Monday, January 30, 2023

    CEC Sultan Raja meets ECP secretary before officially naming caretaker CM for Punjab

    ISAMABAD – CEC “Sikandar Sultan Raja” held a meeting with the Election Commission Secretary at his office on Sunday(January-22) to discuss four proposed names for the slot of the caretaker CM Punjab.

    Sources told Dunya News that the CEC(Chief Election Commissioner) also discussed the procedure of appointment in detail with the ECP secretary. The secretary informed the CEC about four proposed names sent by both the treasury & opposition sides.

    Amid prevailing differences between the ruling & opposition leaders for the appointment of the caretaker provincial chief executive for Punjab, Sultan will chair an important meeting at 6pm to select the name for the top provincial slot.

    The meeting participants will deliberate upon the names proposed by the parliamentary committee for reaching consesus on the final name. All 4 members & the ECP secretary will attend the meeting.

    The election watchdog has to decide on the nominee for the caretaker Chief Minister slot today as the two-day time given to the commission under Article 224-A of the Constitution will be expiring today.

    Sources said CEC(Chief Election Commissioner) Sultan would announce the name around 10pm.

    Outgoing Chief Minister “Ch.Parvez Elahi” has proposed the names of “Sardar Ahmad Nawaz Sukhera” & “Naveed Akram Cheema” while oppoistion leader in the Punjab Assembly(PA) Hamza Shehbaz has backed the names of Mohsin Naqvi & Ahad Cheema for the caretaker slot.

    The matter of the caretaker CM’s appointment in Punjab faced an unusual delay after the dissolution of the Punjab Assembly[PA] last week due to differences between the provincial government & the opposition on the nominees.

    — ECP contacts PA secretary twice —

    The ECP contacted the Punjab Assembly(PA) Secretary Inaitullah Lak twice on Sunday(January-22) & asked to submit 2 names proposed by the opposition side.

    The Assembly Secretariat sent a copy of the gazette notification to the ECP[Election Commission of Pakistan]. The Commission again contacted the Assembly s secretary & sought the letter written by Punjab CM to the PA[Punjab Assembly] Speaker.

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