V. S. Sampath
|Veeravalli Sundaram Sampath|
|Chief Election Commissioner of India|
11 June 2012
|Born||16 January 1950|
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. He will serve as CEC until he reaches the retirement age of 65 on 16 January 2015.
Views on electoral reforms
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".
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