Justice (r) Sardar Raza takes oath as Chief Election Commissioner



Justice (retd) Sardar Raza on Saturday took oath as the Chief Election Commissioner(CEC) following his nomination for the post, Radio Pakistan reported.

Chief Justice, Nasir-ul-Mulk administered the oath to him at a ceremony at the Supreme Court Building. The ceremony was attended by judges of the Supreme Court, lawyers and high government officials.

The post had remained vacant for over a year. On December 3, three names were shortlisted for the post out of which Raza’s name was finalised by a 12-member parliamentary committee on December 4. The other two contenders for the post included Justice (retd) Tanvir Ahmad Khan and Justice (retd) Tariq Pervez.

Before his nomination for the chief election commissioner, Raza Khan was serving as the Chief Justice of Federal Shariat Court.

Under the Article-213 of the Constitution Sardar Muhammad Raza Khan will serve as Chief Election Commissioner for next five years.


  1. Sardar Muhammad Raza Khan (Urdu: سردار محمد رضا خان‎) is the current Chief Election Commissioner and a retired judge on the Supreme Court of Pakistan and former Chief Justice of the Peshawar High Court. He was born in the Namli Maira village in the district of Abbottabad on 10 February 1945.Sardar belongs to a prominent Sardar Gujjar family in Abbotabad.After,graduating from the Government College of Abbottabad, Khan received a Master's degree in economics from Punjab University through the Forman Christian College in Lahore. He received a LL.B. degree from the same university in 1967. In 1985, Khan visited the United States to study the American legal system.[2] In 1999 he attended a three-month training course in Tokyo, "Corruption Among Public Officials".In June 2004, Khan visited Ipoh and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in connection with an international seminar on "Human Rights and Independence on the Judiciary in the Islamic and Non-Islamic Judicial Systems".[2] In 2006 he visited Dhaka, Bangladesh for a conference on the criminal judicial system.

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