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?Set up panel on ECs?

Tandon has written to the President suggesting that the CEC should be appointed on the recommendation of a seven-member committee.

india Updated: May 12, 2006 02:45 IST

In what is largely being viewed as an outcome of the controversy surrounding Election Commissioner Navin Chawla’s alleged proximity to the Congress, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) BB Tandon has written to President APJ Abdul Kalam suggesting that the CEC and other election commissioners should be appointed on the recommendation of a seven-member committee headed by the Prime Minister.

As of now, the CEC and the Election Commissioners are appointed by the President on the advice of the PM. Commission sources, however, pointed out that Tandon, who is to retire as the CEC next month, has written the letter in his “personal capacity” and these were not the views of the full commission.

Tandon, in his communication to the President last month, suggested that the CEC and the two Election Commissioners should be appointed by a committee as was being done in case of the Chairman and members of the National Human Rights Commission and the Chief Vigilance Commissioner. Tandon has recommended that other members of the committee should include the Lok Sabha Speaker, Leaders of Opposition in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha, Law Minister and a Supreme Court Judge to be nominated by the Chief Justice of India.

First Published: May 12, 2006 02:45 IST