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SC’s ECI order will help, but it’s not a magic wand

The unanimous verdict of the five-judge Constitution Bench is a significant step towards enhancing the credibility and integrity of the electoral process. Furthermore, this decision reinforces the independence of ECI and safeguards it from government interference

The SC’s decision comes in response to four writ petitions challenging the system of appointment of ECs unilaterally by the executive (ANI)
Updated on Mar 06, 2023 07:20 PM IST

Safeguarding the poll panel’s independence

The Supreme Court has questioned the Election Commission's appointment procedure, its chief’s tenure and neutrality. But to date, the system has worked well. Instead, the top court must find ways to keep the credibility of the Indian democracy intact

The fact that India is regarded as a global guru in elections proves that the system has worked well. Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton even called the Indian election a gold standard (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 27, 2022 08:26 PM IST

The J&K delimitation report and the future of the region

There are several important takeaways from the Jammu and Kashmir Delimitation Commission, which submitted its final report.

On May 5, the three-member delimitation commission finalised the UT’s new electoral map, marking the first step for elections in the region since its special status was scrapped in August 2019. (PTI)
Published on May 16, 2022 09:04 PM IST

Laying the foundation of a strong democracy

There were several factors that set the Indian elections apart, right from the start.

Appointed on 21 March, 1950, Sen did not waste a day to set in motion the preparations for the mammoth exercise.
Updated on Oct 29, 2021 04:51 PM IST
BySY Quraishi

India must scale up its war on blindness

The NPCB envisions ‘eye health for all’, which is the mainstay of this year’s World Sight Day theme: ‘eye care everywhere’. The national body seeks to enhance community awareness on eye care, strengthen infrastructure facilities, and lay stress on preventive measures for eye care.

Last year, Navjot Singh Sidhu marched with blind students to mark World Sight Day at Sector 17, Chandigarh, October 12,2017(Hindustan Times)
Updated on Oct 11, 2018 12:33 PM IST
BySY Quraishi

We must reconsider NOTA option in RS polls: SY Quraishi | Opinion

Speculations about the integrity of the Election Commission rose because two of the commissioners were appointed by the ruling BJP and the current CEC was for Gujarat chief secretary while Narendra Modi was CM. Now all these have been proved wrong

The Election Commission of India, New Delhi(Mint)
Published on Aug 10, 2017 01:12 PM IST
BySY Quraishi

Can just electoral bonds cleanse political funding in India?

A last-minute amendment in the Finance Bill made quietly, which removes the cap of 7.5% of average three years profit that a company can donate to a political party has raised alarm

Finance minister Arun Jaitley at the Commonwealth Auditors General Conference, Delhi, March 22. When he presented the Union budget, the finance minister had strongly acknowledged that a transparent method of funding political parties is vital to the system of free and fair elections.(PTI)
Updated on Apr 14, 2017 09:15 AM IST
BySY Quraishi

Budget 2017: The move towards transparent funding is the first step towards electoral reform

The reduction of cash donation limits in the budget is a formal adoption of an election commission proposal that the prime minister had recently accepted publicly

A file photo of the Election Commission of India. Several recent measures of Prime Minister Narendra Modi seem to lead towards electoral reforms.(Harikrishna Katragadda/Mint Photo)
Updated on Feb 03, 2017 06:47 AM IST
BySY Quraishi

State funding of political parties could be a pillar of electoral reforms

A series of initiatives by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the last six months have finally zeroed in on the need for electoral reforms, especially pertaining to political finance

An enormous turnout is witnessed at a polling station in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, during the assembly elections in 2012. It is time to prescribe a ceiling for political parties’ expenditure like that for the candidates(Hindustan Times Photo)
Updated on Jan 11, 2017 01:14 PM IST
BySY Quraishi

Demonetisation could lead to long-pending electoral reforms

The demonetisation has come at the right time, just ahead of five state elections. Parties and candidates who were ready with the bonanza would not know what to do with that money now. Even fake money from across the borders will be hit. However, politicians are ingenuous

A cashier counts 500 and 1000 rupee notes inside a bank in Jammu, November 10, 2016(REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 12, 2016 07:06 AM IST
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