ECP incomplete as govt, opposition yet to decide on two members


ISLAMABAD: The indecisiveness between the government and opposition has thrown appointment of the members of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in a fix, ARY News reported Monday.

The ECP had written a letter to federal government to allocate new representatives till March 13. It has been told that appointments should be made from Sindh and Balochistan within 45 days of the retirements.

Sources said it’s just a day left in appointment of the members.

The ECP has been incomplete since retirement of its two members on January 26.

Under the Constitution, the ECP comprises a chief election commissioner and four members, one from each province. The vacant seat of a member of the election commission to be filled within a period of 45 days.

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The two members of the election commission from Sindh and Balochistan were retired on Jan 26, however, the process to appoint the new members yet to be completed, according to sources.

The appointment of the two members will be decided with the consultation of the government and the opposition.

The matter of the appointment of the ECP members was handed over to a parliamentary committee. But a parliamentary committee of 12 members constituted by the Speaker is yet to report progress over the matter.

The appointment of ECP members under the constitution has to be proposed by the prime minister and the opposition leader in the National Assembly, after consultation.

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