Topic: Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act.
3) Highlight the powers and functions of the Election Commission of India (ECI). Also, discuss the issues regarding the independence and impartiality of the ECI. (250 words)
Indian polity by Lakshmikant
Why this question:
The question is from the static portions of GS paper II.
Key demand of the question:
One has to explain the powers and functions of the Election Commission of India (ECI) and discuss the issues regarding the independence and impartiality of the ECI.
Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.
Structure of the answer:
Give a brief introduction about Election Commission of India (ECI).
Highlight its administrative, advisory and quasi-judicial powers and functions.
State the provisions regarding the Commission’s independence and discuss various issues surrounding it.
Conclude that it is essential to impart requisite institutional protection and independence so that public faith in the EC is strengthened.