Prime Minister Imran Khan has written a letter to the Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif, seeking his opinion over the appointment of provincial members of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
“Prime Minister Imran Khan has written a letter to the Leader of the Opposition for the vacant posts of members in the Election Commission of Pakistan in accordance with Articles 213 and 218 of the Constitution,” Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said in a tweet while sharing a copy of the letter.
Fawad added that PM Imran had suggested three names for each vacant ECP post in Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkwa (K-P).
The appointments on vacant posts can be made after the opposition’s opinion on the matter, he added.
وزیر اعظم عمران خان نے آئین کے آرٹیکل 213 اور 218 کے مطابق قائد حزب اختلاف کو الیکشن کمیشن میں ممبران کی خالی اسامیوں کیلئے خط لکھا ہے اور پنجاب اور خیبرپختوخخواہ میں تین تین نام تجویز کر دئیے ہیں،ان ناموں پر اپوزیشن کے جواب کے بعد الیکشن کمیشن تعیناتی ہو سکے گی۔ pic.twitter.com/9hCxwc3br7
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) August 27, 2021
The prime minister has proposed the names of Ahsan Mahboob, ex-officer of the Police Service of Pakistan; Raja Amer Khan, advocate Supreme Court of Pakistan; and Dr Syed Pervaiz Abbas, a retired officer of the Pakistan Administrative Service (PAS) for the vacant ECP post in Punjab.
For the appointment of the ECP member from K-P, the names of retired Justice Ikramullah Khan; Faridullah Khan, ex-officer PAS; and Muzammil Khan, advocate Supreme Court of Pakistan had been proposed, the premier’s letter stated.
According to the Constitution, the ECP members are to be appointed within 45 days of the retirement of the incumbent member.
PM Imran and the opposition leader hold consultations after the failure of which the matter is sent to the parliamentary committee.
Last month, the information minister dispelled the impression that there is a deadlock between the government and the opposition on the question of the appointment of provincial members of the ECP, claiming that the “government is open to dialogue”.