ECP to become fully functional, and not a moment too soon


The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is set to become fully functional, as the newly elected members of the Commission will take oath of their office today (Wednesday).

Chief Election Commissioner of Pakistan Justice (r) Sardar Muhammad Raza Khan will administer the oath.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan had given a July 27 deadline to the federal government for appointment of the ECP members.

President Mamnoon Hussain accorded approval to the appointment of new members of the commission on the advice of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.

The prime minister sent the advice after confirmation by the Parliamentary Committee of the appointment of the chief election commissioner and members of the commission.

The Parliamentary Committee on Monday finalised the names of four new ECP members — one from each province i.e., Justice (r) Altaf Ibrahim Qureshi (Punjab), former federal secretary Abdul Ghaffar Soomro (Sindh), Justice (r) Irshad Qaiser (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) and Justice (r) Shakeel Baloch (Balochistan) from the lists of names submitted by the government and the opposition.

The newly elected members of the ECP will take oath of office at a ceremony to be held in ECP secretariat on Wednesday.

The newly constituted ECP will have to face a daunting task, as a number of opposition parties, including the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Pakistan People’s Party, have filed separate petitions with the commission, seeking disqualification of the premier over the Panama Leaks.