ISLAMABAD - The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Monday expressed its inability in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) to hold the elections for the chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) stating that as it is not its mandate as per the ECP constitution.

However, Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui accepted a review application of the ECP for hearing against an IHC judgment dated October 21 in which the ECP was directed to hold the elections of chairman PCB till November 2. In this application, advocate for the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Munir Paracha has requested the court that holding the PCB chairman’s elections is not its mandate and the institution is only bound to hold elections of national and provincial assemblies.

The counsel for the ECP stated that in case the ECP was directed by the court to hold the elections as the IHC bench had directed it on October 21, it was seeking more time citing reasons that the institution was engaged in organising local bodies’ elections in the four provinces.

Regarding a reference of holding elections of the Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) by the ECP, its counsel told the court that its client institution was just facilitated in holding the elections and ECP did not hold these. He argued that in the writ petitions for holding elections of chairman PCB and later in the contempt petition, the ECP was neither a party nor it was provided with a chance of hearing by the court. He further said that the elections could be held under the supervision of a retired judge.

Then, Justice Siddiqui asked the ECP counsel to assure that technical assistance would be provided by the ECP. After hearing the arguments, the court accepted this review petition and would decide the matter today (Tuesday).