The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday issued notices to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and the PTI in a hearing of an appeal against the notification of reserved seats in the Punjab Assembly.
The appeal that the PML-N filed within the court against the notification that five seats in the provincial legislature will be reserved was being heard by a division bench of the high court.
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) was given the directive by a single bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) to notify members of reserved seats of the Punjab Assembly that became vacant as a result of the de-seating of PTI MPAs for voting for Hamza Shahbaz during the election for the position of the chief minister.
The attorney’s line of reasoning went something like this: “The verdict of the bench was based on a misconceived interpretation of the constitution.” According to the lawyer for the PML-N, “the house has been unfinished without 20 elected members and five reserved members.”
According to the council, “it is a constitutional necessity that the reserved seats should be based on a party’s existing number of members in the assembly,” and this is how the reserved seats should be determined.
In addition to this, he stated that it is against the constitution to issue notifications before the complete number of members of political parties has been determined.
The attorney asked for the decision of the single bench on reserved seats to be overturned and declared invalid by the full bench.
The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz had earlier made the decision to file an intra-court appeal against the direction of the Lahore High Court to the election commission to notify members of reserved seats in the Punjab Assembly.