The recent death of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa caretaker chief minister Azam Khan has led to discussions about how the interim chief minister should be appointed and the integrity of the electoral process. There have been different suggestions, including the governor taking over, the chief justice assuming the role, or the Election Commission of Pakistan appointing someone. The KP Governor has invited former leaders for consultations on the appointment.
The constitutional process for appointing a caretaker chief minister is important to ensure the credibility of the upcoming KP elections and prevent any manipulation by ruling parties. The bipartisan collaboration in appointing the interim chief minister is crucial, and the process has to be followed diligently. The Constitution also outlines the procedure if there is a disagreement in the appointment process.
The outgoing assembly has a central role in the appointment process, and careful consideration of political legitimacy concerns and an inclusive decision-making process are vital for the credibility and moral legitimacy of the appointment. It is essential for the democratic and political actors, rather than the Election Commission of Pakistan, to be responsible for the appointment of the caretaker chief minister.
The commitment to constitutional principles and a transparent, inclusive approach is important to strengthen the democratic foundation and reinforce the essence of a vibrant and resilient democracy in KP.
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