Supreme Court Rejects Petitions to Stay Appointment of New Election Commissioners

ByTV10 Punjab

Mar 22, 2024
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21 March
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The Supreme Court dismissed petitions seeking a halt to the appointment of two new election commissioners, asserting that it would deliberate on the main petitions challenging the validity of the Chief Election Commissioner and Other Election Commissioners (Appointment, Service and Other Conditions) Act, 2023. A bench comprising Justice Sanjeev Khanna and Justice Dipankar Dutta declined the applications for a stay on the appointment, signaling a continuation of the appointment process.

The decision comes amid a backdrop of legal challenges regarding the appointment procedures for election commissioners. While the petitioners had sought to stall the appointment process pending the resolution of broader legal questions, the court’s rejection paves the way for the new commissioners’ assumption of office.

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The Chief Election Commissioner and Other Election Commissioners (Appointment, Service and Other Conditions) Act, 2023, faces scrutiny over its procedural aspects and implications for the independence and functioning of the Election Commission. As the legal battle unfolds, the Supreme Court’s stance on the matter is anticipated to have far-reaching ramifications on electoral governance in the country.

With the appointment process set to proceed unhindered, attention now turns to the substantive legal challenges awaiting deliberation before the apex court. As stakeholders await further developments, the issue of electoral oversight and institutional integrity remains at the forefront of public discourse, underscoring the significance of the judicial scrutiny in upholding democratic principles.