Ques. Who will be the new Chief Election Commissioner?
Ans. Nasim Zaidi.
Present Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi is all set to take the seat of new Chief Election Commissioner.
The Law Ministry has initiated the file to appoint the next CEC as present incumbent H S Brahma retires on April 19.
Since Prime Minister Narendra Modi is leaving on a foreign tour on Thursday, there is sense of urgency to clear the paperwork today as the file will travel to Rashtrapati Bhawan for the President to appoint the CEC.
After Zaidi’s appointment, the government will set in motion the process to appoint two Election Commissioners to fill vacancies in the three-member body. “But as of now, we are appointing a new CEC. A decision on ECs will come later,” a senior government functionary said.
Nasim will have a tenure up to July, 2017 when he attains the age of 65.
# Important to Remember
An EC or a CEC has a tenure of six years in office or 65 years of age, whichever is earlier.