A person who holds, or who has held, office as President shall, subject to the other provisions of this Constitution, be eligible for re-election to that office.

Debate Summary

Article 57 (Draft Article 46) holds that a person who has been elected as a President is eligible for re-election.

 

The Article was debated on 13 December 1948.

 

The Draft Article in its initial form had restricted the re-election of a person as the President ‘only once’. One member moved an amendment to remove this restriction. He noted that ‘a capable and efficient man’ should be allowed to deliver his services to the country as long as he is able.

 

There was another proposal to ensure that a President who has been impeached from their office is barred from being re-elected. The mover of this proposal invoked foreign experiences of how the President who was impeached on charges of corruption and other ‘nefarious’ grounds was re-elected. He added: ‘considering that public memory is so short and even party memory is short’, the chances of a previously impeached President being nominated for re-election is likely. The Chairman of the Drafting Committee believed that this issue could be considered during the discussion on the qualifications of the President. In light of this, the Member withdrew the amendment.

 

The Assembly voted in favour of removing the one-time restriction for re-election. It adopted the Draft Article as amended on 13 December 1948.