Consider the following statements:
1. The Election Commission was first set up as a Single member body
2. It has been serving as a three member body since 1989
3. The Constitution of India has fixed the Election Commission to be a 3 member body
Which among the above statements is / are correct?
It was a single – member body when it was first set up in 1950 and up to 15th October, 1989 with only the Chief Election Commissioner. India’s First Chief Election Commissioner was Sukumar Sen, who served from 21 March 1950 to 19 December 1958. From 16th October, 1989 up till 1st January, 1990, it became a three-member body with R.V.S.Peri Sastri (C.E.C) and S.S.Dhanoa and V.S.Seigell as Election Commissioners. From 2nd January, 1990 to 30th September, 1993, it was a single-member Commission and again from 1st October, 1993 it has become a three-member Commission. As per article 324 (2) The Election Commission shall consist of the Chief Election Commissioner and such number of other Election Commissioners, if any, as the President may from time to time fix and the appointment of the Chief Election Commissioner and other Election Commissioners shall, subject to the provisions of any law made in that behalf by Parliament, be made by the President. So Only first statement is correct.
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