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The apex court rejects appeal against CEC

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ISLAMABAD: It might be a big blow for the ruling government PTI as the apex court rejects appeal against CEC, the chief election commissioner.

The Appeal against the appointment of Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja was rejected today.

The Supreme Court said, “The appointment of members, including the Election Commissioner, is based on merit and ability.”

The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal against the appointment of Chief Election Commissioner Alexander Sultan Raja.

A two-member apex court bench headed by Justice Umar Ata Bandial heard the appeal against the appointment of Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja.

Court Remarks During the Hearing:

During the hearing, Justice Umar Ata Bandial, while addressing the petitioner, remarked that:

  • The Chief Election Commissioner and the Chairman NAB are not judicial officers.
  • Appreciate your efforts in raising the constitutional point.
  • You have also challenged the constitutional amendment in the petition.
  • You say the current Chief Election Commissioner is a retired civil servant.
  • You say that a retired bureaucrat cannot be appointed Chief Election Commissioner.
  • But according to the Constitution, no constitutional amendment can be challenged.

Inquiry from the Petitioner’s Lawyer:

During cross-examination of the petitioner’s counsel, Justice Umar Ata Bandial remarked that:

  • You said that the Chief Justice should be consulted for the appointment of the Chief Election Commissioner.
  • The Chief Election Commissioner and the Chairman NAB are not judicial officers.
  • There is no serving judge in the Election Commission.
  • Who are the serving judges in the Election Commission?
  • There is no present service judge then the matter is over.

The Decision in an Appeal against CEC:

The Supreme Court upheld the objections of the Registrar’s Office and rejected the petition.

The Supreme Court in its judgment said that the appointment of members including the Election Commissioner is based on merit and competence.

The court said in its judgment that there were no concrete grounds against the appointment of the Chief Election Commissioner.

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