Can India ponder upon the idea of a permanent bureaucracy for election commission?
Do you think India should have a permanent bureaucracy for the election commission? Discuss the pros and cons of such a step.
Indian elections have long been having some issues. Poor voting percentage, Bogus voting, Cash for votes scams, Booth capturing to name a few. Of course, societal change is required. But even Institutionally we have a problem with ad hoc preparations for elections. Election officials are drawn from various departments during election alone and they have to report back duty in their parent department once election works are over. This process has a lot of problems.
1. In party dominated political situation of India officials once returning to their department have to deal with the same candidates as political masters whom they once regulated during elections. This consideration during elections greatly affects the neutrality of officials. we can see even officials vertically split between ruling and opposition parties in various states.
2. Election process involves voter registration, correction, transposition of entries and many other works apart from main election process. These are as important as the election process itself. when officials are drawn from other department they consider it as additional burden as it is not their area of expertise.
3. Even during elections in addition to election works the entire administration falls under the hands of permanent executives. In sensitive department like revenue this seriously affects their works as many files are kept in pending during election time. This greatly affects administrative efficiency.
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Considering the above facts, must we ponder upon the Idea of having a permanent bureaucracy for the election commission, a constitutional office. And of course, their work is in no way inferior to other department works.