The Supreme Court on Friday observed that any persons employed with the central or state governments could not be appointed as election commissioners "across the length and breadth of the country." A bench headed by Justice R F Nariman\u00a0gave the ruling exercising its powers under Articles 142 and 144 of the Constitution. \u201cThe independence of the election commission cannot be compromised in a democracy. Entrusting additional charge of state election commissioner to a government official is a mockery of the Constitution,\u201d the court said. The top court stated that election commissioners have to be \u201cindependent persons\u201d and that nobody, who has been employed or holds an office of profit under the central or any state government, could be appointed as such. The judgment came on an appeal by the Goa government against the high court's ruling on panchayat polls. The bench said election commissioners have to be independent persons and no state can appoint a person who holds any office with the government.