Selection of ECs must be transparent, SC tells Centre

  • The Election Commissioners supervise and hold elections in our democracy…such is the significance of their office. Their selection has to be made in the most transparent manner.
  • The court asked the government whether it should intervene in the issue to achieve the constitutional objective under Article 324 (2).
  • Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar submitted that the filtering of names of suitable persons for appointment as Election Commissioners is done under the aegis of the Prime Minister and his Cabinet, who in turn advise the President.
  • “None other than the Prime Minister is involved in the selection of the election commissioners. Besides it is for Parliament to decide whether there should be a law or not.
  • The plea has sought a direction to Centre “to make law for ensuring a fair, just and transparent process of selection by constituting a neutral and independent collegium/ selection committee to recommend the name for the appointment of member to the election commission.”
  • It also sought direction to the Centre for constituting “an interim neutral and independent collegium/selection committee to recommend the names for the appointment on the vacant post of members to the Election Commission”.


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