ISLAMABAD – Justice Sardar Muhammad Raza is going to take the oath as new Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) today (Friday) after President of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain has issued the notification of his appointment.
President Mamnoon made the appointment on the advice of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Earlier the parliamentary committee shortlisted the name of Justice Sardar Raza’s name after consultation with all political parties.
According to the notification his service tenure will be five years from. This means he would be the Head of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in 2018 – the constitutional general election year in country.
Justice Sardar Raza resigned from the post of Chief Justice Federal Shariat Court to take the new oath.
Below is a brief career path of Justice Sardar Raza
Justice Sardar Muhammad Raza, 59, born in Namli Maira of Aabbottabad Disstt on 10, 02, 1945. After passing his matriculation examination in 1958 from Government High School No. 2, Abbottabad and graduation from Government College, Abbottabad in 1962. He did his M.A in Economics in 1965 and then received LLB degree from Punjab University in 1967.
In 1968 he was appointed as Civil Judge as a first posting of his career. He served as Civil Judge, Senior Civil Judge and Additional District & Sessions Judge through his career.
He worked as Judicial Commissioner for four years in Northern Areas. In 1992 he was appointed as Special Judge for Customs, Taxation and Anti-smuggling. In June,1995 he was appointed as Judge of Peshawar High Court.
He is one of those 12 judges who were dismissed from their responsibilities for not taking oath in accordance with PCO. He has also worked as Acting Chief Election Commissioner and Acting chief Justice 2 times in his eight year career as supreme court judge. He has a good exposure of Election commission work. In the government of PPP he again tool oath constitutionally as a judge of supreme court. He got retirement from supreme in 2010 and then appointed as Chief Justice of Federal Shariat Court. He was selected as new Chief Election commissioner (CEC) and today he will take oath.
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