NA passes 22nd Constitution Amendment Bill, 2016 on eligibility criteria for appointment of CEC, Members of ECP

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ISLAMABAD, May 19 (APP): The National Assembly on Thursday passed [The Constitution (22nd Amendment) Bill, 2016] unanimously with two third majority on eligibility criteria for appointment of Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and members of the Election Commission of Pakistan
(ECP).

The bill was moved by Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid.

According to the law, at present only retired Judges of Supreme Court or High Court are eligible for appointment as chief election commissioner or members, respectively. Now after amendment, in addition to retired judges of Supreme Court or High Court, retired senior bureaucrats or senior civil servants and technocrats will also be eligible for appointment as chief election commissioner or a member.