With vacancies, Election Commission’s moment of reckoning

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With vacancies, Election Commission’s moment of reckoning

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La Excellence IAS Academy | March 12, 2024 | Indian Polity

Syllabus: GS-II, Subject: Polity, Topic: Elections and RPA, Issue: Independence of institutions

Context: Recent resignation of an election commissioner.

  • The Election Commission of India (ECI) guarantees free and fair elections, accountable only to voters and committed to protecting their rights.
  • Thus, the independence of ECI is of prime concern.

Issues in the Chief Election Commissioner and Other Election Commissioners (Appointment, Conditions of Service and Term of Office) Act 2023:

  • Exclusion of Chief Justice of India from the selection committee.
  • Disparity in the removal process of CEC and EC.
  • Replacement of the Cabinet Secretary by the Law Minister as the chair of the Search Committee.

Source: Indian Express

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