Friday, February 3, 2023

ECP dismisses reference against PTI defecting MNAs

A reference filed by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) against its defecting members of the National Assembly (MNAs) was rejected on Wednesday by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

The decision, which had been reserved by the election commission’s three-member panel, was read aloud by Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja.

According to the ruling, “no substantive evidence was presented against the defecting members in the reference process.”

The Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly has issued a reference to the election commission, requesting that 20 members of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf  (PTI) be disqualified.

At a previous meeting, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) denied the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) request to submit further documentation with the reference.

The case was heard by a three-member panel of the ECP, which was chaired by Election Commission Chief Sikandar Sultan Raja.

Lawyers for the dissenting members objected to PTI’s appeal for including additional evidence in the reference.

“I intend to launch an appeal against the judgment of the electoral commission,” PTI’s attorney Faisal Chaudhry said when he requested a copy of the election commission’s ruling.

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“In the absence of evidence, I believe I am unable to proceed. It appears that we are no longer required. “Some things were not brought to the public’s attention in the traditional manner,” Faisal Chaudhry stated.

“My case has become prejudicial,” the PTI’s legal counsel continued.

The commission has reserved its decision on the disqualification reference filed against the PTI’s defecting members of the National Assembly, according to a statement.

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