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.
Knowledge is Wealth
The Election Commission of India is a Constitutional Body.
The Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) were first tried in Kerala for Assembly Elections.
Sukumar Sen was the First CEC of India.
The Election Commissioners have a tenure of six years, or up to the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier.
In 2014, the Namibian government has purchased 3,400 India-made EVMs for their Presidential Elections.