NEW DELHI, Jan 16 � Hari Shankar Brahma today assumed charge as the 19th Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) after he was elevated to the post on Thursday. He succeeded VS Sampath, whose tenure ended yesterday.
The President yesterday appointed Brahma, the senior-most Election Commissioner in the Election Commission of India as the new CEC. A notification to this effect was issued by the Ministry of Law here yesterday. After Brahma�s appointment, the government will set in motion the process to appoint an Election Commissioner to fill a vacancy in the three-member body.
A 1975-batch IAS officer of Andhra Pradesh cadre, Brahma (64), who hails from Assam, will have a tenure of less than four months till April 19 when he turns 65, the upper age limit for the post.
Brahma was the Union Power Secretary before his induction into the Election Commission. He assumed charge as one of the three Election Commissioners on August 25, 2010. After JM Lyndogh, Brahma is the second officer from the Northeast to be appointed to this post.
Born on April 19, 1950, he did his Post Graduation in Political Science from Gauhati University and graduated from St Edmund�s College of Shillong. He did his schooling from Don Bosco School, Guwahati. He had held various senior level posts in the Government of India and State government prior to the present posting.