Navin Chawla will hold charge till Jul 29, 2010. Chawla, who is taking charge in the midst of the five-phased Lok Sabha elections, will oversee four phases of the polls.
As the Chief Election Commissioner, Chawla will enjoy a term of six years or till the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier.
Chawla, an IAS officer of the 1969 batch, is a controversial Election Commissioner. Earlier, N Gopalaswami had advised the government to remove Chawla from office for alleged 'partisan' functioning. However, Gopalaswami's plea was rejected.