ECP reserves verdict on PTI’s intra-party elections petition


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ISLAMABAD: Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Monday reserved its verdict on a petition challenging the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) intra-party elections.

The commission said it would announce its verdict on November 28.

The ECP reserved its verdict after hearing arguments from the counsel representing the petitioner and Babar Awan advocate, the counsel representing the PTI before the commission.

During proceedings, the petitioner’s lawyer told the ECP that the PTI had arranged dummy intra-party polls in violation of the party constitution.

He said that the elections were held on June 12 and the party had amended its constitution on May 13.

The petitioner counsel said that the PTI had not completed the necessary legal formalities while amending the constitution.

He said that the party’s constitution can only be changed if there is a two-third majority from the Central Executive Council.

As per the amended constitution, 2.7 million voters had to decide between PTI Chairman Imran Khan or party leader Naik Muhammad Khan. No party member was allowed to choose anybody besides the two panels, the Insaf panel and the Ehtasab panel.

Babar Awan advocate during the hearing argued that the petition could not be heard by the ECP as intra-party elections cannot be challenged via an election petition.

He said that the petitioner has nothing to do with the PTI’s intra-party elections and that the elections were held in a transparent manner.

Yousaf Ali, former general secretary of the PTI’s Swabi chapter, had filed the petition before the ECP and asked the commission to declare the election null and void on the grounds that the polling process had fully violated the party’s constitution.—APP