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NA Speaker Asad Qaiar says deadlock over CEC appointment will end soon

NA Speaker Asad Qaiar says deadlock over CEC appointment will end soon
December 2, 2019
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaisar and Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani held an important meeting to discuss the appointment of the chief election commissioner (CEC) and members of the Election Commission of Pakistan. They sent the names proposed by Prime Minister Imran Khan and Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif to the parliamentary committee. Talking to the media on Monday, NA Speaker Asad Qaisar said that the deadlock would end soon as the matter would be resolved through talks. On November 30, Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif had written a letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan, National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaisar and Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani, proposing three names – Nasir Mahmood Khosa, Jalil Abbas Jillani and Ikhlaq Ahmed Tarar – for the appointment of the chief election commissioner. According to the letter, Shehbaz Sharif said that the constitutional tenure of the chief election commissioner is expiring on December 6. “The seats of two members are also vacant. Under the Election Act 2007, the ECP bench comprises of at least three members. The ECP will be inactive if a member and more members were not appointed,” he said. Shehbaz Sharif said that it was demand of 213(2A) that the prime minister should consult the opposition leader. “Under the rule, the prime minister sends a name for appointment of the chief election commissioner to the parliamentary committee after consulting the opposition leader,” he said in the letter. He asked the prime minister to consider the names of these people immediately as per law. On the other hand, Shehbaz Sharif has proposed three each names for the appointment of ECP members in Sindh and Balochistan. He proposed the names of Nisar Durrani, Justice (retd) Abdul Rasool Memon and Aurangzeb Haq for Sindh, while Shah Mahmood Jatoi advocate, former advocate general Rauf Atta and Raheela Durrani have been recommended for Balochistan.
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