President Alvi formally appoints Sikandar Sultan Raja as CEC

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: President Arif Alvi on Friday formally appointed former bureaucrat Sikandar Sultan Raja as the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) for five years.

A notification issued by the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs said President Alvi made the appointments under Article 213 and 215 of the Constitution.

In a separate notification, the president also appointed Nasir Durrani and Shah Mohammad Jatoi as Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) members from Sindh and Balochistan, respectively.

After months of deadlock, the government and the opposition had agreed on Tuesday to appoint Raja, Durrani, and Jatoi to the key ECP posts.

The post of the CEC had been lying vacant since the retirement of Justice (retd) Sardar Raza on December 6, whereas the positions of the two ECP members were empty for a year now.

The delay in the appointments on the key posts had left the ECP rudderless and stopped it from functioning.