Election Commissioner of India

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Election Commissioner of
the Republic of India
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Government of India
Reports to Parliament
Seat Nirvachan Sadan, New Delhi, India
Appointer President of India
Term length 6 years
Inaugural holder Sukumar Sen
Website Election Commission of India

Election Commissioner of India is a member of Election Commission of India, a body constitutionally empowered to conduct free and fair elections to the national and state legislatures. He is usually a member of the Indian Civil Service and mostly from the Indian Administrative Service.

Until 1989, the commission was a single member body, but later two additional Election Commissioners were added. Thus, the Election Commission currently consists of a Chief Election Commissioner and two Election Commissioners. The decisions of the commission are taken by a majority vote. Nasim Zaidi is the current Chief Election Commissioner and other two Election Commissioners are Achal Kumar Jyoti and Om Prakash Rawat. H.S.Brahma retired on 19th April,2015 . After then Dr.Nasim Zaidi took over as 20th Chief Election Commissioner.

Appointment and removal[edit]

The President of India based on a recommendation from the Government of India appoints the Election Commissioners. They have tenure of six years, or up to the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier. The Chief Election Commissioner can be removed from office only through impeachment by Parliament in a manner similar to that of a judge of the Supreme Court. On the other hand, other Election Commissioners can be removed by the President on recommendation of the Chief Election Commissioner.


The salary and other conditions of service of the Election Commissioner are determined by the Parliament of India through "Election Commission (Condition of Service of Election Commissions And Transaction of Business) Act, 1991".

List of Election Commissioners[edit]

List of Chief Election Commissioners of India
S.No. Name From To
1 Sukumar Sen March 21,1950 December 19,1958
2 Kalyan Sundaram 1958 1967
3 S. P. Sen Verma 1967 1972
4 Dr. Nagendra Singh 1972 1973
5 T. Swaminathan 1973 1977
6 S L Shakdher 1977 1982
7 R.K. Trivedi 1982 1985
8 R.V.S. Peri Sastri 1986 1990
9 Smt V.S. Rama Devi Nov 1990 Dec 1990
10 T.N. Seshan Dec 1990 1996 (on leave vacancy of R.V.S. Peri Sastri)
11 M.S. Gill 1996 2001
12 J.M. Lyngdoh 2001 2004
13 T. S. Krishnamurthy 2004 2005
14 B. B. Tandon 2005 2006
15 N. Gopalaswami 2006 2009
16 Navin Chawla 2009 2010
17 S. Y. Quraishi 2010 2012
18 V. S. Sampath 2012 2015
19 Harishankar Brahma 2015 2015
20 Nasim Zaidi 2015 2017


http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Nasim-Zaidi-takes-over-as-new-chief-election-commissioner/articleshow/46977291.cms [1]

  1. ^ http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Nasim-Zaidi-takes-over-as-new-chief-election-commissioner/articleshow/46977291.cms