LK Advani demands collegium for CEC, CAG selection

Still the retirement of CEC SY Quraishi is followed later this month, but the disturbance regarding vacancy in the EC has arisen at this time as a systematic change in selection process while appointing Election Commission members has demanded by Senior BJP leader LK Advani.

The present system was vulnerable to “manipulation and partisanship” and solely based on the advice of the prime minister, does not evoke confidence among people, Mr. Advani wrote in his letter reportedly.

In a suggestive letter communicated to PM, source said that Advani demanded to set up a collegium to appoint the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) considering Prime Minister as its chairman and Chief Justice of India, Law Minister, and Leaders of Opposition in both the Houses as members.

The motive behind this is no chances of “any impression of bias or lack of transparency and fairness”. The selection process is done in a proper systematized procedure avoiding any bias, under the domain of the ruling party.

Beside this, he also recommended in his letter that along with EC, a similar collegium is also set up for the CVC, CIC and CEC as per 2009 recommendation in the Second Administrative Reforms Commission, set up by the Mr. Singh Government.

Reports suggested, the country wanted a rapid change in the whole system and time has come as per minister. “Indeed, the credibility of this system was severely dented when a dubious appointment to the crucial office of CEC was made a few years ago. The time has come to reform…..,” Advani said in letter, according to source.

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