Pakistan

SC orders appointment of CEC by Nov 24

ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court on Thursday rejected the government’s plea seeking one more month for appointment of the Chief Election Commissioner, ARY News reported.

A three-member bench of Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk bench during hearing of the CEC appointment case ordered the government to appointment the Chief Election Commissioner by November 24.

The apex court’s deadline on November 13, for appointment of the CEC, lapsed today as the government and the opposition failed to agree over a name for appointment on the top election post.

Attorney General Salman Aslam Butt informed the court today that the government and opposition were agreed over two names for the CEC post but both of them refused to accept the responsibility. He said the government and opposition have agreed over another name for the office and if agreed the new CEC will be appointed soon.

The court warned that the Supreme Court judge would be withdrawn if CEC does not get appointed by November 24.

AG said two names were shortlisted for the post but the  nominees had declined the nomination.

After Justice (Retd) Rana Bhagwandas and former Chief Justice Tasadduq Hussain Jillani declined the offer, consultation is being carried over Justice (Retd) Tariq Pervez.

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