Syed Nasim Ahmad Zaidi

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Nasim Zaidi
Dr. Syed Nasim Ahmad Zaidi assumes the charge as the Election Commissioner of India, in New Delhi on August 07, 2012.jpg
20th Chief Election Commissioner of India
In office
18 April 2015 – 6 July 2017
PresidentPranab Mukherjee
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded byH. S. Brahma
Succeeded byAchal Kumar Jyoti
Election Commissioner of India
In office
7 August 2012 – 18 April 2015
PresidentPranab Mukherjee
Personal details
Syed Nasim Ahmad Zaidi

(1952-07-06) 6 July 1952 (age 69)
Alma materHarvard University
ProfessionCivil servant

Syed Nasim Ahmad Zaidi served as 20th Chief Election Commissioner of India. He is a retired I.A.S. officer of 1976 batch from the Uttar Pradesh cadre.[1][2][3][4]


Zaidi possesses a master's degree in Public Administration from Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and has been a Mason Fellow for Public Policy at Harvard Institute for International Development.


Dr. Zaidi has served as the Permanent Representative of India on the Council of ICAO from November 2005 to October 2008. He has served as the Director General of Civil Aviation. He retired from IAS as Secretary to the Government of India in Ministry of Civil Aviation on 31 July 2012.[5] The first election in his tenure was 2015 Bihar Legislative Assembly election.[6]


  1. ^ PTI Aug 7, 2012, 06.32PM IST (7 August 2012). "Syed Nasim Ahmad Zaidi appointed Election Commissioner". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 20 January 2014. Retrieved 10 November 2012.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ Ians - New Delhi (7 August 2012). "Nasim Ahmad Zaidi is new Election Commissioner". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 10 November 2012.
  3. ^ J Balaji (3 August 2012). "News / National : Zaidi is new Election Commissioner". The Hindu. Retrieved 10 November 2012.
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  5. ^ "Welcome to Election Commission of India". 31 July 2012. Retrieved 10 November 2012.
  6. ^ "Election Commission's neutrality: Will Zaidi fit in Seshan's shoes?".