MIRPUR (AJK)- The by-election scheduled for March 29 in a constituency of Mirpur city has been challenged in the Azad Jammu Kashmir High Court.

Accepting the writ petition filed by independent candidate Raja Munheeb Thaker, a full bench headed by Chief Justice Ghulam Mustafa Mughal directed the AJK government to respond to the objections raised in the petition on March 24. The petitioner contended that under the interim Act 1974, the Interim Constitution of AJK, the AJK Election Commission cannot make any change or amendment in the delimitation or demarcation of the electoral constituency.

The petitioner prayed for the postponement of the by-poll till the final verdict by the learned court. Raja Muhammad Hanif Khan Advocate appeared as counsel on behalf of the petitioner. The petitioner sought postponement of the election on the ground of alleged affecting of the voters list of the constituency LA-3 due to shifting of thousands of voters to their new residential abode - New Mirpur City, which falls in the constituency of LA-4.

However, Chief Election Commissioner of AJK Justice Munir Ahmed Chaudhry has already turned down the stance of applicant Raja Khalil Yousaf by ruling that the registered voters shifted to New Mirpur City would be eligible to cast their votes in the by-election entirely according to the existing voters list and prevailing demarcation of the electoral constituencies as they had exercised their right of franchise in June 26, 2011 general elections.