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Election Commission seeks ‘contempt powers’ against those tarnishing its image

According to a report the EC has sought amendments to the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971, to empower it to punish anyone being disobedient or discourteous towards its authority.

The letter was written one month ago and it is under consideration with law ministry. 

In the letter the commission including Election commission of Pakistan which has powers to punish those sullying its image.

This year ,ECP issued a contempt notice to cricketers turned politician Imran khan for accusing the election body of bias in a case of foreign funding.

The case is still being heard by ECP.

Election Commissioner OP Rawat had recused himself from cases related to the Aam Aadmi Party the Election Commission is hearing after Delhi Chief Minister and party leader Arvind Kejriwal questioned his independence.
“He had questioned the independence of the Election Commission. It is a quasi-judicial body that delivers verdicts. Therefore, I have recused myself so that he can have faith in the independence of the institution,” Rawat had said.

Kejriwal, in an interview, had alleged that two of the three election commissioners were close to the ruling dispensation.

“One of the election commissioners, A K Joti, was chief secretary of Gujarat under (Narendra) Modiji. The second election commissioner has come from Madhya Pradesh and has been very close to Shivraj Singh Chouhan. So, independence of both these election commissioners is under question,” he said.
The AAP has also been challenging the Election Commission to hold an ‘open’ hackathon to test Electronic Voting Machine, which the party claims can be manipulated to help a particular party in elections.

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