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24 January 2018, 11:12 | Bernice Figueroa
Rawat is new CEC, Lavasa election commissioner
New Chief Election CommissionerOm Prakash Rawat today defended the poll panel's decision to recommend the disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs of Delhi for holding office of profit days before his predecessor A K Joti demitted office saying had it not been done, the matter would have remained "open" for re-hearing.
"Preparing legal framework, making amendments to the laws will take time". An awardee of state government's "recognition of forest rights" in 2009, Rawat did M.Sc in social development planning in 1989 in the United Kingdom. Rawat is a 1977-batch former IAS officer who earlier served the government in several important roles. Mr Rawat served as Secretary, Union Public Enterprises, and Joint Secretary, Ministry of Defence before his retirement in 2013.
Besides, Rawat will also have the opportunity to oversee elections to 58 Rajya Sabha seats. "Unless legal framework is in place, we do not have to talk about anything else", Rawat said when asked if simultaneous polls are possible by 2019. As per the Indian Constitution, the Chief Election Commissioner of the election commissioner will have a six-year of tenure and will hold office at the age of 65 years.
Crucial States like Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh will also go to the polls under his watch. "But we have approached the apex court to allow use restart seeding to check duplicity", the Chief Election Commissioner said. The Election Commission works either on unanimity or majority. On 21st January 2018, Rawat became the new Chief Election Commissioner after the tenure of AK Joti.
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