Introduction:

Article 324. Superintendence, direction, and control of elections to be vested in an Election Commission.

1) The superintendence, direction and control of the preparation of the electoral rolls for, and the conduct of, all election to Parliament and the Legislature of every Sated and of elections to the offices of President and Vice-President held under Constitution shall be vested in a Commission (referred to in this Constitution as the Election Commission.
2) The Election Commission shall consist of the Chief Election Commissioner and such number of other Election Commissioners.
3) When any other Election Commissioner is so appointed the Chief Election commissioner shall act as the Chairman of the Election Commission.
4) Subject to the provisions of any law made by Parliament, the conditions of service and tenure of office of the Election Commissioners and the Regional Commissioners shall be such as the president may be rule determine.

  • Members of Election Commission:

a) Chief Election Commissioner (Chairman) and other members are appointed by the President. All members have equal powers and salaries.
b) President may also appoint Regional commissioners after consultation with the CEC.
c) Conditions of service and tenure are determined by President.
d) Their remuneration is same as judges of Supreme Court.

  • Term of Office:

6 years, or till they attain the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier.

  • Role and Powers:

a) Preparation of electoral rolls; delimitation of constituencies; allocation of seats in Parliament and State Legislatures.
b) To register political parties, as national or regional.
c) Advising the President/Governor on the disqualification of MPs. Advising weather elections cab be held in a State under President’s rule.

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