ECP summons details of intra-PTI polls by 18th

ISLAMABAD – The Election Commission of Pakistan on Wednesday summoned details of intra-party elections of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf by December 18th.

The ECP bench headed by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice (retd) Sardar Muhammad Raza had to adjourn the hearing of the case because no representative from the PTI appeared on Wednesday. Hearing the petition filed by the PTI’s founding member, Yousuf Ali, on the alleged discrepancies in its recently held intra-party polls; the ECP has summoned details of results, candidates, and votes.

Ali, a 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 violated the party’s constitution. The ECP has already reserved its verdict on Ali’s petition.

In the last hearing, the petitioner’s lawyer told the ECP that the PTI had arranged “fake” intra-party polls in violation of the party constitution.

He said the elections were held on June 12 and the party had amended its constitution on May 13th. The petitioner’s counsel claimed that the PTI had not completed the necessary legal formalities, while amending the constitution.

He said the party’s constitution could only be changed if there was a two-third majority of the Central Executive Council supporting it.

Babar Awan, the PTI’s counsel, had argued that the petition could not be heard by the ECP as the intra-party elections could not be challenged via an election petition.  He said that the petitioner had nothing to do with the PTI’s intra-party elections and that the elections were held in a transparent manner.


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