Perspective: Election Commission Reforms | 03 March, 2023

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A five-judge bench of the Supreme Court Thursday unanimously ruled that a high-power committee consisting of the Prime Minister, Leader of Opposition or the largest opposition party in Lok Sabha , and the Chief Justice of India must pick the Chief Election Commissioner and Election Commissioners. The apex court also made it clear that this will be subject to any law to be made by Parliament on this issue. The government had argued that in the absence of such a law, the President has the constitutional power to make these appointments. The verdict came on a PIL filed in 2015 by challenging the constitutional validity of the practice of appointment of members of the Election Commission. The president appoints CEC and election commissioners on the advice of the government. They have a tenure of six years, or up to the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier. 20th Law Commission headed by Justice A P Shah (retd), in its 255th report on electoral reforms submitted in March 2015, had recommended a three-member collegiums to appoint the CEC and the election commissioners.

1. OP Rawat, Former Chief Election Commissioner of India
2. Satya Prakash, Legal Editor, The Tribune
3. PK Malhotra, Former Secretary, Ministry of Law and Justice, GoI

Anchor: Vishal Dahiya
Producer:- Pardeep Kumar
Production :- Surender Sharma
Guest Team- Vinod Kumar Singh, Lokesh Bhardwaj
Research- Balbir Singh Gulati
PCR TEAM- Ashok Babu, Gopal Sanjeev Gupta, Durgesh Singh

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