Srinagar: Ahead of the much-awaited announcement regarding the Lok Sabha elections, Election Commissioner of India Arun Goel on Saturday tendered his resignation, which already has been accepted – when this report is being drafted.

Ministry of Law & Justice in a notification, a copy of which lies with Alfaaz-The Words, said that, “In pursuance of Clause (1) of Section 11 of The Chief Election Commissioner and other Election Commissioners (Appointment Conditions of Service and Term of Office) Act, 2023 the President is pleased to accept the resignation tendered by Shri Arun Goel, Election Commissioner with effect from the 09th March, 2024 (sic.).”

The reason for the sudden resignation, as country prepares for the upcoming parliamentary elections, could not be however immediately known.