Electoral Reforms In India

Sushil Chandra appointed Chief Election Commissioner

Note4Students

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level : Chief Election Commissioner

Mains level : Not Much

The President has appointed Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra to take over as Chief Election Commissioner.

Chief Election Commissioner

  • The Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) of India heads the Election Commission of India.
  • The ECI is a body constitutionally empowered to conduct free and fair elections to the national and state legislatures and of President and Vice-President.
  • This power of the Election Commission of India is derived from Article 324 of the Constitution of India.
  • CEC of India is usually a member of the Indian Civil Service and mostly (not necessarily) from the Indian Administrative Service.

His/ Her Removal

  • It is very difficult to remove the authority of the Chief Election Commissioner once appointed by the president.
  • The two-thirds of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha need to present and vote against him for disorderly conduct or improper actions.

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