A col­legium needed to ap­point ecs

The Sunday Guardian - - Covert -

Many ad­vo­cates of elec­toral re­forms are in favour of a col­legium sys­tem to ap­point the three Elec­tion Com­mis­sion­ers (ECs), in­clud­ing the chief. At present, all of them are re­tired IAS of­fi­cers. So far, the ECs ap­pointed by dif­fer­ent po­lit­i­cal regimes have demon­strated an “un­bi­ased at­ti­tude”, like in the re­cent con­tro­versy in the Ra­jya Sabha elec­tion in Gu­jarat. Yet, many in­ter­ested in the coun­try hav­ing a com­plete trans­parency in the poll sys­tem are of the view that there should be a col­legium to se­lect the ECs. This col­legium can con­sist of the Prime Min­is­ter and the leader of the largest Op­po­si­tion party in the Lok Sabha. A pub­lic in­ter­est lit­i­ga­tion is pend­ing in the Supreme Court in this re­gard. The pre­vi­ous Chief Elec­tion Com­mis­sioner, Nasim Zaidi had favoured such a sys­tem, which al­ready ex­ists for the se­lec­tion of Cen­tral In­for­ma­tion Com­mis­sion­ers and the Vig­i­lance Com­mis­sion­ers. All the regimes have picked up their favourite bu­reau­crats as the ECs. But, so far, they all have worked to en­sure free and fair elec­tions.

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