New Delhi: Sunil Arora took charge as the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) on Sunday. The Election Commission will hold the 2019 Lok Sabha election under him. Arora’s name was cleared by the Centre and sent to Rashtrapati Bhavan. Also Read - EC Curtails Campaign Timing Up To 7 PM, Extends Silence Period As COVID Cases Soar In Bengal

“Yes. His name has been cleared. He is the next CEC. A notification will follow,” a senior functionary had said earlier. Also Read - Mamata Banerjee Urges EC To Merge Remaining Phases of Bengal Polls Into One Amid COVID Cases Surge

A CEC can have a tenure of six years or hold office till the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier. The convention is to appoint the senior-most election commissioner as chief election commissioner. A former bureaucrat, Arora was appointed as election commissioner on 31 August, 2017. He succeeds Om Prakash Rawat who retired on Saturday. Also Read - No Plans To Club Remaining West Bengal Poll Phases into One, Says Election Commission

Arora (62) had been the Information and Broadcasting Secretary, and the secretary in the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.

A 1980-batch IAS officer of the Rajasthan cadre, Arora has worked in ministries such as finance, textiles and the Planning Commission.

He also served as joint secretary in the Ministry of Civil Aviation during 1999-2002 and the CMD, Indian Airlines, 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 secretary to the chief minister during 1993-1998 and principal secretary to chief minister (2005-2008), besides handling information and public relations (IPR), Industries and Investment Departments.

(With PTI inputs)