Senior Indian Administrative Services (IAS) officer and Divisional Commissioner of Kashmir Pandurang K. Pole has been appointed as Chief Electoral Officer (CEO).
The Election Commission of India has approved the appointment of Divisional Commissioner Kashmir P K Pole as Chief Electoral Officer of Jammu and Kashmir.
In a communication by ECI, Pole has been appointed as the new CEO of J&K. "I am directed to forward the Commission's notification… appointing PK Pole (AGMUT 2004) as CEO, J&K in place of Hirdesh Kumar (IAS)," said principal secretary, Rahul Sharma. Hirdesh Kumar has gone on central deputation with ECI.
The poll body has finalized the name of Pole as CEO of the UT. he post was lying vacant after Hirdesh Kumar went on central deputation and was posted with the Deputy Election Commissioner.
In September 2022, Hirdesh Kumar Singh was appointed as Dy EC
The Centre in September 2022 approved the proposal of the Election Commission of India (ECI) of appointing Hirdesh Kumar Singh as Deputy Election Commissioner, ECI.
According to the reference of the ECI Letter No 181/2022/2325 dated August 2, 2022, the Appointment Committee of the Cabinet approved the proposal of the ECI for the appointment of Hirdesh Kumar Singh, an IAS officer of the 1999 AGMUT cadre as Deputy Election Commissioner, ECI with pay at Level 14 in the Pay Matrix, for a tenure of 5 years from the date of assumption of charge of the post or until further orders, whichever is earlier vice Umesh Sinha.
Joint CEO is looking after the charge of the CEO
Since December 2022, Joint Chief Electoral Officer Anil Salgotra is looking after the charge of CEO Jammu and Kashmir.
The Election Commission of India had assigned the charge of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Jammu and Kashmir to Anil Salgotra, Joint CEO. The charge was assigned till the appointment of the regular CEO.