Pakistan

IHC rejects petition against Chief Election Commissioner appointment

Islamabad High Court nullifies

IHC rejects petition against Chief Election Commissioner appointment. The petitioner had filed plea against appointment of new CEC and two members of central election commission.  

IHC rejects petition

Islamabad High Court dismissed that petition.
Earlier, Federal government in its reply informed the Islamabad High Court of consensus on appointments.
It informed government and the opposition agreed over the names of the CEC and two members of the election commission.
The IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah reminded the petitioner Mohsin Ranjha that its credit goes to the people of Pakistan.
Ranjha had said during the hearing that credit goes to the court.

Muhammad Jalal Sikandar Sultan

Notably, M Jalal Sikandar Sultan has served Pakistan as a bureaucrat in the past.

Sikandar Sultan has replaced Sardar Raza Khan who retired last month.

However, government and opposition took much time to agree on his successor.

Due to their disagreement and war of words, Pakistan has no CEC since retirement of Sardar Raza Khan.

The Parliamentary committee reached consensus on him to head the Election Commission of Pakistan.

The committee comprised of government and opposition members.

Consensus on Sikandar Sultan Raja

GTV reported on Jan21 on the consensus over the name of Sikandar Sultan Raja as new Chief Election Commissioner (CEC).

Moreover, the meeting also agreed to appoint Nisar Durrani as member of Election Commission from Sindh.

It also agreed to appoint Shah Muhammad Jatoi as CEC member from Balochistan.

Meanwhile, Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari called it a matter of great satisfaction.

She appreciated that the parliament settled the matter with consensus.

Furthermore, she said that they would refer the names to the Prime Minister.

GTV

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