Insights into Editorial: Act now, recast the selection process of the ECs

Context: The attendance of the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and his Election Commissioner (EC) colleagues at an “informal” meeting with the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister has brought renewed focus on the independence and impartiality of the Election Commission of India (ECI). The CEC’s initial hesitation when “summoned” was appropriate given that the ECI …

Insights into Editorial: The Election Commission of India cannot be a super government

  Introduction: Elections bring the Election Commission of India (ECI) into sharp focus as this constitutional body superintends, directs and controls the conduct of elections. It is the constitutional duty of the ECI to ensure that the elections held are free and fair.   Role of Election Commission of India: Election commission plays a vital …

Insights into Editorial: In blockchain voting, leave out the general election

Context: The Election Commission of India has for a while now been toying with the idea of further digitising the electoral infrastructure of the country. In furtherance of this, the Election Commission had, held an online conference in collaboration with the Tamil Nadu e-Governance Agency (“TNeGA”) and IIT Madras, through which they explored the possibility …

Insights into Editorial: AP HC quashes ordinance curtailing State Election Commissioner’s tenure

Context: The Andhra Pradesh High Court has struck down an Ordinance promulgated by the AP government to curtail the tenure of the State Election Commissioner (SEC). The court also quashed an order appointing retired judge as the new State Election Commissioner and reinstated post of SEC to previous SEC Earlier, the state government had promulgated …