Islamabad -  Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan chief Dr Farooq Sattar has written a letter to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) seeking disqualification of Karachi Deputy Mayor Arshad Vohra for shifting political loyalty.

The MQM-P chief has also demanded by-election for the union council seat to be vacated by Vohra.

The ECP will soon fix a date for the hearing of the case.

On October 29, Vohra joined Mustafa Kamal’s Pak Sarzameen Party. Since then, his security protocol and secretarial facilities have been taken away on the orders of Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhtar.

Vohra is adamant about not leaving the seat. “I have been elected chairman from UC 49. People have voted for me, so I am consulting my party leaders and legal experts on the matter,” Vohra had said.

Unlike the national and provincial assemblies, there is no legal provision for the local bodies which allows for action against elected representatives who change their political affiliations.

In the Parliament and provincial assemblies, political parties can approach the ECP seeking disqualification of a deserting member, but there is no word pertaining to floor-crossing in the Sindh Local Government Act 2013.

“A member shall be removed if he or she is guilty of misconduct, [including] bribery, corruption, jobbery, favouritism, and nepotism, or has absented himself without reasonable cause [in] three consecutive ordinary meetings of the council,” reads the law in the paragraph pertaining to disqualification.