SukumarSen, who was born during the Bengal famine of 1899, was India’s first Chief Election Commissioner (CEC ), serving from 21 March 1950 to 19 December 1958. Under his leadership, the Election Commission of India successfully conducted India’s first two general elections in 1951–52 and 1957. Incidentally, he was also responsible for administering the first Sudanese parliamentary elections in 1953.