ECI: Election Commission is electing the right people; Central Government’s reply to the Supreme Court

New Delhi: The Central Government has replied to the Supreme Court that even now elections are being held in a transparent manner in the Election Commission of India. Commenting on the selection of the Chief Election Commissioner and two other Election Commissioners in the Central Election Commission in a transparent manner, the Supreme Court had […]
 


ECI: Election Commission is electing the right people;  Central Government’s reply to the Supreme Court

New Delhi: The Central Government has replied to the Supreme Court that even now elections are being held in a transparent manner in the Election Commission of India. Commenting on the selection of the Chief Election Commissioner and two other Election Commissioners in the Central Election Commission in a transparent manner, the Supreme Court had raised some questions on these selections. Now the central government has given the answer. Hearing is going on in the Supreme Court on a petition demanding transparency in the selection of the Chief Election Commissioner and two other commissioners.

The Central Government has replied to the Supreme Court that the decisions of the cabinet should not be distrusted on the basis of a hypothetical situation, the appointments being made in the Election Commission are being done in a fair and transparent manner. Earlier, while hearing this petition, the Supreme Court had said that the elections in the Central Election Commission should be conducted in a transparent manner. For this, a committee consisting of the Chief Justice, the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha should be formed and the decision of this selection should be entrusted to them.

The Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court while hearing this said that the Constitution is silent on the method of selection of the Chief Election Commissioner and the other two Election Commissioners. But these posts play an important role in keeping democracy alive. Therefore, more transparency and fairness should be brought in their selection. So the best person will be suitable for these posts. Along with this, a new law should also be made regarding Article 324 of the Constitution.

The Supreme Court had said that even if there are allegations against the Prime Minister, the Election Commission should show courage to take action against him, the Election Commissioner should be competent.

Hearing on the petition of the year 2018

A petition was filed in the Supreme Court in 2018 demanding transparency in the election of the Chief Commissioner and two other commissioners of the Central Election Commission as per the collegium system of the court. The petition alleged that the central government selects people of its choice for these posts. The petition is being heard before a five-judge constitution bench.

 

 

ECI: Election Commission is electing the right people; Central Government’s reply to the Supreme Court