Sunil Arora, former CEC joins Advisory board of international democracy body

Former chief election commissioner (CEC) of India, Sunil Arora, has joined the board of advisers of the International Institute for Democracy & Electoral Assistance (IDEA).

Key Points

  • Sunil Arora has been selected as he brings rich leadership experience, skills and knowledge to contribute significantly towards working of the international institute.
  • Sunil Arora was the 23rd chief election commissioner of India. His tenure was from December 2, 2018 to April 12, 2021. He had joined as Election Commissioner in September 2017.

About IDEA

  • IDEA is an inter-governmental organisation, based in Stockholm.
  • IDEA is assisted by a 15-member board of advisers who are eminent experts or personalities from a wide variety of backgrounds.
  • It works with a mission to support sustainable democracy across the world.
  • It currently has 34 member countries, including large, small, older and newer democracies from across the globe.
  • India was one among the founding members of IDEA.

The Chief Election Commissioner of India

The Chief Election Commissioner is the head of Election Commission of India, which is a body constitutionally empowered to conduct free and fair elections in India. CEC of India is a member of Indian Civil Service and mostly a member from the Indian Administrative Service. It is a difficult task to remove the authority of Chief Election Commissioner, once he is appointed by the president. This is so, because two-thirds of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha are required to present and vote against him for his conduct or improper actions.

Election Commission of India

Election commission conducts election to the national & state legislatures as well as of President & Vice-President. Election Commission gets power to conduct election from Article 324 of the Constitution of India.

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