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The government is getting the responsibility of appointing the Election Commission in India

Arshad Khan

A Bill has been passed regarding appointment of Chief Election Commissioner and other Election Commissioners in India.

A Bill has been passed regarding appointment of Chief Election Commissioner and other Election Commissioners in India. The bill was passed in the winter session of the Lok Sabha on Thursday (December 21).

Union Law Minister Arjun Ram Meghawal passed the bill. Before that it was passed in the Rajya Sabha. However, the opposition strongly objected to this. The central government is trying to interfere in the work of the Election Commission through their claim.

The main points of the bill are to replace the Election Commission Act-1991 with a new bill. The new bill will cover issues related to appointment of Election Commissioner, their salary, removal. Not only the Chief Election Commissioner, but also other Election Commissioner matters will be included in it.

It is said that the President will appoint the Chief Election Commissioner and the Election Commissioners based on the recommendations of the Selection Committee. The recommendation of the Prime Minister, a Union Cabinet Minister, the Leader of the Opposition, or the Leader of the largest Opposition in the Lok Sabha will also be effective.

Even if there is no full committee, the recommendations of this committee will be applicable. A search committee headed by the Union Law Minister will give a few names to the selection committee. Earlier they were paid like Supreme Court judges. This time they will be paid like the Cabinet Secretary.

But significantly, the Chief Justice of India does not have any role in this bill.

Meanwhile, in March this year, the Constitutional Bench of the Supreme Court said that the selection committee led by the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition and the Chief Justice can appoint the Election Commissioner. It was said that this could be done until the new law came in. But this time, the name of the Chief Justice is omitted in the new law. The opposition objected to this.

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