ECP To File Petition Against LHC Verdict in SC Today

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Islamabad (June 03, 2018): The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is all set to file a petition in the Supreme Court against the decisions of Lahore High Court (LHC) regarding annulment of nomination papers and delimitation of constituencies today.

Sources said that the ECP has prepared a petition which will be filed in the apex court’s Lahore Registry today (Sunday) and the ECP’s lawyers will also be appear in the Lahore Registry.

The Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) also gave approval of filing petitions in Balochistan and Lahore High Courts against the LHC verdict.

The petition prepared by the ECP stated that there is ambiguity in LHC’s verdict on nomination papers for upcoming general election 2018.The petition stated that the LHC ordered the Commission to prepare new nomination papers but kept the Clauses of the Election Act 2018 intact.

The ECP accepts this right of the parliament that it has power to amend the nomination papers and that is why the ECP is moving to the court to seek clarity, it added.

On the other hand, the petition stated that the delimitation of Quetta declared void by the Balochistan High Court (BHC) could result in delaying general elections, so the decision should be declared null and void.Earlier, the ECP had decided to approach Supreme Court (SC) for guidance over Lahore High Court (LHC) decision to annul the nomination papers prepared by the parliament.

Addressing a presser after an emergency meeting of the Commission, Additional Secretary of Election Commission, Akhtar Nazir said that the matters of delimitations and LHC’s verdict about the nomination papers were discussed in details.

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He said the ECP has decided to contact Supreme Court in the matter and will chalk out future strategy in the matter after the decision of the Apex Court.

Earlier, the meeting was chaired by the Chief Election Commission, Justice Retired Sardar Raza Khan, secretary election commission to discuss the Lahore High Court’s decision about the nomination papers.

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The LHC announced the judgement over a petition which had challenged the changes in nomination papers in Election Act 2017.

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The court declared that the ECP has authority to make any change in the nomination papers. The decision would not affect the schedule of the election, the court ruled.

Following LHC decision, the electoral body has convened an emergency meeting to bring improvements in the nomination forms‘ A’ and ‘B’.The ECP had also directed all the Returning Officers not to accept nomination papers on June 02.

The upcoming General Election 2018 is scheduled to be held on July 25 On Thursday, ECP announced the schedule for filing nomination papers, saying candidates can file nomination papers from June 2 to June 6.

Returning officers will publish names of candidates on June 7 and start scrutiny of their credentials the same day. Scrutiny process would conclude on June 14.

Meanwhile, former speaker of National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq has also announced to move SC against the verdict, saying that the amendments were carried out with the consent of all the parties. ECP making new forms can delay the elections, he added.ECP Bars ROs to Issue Nomination PapersSadiq further demanded to not change the date of the general polls.

Previously, the LHC judge Justice Ayesha A Malik pronounced the reserved verdict on the constitutional petition filed by law expert Saad Rasool on the behalf of Dunya News anchor Habib Akram, challenging the Section 60, 110 and 137 of the Election Act 2018.

The judge while declaring null and void the nomination papers prepared by the parliament had ordered the ECP to prepare new nomination papers.

Afterwards, ECP had summoned an emergency meeting to make changes in the Form-A and Form-B in the backdrop of LHC’s judgment whereas it had also barred Returning Officers (ROs) from issuing nomination papers.

Election schedule

1. Public Notice to be issued by the Returning Officer on 01.06.2018

2. Dates for filing of nomination papers with the Returning Officer by the candidates

02.06.2018 to 06.06.2018

3. Publication of names of the nominated candidates 07.06.2018

4. Last date for Scrutiny of nomination papers by the Returning Officer 14.06.2018

5. Last date for filing of appeals against decisions of the Returning Officer rejecting/accepting the

nomination papers 19.06.2018

6. Last date for deciding of appeals by the Appellate Tribunal 26.06.2018

7. Publication of revised list of candidates 27.06.2018

8. Last date for withdrawal of candidature and Publication of revised list of candidates

28.06.2018

9. Allotment of Election Symbol to contesting candidate 29.06.2018

10. Polling day 25.07.2018

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