ISLAMABAD: For the appointment of a new chief election commissioner (CEC), the parliamentary committee will be meeting on July 9 to consider the names for the post.
The two parliamentary committee addressed by Pakistan People’s Party’s (PPP) Syed Khursheed Shah, is accountable for the final authorization and would conduct applications on the appointment of the next chief election commissioner.
The deadlock over the affair of the CEC’s assignation was created when the PML-N discarded all three names proposed by Yousuf Raza Gilani during his premiership and later denied to have further consultations with him; saying the party would not hold talks with a convicted person.
The PML-N later nominated Acting CEC Justice Shakirullah Jan, Justice (retd) Fakharuddin G. Ebrahim and Justice (retd) Nasir Aslam Zahid for the post. The government has proposed the names of Justice (retd) Munir A. Sheikh, Justice (retd) Amirul Mulk Mengal and Justice (retd) Zahid Qurban Alvi.
The PML-N received a lift when Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) government’s allied group, hold up its nominee Nasir Aslam Zahid.
Under the 18th Amendment, the tenure of the CEC has been increased to five years from three and the procedure for his assignation has been accommodated. The CEC was earlier assigned by the president, but under Article 213 of the Constitution – the prime minister in consultation with the opposition leader in the National Assembly is required to forward three names to the parliamentary committee for the ratification of one of them.