Election Commissioner of India
|Election Commissioner of
the Republic of India
The Emblem of India
|Government of India|
|Seat||Nirvachan Sadan, New Delhi, India|
|Appointer||President of India|
|Term length||6 years|
|Inaugural holder||Sukumar Sen|
|Website||Election Commission of India|
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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
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
|1||Sukumar Sen (First EC)||March 21,1950||December 19,1958|
|2||Kalyan Sundaram (Longest holding EC)||1958||1967|
|3||S. P. Sen Verma||1967||1972|
|4||Dr. Nagendra Singh||1972||1973|
|6||S L Shakdher||1977||1982|
|8||R.V.S. Peri Sastri||1986||1990|
|9||V.S. Rama Devi||Nov 1990||Dec 1990|
|10||T.N. Seshan||Dec 1990||1996 (on leave vacancy of R.V.S. Peri Sastri)|
|13||T. S. Krishnamurthy||2004||2005|
|14||B. B. Tandon||2005||2006|
|17||S. Y. Quraishi||2010||2012|
|18||V. S. Sampath||2012||2015|