SC warns govt for not appointing regular CEC

SC warns govt for not appointing regular CEC

ISLAMABAD: The government on Thursday sought two weeks’ time for appointment of chief election commissioner (CEC) from the Supreme Court after the latter’s warning.
A three-member bench headed by Justice Saqib Nisar heard the case pertaining to the permanent appointment of chief election commissioner. During the course of proceedings, deputy attorney general appraised the court about a meeting of the attorney general with the government while requesting the court to extend the deadline for the appointment of the CEC by two weeks.
Justice Saqib said that the court had already given one-month time for the CEC’s appointment on February 19, adding that more time will not be given. The court said it will issue appropriate orders if the CEC is not appointed till March 19. The case was adjourned till March 20. The court remarked “no more time will be given to the government for appointment of regular heads of the institutions”. Justice Saqib said if appointment of CEC is not made as per the court’s orders then it will give its decision. He noted difficulties are being faced in several key institutions owing to non-appointment of regular heads therein.

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