Nasim Zaidi, on Sunday, assumed charge as the 20th Chief Election Commissioner succeeding H.S. Bramha who retired on Saturday after completing his term.

After assuming charge Mr. Zaidi said: “I feel privileged and honoured that I have been given this responsibility to lead one of the finest institutions that the Indian Constitution has provided. I am conscious of the onerous task in hand.”

“Election Commission of India will formulate a strategic plan for efficient election management based on principles of independence, transparency, professionalism, inclusiveness and measurable outputs,” he told the media.

Mr. Zaidi further stated that he would like the Election Commission to become a more vibrant and transparent organisation, which is open to receiving new ideas and best practices.

“Commission would like to formulate its guiding principles based on good governance,” he said.