New Delhi: Former Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi said that it was written in the Constitution that the government should make a law for the appointment of an election commissioner, which was not made a law in 70 years. Therefore, the Supreme Court said that the government should make a law. The supreme court asked for the formation of a collegium under the final arrangement, which includes the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. But the Supreme Court did not say that you put the collegium system in the new law.
However, the spirit of the Supreme Court's judgment was that the government should not make a unilateral appointment, he said. A finger can be pointed at him. In the proposed selection committee proposed in the bill for the appointment of election commissioner, the Prime Minister and cabinet ministers will always be on one side and the leader of the opposition will be out forever.
SY Quraishi said that the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court is part of many collegiums. It would have been better if he had stayed in this too. The third member should be independent of the selection committee. You can also include a former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. The government should move forward only by building a political consensus on this bill. In a democracy, the Election Commission should be formed with a trust.
Former Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi said that the proposal to give the election commissioner the status of cabinet secretary is also not correct. The Election Commissioner has to manage the electoral process, which is a very sensitive process. They have to discipline political parties. For this, it is necessary that the status of election commissioner should be increased.
Former Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi said that the Election Commission is the world guru. In the last 10 years, election officials of 108 countries have received training in the Election Commission in conducting elections in the world. The draft of the bill needs to be improved. The government should move forward by building a political consensus on the new bill and amending its existing format.
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