Rajya Sabha passes bill on the appointment of Chief Election Commissioner & Election Commissioners

The Rajya Sabha has passed the Chief Election Commissioner and Other Election Commissioners (Appointment, Conditions of Service and Term of Office) Bill, 2023 which inter alia, deals with the appointment, conditions of service, procedure for functioning of Election Commission etc. The Bill was a sequel to the Supreme Court’s judgment in the case of Anoop Baranwal v. Union of India, which held that the appointment of Chief Election Commissioner and Election Commissioners shall be made by the President on the basis of advice tendered by a Committee consisting of the Prime Minister, the Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha & the Chief Justice of India.