Justice (rtd) Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim took oath today of his new office as Chief Election Commissioner (CEC).
Secretary Election Commission and lawyers in large number attended the oath-taking ceremony.
It should be mentioned here that the oath-taking ceremony was earlier salted to take place on Friday; however, it was later postponed till Monday on Ebrahim’s request.
Ebrahim earlier served as law minister, attorney general, a judge of the Supreme Court and governor of Sindh.
The CEC office became vacant on March 23, when Justice Hamid Ali Mirza got retirement and was ever since looked after by Justice Shakirullah Jan as acting CEC.
Parliamentary Committee chaired by Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Khurshid Shah on appointment of the Chief Election Commissioner on July 9 unanimously approved Former Justice Fakhruddin G Ebrahim—a name proposed by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) for appointment as Chief Election Commissioner of Pakistan.
The name of Fakhruddin G Ebrahim was proposed by Senator Islamuddin Sheikh of the PPP and seconded by PML-N Senator Raja Zafarul Haq. His name was subsequently endorsed by all members of the committee present in the meeting.
Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Monday congratulated Justice (retired) Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim on taking oath as Chief Election Commissioner (CEC). The Prime Minister in a message said the appointment of Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim as CEC would ensure free, fair and transparent elections which was a long cherished goal of all political parties, democratic forces, civil society and media. He said forthcoming election would be truly reflective of people’s choice and would provide no chance to raise questions on its credibility.