President Ramnath Kovind has cleared the appointment of Sunil Arora as the new chief election commissioner, sources said.
He will take over the post from OP Rawat on December 2.
A former bureaucrat, Arora was appointed to the election body in September 2017.
This came amid the ongoing assembly election in five states while Arora’s accession will be immediately followed by elections in Telangana and Rajasthan on December 7.
Arora, a former secretary in the ministry of information and broadcasting, has also served as the secretary in the ministry of skill development and entrepreneurship.
A 1980 batch IAS officer of the Rajasthan cadre, Arora has worked in ministries and departments such as Textiles, Finance and Planning Commission. He had also served as Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Civil Aviation.