The appointment of new members of the election commission has become a headache for PTI government as Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) retired Justice Sardar Mohammad Raza on Friday (August 23) refused to administer the oath to newly appointed members by President.
The commissioner has argued that the process of the two appointments is the violation of Article 213 and 214 of the Constitution. He has formally informed the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs about his decision and argued that
Earlier On Thursday, President Dr. Arif Alvi had appointed Khalid Mahmood Siddiqui and Munir Ahmad Khan Kakar as ECP members from Sindh and Balochistan, respectively.
In an official notification issued the previous day, the government had announced that “The President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan is please to appoint the following persons as Members of the Election Commission of Pakistan, name:- (a) Mr. Khalid Mehmood Siddiqui – Sindh; (b) Mr. Munir Ahmed Kakar – Balochistan”.
Soon after the decision of CEC, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leaders Rza Rabbani and Sherry Rehman lauded the decision. Raza Rabbani said that, Justice Raza has prevented a violation of the Constitution. He said that the decision against administrating the oath was in line with the Constitution and that the decision would uphold the credibility of the ECP.
The ECP members from Sindh and Balochistan — Abdul Ghaffar Soomro and retired Justice Shakeel Baloch — had retired in January and, under the law, the positions were to be filled within 45 days.
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