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Dr. Nasim Zaidi takes charge as 20th Chief Election Commissioner

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Dr. Nasim Zaidi has assumed charge as 20th Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) succeeding H.S. Bramha here today.

Speaking to media persons after taking over charge, Dr Zaidi said, “I feel privileged and honoured that I have been given this responsibility to lead one of the finest institutions that the Indian Constitution has provided a glorious institution that reinforces Indian democracy. ”
Prior to this Dr. Nasim Zaidi has served as Election Commissioner since 7.8.2012. Before joining the Election Commission, Dr. Zaidi had served the nation as a long time civil servant of the Indian Administration Service (1976- Batch).

Dr Zaidi also said that he would like ECI to be more vibrant, transparent & accountable organisation, which is open to receiving new ideas and best practices.
The full text of Dr Zaidi Statement on assumption of charge is as follows ::-

“ECI will focus on voter-centric activities form enrolment to enabling them with e-services. ECI will formulate a strategic plan for 10-15 years based on principles of independence, transparency, professionalism, inclusiveness and measurable outputs. The plan will be based on all round institutional strengthening, voter education and an efficient election operation, ” Dr Zaidi said.

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Bihar poll preparations to be revised by CEC in Patna

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Patna: Nasim Zaidi,the Chief Election Commissioner on his two days’ visit to Patna, is set to revise the preparations for the upcoming Bihar assembly polls, as reported by an official.
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“Zaidi will hold discussions with representatives of various political parties and officials on election preparedness in the constituencies going to the polls in the first three phases,” Bihar’s Additional Chief Electoral Officer R Lakshmanan said.

He added that Zaidi and his team would also meet top officials, including chief electoral officer, other election department officials and district-level officials, to know about the elaborate security plans for the polls.

“The team will hold review meetings with chief secretary, home secretary and top police officers on Monday,” Lakshmanan stated.

The polls for 243-member assembly will take place in five phases between October 12 and November 5, with the counting of votes slated for November 8.

(With inputs from IANS)