ISLAMABAD - Supreme Court has sought detailed reply from Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on implementation of court's directives during general elections.
The court also adjourned the hearing of PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s petition on verification of thumb impression for indefinite period.
A three-member bench of SC presided over by the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Tassaduq Hussain Jillani took up for hearing case of court's orders implementation during the general elections on Thursday.
Bilal Hassan Manto advocate told that “some things have gone easy and some things difficult. Decision on this count is must. The petition filed with respect of implementation of court's orders during election is a difficult petition. This be heard separately. Review petition be adjourned. The court had said that parawise reply had been sought on court's orders implementation. Election commission has sought reply. It has given reply in response to its reply which is in the form of a column. Elections have now been held.”
CJP remarked:“it will be better if you give in writing all the things in this regard. What you are saying now will not be effective. File new petition. Time is given for filing new petition. Notice is issued to Election Commission.”
The hearing of the case was adjourned for indefinite period.
Meanwhile, Supreme Court has appointed Makhdoom Ali Khan and Ali Zafar as amicus curiae for explaining the legal point if Election Commission (EC) is entitled to declare any candidate Sadiq and Amin or otherwise.
A 3-member bench of SC headed by Chief Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani took up the case for hearing on Thursday.
The SC has sought reply from them on this count to decide two cases of rival candidates in elections.
The court has also stopped holding of by polls on May 12 in provincial assembly constituency 259 Muzaffargarh and National Assembly constituency NA-46 FATA till the decision of this case.
CJP remarked " we will not allow any one to go to the Assembly till the decision comes.”
The court observed “court wants that it be decided if the Election Commission is authorised to declare any candidate Sadiq and Amin or ,otherwise, as it is maintained in 18th Amendment that any candidate will remain Sadiq and Amin unless a competent court gives decision about him.” The hearing of the case was adjourned till the first week of May.
ECP, KP govt meeting on LB polls remains inconclusive
Staff Reporter adds: The crucial meeting between the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and the Khyber Pukhtunkhwa government held here Friday to discuss the Local Bodies elections in the KP remained inconclusive. The next meeting will be held on April 17.
According to the ECP, both sides agreed during the meeting to constitute two committees, as one committee will look into anomalies relating to rules pertaining to nomination papers and the second one about the feasibility of introducing biometric system in the elections.
Sources in the ECP said that the committee that would deal with election rules would strive to do away with anomalies in the rules so as to avoid litigations by the contesting candidates.
Similarly, the second committee on biometric system would see whether the proposal of the provincial government to introduce the system in the LB polls is feasible and if so the provincial assembly would do the necessary legislation in this connection.