Information and Public Relations during the Congress rule, was ignored for a post retirement appointment by the previous regime.
The State Election Commission is vested with power of superintendence, direction and control of the preparation of electoral rolls and conduct of all elections to the gram panchayats and municipal bodies in the state. There are 6,082 gram panchayats, 119 panchayat samitis, 21 zila parishads, 52 municipal committees, 14 municipal councils and 9 municipal corporations in the state.