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23/09/2022 - Polity

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September 23, 2022

Do you think that the Election Commission of India is right in rejecting the idea of permanent president for a political party? Comment (200 Words)

Refer - The Hindu

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·        The Election Commission of India (ECI) has rejected the idea of a ‘permanent president’ for a party. The ECI says such a step is inherently anti-democratic.

·        There is merit in the ECI’s view and its insistence on internal democracy, as no individual should be elected leader for life.

·        Any party that participates in a democratic process, and wants to govern and legislate, should include formal and periodic election of office-bearers as part of the way it functions as an association.

·        Increasingly, the fragmentation of India’s polity into a federalised, multi-party system has also given way to domination by “charismatic” individuals or their families.

·        Mainly because of the nature of support that these parties enjoy or due to their financing structures which necessitates centralised control by a single coterie or a family.

·        The ECI has periodically used guidelines issued for registration of parties under Section 29A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 to remind parties to conduct elections and to ensure that their leadership is renewed, changed or re-elected every five years.

·        However, with dynasticism and a lack of internal democracy becoming a matter of public debate, perhaps public pressure would finally bear upon parties to do the right thing.

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