Ashok Lavasa resigns as Election Commissioner


Election Commissioner (EC) Ashok Lavasa, who was expected to take over the poll body next year, tendered his resignation to President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday, officials close to the former Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer told HT.

The 1980-batch Haryana cadre IAS officer had almost two years remaining in his tenure as EC . He would have taken over as the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) from Sunil Arora.

However, his exit puts EC Sushil Chandra in the fray for the poll watchdog’s top job.

Lavasa had had several stints in various government departments, including as secretary in the Union finance ministry. As CEC, Lavasa would have overseen elections in West Bengal, Manipur, Goa, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, and Uttarakhand.

Lavasa didn’t indicate when he’d for Manila, where he isslated to join the Asian Development Bank(ADB) in September.

ADB authorities hadannounced on July 15that Lavasa has been appointed as the vice-president for private sector operations and public-private partnerships (PPP).

“Mr. Lavasa has a long and distinguished career in the Indian civil service. He is currently one of the Election Commissioners of India and previously served in a range of senior posts including as Union Finance Secretary of India; Union Secretary for the Ministry of Environment, Forests, and Climate Change; and Union Secretary for the Ministry of Civil Aviation. He has extensive experience in public-private partnerships and infrastructure development at the state and federal levels, with deep knowledge of public policy and the role of the private sector,” ADB said in a press release issued on Wednesday.

Earlier, EC officials close to Lavasa had told HT that would take up the job.

“It is a prestigious assignment and h

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