V. S. Sampath

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Veeravalli Sundaram Sampath
Chief Election Commissioner of India
Assumed office
11 June 2012
Personal details
Born (1950-01-16) 16 January 1950 (age 64)
Nationality Indian
Profession Civil servant
Religion Hindu

Veeravalli Sundaram Sampath is the current chief election commissioner (CEC) of India.[1] He replaced S. Y. Quraishi as the Chief Election Commissioner on 11 June, 2012.[2]

Early career[edit]

Sampath was born at Vellore district of Tamilnadu and he is a 1973-batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer from the Andhra Pradesh cadre. He was an election commissioner from 21 April 2009 to 10 June 2012, after serving for a year as the Secretary for Energy and Power in the Government of India. He played an important role in introducing power sector reforms in Andhra Pradesh.[3] He will serve as CEC until he reaches the retirement age of 65 on 16 January 2015.[4]

Views on electoral reforms[edit]

V. S. Sampath believes that the Election Commission should be given greater autonomy and more power for its effective functioning. He advocates for a strong law to curb the practice of paid news. He has suggested the Parliament to take up right to reject.[clarification needed] Advocating such a move, he said, "Right to reject is an idea inherent to democracy, whose time for execution has come".[5]


  1. ^ Ranjan, Amitav (April 10, 2009). "V S Sampath to be new election commissioner". The Indian Express (New Delhi). Retrieved January 11, 2013. 
  2. ^ http://eci.nic.in/eci_main1/ecs.aspx
  3. ^ "Who is VS Sampath?". PTI. NDTV. June 12, 2012. Retrieved January 11, 2013. 
  4. ^ "V S Sampath is new Chief Election Commissioner". The Times of India (New Delhi). PTI. June 6, 2012. Retrieved January 11, 2013. 
  5. ^ Sebastian, Sunny (August 25, 2012). "Sampath wants greater autonomy for EC". The Hindu (Jaipur). Retrieved January 12, 2013. 

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