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Syed Nasim Ahmad Zaidi, a 1976-batch IAS officer of the Uttar Pradesh Cadre, will be the new Election Commissioner in the existing vacancy. President Pranab Mukherjee can issue formal notification any time regarding his appointment.

 PMO office has already approved his appointment as election commissioner.

Mr. Zaidi superannuated as Civil Aviation Secretary on July 31 and once he becomes the Election Commissioner, he could be in Nirvachan Sadan till July 6, 2017. Mr. Zaidi had earlier took charge of Director-General of Civil Aviation, and was India’s representative in the International Civil Aviation Organisation. He was also the Joint Secretary in the Civil Aviation ministry, Commissioner of Bareilly Development Authority and Collector of Ghaziabad and Farukkhabad districts in Uttar Pradesh. His first posting after becoming an IAS officer was as an Assistant Collector of Unnao district.

 He will come in place of Chief Election Commissioner S.Y. Quraishi who demitted the office on June 10.

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