Thursday, December 8, 2022

ECP to announce decision on dissident PTI MPAs case tomorrow

Tomorrow, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is going to announce its decision in a case that involves 25 members of the Punjab Assembly (MPAs) who split away from the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

On Friday at 3 o’clock in the afternoon, the judge will announce the decision.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), which was supposed to decide the fate of the 25 defecting PTI MPAs who had switched party loyalties prior to the election of the provincial chief minister, had deferred the announcement of the decision a day earlier and said that it would first issue notices to the respondents instead of making the decision itself.

After the Supreme Court handed down its decision on Tuesday, in which it interpreted Article 63-A of the Constitution and stated that the votes of a party’s turncoats would not be tallied, the verdict of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) took on a new level of significance.

According to reports, the Speaker of the Punjab Assembly, Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, issued a reference to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) against 25 PTI dissidents who voted against the party policy in the election for the chief minister of Punjab on April 16.

Read Also: ‘Defecting lawmakers’ votes will not be counted,’ SC ruled on Article 63 (A)

Earlier, attorneys for each of the parties had the opportunity to present their arguments to the ECP. The ECP bench, which was chaired by Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja and listened to both sides’ arguments, then decided to reserve their judgment.

The reference for disqualification against the MNAs of the PTI who crossed the floor during the vote of no confidence against PTI Chairman Imran Khan was dismissed by the Commission in its ruling on May 11. In its ruling, the ECP stated that the reference against the PTI members who had defected from the party was “not in line with the Constitution.”

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