ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is divided over a proposal floated within the party whether or not it should go to the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) seeking removal of the four members of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) from all the provinces.

Sources told The Nation that one strong group in the party is of the view that the Supreme Judicial Council should be moved to file a reference against the ECP members against their alleged ‘role’ in the last general elections besides starting a protest movement, while some others oppose the proposal.

The proposal had come in the wake of the Election Tribunal decision declaring the election of Speaker NA Sardar Ayaz Sadiq as null and void from NA-122 and the report of the Supreme Court Inquiry Commission on General Elections 2013 pointing out some lapses on part the ECP in the conduct of last elections.

However, PTI Secretary Information in a statement said that PTI had not taken the decision to go to the Supreme Judicial Council till the response of the Commission on the letter written by the party Chairman to ECP in this regard.

Imran Khan in the letter has demanded of ECP to fix responsibility on all of its officials who are responsible for the lapses in the elections.

PTI senior leader Ishaq Khan Khakwani, who was Chairman task force of PTI constituted to plead the PTI’s case before the Inquiry Commission, has sent a written proposal to Imran stating that the Supreme Judicial Council should be moved against all the four ECP members.

He said that the General Election Inquiry Commission held the ECP responsible for many legal lapses. These lapses made the entire election 2013 non-transparent and unlawful. “In view of the above circumstances PTI is left with no option but to agitate the issue on the public platform immediately,”Khakwkani said.

The PTI leader said that the present Chief Election Commissioner, Justice Sardar Raza, faced opposition from his own four other Commission members who were responsible for the neglect and the omissions in implementing the laws governing the holding of general elections.

“No response from the Election Commission is ,therefore, understandable but this state of affairs from a Constitutional body is unacceptable for anyone in the general public and least of all from PTI who is the second largest party in Pakistan,” he said.