ECP appoints new secretary ahead of elections

complaints resolved

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has accepted the resignation of secretary Omar Hamid Khan and appointed Dr Syed Asif Hussain as the new secretary in his place.

Dr Asif Hussain earlier worked as special secretary-I (Special Adviser on Elections) at the ECP.

Dr Syed Asif Hussain, a seasoned retired government servant with extensive experience in development planning, holds a PhD from the USA and has completed Post-Doctoral Advanced Management Courses in both the United States and the Netherlands

Omar Hamid Khan, resigned from his post, citing health reasons. The resignation comes just a month before the general election scheduled for February 8.

Sources said that Omar Hamid, who has over 30 years of experience in socio-economic analysis and policy formulation, was hospitalized for a few days recently and is currently undergoing treatment at his home. He had reportedly sent his resignation but Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja did not accept his resignation as the ECP secretary until recently.

Omar Hamid was appointed as the ECP secretary in October 2023, after the retirement of his predecessor Babar Yaqoob. He had previously served as the secretary of the Ministry of Interior and the chairman of the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA).

His resignation comes at a time when the ECP is facing criticism from various political parties, especially the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), over the alleged lack of a level playing field for the upcoming polls.

The ECP has rejected the PTI’s claims and said that it is conducting the electoral process in a transparent and fair manner, according to the constitution and law.

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