Appointment of CEC to be finalised before Dec 1: Shah
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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