LAHORE – Procedure to appoint Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) has been challenged in the Supreme Court Registry in Lahore today.
Stance maintained in the petition submitted by petitioner’s lawyer Barrister Zafarullah states that appointing a CEC whose age is more than 68 years is a clear violation of law and constitution.
It said that appointment of an aged CEC previously was also a violation of the constitution that bore adverse consequences persisting till date and that a CEC must not be a person with a dull impression.
It is therefore requested before the court to issue order to appoint a promising and healthy judge as CEC.
Earlier, Jamat-e-Islami (JI) recommended the name of Justice (Retd) Nasir Aslam Zahid for the post of Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) on Friday.
During a press conference in Peshawar, Central Secretary JI Liaqat Baloch impressed upon the government to appoint CEC without further ado.
He said JI has advised the name of Justice (Retd) Nasir Aslam Zahid prior to the elections when Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) agreed upon the name of Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim’s name.
PTI had also suggested the name of Justice (Retd) Nasir Aslam Zahid for the status of CEC in a meeting held between vice chairman PTI Shah Mehmood Qureshi and opposition leader Khursheed Shah for the consultation over CEC’s appointment.
Rana Bhagwandas excused himself from CEC candidacy
Former Chief Justice of Supreme Court (SC) Justice (r) Rana Bhagwandas refused to become new Chief Election Commissioner (CEC), Dunya News reported.
According to details, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Senator Raza Rabbani met Justice (r) Rana Bhagwandas at SC Karachi registry.
During this half-hour meeting, PPP leader tried to convince Rana Bhagwandas for the post of CECP but didn’t find any positive response.
Talking to Dunya News, Justice (r) Rana Bhagwandas said that he has excused to become new CEC.
Government and opposition hadagreed to appoint Justice (r) Rana Bhagwandas as new Chief Election Commissioner (CEC), Dunya News reported on Thursday.
According to sources, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and opposition leader Khursheed Shah established contact to discuss the matter of appointment of new Chief Election Commissioner following which Justice (r) Rana Bhagwandas’s candidacy was mutually agreed upon.
The leaders also agreed to repeal constitutional obstacle in Rana’s appointment; an amendment bill will be presented in national assembly tomorrow (Friday).
According to current constitutional position, chairman FPC cannot be appointed on constitutional post immediately after employment tenure.