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Om Prakash Rawat elected as new Chief Election Commissioner

President Ram Nath Kovind has appointed Election commissioner Om Prakash Rawat (64) as new Chief Election Commissioner

He will succeed Achal Kumar Joti who has retired from post.

Moreover, President also appointed former finance secretary Ashok Lavasa as Election commissioner

Both will have tenure of six years in office or till he or she attains the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier.

ECI is permanent and independent constitutional body established directly by Constitution of India to ensure fair and fair elections in the country. 

It is multi member body and currently has three members including Chief Election Commissioner (CEC).

They all are appointed by the President

They hold office for term of six years or until they attain age of 65 years, whichever is earlier. 

The service conditions and tenure of office of Chief Election Commissioner and Election Commissioners are determined by an act of parliament titled The Chief Election Commissioner and Other Election Commissioners (Conditions of Service) Act, 1991.

The CEC and election commissioners have equal power and receive equal salary, allowances and other perquisites, which are similar to judge of Supreme Court

In case of difference of opinion amongst CEC and Election Commissioner, matter is decided by Commission by majority.

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