Ap­point­ment of CEC to be fi­nalised be­fore Dec 1: Shah

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ISLAMABAD: Leader of the Op­po­si­tion in the Na­tional Assem­bly Khur­sheed Shah on Fri­day said the ap­point­ment of the new chief elec­tion com­mis­sioner (CEC) would be fi­nalised be­fore De­cem­ber 1.

He said a ' de­sire of con­sen­sus' led to a fail­ure in the ap­point­ment of CEC, adding that the ap­point­ment would be made be­fore the dead­line set by the Supreme Court.

"Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif con­tacted me for con­sul- tation, but I was in an assem­bly ses­sion. Later, I tele­phoned him, but he was in the mosque for Fri­day prayers," Shah said, adding that be­cause of time con­straints, a one-on-one meet­ing was not pos­si­ble with the premier.

A three-judge bench headed by Chief Jus­tice Nasir-ul Mulk, set a dead­line for the govern­ment and op­po­si­tion to ap­point a new CEC by De­cem­ber 1 and warned that fur­ther de­lay may cause the court to is­sue a no­tice to the chief ex­ec­u­tive of the coun­try.

The apex court also with­drew the no­ti­fi­ca­tion of its judge, Jus­tice An­war Za­heer Ja­mali, as act­ing CEC with ef­fect of De­cem­ber 5.

Shah, in re­sponse to a ques­tion, con­fessed that he was still not sure which can­di­date would be suit­able for the slot of CEC.

"For­mer chief jus­tice Tas­sadaq Hus­sain Jil­lani was the best choice, but be­cause of

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