The objective of the judgement is to secure the independence of the Election Commission from the government of the day. (Image source: PTI/File) The Supreme Court ruling devising a three-member committee to select the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and Election Commissioners (ECs) was a landmark judgment. The committee is going to consist of the Prime Minister, the Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha or the leader of the single largest party in the Lok Sabha, and the Chief Justice of India (CJI). Till now, these Commissioners have been appointed by the President (on the advice of the Council of Ministers). This new system will be in force until Parliament enacts a law for selection of Election Commissioners. The objective of the judgement is to secure the independence of the Election Commission from the government of the day. The Executive's Long Shadow The Constituent Assembly discussed the issue of ensuring that the election mechanism was independent of the executive government. The framers were cognisant of the risks of having the mechanism being controlled by the party in power, and therefore, opted to create an Election Commission of India as a constitutional body. They also discussed ways to ensure that the… Read full this story
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