ISLAMABAD: The deadlock between Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and the government continues over the appointment of two members of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
According to details, the ECP Secretary Babar Yaqoob Fatah Muhammad submitted the reply in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday.
In a three-page reply, the ECP Secretary has adopted the stance that the appointment of these members is in violation of the Constitution’s Article 213 as the procedure defined in the Constitution was not followed.
“The Constitution’s Article 214 relates to taking oath of a member, the reply reads.
“Oath will be taken from members who are considered as being appointed according to the Constitution while the posting of the two members by the president is not considered to be constitutional, it added.
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sardar Raza Khan had refused to take oath from both the members. The ECP says the secretary parliamentary affair had been informed about the CEC’s decision.
It [ECP reply] also refers to some Supreme Court’s verdicts.
On August 23, the president had appointed law expert Khalid Mehmood Siddiqui as member Sindh and Muhammad Munir Kakar as member Balochistan.
However, the CEC refused to take oath from both the members.