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Interference in the functioning of Election Commission of India (ECI) or even the perception of bias on its behalf can erode its credibility and weaken democratic institutions. Hence, ECI’s independence is vital to ensuring the integrity of India’s democratic processes. Comment.

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

3.Interference in the functioning of Election Commission of India (ECI) or even the perception of bias on its behalf can erode its credibility and weaken democratic institutions. Hence, ECI’s independence is vital to ensuring the integrity of India’s democratic processes. Comment.  (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: The HinduInsights on India

Why the question:

The article discusses the issue of autonomy of the Election Commission of India (ECI). It highlights recent events that have raised concerns about the commission’s independence and decision-making process.

Directive:

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

Key Demand of the question: To write about the issues in the functioning of ECI and suggest measures to overcome the same.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by writing about the aims and objectives of ECI.

Body:

First, write about the challenges and issues in the functioning of the ECI – Appointment issues, security of tenure, post-retirement appointment, financial autonomy, conflict between constitutional and legal powers and upholding its credibility etc.

Next, write about the reforms that are needed in order to resolve the above-mentioned issues and challenges.

Conclusion:

Conclude with a way forward.