New Delhi: Hari Shankar Brahma, a retired
senior bureaucrat hailing from Assam, assumed charge as
Election Commissioner today.
A 1975 IAS officer of Andhra Pradesh cadre, Brahma (60),
who retired as Union Power Secretary, was appointed to the
post following the elevation of S Y Quraishi as the Chief
It is understood that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was
keen on appointing an officer from the North East to the key
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.
The Chief Election Commissioner and the other two
Election Commissioners have a tenure of six years, or up to
the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier.