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Bill To Appoint Top 3 Poll Officers Passed, CJI Replaced By Union Minister

The Lok Sabha, amidst Opposition suspensions, passed a bill introducing a new mechanism to appoint top election officers. The Rajya Sabha previously approved the Chief Election Commissioner and Other Election Commissioners (Appointment, Conditions of Service and Term of Office) Bill, 2023.

The legislation, having cleared Parliament, now awaits the President’s approval. Law Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal emphasized the bill’s comprehensive coverage, addressing gaps left by the 1991 Act on service conditions for senior poll officers. The Bill passed via a voice vote.

The recent legislation replacing the Chief Justice with a Union Minister has sparked Opposition concerns, suggesting it enhances government influence on top poll officer appointments, jeopardizing poll body autonomy.

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