The News: ECP Reconstitution: SC to hear Qadri’s petition on Feb 11

February 08, 2013 - Updated 1815 PKT
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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court has accepted Tahirul Qadri’s petition for the reconstitution of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

The hearing of the case will be held on February 11 and the Supreme Court has issued notices to Tahirul Qadri, Attorney General, Chief Election Commissioner and the Federation.

Qadri had filed a petition in the Supreme Court on February 7 according to which the appointments made to the Election Commission were not in accordance with articles 213 and 218 of the constitution.

Talking to media outside the apex court building on Thursday, Tahirul Qadri said article 218 of the constitution deals with the matters relating to ECP, and that the ECP would be reconstituted under article 213.

He said that the constitution stated that the ECP would be consisted of five members.

Qadri said under the constitution, 15 names would be presented before the parliament prior to the appointment of members in ECP. The parliament would hear all the 15 candidates under article 213.

The constitution requires that a parliamentary hearing before the appointment of members in the commission, he added.

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