Achal Kumar Joti is the freshly appointed Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and will take charge as the new CEC from July 6 succeeding Nasim Zaidi. Achal Kumar will assume the charge as the head of the Election Commission on July 6, a notification issued by the law ministry said.

Achal Kumar Joti has previously served as the Chief Secretary of Gujarat in 2013 with the then Chief Minister Narendra Modi. He will now be the 21st Chief Election Commissioner. Kumar Jyoti is a retired IAS Officer of 1975 batch from the Gujarat Cadre. Kumar 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 also served as a State Vigilance Commissioner.

In addition to the high profile posts stated above, he has also held office as secretary in the industry, revenue and water supply departments of Gujarat.

However, Kumar Joti’s stint as the CEC chair will be a brief one. Born on January 23, 1953, the 64-year-old Joti may just serve 10 months at the helm of CEC because law states that Election Commissioners have to demit office at the age of 65.