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How are the Election Commissioners appointed in India? There have been calls for an independent mechanism for appointment of Election Commissioners outside the exclusive power of the government. Do you think there is a need for it? Comment.

Topic: Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies.

5. How are the Election Commissioners appointed in India? There have been calls for an independent mechanism for appointment of Election Commissioners outside the exclusive power of the government. Do you think there is a need for it? Comment.  (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: The HinduInsights on India

Why the question:

A Constitution Bench on Thursday is scheduled to pronounce its judgment on petitions seeking an “independent mechanism for appointment of Election Commissioners” outside the exclusive power of the government.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the process of appointment of Election commissioners and need for a independent body to appoint them.

Directive word: 

Comment– here we must express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by writing about Article 324 to 329.

Body:

First, write about the mechanism of appointment of election commissioners in India.

Next, write about the various issues in the appointment of election commissioners in India – fast pace, opaque, no proper criteria, no discussions etc.

Next, write about the need for an independent mechanism for appointment of Election Commissioners. Write about its pros and cons.

Conclusion:

Conclude with a balanced opinion.