ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan has suspended the services of two officers with immediate effect for a period of three months on delayed communication with regard to decision of ECP’s tribunals extension.
According to a press release issued here Tuesday, the Election Commission of Pakistan has decided on June 22, 2015, the last extension to the Election Tribunals in Punjab, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa upto August 31, 2015.
It was also decided that these Tribunals may be asked to dispose of the pending 28 cases with them upto August 31, 2015 enabling this Commission to terminate their contracts by the stipulated date.
In case there was still pendency, the concerned High Courts would be approached to appoint serving Judges of the High Courts for disposal of pending petitions.
The above decision was received by the concerned Section of ECP for implementation on June 23, 2015. Implementation of the above decision, however, could only take place on August 19, 2015 when the ADG (Legal) addressed the Registrars of Lahore High Court, Sindh High Court and Peshawar High Court asking the Registrars to place before the Chief Justices concerned, the decision of the Commission for appointment of serving Judges of the High Courts concerned for disposal of the pending petitions in their jurisdiction as the contracts of the Tribunals would be terminated by of August, 31 2015.
This delayed communication of the ECP’s decision on June 22, 2015 created a hue and cry in media and political circles clubbing the termination of the contracts of the Tribunals to some decisions.
This lapse on the part of some officials of ECP created a very bad taste in the Election Commission and necessitated strict disciplinary action under the E&D Rules against the officials responsible for this lapse.
According to the preliminary inquiry conducted in this regard, it revealed that Muhammad Saeed, Deputy Director and Muhammad Ramzan, Assistant Director of Establishment Section had failed to timely deliver copy of the decision of the Commission to the concerned quarters for implementation.
Therefore, the Election Commission has suspended the services of above two officers with immediate effect for a period of three months and has appointed Director General (Admn) as inquiry officer to complete the inquiry proceedings as per law.