CALQ Volume 4 Issue 4 | A Framework to Reform the Appointment Procedure of the Governor
“The office of the Governor has two facets, namely the occupant and the powers vested in them. Thus, any measure to reform the post must include changes to the appointment process as well as to the degree of powers vested with Governors.”
Discussing recent instances of gubernatorial excess that occurred in the immediate aftermath of the Karnataka state elections in 2018 and the Maharashtra state elections in 2019, Surya Rajkumar, in his article titled “A Framework to Reform the Appointment Procedure & Discretionary Authority of the Governor" published in Volume 4(4) of CALQ, suggests a framework to reform the process of appointments to the office of the governor, and to constrict the role and powers derived therefrom.
In furtherance of proposing reforms to the office of the governor, the author takes into consideration the history of the Governor’s post, uncodified conventions that sanction arbitrary actions of the governor and judicial decisions and recommendations from various commissions and discusses systems of gubernatorial authority in Australia and Canada.