New Delhi: Senior-most Election Commissioner Hari Shankar Brahma is likely to be appointed as the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC), replacing Veeravalli Sundaram Sampath, who demits office on January 15.Brahma, a 1975 batch IAS officer of the Andhra Pradesh cadre, took charge as Election Commissioner on August 25, 2010. A native of Bodoland in Assam, he was born on April 19, 1950. He will carry out his term till April 18, 2015 — either for six years in the Commission or till the age of 65, whichever comes earlier. Accordingly, he will get the job for months only.
Brahma held various positions in central government before joining the Election Commission, he worked as Secretary in Ministry of Power.
He was earlier Special Secretary, National Disaster Management Authority in the Home Ministry.
Brahma, a Post graduate in Political Science from Gauhati University and graduate from St. Edmund’s College, Shillong. He did his schooling from Don Bosco School, Guwahati.
After J M Lyndogh, Brahma will become the second officer from the northeast to be appointed to this post.
Nasim Zaidi is the other Election Commissioner.
The announcement on the appointment of an Election Commissioner is likely to be made in the next few days. In the past, the senior-most Election Commissioner has been appointed the CEC, There is buzz, that other bureaucrats are also in the race for the post.
Meanwhile, Sampath, who retires on January 15, is likely to announce the schedule for Assembly Elections in Delhi this week.
Sampath, a 1973 batch IAS officer of the Andhra Pradesh cadre, took charge as Chief Election Commissioner on June 11, 2012 and Election Commissioner on April 21, 2009. A native of Vellore in Tamil Nadu, he was born on January 16, 1950.