New Delhi:Nasim Zaidi assumed charge as India's 20th head of the Election Commission of India (ECI) on Sunday, promising to make the poll panel more �vibrant, transparent and accountable� during his tenure. The first big task for the new chief election commissioner (CEC), who succeeded H S Brahma, is in November, when Bihar goes to polls for a new Assembly. Zaidi, who was serving the poll panel as election commissioner since August 7, 2012, will have now serve as CEC till July 2017, when he attains the age of 65. He was elevated to the post after Brahma, a 1975-batch IAS officer of the Andhra Pradesh-cadre, completed his tenure and demitted office on Saturday. �I feel privileged and honoured that I have been given the responsibility to lead one of the finest institutions the Indian Constitution has provided�a glorious institution that reinforces Indian democracy. I am also conscious of the onerous task at hand. As continuity is the hallmark in the working of the commission, I look forward to building upon the excellent work done by my distinguished predecessors and meet the expectation of the people and all stakeholders,� Zaidi, a 1976-batch Indian Administration Service officer, said after assuming charge. He said the ECI has a simple vision: free and fair elections. �We have continuously set high benchmarks for ourselves. We will strive to deliver elections that are spotlessly free, fair, peaceful, transparent and highly participative each time. I would like to see the voter happy in his or her interface with the electoral system,� he said. While the ECI will focus on �voter-centric� activities, from enrolment to enabling them with e-services, during his tenure, it will also formulate a strategic plan for 10-15 years based on the principles of independence, transparency, professionalism, inclusiveness and measurable outputs, said Zaidi.
Nasim Zaidi takes over as CEC
Updated : 20 April 2015 7:53 AM GMT