Kashif Hafeez Siddiqui

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Highlights of the 18th Constitutional Amendment

In pakistan on April 8, 2010 at 3:16 pm

Courtesy : Daily Times

Amendment to Article 6 seeks to pre-empt military coups in future

  • Article 58(2b) to be repealed, substituted with ‘Dissolution of National Assembly’
  • President may dissolve NA in case no-confidence vote passed against PM
  • Total strength of cabinet should not exceed 11% of total membership of parliament
  • Governor should be a resident and registered voter of his/her province, he/she would be appointed by president on prime minister’s advice
  • Provinces required by law to establish local government systems, devolve political, administrative and financial responsibility and authority to elected representatives
  • PM to be chairperson of CCI, members to include CMs, 3 members from federal govt
  • Amendment to Article 157 says federal government must consult provincial government before installing hydroelectric power stations in any province
  • PM to forward three names for office of CEC, in consultation with opposition leader in National Assembly, to a parliamentary committee for confirmation
  • Committee proposes insertion of Article 175(a) to deal with appointment of judges to Supreme Court, high courts, Federal Shariat Court
  • Committee proposes substitution of Article 243, says federal government ‘shall have control and command of armed forces, supreme command of armed forces shall [rest with] … president’
  • President to appoint Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee chairman, chief of army staff, chief of naval staff, chief of air staff
  • NWFP will be renamed ‘Khyber-Pakhtoonkhawah’
  • State will provide free, compulsory education to children aged between 5 and 16 years
  • Amendments to Clause 1 seek substitution of ‘Baluchistan’ with ‘Balochistan’, ‘Sind’ with ‘Sindh’
  • Insertion of clause sought to bar persons acquiring citizenship of foreign country from contesting elections to parliament
  • All elections under constitution, other than those of PM and CM, to be by secret ballot