The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:
In a seminal verdict the Supreme Court has ordered that the Election Commissioners should be appointed by the President of India on the advice of a committee consisting of the Prime Minister, Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha (or leader of largest opposition party) and the Chief Justice of India. This practice will be enforced until law in this regard is made by the Parliament.
This is a step forward in the direction of strengthening the independent authority and functioning of the Election Commission which alone is mandated to conduct a free and fair election under Article 324 of the Constitution.
The Constitution bench further stated that the Election Commission has to remain “aloof” from all forms of subjugation of the Executive.
The CPI(M) had all along advocated that the appointment of the Election Commission should be on the lines of what the Parliament enacted regarding the appointment of the CBI director, the Lokpal etc., in a transparent and democratic manner.