Brahma appointed Election Commissioner

Former bureaucrat Harishankar Brahma was today appointed as Election Commissioner.

Updated: Aug 25, 2010, 00:50 AM IST

New Delhi: Former bureaucrat Harishankar
Brahma was today appointed as Election Commissioner.

A 1975 IAS officer of Andhra Pradesh cadre, Brahma
(60), who hails from Assam, is a former Union Power Secretary.
"The President is pleased to appoint Shri Harishankar
Brahma as the Election Commissioner in the Election Commission
of India with effect from the date he assumes the Office,"
said a notification issued by the Law Ministry.

Brahma was appointed Election Commissioner following
the elevation of S Y Quraishi as the Commission`s head.

It is understood that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was
keen to appoint an officer from the North East to the key
post.

Brahma is the second person from the North East after J
M Lyngdoh, who retired as Chief Election Commissioner in
2004, to become Election Commissioner.

V S Sampath is the other Election Commissioner.

-PTI