A collegium needed to appoint ecs
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.