Former Uttar Pradesh-cadre IAS officer Anup Chandra Pandey was appointed an election commissioner on Tuesday, according to reports. The legislative department in the law ministry said the President of India is pleased to appoint Pandey, a retired Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the 1984 batch, as an election commissioner with effect from the date he assumes office.
Anoop Chandra Pandey was born on 15 February 1959 in Chandigarh, Punjab. Anoop Chandra Pandey holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. Apart from this, an MBA degree in Material Management is also taken. Before retiring on 31 August 2019, Pandey has served as a commissioner in the infrastructure and industrial development department of Uttar Pradesh.
Notification regarding the appointment of Anoop Chandra Pandey as Election Commissioner was issued on Tuesday, 8 June. It states that the President appoints Anoop Chandra Pandey to the post of Election Commissioner under clause (2) of Article 324 of the Constitution from the date on which he assumes his office.
Pandey, 62, will demit office in February 2024 on attaining the age of 65 years, according to the age criteria guiding the election commissioners. The next Lok Sabha polls could be announced sometime in March 2024. There was a vacancy in the poll panel. Sunil Arora demitted office as the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) on April 12. While Sushil Chandra is the CEC, Rajiv Kumar is the other election commissioner.