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Appointment of Election Commissioners should be by collegium

Central government has now appointed Sunil Arora as new Election Commissioner. Even though Election Commissioners appointed by political rulers at the Centre have so far exhibited unbiased attitude like in recent controversy in Rajya Sabha elections, yet to ensure avoiding controversies and long-awaited reform in electing Election Commissioners by a collegium also consisting of Prime Minister and the largest opposition party in Lok Sabha. Even a Public-Interest-Litigation (PIL) is pending at Supreme Court presently. Even the then Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi also publicly favoured such a system which already exists for selection of Information Commissioners and Vigilance Commissioners. It is indeed unfortunate that every reform concerning polls has to be there only after intervention of Supreme Court, which otherwise should be done by Central government on its own.

Eye-brows were raised in past by opposition-parties on selection of certain Election Commissioners being personal favourites of political rulers having appointed them. But irony of Indian political system is that, instead of inducing reforms as demanded, political rulers themselves repeat same wrong doings like has been in case of selection of Election Commissioners.

Subhash Chandra Agrawal 

(The views expressed by the author in the article are his/her own.)

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