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

New Delhi: Central Government has given reply to the Supreme Court that the elections in the Central Election Commission (Election Commission Of India) are still being done in a transparent manner. Commenting that the selection of the Chief Election Commissioner and two other Election Commissioners in the Central Election Commission should be done in a transparent manner, the Supreme Court had raised some questions on these selections. Now the central government has given an answer. A petition seeking transparency in the selection of the Chief Election Commissioner and two other commissioners has been heard in the Supreme Court. The Central Government has given the reply to the Supreme Court that it is being done in a proper and transparent manner. Earlier, while hearing this petition, the Supreme Court had said that the elections in the Central Election Commission should be done in a transparent manner. For that, a committee 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 in the Constitution, how should the Chief Election Commissioner and the other two Election Commissioners be selected? There has been silence on the fact that it should be done. But these positions play a vital role in keeping democracy alive. Therefore, more transparency and fairness should be brought in their selection. So the best person will fit these positions. Also, a new law should be made regarding Article 324 of the Constitution. 

Even if the Prime Minister is accused, the Election Commission should show courage to take action against him, the Supreme Court had said that the Election Commissioner should be competent. 

Hearing on the 2018 petition

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

 

 

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