Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra (IRS-IT:1980) is set to become the next chief election commissioner, sources said.
According to the sources, the government has cleared his name for the top post at Nirvachan Sadan. The order of his elevation maybe issued anytime.
The last working day of the current CEC, Sunil Arora (Retd IAS:1980:RJ) is on April 30.
Since the Election Commission has three members, it has been a tradition that the senior-most commissioner is appointed as the chief election commissioner.
Sushil Chandra was appointed as an election commissioner on February 14, 2019 ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. He was the chairman of the Central Board of Direct Taxes before he joined the poll panel.
Under him, the Election Commission would hold assembly polls in Goa, Manipur, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh.
The term of the assemblies of Goa, Manipur, Uttarakhand and Punjab ends on various dates in March next year.
The term of the Uttar Pradesh assembly ends on May 14 next year.