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Updated: June 6, 2012 21:20 IST

Sampath appointed as new CEC

J. Balaji
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V.S.Sampath. File Photo: R.V.Moorthy
The Hindu V.S.Sampath. File Photo: R.V.Moorthy

Senior-most Election Commissioner Veeravalli Sundaram Sampath was on Wednesday appointed as the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) by President Pratibha Patil. He replaces S.Y. Quraishi, who demits office on June 10.

Mr. Sampath, a 1973 batch IAS officer of the Andhra Pradesh cadre, took charge as Election Commissioner on April 21, 2009. A native of Vellore in Tamil Nadu, he was born on January 16, 1950. He will carry out his term till January 16, 2015 — either for six years in the Commission or till the age of 65, whichever comes earlier.

H.S. Brahma is the other Election Commissioner.

The announcement on the appointment of an Election Commissioner is likely to be made in the next few days. Shumsher Sheriff, Secretary to the Vice President, and Delhi Chief Secretary P.K. Tripathi, both 1977 batch IAS officers of the Union Territory cadre, are in the race for the post.

Meanwhile, Mr. Quraishi paid courtesy calls to Ms. Patil and Vice President Hamid Ansari, according to sources. Post-retirement, he is planning to write a book on the election management in India, Mr. Quraishi told The Hindu.

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Wow, what about the very good suggestion by Advani (later backed by CPM and DMK) to appoint CEC and EC through democratic and bipartisam broadbased collegium consisting of government, opposition and Chief Justice of India? This is so pathetic, looks like the government lost no time in just making their appointment dictatorially, as almost everything else happens in the UPA.

from:  Murugan
Posted on: Jun 7, 2012 at 00:31 IST

Hon'ble shri S.Y.Quraishi during his tenure worked Sincerely for fair,smooth and corrupt free elections.He tried in all best ways to weed out corruption and cash flows.Shri.Quraishi deserves credit for all the good things that he made in election process.THE MAN S.Y.QURAISHI STANDS TALL AND HE IS OUR NATION'S PRIDE.The Nation welcomes,greets,and expects more from Shri V.S.Sampath the new CEO and other EC H.S.Brahma

from:  Arupathy Kalyanam
Posted on: Jun 7, 2012 at 00:16 IST

Mr.Quraishi has been acclaimed the world over as an 'Outstanding' Chief Election Commissioner. He never misused his authority and he always acted in a fair and balanced manner.During his tenure, there has hardly been any major violence during elections. Mr.Sampath should continue the good work done Mr.Quarishi and exceed the standards set by him.

from:  Kousalya Murali
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 21:45 IST
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