This Election Season, Let’s Take a Look at the Job of Someone More Powerful than the Prime Minister!

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With the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 taking center stage, politicians across the country including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, are in a race to ensure their stronghold continues.

India is undergoing seven-phase election process which will conclude on May 19. Results will be announced on May 23. 

As India is already into election mode, there is one body, which gains ‘supreme’ power, more than what the Prime Minister, now just a candidate during elections, has during the election period. The Election Commission of India — a constitutional body — entrusted with the responsibility of administering the elections, ensures smooth and complete transparency during the process.

What is the Election Commission of India?

The Election Commission of India is a three-member body, one with the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and two Election Commissioners. The current CEC is Sunil Arora, who was appointed by the President of India Ram Nath Kovind, replacing Om Prakash Rawat. 

What are the main functions of the Election Commission of India?

♦   It issues the Model Code of Conduct in every election for political parties and candidates so that the dignity of democracy is maintained.
♦   It regulates political parties and registers them for being eligible to contest elections.
♦   It publishes the allowed limits of campaign expenditure per candidate to all the political parties, and also monitors the same.
♦   The political parties must submit their annual reports to the ECI for getting tax benefit on contributions.
♦   It ensures that all the political parties regularly submit their audited financial reports.

How to join the Election Commission of India?

Election Commissioners or ECs are usually retired Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers with an extremely distinguished career. 

From the 26 services that the IAS has to offer, only three mater — IAS, IPS (Indian Police Service) and IFS (Indian Foreign Service). So, you have to be either a senior or reputed IAS/IPS/IFS officer with a very good track record.

Being a civil servant i.e. becoming an IAS/IPS/IFS officer is no mean task.

How much does an Election Commissioner earn?

An article in January lat year in ‘The Hindu’ newspaper stated that the three commissioners, including the Chief Election Commissioner, are entitled to a salary which is "equal to the salary of a judge of the Supreme Court", according to the provisions of a law governing their conditions of service. Like Supreme Court judges and chief justices of the high courts, the Election Commissioners will also get a monthly pay packet of Rs 2.50 lakh. That’s Rs. 30 lakh per annum. Too much to handle?

We hope we’ve broadened your horizons a little bit or may be even improved your General Knowledge to some extent. India needs honest Election Commissioners. As you read above, they are in control of the fate of the government for the next five years. So, as they go about doing their business dutifully, you as a citizen, need to exercise your vote dutifully as well (only if you’re above 18). Go ahead, caste your vote! And if you’re keen to get into the EC, we hope we’ve made the process more EASY!