Sixty-year-old Harishankar Brahma, a retired IAS officer of 1975 batch from the Andhra Pradesh cadre, assumed charge as Election Commissioner at Nirvachan Sadan in New Delhi on 25.08.2010.
Mr. Brahma, who retired as the Union Power Secretary in April 2010, will hold office till April 18, 2015.
Mr. Brahma belongs to Gosaigaon of Kokrajhar district of Assam and has held important posts in the Andhra Pradesh and Union governments. The vacancy for the third Election Commissioner arose after the elevation of S.Y. Quraishi as Chief Election Commissioner.
V.S. Sampath is the other Election Commissioner.
He is the second person from the North-East to become an Election Commissioner, after J.M. Lyngdoh.
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