"The members of the an electoral commission should be persons of integrity and high standing in the community. They should be—and be seen to be—competent and independent of the government of the day and of all political parties. They should understand and by their acts demonstrate the duty to be impartial and fair-minded in the organization of a free and fair election, and be responsible to the needs of political parties and the public for the timely release of information on the electoral processes” … “The appointments procedures should be carefully considered by the framers of the Constitution, so as to avoid giving the ruling party for the time being complete or undue control over the selection and appointments process. Opposition parties should be entitled to participate in the process of selection and appointment of members of an electoral commission."
Commonwealth Secretariat: Dimensions of Free and Fair Elections: Frameworks, Integrity, Transparency, Attributes, Monitoring, p. 38