Supreme Court questions ‘lightning speed’, 24-hour procedure appointing Arun Goel as Election Commissioner

Source: The post is based on the article “Supreme Court questions ‘lightning speed’, 24-hour procedure appointing Arun Goel as Election Commissioner” published in The Hindu on 25th November 2022.

What is the News?

The Supreme Court is hearing a case about the election commissioners’ (ECs) appointment.

About the case and Court’s observation on election commissioners
Read here: Election Commissioner shouldn’t be a ‘yes-man’: Supreme Court
What are the court’s observations regarding the appointment of Election commissioners?

The court mentioned that the whole number of appointments made after 2015 had taken a maximum of two to three days.

The court said the government has reduced the scope of candidates to just bureaucrats and moreover ensured that neither the CEC nor the ECs serve their full term.

The law says CEC and ECs should separately have six years terms. But the court observed that the government is promoting ECs to CECs and ensuring that both don’t have a full term of six years, which is contrary to the law.

Read more: Supreme Court calls out Centre over short tenures of Chief Election Commissioners
Why the judiciary may not be the best selector of election commissioners?
Read here: Why the judiciary may not be the best selector of election commissioners

 

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