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CEC examines appointment of retired judges as Election Tribunal.

ISLAMABAD, April 24, 2010 (Balochistan Times): Chief Election Commissioner, Justice Hamid Ali Mirza has decided to examine the possibility of appointment of retired judges as Election Tribunal for early disposal of election petitions. As delay in disposal of Election Petitions have been perennial problem over the decades, the CEC therefore, considers appointment of retired judges of High Courts as well as District and Sessions Judges qualified to be judge of the High Courts as Election Tribunals. Such judges may be appointed as Tribunals under Section 57 of the Representation of the People Act, 1976, to ensure speedy disposal of election petitions within 120 days as specified under section 67A of the said Act. Secretary Election Commission, Ishtiaq Ahmad Khan stated Friday that for this purpose, the Chief Election Commissioner has constituted a four member committee. Secretary Election Commission will be Convener of the Committee and Secretary Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs; Secretary Establishment Division and Secretary Ministry of Finance, or their delegates/nominees, shall be members of the Committee. Ishtiaq Khan said the Chief Election Commissioner has tasked the committee to examine all legal, financial and administrative aspects/implications as well as other matters connected therewith or ancillary thereto such as selection criterion of the retired Judges on contract basis, provision of complementary staff, office accommodations, official vehicles, telephones, etc to them. The Committee has also been tasked to submit its report to the Chief Election Commissioner within a period of two months and its first meeting has been convened for April 28, 2010 to develop recommendations. Materialization of this idea would be a major step toward timely dispensation of justice in line with the maxim Justice Delayed is Justice Denied.

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Date:Apr 24, 2010
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