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Elections should be "totally free, fair and ethical": new CEC

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Sunil Arora, who took over as the 23rd Chief on Sunday, sought cooperation of political parties and people to make elections "totally free, fair and ethical".

He succeeded O P Rawat who demitted office on Saturday.

The Lok Sabha elections, which are due next year, will be conducted by the poll panel under Arora, the 62-year-old former bureaucrat.

Besides the Parliamentary polls, the 2019 assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir, Odisha, Maharashtra, Haryana, Andhra Pradesh, and will be held during his tenure.

He will be in office till October, 2021.

After assuming charges, the new Chief sought cooperation from all stakeholders - political parties, media, organisations and people at large - "in making our elections totally free, fair, peaceful, accessible and ethical."

was appointed as on August 31, 2017.

He had been the Information and Broadcasting Secretary, in the

A 1980-batch cadre, has also worked in ministries such as Finance, and Planning Commission.

He served as in the between 1999-2002 and CMD, for five years (two years as additional charge and three years as full charge).

In Rajasthan, besides district postings in Dholpur, Alwar, Nagaur and Jodhpur, he was to the during 1993-1998.

He was the to CM (2005-2008) and handled Information and Public Relations (IPR), Industries and Investment Departments.

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First Published: Sun, December 02 2018. 14:15 IST