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altogether in tact, not be eligible for the position? And why should not there have been a clearly laid down procedure for consultation on selection and appointment to this important position so that persons who combine in themselves technical competence with known integrity and independence get shortlisted tor the purpose? It is significant that the appointment to such an important office has gone virtually unnoticed and that too in a situation in which one hears every day of new and larger disclosures of financial misdemeanour and irregularities by the executive, be it at the centre or in the states. If note had been taken on time, a campaign could have been organised to sec that the outgoing government at the centre did not feel emboldened to make the appointment at this stage. The least that can now be done by the various political parties is to make known their respective positions in regard to the appointment to this very important post. Perhaps even this is too much to ask. On the question of appoint- ments to the Election Commission another constitutionally mandated body, the parties have yet to make known their stands on the qualifications of the Election Commissioners, including the Chief Election Commissioner, and the procedure to be adopted for their appointment.

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