Justice (retired( Sardar Raza was appointed as the Chief Election Commissioner thus finally filling the vacant position of CEC. Justice Sardar Raza emerged as the best suitable candidate for this post after being nominated for CEC with Justice (retd) Tanvir Ahmad Khan and Justice (Retd) Tariq Pervez. Born in Namli Maira district of Abbotabad in 1945, Sardar Raza completed his MA in economics and an LLB degree from the Punjab University. In 1985, Khan visited the United States to study the American legal system. He became a civil judge in 1968 and was soon recognized as the man who stood by his principles.
Sardar Raza became an additional judge for two years in 1993 and then took a permanent office at the Peshawar High Court in 2000. After that he went on to become the judge at the Supreme Court. He was then removed from this position after refusing to take oath under the Provisional Constitutional Order (PCO) on November 3, 2007 after the imposition of emergency by Pervez Musharraf.
Sardar Raza came back to his position in 2008. He retired in 2010. Justice Raza was selected as the Chief Election Commissioner under the article 218. He stated that it was the duty of the Election Commission of Pakistan to hold transparent elections so that ECP was not accused of faulty elections in the future.