ISLAMABAD - Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali of the Supreme Court on Wednesday assumed the charge of acting chief election commissioner after Justice Nasirul Mulk who was working as the acting CEC was elevated to the slot of chief justice of Pakistan.

Justice Jamali has been working as a judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan since August 3, 2009. He also served as chief justice of the Sindh High Court from August 27, 2008, to August 2, 2009. He was one of the judges who refused to take fresh oath under the Provisional Constitutional Order 2007.

According to a private TV channel, Justice Jawwad S Khawaja has refused to take charge as the acting CEC after which Chief Justice of Pakistan Tassaduq Hussain Jillani has nominated Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali as the new acting CEC.

Justice Jamali will be the third consecutive interim chief of the Election Commission in less than one year.

The CEC spot was vacant after its former interim chief, Justice Nasirul Mulk, had resigned after being appointed as the new Chief Justice of Pakistan. Justice Mulk will take charge as the top judge on July 6.