Opposition leader in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif has recommended three names for the post of Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) to Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Shebaz has recommended the names of Nasir Mahmood Khose, Jalil Abbas Jilani and Akhlaq Ahmad Tarar through a letter sent to the premier on November 25.
In the letter, Shehbaz informed the PM that the incumbent CEC Justice (retd) Sardar Raza’s term will cease on December 6. He also reminded the PM that two posts for Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) members are already empty.
The former chief minister told the premier that under Section 3 of the Elections Act, 2017 it is a requirement to that an ECP Bench must have at least three members, with or without the CEC.
He highlighted the impact of not making the appointment due to the vacancies, he explained,
“The consequence will be that the ECP will become dysfunctional on the said date (December 6), unless either a new CEC or one or more members is appointed.”
The PML-N president citing Article 213 said that the prime minister should have initiated the consultation on the new CEC “much earlier”. He added that he is “taking the initiative” by forwarding three names to avoid the possible discontinuity in the functioning of the ECP.
In the letter, Shehbaz has said that he believes that three individuals are “eminently qualified”, also mentioning the crucial need to take urgent action on the matter.
While on Friday, Shehbaz wrote another letter to the PM listing his recommended names to fill the two empty seats from Balochistan and Sindh on the ECP.
For Sindh, Shehbaz has nominated Nisar Durrani, Justice (retd) Abdul Rasul Memon and Aurangzeb Haq.
For Balochistan, he has recommended the names of Supreme Court lawyer Shah Muhammad Jatoi, former advocate general of the province Muhammad Rauf Atta and Rahila Durrani.
Earlier this month, the government had appointed Khalid Mehmood Siddiqui from Sindh and Munir Ahmed Kakar from Balochistan as members of the empty seats.
But the Islamabad High Court had delayed the Presidential notification of their appointment and asked the National Assembly speaker and Senate chairman to resolve the issue by December 7.
However, the deadlock between the government and the opposition, the appointment still continues.