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1) An Election commissioner is a watch dog but not a blood hound. comment with decided cases. (250 words)

Topic:  Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act. Separation of powers between various organs dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions.

1) An Election commissioner is a watch dog but not a blood hound. comment with decided cases. (250 words)

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Why this question:

The article captures the dissenting turf facing the election commission of India.

Key demands of the question:

The answer must briefly discuss how the election commission is a watch dog of democracy and not a blood hound.

Directive:

Commenthere we have to express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction

In a few introductory lines explain the background/context of the question.

Body

The answer must explain first the issues facing the election commission of India. Highlight the details of the controversy.

Explain  how election commissioner Ashok Lavasa wrote thrice to Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora on the issue.

The Election Commissioner was also reminded of the current legal position that, in non-quasi-judicial matters, dissenting notes were not included in the orders.

Discuss the effects of the above on the powers and functions of the ECI and how that makes ECI only a watchdog and not a blood hound.

Conclusion

Conclude with way forward.