ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday appointed Justice (Retd.) Hamid Mirza as new Chief Election Commissioner (CEC). President Zardari’s Spokesman Farhatullah Babar confirmed the appointment of Justice (Retd.) Hamid Mirza as new CEC. Mirza will replace Qazi Farooq who will retire on March 14 while the notification for his appointment will be issued soon. Acting Chief Justice of Pakistan Mr. Justice Javed Iqbal administered the oath in Supreme Court building.
The appointment of Mr. Justice (Retd) Hamid Ali Mirza as ad-hoc Judge of Supreme Court has been extended for a further period of six months w.e.f. March 14, 2007. Mr. Justice (Retd) Hamid Ali Mirza was born on September 14, 1940. His qualification is B.Sc., LL.B. He joined bar in 1961 and practiced till 1973.
He joined provincial judicial service, Sindh on December 10, 1973 and was elevated as Judge, High Court of Sindh on April 10, 1995. Mr. Justice (Retd) Hamid Ali Mirza was elevated as judge, Supreme Court of Pakistan on April 28, 2000 and retired on September 13, 2005. He was appointed as ad-hoc judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan on his retirement w.e.f. September 14, 2005. His previous ad-hoc term expired on March 13, 2007 and his appointment has been extended further for a period of six months w.e.f. March 14, 2007.
The Election Commission of Pakistan was created on 23rd March 1956 under the Article 137 of the Constitution of 1956 with the Chief Election Commissioner as its head. The first Chief Election Commissioner was appointed on 25th June 1956. The Election Commission of Pakistan is an independent and autonomous constitutional body charged with the function of conducting transparent, free, fair and impartial elections to the National and Provincial Assemblies. The holding of elections to the office of the President and the Senate are, however, the functions of the Chief Election Commissioner. Under the existing laws the conduct of Local Government Elections is also the responsibility of the Chief Election Commissioner.