Achal Kumar Joti has been appointed as the new Chief election Commissioner, against the backdrop of Naseem Zaidi demitting office later this week. Former Chief Secretary of Gujarat, in the reign of PM Narendra Modi, the then Chief Minister of the state, Joti served in the top bureaucratic post of the State.

A 1975 batch IAS officer who has also served as a State Vigilance Commissioner, retired as Gujarat Chief Secretary in January 2013.

Mr. Joti has worked in various capacities in his cadre including as Chairman of the Kandla Port Trust between 1999 and 2004 and Managing Director of the Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd (SSNNL).

Born on January 23, 1953, 62-year-old Joti will have tenure of less than 10 months because Election Commissioners demit office at the age of 65. 

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