Syed Mohsin Raza Naqvi is named Punjab’s interim chief minister by ECP.

On Sunday, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) appointed Syed Mohsin Raza Naqvi as Punjab's interim chief minister.


After an hour-long meeting at the commission on Sunday, Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja made the announcement.

The ECP had until later tonight at 10 p.m. to choose a name, but it decided on the names within an hour.

Additionally, a notification in this regard stated that the decision was made after “detailed deliberations.”

The notice was sent to other relevant offices and the Punjab Governor, Balighur Rehman.

In accordance with Clause 3 of Article 224-A of the Constitution, the matter had been sent to the electoral body to select one of the nominated candidates.

Article 224-A: Resolution by Committee or Election Commission (2) If the Chief Minister and Leader of the Opposition in the incoming Provincial Assembly cannot agree on a caretaker Chief Minister, they must submit two nominees to a Committee immediately constituted by the Speaker of the Provincial Assembly. This Committee will consist of six members from the incoming Provincial Assembly, with equal representation from the Treasury and the Opposition. The Chief Minister and Leader of the Opposition will each nominate two candidates.
(3) Within three days of receiving the matter, the Committee established in accordance with clauses (1) or (2) must finalize the name of the interim Prime Minister or Chief Minister, as appropriate:
Nonetheless, the names of the nominees will be forwarded to the Election Commission of Pakistan for a final decision within two days if the Committee is unable to make a decision within the aforementioned time frame.
(4) Until the caretaker Prime Minister or caretaker Chief Minister, as the case may be, is appointed, the incumbent Prime Minister and incumbent Chief Minister will continue to hold office.

Nominees The names of Sardar Ahmad Nawaz Sukhera and Naveed Akram Cheema were submitted by the coalition of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) through Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Parvez Elahi following the assembly’s dissolution.

Syed Mohsin Raza Naqvi and Ahad Raza Cheema had been suggested by opposition leader Hamza Shahbaz in the Punjab Assembly.

While the electoral body has until Sunday to select a name for the interim chief minister.

What happens to Ch Parvez Elahi? After Naqvi was chosen, Chaudhry Parvez Elahi, who was Punjab’s chief minister for only a few months, lost his position.

After the assembly was dissolved on January 14 in response to his advice to the governor, he continued to hold the position of chief minister without a cabinet or parliament.

Elahi was permitted to do so by law until the official announcement of the caretaker chief minister.

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