Recent News: Rajiv Kumar formally took over as the 25th Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) of India at Nirvachan Sadan Delhi, replacing Sushil Chandra who demitted office on May 14.
The constitutional status of the election commission under Article 324
The Constitution provides the Election Commission of India with the power of direction, superintendence, and control of elections to parliament, state legislatures, the office of president of India, and the office of vice-president of India
It was established on January 25, 1950
Election commission structure: It is a 3 member body. There is one chief election commissioner and two election commissioners. All are appointed by the president of India.
Presently Anup Chandra Pandey is the election commissioner
1st chief election commissioner: Sukumar Sen
News related to the Election Commission
- For Election Management Bodies (EMBs) from approximately 32 countries and four international organizations, the ECI convened the virtual International Election Visitors Programme (IEVP) 2022
- The Election Commission of India has increased the existing election expenditure limit for candidates in Parliamentary and Assembly constituencies, due to the rise in inflation. The new limits will be applicable in all upcoming elections in the country. The ceiling on parliamentary poll expenditure has been raised from 70 lakh to 95 lakh rupees in bigger states and 54 lakh to 75 lakhs in smaller states.
- The Election Commission of India (ECI) has launched the Garuda app for digital mapping of all polling stations, to ensure faster, smarter, transparent, and timely completion of election work
- The Election Commission of India (ECI) organized the Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) Consultation Workshop
- India observes “National Voters’ Day” every year on January 25 to encourage more young voters to take part in the political process. Election Commission of India is celebrating 12th National Voters Day on 25th January 2022. The theme for this year’s NVD, ‘Making Elections Inclusive, Accessible and Participative’, envisages focus on ECI’s commitment to facilitate the active participation of voters during the elections and to make the complete process hassle-free and a memorable experience for all categories of voters.
- India has ranked 46th position in the 2021 Democracy Index’s global ranking, according to The Economist Intelligence Unit
- Election held in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Manipur, and Punjab in 2022.