ISLAMABAD: Muhammad Jalal Sikandar Sultan on Monday was sworn in as the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) making the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) completely functional.
Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmad administered him the oath at a ceremony at the Supreme Court in Islamabad.
Judges of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, Attorney General for Pakistan, Officers of Election Commission of Pakistan, Federal Judicial Academy, Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan prominent lawyers and Law officers also attended the ceremony.
Registrar Supreme Court of Pakistan conducted the proceedings of oath taking ceremony. Officers and staff of the Supreme Court of Pakistan were also present on the occasion.
Muhammad Jalal Sikandar Sultan is a former bureaucrat. He was chosen to head the Election Commission by a parliamentary committee comprising government and opposition members following the retirement of Sardar Raza Khan from the seat last month.
Sikandar Sultan will be the first-ever former bureaucrat to be heading the country’s electoral body. He retired a couple of months ago as railways secretary. He had also served as petroleum secretary and chief secretary of both Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.
He served as provincial secretary of communications and works, services and general administration, besides local government secretary before being appointed additional chief secretary in Punjab.