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Hari Shankar Brahma – New Chief Election Commissioner

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President Pranab Mukherjee has appointed Election Commissioner Hari Shankar Brahma as the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) of India, as the current CEC V S Sampath is getting retired on January 15, 2014. Brahma was 1975-batch IAS officer of Andhra Pradesh cadre and he hails from Assam. 

H S Brahma has become the second person from North-East India to be appointed to this post after J M Lyndogh.

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