SC extends deadline for CEC appointment

SC extends deadline for CEC appointment

A three-judge bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk, resumed the hearing on Thursday.



By Our Correspondent

Published: Fri 14 Nov 2014, 12:54 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 2:19 AM

Islamabad — The Supreme Court on Thursday extended the deadline given to the government for appointment of the Chief Election Commissioner following its failure to do so by November 13.

The court again warned that in case the government fails to appoint a permanent CEC by the given deadline of November 24, the acting election commissioner would return to his Supreme Court duties and the CEC post would be rendered vacant.

A three-judge bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk, resumed the hearing on Thursday.

During the hearing, Attorney General Salman Aslam Butt told the court that three names had been finalised for the post, but unfortunately some of the nominated persons had refused to become part of the process.

He added that following the development, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had departed from the country on a scheduled tour while Leader of the Opposition Khursheed Shah was also in London on a medical leave.

Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk remarked that had the process been initiated earlier, it would have been completed by now.

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