ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) announced on Thursday that PML-N candidates will have to contest the upcoming senate elections as independent candidates.
Declaring the PML-N candidates as independent ones, the ECP rejected the party’s petition for new tickets following Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification as president of PML-N.
“PML-N candidates can contest senate election as independent candidates,” said ECP.
The Election Commission has taken the decision on the orders of the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
According to the ‘Rules of Procedure & Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012’ an independent elected member of the senate can join either the treasury or the opposition benches within seven days of taking oath.
Alternatively a group of not less than 5 senators can choose to form their own group.
The member will have to inform in writing the Secretary of his decision who will notify it immediately.
Nawaz Sharif ousted as PML-N president by Supreme Court of Pakistan
The Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday ousted former prime minister Nawaz Sharif as President of the PML-N, saying a disqualified individual cannot become the head of a political party.
In a landmark short verdict, the apex court struck down Section 203 of the Election Act which allowed disqualified parliamentarians to be party leaders. The said clause, according to the court, was in violation of Art 62, 63 of the constitution.
The court also declared null and void all the decisions taken by Nawaz Sharif as the President of the PML-N after his re-election.
The Supreme Court also cancelled all the tickets awarded awarded by Nawaz Sharif to candidates for the Senate elections.
It said that Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification will be effective from July 28, 2017 after his disqualification as a member of the National Assembly.
The court said that a disqualified individual can not be elected or chosen the head of a party under Article 62, 63 of the Constitution.
Story first published: 22nd February 2018