The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday turned down a petition challenging the appointment of Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja. A two-member bench headed by Justice Umar Atta Bandial heard the petition, moved by advocate Ali Azeem Afridi. Justice Bandial said the incumbent chief of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) was a retired civil servant and that there were no solid grounds provided in the plea for his dismissal. Justice Bandial in his remarks said that a constitutional amendment cannot be challenged, and asked the applicant to prove which serving judges are working in the ECP. The court asked if any serving judge was a part of the ECP. At this, the petitioner said that there were no serving judges in the ECP. Justice Bandial responded that then there was no need to pursue this matter. According to the top court, the appointment of ECP members, including the chief election commissioner, was based on merit and competency. The plea was later turned down as the objections raised by the Registrar Office of the Supreme Court could not be removed by the applicant. Last week, Advocate Ali Azeem Afridi had moved a petition against the appointment of current CEC Sikander Sultan Raja under Article 184 (3), requesting that “section 4 of the Constitution (Twenty-Second Amendment) Act, 2016 (XXV OF 2016); to the extent of allowing appointment of senior civil servant and technocrat as chief election commissioner and by treating them at par with that of the judge of the Supreme Court and on that score enabling them to superintend and supervise the role of member(s); under the robes as judges of the high court; be declared ultra vires of the constitution”. “Allowing appointment of the most senior member in age i.e. senior civil servant or technocrat; to superintend or supervise the role of a person who has been a Judge of a High Court given Section 7 of the Constitution (Twenty-Second Amendment) Act, 2016 (XXV of 2016) be declared ultra vires of the Constitution.” The petition stated that “the appointment of senior civil servant and technocrat as CEC; given its placement equally with that of a judge of the Supreme Court; impels novelty and outmode(s) the salient features; steering the constitution”. However, the top court’s registrar office returned the petition after raising six objections. It noted that the petitioner had not mentioned how the issue was related to public importance. It further objected that the language of the constitutional petition was ambiguous and misconceived as contents of the petition were interlinked.