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CEC curtails administrative powers of GB govt ahead of general poll

GILGIT-BALTISTAN: The primary election commissioner (CEC) of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) on Tuesday revealed a number of actions to cut the administrative powers of the local federal government ahead of the upcoming general election for the GB Assembly in a quote to “ensure free and fair elections”.

Previously in April, the Supreme Court enabled the federal government to perform the coming general elections in GB under the Election Act 2017 and change the associated law to install a caretaker federal government for performing surveys. Following the instruction, President Dr Arif Alvi on Saturday had actually promoted the “Gilgit-Baltistan Election and Caretaker Amendment Order, 2020” to form a caretaker setup.

According to an alert released by the CEC’s office on Tuesday, no federal government department will be allowed to hire, post or move any worker till the holding of the election.

The only exemption allowed is recruitment done through the Federal Civil Service Commission (FPSC) and the recruitment of possible prospects who were spoken with prior to May 15.

The notice likewise stops deal with brand-new advancement tasks by the incumbent federal government, consisting of those being carried out through community-based efforts and the utilisation of city government funds.

The notice triggered anger within the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) federal government with the federal government’s political advisor Shams Mir calling the brand-new instructions as “undemocratic”.

“This is nothing but an insult to the mandate given by the people to this government for five years,” stated Mir speaking with the media in Gilgit.

He likewise declared that the notice was released at the request of the federal government.

The incumbent assembly is arranged to liquify on June24 The local election commission is bound to hold the next election within 60 days.


On the other hand, the structure and development of the CEC itself in GB has actually raised legal issues. The development of a single-person body has actually raised uncertainty and criticism in the area.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) consists of of the CEC, who is the chairperson of the commission, and 4 other members– one from each province.

In GB’s case, nevertheless, a bachelor– just the CEC– has actually been designated without any other members to support him in the conduct of affairs.


The decision generated a strong response from New Delhi which lodged a demonstration with Pakistan through a demarche over the Supreme Court’s instruction.

According to The Economic Times, New Delhi communicated its demonstration to Islamabad over the holding of the general election which it declared is an effort to bring “material change” to areas under its“illegal and forcible occupation” Pakistan, nevertheless, dismissed the Indian objections.

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Sandra Loyd
Sandra Loyd
Sandra is the Reporter working for World Weekly News. She loves to learn about the latest news from all around the world and share it with our readers.

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