President Pratibha Patil on 27.07.2010 appointed Election Commissioner (EC) Shahabuddin Yaqoob Quraishi as the next Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) under Clause 2 of the Article 324 of the Constitution.
A Law Ministry notification said Mr. Quraishi will assume office on July 30, 2010 as the incumbent, Navin Chawla, demits office on 29.07.2010.
Expressing happiness over the appointment, 63-year-old Mr. Quraishi, who will head the three-member Election Commission till June 10, 2012, said that he was “very proud to be given the honour.” It would be his endeavour to live up to the fullest of the trust reposed in the great institution of Commission by the nation, he said.
Mr. Quraishi sought the support of all stakeholders, especially the people in the discharge of his “sacred duties.”
As there would be one vacancy of EC following Mr. Quraishi’s elevation, the government is in the process filling that post and the exercise is expected to be completed soon. The other EC is V.S. Sampath.
Mr. Quraishi, an IAS officer of the 1971 batch from the Haryana cadre, will be in charge of holding the Assembly elections in Bihar in 2010 and in Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Kerala, Puducherry and Assam in 2011.
In Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Manipur the Assembly polls are due in 2012 well before he demits office.
Born on June 11, 1947 in Delhi, Mr. Quraishi is a post-graduate in history from St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi. He did his Ph.D in communication and social marketing. The title of his doctoral thesis is ‘The Role of Communication and Social Marketing in Development of Women and Children.’
Mr. Quraishi became EC on June 30, 2006. Prior to that, he was Union Secretary, Youth Affairs and Sports. He also served as Director-General, Doordarshan (National Television Network), and Power Secretary of the Haryana government.
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