CEC pitches for Constitutional amendment for protection of ECs
- India's Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi says that there is need for a Constitutional amendment to give protection to the Election Commissioners, so that they are not under any pressure.
- As per article 324 (2) of Constitution of India, Election commission consists of the Chief Election Commissioner and such number of other Election Commissioners, if any, as the President may from time to time fix and the appointment of the Chief Election Commissioner and other Election Commissioners shall, subject to the provisions of any law made in that behalf by Parliament, be made by the President.
- There are two election commissioners in India by convention. The Constitution provides protection to the chief election commissioner by making a provision that Chief Election Commissioner shall not be removed from his office except in like manner and on the like grounds as a Judge of the Supreme Court and the conditions of service of the Chief Election Commissioner shall not be varied to his disadvantage after his appointment. However, there are no such protection provisions in regard with Election Commission.
- Mr. Quraishi also favours automatic elevation of the senior-most EC to the post of Chief Election Commissioner. He says that two ECs who do not enjoy Constitutional protection under the law, be given the status as they should not feel they are on probation.