New Delhi: Former Chief Election Commissioner S.Y. Qureshi said that it is written in the constitution that the government should make a law to appoint an election commissioner, which has not happened in 70 years. So 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 would include the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. But the Supreme Court has not said that you should include collegium system in the new law.
He said, however, the spirit of the Supreme Court judgment was that the government should not make unilateral appointments. Fingers can be pointed at him. The selection committee proposed in the Bill to appoint the Election Commissioner would always have the Prime Minister and Cabinet Ministers on one side and the Leader of the Opposition would be permanently excluded.
SY Qureshi said that the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court is a part of many collegiums. It would have been better if he had stayed in this too. The third member of the selection committee should be independent. You can also include a former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. The government should proceed only after building a political consensus on this bill. In a democracy the Election Commission should be constituted with trust.
Former Chief Election Commissioner SY Qureshi said that the proposal to give the status of Cabinet Secretary to the Election Commissioner is also not appropriate. The Election Commissioner has to manage the election process which is a very sensitive process. He has to discipline the political parties. For this it is necessary to raise the status of Election Commissioner.
Former Chief Election Commissioner SY Qureshi said that the Election Commission is the world guru. In the last 10 years, election officials from 108 countries have received training at the Election Commission on how to conduct elections around the world. The format of the bill needs to be reformed. The government should move forward by building political consensus on the new bill and amending its existing draft.
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