ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The National Assembly on Thursday unanimously passed "The Constitution (Twenty-second Amendment) Bill, 2016" envisaging qualifications and procedure for appointment of Chief Election Commissioner and members of the Election Commission of Pakistan.
The bill was moved by Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid. The bill envisages qualifications and procedure for appointment of Chief Election Commissioner and members of the Election Commission of Pakistan.
The bill said in case there is no consensus between the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition over appointment of the Chief Election Commissioner, then both of them shall send separate lists to the Parliamentary Committee for consideration, and the Committee shall approve one of them.
As many as 236 members cast their votes in favor of the bill and none against.
Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid and Finance Minister Muhammad Ishaq Dar have congratulated all the parties and members of the Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reforms for creating consensus and passing the bill. Zahid Hamid said electoral laws will soon be finalized by committee.
The amendment provides that a retired judge of the Supreme Court or a senior bureaucrat or a technocrat could be considered for appointment as Chief Election Commissioner.
One member of the Commission would be taken from each province. As a onetime exercise two members of the commission shall stand retired after two and a half years while the other two would retire after the next two and a half years.
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