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Committee with PM, Opposition leader should choose CEC: Pvt member's bill

The bill, moved by Odisha Lok Sabha MP Baijayant Panda, seeks to amend the CEC and other Election Commissioners (Conditions of Service) Amendment Act, 1993

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Inferences from Karnataka Elections

Members of the of should be hand-picked by a committee that includes the and of the opposition in the and not just by the government, a private member's bill has proposed.

The bill, moved by Odisha Baijayant Panda, seeks to amend the and other (Conditions of Service) Amendment Act, 1993.

The said a four-member panel-- with the Prime Minister, of the opposition in the and the on it -- should appoint the (CEC) and the two

The incumbent CEC should be the fourth member of the committee, it said.

The Bill, pending before the lower house of Parliament, seeks to provide checks and balances in the system, and to ensure a fair, just and transparent appointment process which in turn will lead to greater independence of the Election Commission, Panda said in the Bill.

At present, the commissioners of the poll panel are appointed by the on the advice of the government.

The appoints the CEC and after the initiates the file for their appointments.

The precedent is to appoint the senior-most as the CEC.

In its March 2015 report on electoral reforms, had recommended that the appointment of all election commissioners, including the CEC, be made by the in consultation with a three-member collegium, consisting of the Prime Minister, of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha (or the leader of the largest opposition party in the lower house) and the of

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First Published: Wed, May 23 2018. 16:55 IST