ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari has accepted Chief Election Commissioner of Pakistan Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim resignation on Saturday.
Justice (Retd.) Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim’s resignation has been accepted by the President before departing to Iran, sources said.
Justice Ebrahim, who was the first chief election commissioner to have been appointed for five years on July 23 last year, is the first head of the electoral body to have resigned from his post.
Fakhruddin provided his opinion in the resignation letter that new parliament should select a new chief election commissioner instead of assigning a reason for his decision.
Fakhru Bhai described in the letter for holding successful elections despite threats and brazen attacks on his family.
Sources said that the basic reason which lead him to resignation is the last minute changes in the schedule for presidential election by Supreme Court as Fakhruddin’s fellow members provided no support for protecting the comission’s independence.
Appointment of new chief election commissioner, under article 213, will be made after provision of three names by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif with consultation of opposition leader in National Assembly.
Committee will be formed following orders of speaker comprising equal number of members from treasury benches and opposition
PM and opposition leader would be allowed to send separate lists naming appropraite persons for the post to parliamentary committee for final consideration in case of no consensus.
Fakhruddin G Ibrahim sent his resignation to President of Pakistan and a copy to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on July 31.