EC Is Batting For Disqualifican of Candidate For Giving False Declaration

THE Election Commission of India is mulling some electoral reforms and is expected to forward its recommendations to the government for legislation. Among these are long pending demand for disqualification of a candidate if he or she was found giving false declaration and capping  expenditure by candidates in legislative council polls. The EC has planned meeting with Legislative Secretary G Narayana Raju after the end of the winter session of Parliament.EC is likely to recommend making bribery during poll period a cognisable offence. The winter session of Parliament will end on January 8.While the Law Ministry is the administrative ministry for the EC, the Legislative Department is the nodal unit for issues related to the poll panel. PTI says the Commission would also ask the ministry to take a call on its demand to extend constitutional protection to the two Election Commissioners on the lines of the Chief Election Commissioner. The President appoints the Chief Election Commissioner and Election Commissioners after the Law Ministry initiates the file for their appointment.A Chief Election Commissioner can be removed from the office only through impeachment by Parliament. The President can remove the ECs based on the recommendation of the CEC.They can remain in office till the age of 65. The constitutional provision of impeachment of the Chief Election Commissioner by Parliament as of today has not been invoked.(image courtesy to The Indian Express)

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