ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court on Monday rejected a petition on the appointment of the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and two members after the government’s response on appointments to the Electoral Commission of Pakistan (ECP), ARY News reported.
In its response, the federal government informed the higher court that the government and the opposition agreed on the names of the CEC and two members of the electoral commission.
Petitioner Mohsin Ranjha during the hearing said: “Credit goes to court.” “The credit goes to the people of Pakistan,” said Supreme Court President IHC Athar Minallah.
“Parliament is the supreme institution of the state, which has representatives of the people. A strong Parliament will strengthen Pakistan, ”said the top judge.
It is worth mentioning here that the government notified Sikandar Sultan Raja on Friday as Chief Commissioner of Elections (CEC) for a period of five years.
The Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs issued a notification after President Arif Alvi signed the appointment under articles 213 and 215 read with article 48 of the Constitution.
The appointment of Nasir Durrani and Shah Mohammad Jatoi as members of the Electoral Commission of Pakistan of Sindh and Balochistan respectively was also confirmed and notified by the ministry.
The appointments come in the light of the order of November 2, 2019 issued by the High Court of Islamabad (IHC).
Previously, President Alvi had appointed Khalid Mehmood Siddiqui as a member of the PCE for Sindh and Munir Ahmed Kakar for Baluchistan against the vacancies of the PCE.
The decision was challenged in the High Court of Islamabad and suspended by the court.
On January 15, the court had granted the government 10 more days to finalize ECP appointments.
The government and the opposition recently reached an agreement to decide the vacancies of the CEC and two members of the electoral commission.