Chief Election Commissioner direct appointment wrong method
Chief Election Commissioner direct appointment wrong method. March 3rd, The process to appoint the Chief Election Commissioner is changed from now on. A petition has been filed to form a collegium to appoint a chief election commissioner and election commissioners. Five members constitutional bench of the Supreme Court gave a verdict on the petition. The constitutional bench was headed by Justice KM Joseph, which gave a unanimous decision. The constitutional bench said that the country’s chief election commissioner cannot be appointed by the central government single-handedly. The bench said that the election commission must be independent, direct appointment is wrong. So, what is the new procedure to make appointments for the chief election commissioner and election commissioners?
New procedure to appoint the Chief Election Commissioner of India?
The Supreme Court had given an important verdict on March 2, which says that the appointment of CEC must be made by a panel. The same panel will appoint election commissioners as well. Furthermore, The election process will continue until the parliament makes a law.
The Election Commission appointed 15 special observers to monitor electoral machinery
Composition of the panel
Prime Minister+ Leader of the opposition in Lok Sabha (LOP)+ Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India
The purity of the election process must be maintained
Justice KM Joseph said, “Purity of the election process must be maintained to preserve democracy. Otherwise, it would lead to disastrous results.” The bench also said that the Election Commission of India must have rule-making powers, an independent fund, and an independent secretariat.
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Mother of Democracy vs Father of power
Ravish Kumar (a renowned Indian journalist) said that the mother of democracy is fine but it is in danger from the father of power. The mother of democracy must be saved from authoritarian leaders.”
*The constitutional bench comprised Justice Ajay Rastogi, Justice Anirudhha Bose, Justice Rishikesh Roy, and Justice CT Ravikumar.