SC directs to appoint permanent CEC by Oct 28

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the Federal Government to appoint a permanent Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) by October 28.

The three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Nasi-ul-Mulk also directed the Sindh government to present a bill about delimitation in the assembly by October 16 while hearing the local bodies case and warned to summon the chief minister if no action were taken.

The Chief Justice remarked that judges of the Supreme Court had been serving as acting CEC for one year which was affecting the court’s performance.

During the course of proceedings, Advocate General Sindh Fateh Malik submitted reply in the apex court stating that Governor Sindh had raised objection to a few technicalities in the draft ordinance regarding the demarcation of local constituencies. The ordinance would be issued if the Governor removed the objections, he added.

The CJ asked why the ordinance was presented to the Governor instead of assembly so that it would have become a bill and directed the Sindh government to table it in the assembly within two days.

The representative of Punjab, in his reply, informed the court that the ECP had restricted the provinces to carry out legislation till it was legislated at the federal level. he said the federal government had yet to begin the process.

The court then directed the Punjab government to present the amendment bill in the assembly within two days and adjourned the case till October 16.

Source: APP