• Saturday, April 11, 2020

Supreme Judicial Council dismissed a PTI petition against Election Commission

Discussion in 'Pakistani Siasat' started by Devil Soul, Nov 3, 2015.

  1. Devil Soul

    Devil Soul ELITE MEMBER

    Messages:
    22,909
    Joined:
    Jun 28, 2010
    Ratings:
    +47 / 28,876 / -1
    Country:
    Pakistan
    Location:
    Pakistan
    Dismissed
    * Supreme Judicial Council throws out PTI’s petition for ouster of ECP members on allegations of rigging in 2013 general elections for want of proofs against the accused



    ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Judicial Council on Monday dismissed a Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) petition against the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) officials over their alleged negligence and inability to hold free and fair elections in 2013.


    The decision came after a session chaired by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali.


    The reference was filed by lawyers wing of the PTI on August 26 seeking dismissal of the ECP members in the light of the report of a judicial commission set up to probe the allegations of rigging in 2013 general elections.


    Petitioner Gohar Nawaz alleged that the ECP members didn’t perform their duties ‘honestly’ during the elections. He argued that the nominated members were responsible for election irregularities and, therefore, be unseated as per Article 209 of the constitution.


    After initial scrutiny, the Supreme Judicial Council dismissed the reference for lack of proofs against the accused.


    The petition also included the judicial commission report along with other relevant documents.


    A judicial commission constituted to probe the PTI allegations of rigging in the 2013 general elections had concluded in July that the polls were in large part ‘organised and conducted fairly and in accordance with the law’.


    The commission constituted under a presidential ordinance on April 3 after months of a tug of war between the PTI and the PML-N had commenced proceedings on April 9. It recorded testimonies of 69 witnesses, including politicians, government and judicial officers and journalists.


    Soon after the commission’s verdict, Imran Khan lashed out at the ECP and returning officers, accusing them of failing to discharge their duties before and during the May 2013 general elections.


    Imran wrote a six-page letter to the chief election commissioner (CEC), seeking explanation from the ECP on its proposals to address and rectify the failures and breaches in the organisation and conduct of the general elections in view of the findings of the inquiry commission.


    The ECP in response to PTI chief’s letter, however, asserted that it was a constitutional body and not answerable to any political party.


    Irked by ECP’s response, Imran Khan vowed to take legal action to get the four ECP members removed and declared his intention to file a reference against them before the Supreme Judicial Council.


    In another development, the ECP has decided to take action against election staff involved in mismanagement due to which the polls of first phase were postponed on 26 seats at various localities in Punjab and Sindh provinces.


    The commission received around 156 complaints of various natures against the local government elections, said spokesman of the ECP.


    He said that the ECP received 55 complaints from Punjab and 101 from Sindh on various issues, including misprinting of election symbols and candidates’ names or against the election staff.


    Action would be taken against the election staff which failed to adhere to the election code of conduct, he added. The spokesman said that independent election observers and organisations also declared campaigning and polling for the local government elections transparent and peaceful. He said that overall the election was peaceful except a firing incident that killed 11 people in Khairpur district of Sindh. He assured that the ECP would overcome the shortcomings of the electoral process in next phases.


    He observed that the elections were held in a free, fair and transparent manner.


    It is pertinent to mention here that the first phase of LG elections was held in 12 districts of Punjab and eight of Sindh on October 31.


    Meanwhile, according to media reports, a non-governmental organization, Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) has also observed that the first phase of the local government elections was better than that in the past.


    The first phase of LG election in Punjab’s 12 districts were conducted peacefully and in transparent manner, said a representative of the FAFEN.


    Punjab government deserved appreciation for maintaining peace during the elections, he said, adding that the local government elections in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were marred by violence and irregularities.


    Moreover, Punjab Election Commissioner has also claimed that the first phase of local government elections was transparent and rigging-free. He said no complaint of rigging had been received from any district so far.
    Dismissed
     
  2. Dubious

    Dubious RETIRED MOD

    Messages:
    37,781
    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2012
    Ratings:
    +81 / 72,221 / -0
    Country:
    Pakistan
    Location:
    Pakistan
    expected!

    Who would expect justice in a place where murderers are free as long as their daddy knows the judge!
     
  3. pkuser2k12

    pkuser2k12 SENIOR MEMBER

    Messages:
    5,393
    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2012
    Ratings:
    +3 / 5,123 / -0
    Country:
    Pakistan
    Location:
    Pakistan
    it was not filled by pti but a pti member in his personal capacity not backed by party.and capacity of this joke of a election commission is exposed once again with repeat of 2013 election in LB 10 pti workers dead in punjab and 11 pmlf killed in sindh .failure in all 4 provinces.


    at 7:26 pm on a channel PTI leader Hamid Khan clarified that he has no confidence in supreme judicial council,petition was filed in private capacity and pti did not even backed that person in any capacity or provide any evidence to him .He further said it is a dead institution who has not taken action against anyone in years .in last 4 years it has given only 1 verdict.Hamid Khan further said he has strongly advised party not to go against ECP in supreme judicial council because no verdict will come against them from this idle institution.
     
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2015