ECP, an independent body?

Published: April 19, 2012

KARACHI: The election commissioner of Sindh, Sono Khan Baloch, called for a by-election on the seat of former chief minister of Sindh Dr Arbab Ghulam Rahim. However, the Sindh High Court stopped the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) from holding the by-elections on the provincial assembly seat that had become vacant after Dr Rahim’s membership of the provincial assembly had been cancelled.

After the Twentieth Amendment to the Constitution had been passed, all political forces that were behind the amendment had declared that the ECP had now become an independent body. However, the decision of the Sindh High Court tells us a different story and indicates that the ECP, is by no means, truly independent.

Mubashir Mahmood

Published in The Express Tribune, April 20th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (1)

  • Falcon
    Apr 20, 2012 - 1:34AM

    Mubashir –
    I think independence is a relative term and applies for the most part to executive. Independence does not mean no control or oversight or a free card. It just means that the independent entity is not answerable to Govt. who might be the beneficiaries of its operations. I agree that ECP is not independent but that is because executive is still able to pull the strings behind the scenes not because of the issue you have mentioned.

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