ISLAMABAD: Justice (r) Tassadaq Jillani has emerged as a consensus figure to head the Election Commission of Pakistan.
It has been reliably learnt that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and opposition leader Khursheed Shah have agreed on the retired chief justice of Pakistan for appointment as the chief election commissioner. The duo had agreed to consult other political stakeholders on the proposal. “So far, there has been little disagreement from other political players, except the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf,” a source in the ruling party told Daily Times.
He hinted that the opposition political party had proposed an amendment for removal of the existing four “controversial” members of the election commission. “In principle, the PTI does not have any objection on Justice (r) Tassadaq Jillani,” he explained. Though the PTI leaders have denied proposing any amendment to sack the existing members while responding to a Daily Times query, however, the party has reiterated its longstanding demand for the commission’s restructuring.
A senior PTI leader, speaking on anonymity, told Daily Times that during his previous stint as acting chief election commissioner, Justice Jillani did not pay due attention to the party’s allegation of vote tampering and ballot box stuffing. “This makes many of us nervous about whether the custodian of the nation’s mandate can be indifferent to such a fraud,” he remarked.
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