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Pakistan

Punjab, KPK polls: SC adjourns hearing of ECP’s review petition

  • A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial and comprising Justice Ijazul Ahsan and Justice Munib Akhtar postpones hearing for one week
Published May 15, 2023

The Supreme Court (SC) adjourned on Monday the hearing for the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) review petition against orders to hold elections in Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa for one week.

A three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial and comprising Justice Ijazul Ahsan and Justice Munib Akhtar, heard the ECP’s review petition. The CJP noted that the ECP had made fair points that were not raised earlier.

The bench announced that notices would be issued to the provincial governments to present their respective positions along with representatives from other political parties involved.

Meanwhile, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl workers on Monday reached the Supreme Court to protest against the alleged “blanket relief” provided by Umer Ata Bandial to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan in multiple cases.

The review petition

Filed on May 3, the ECP in its review petition asked the top court to recall its impugned judgment dated April 4 in the interest of justice and equity, in which it had ordered to hold Punjab provincial assembly election on May 14.

It said that the superior courts of the country have been granted a special power under Article 199 and Article 184(3) of the Constitution to judicially review actions/ decisions of the public bodies.

ECP files petition in SC seeking review of order on Punjab polls

As per trite law of this land, while exercising the power of judicial review, superior courts look at the process of arriving at a decision but never substitute their own decisions in lieu of the public bodies, the petition said.

The SC’s verdict

The SC had also directed the federal government to hold elections in May and provide Rs21 billion for the elections to the Punjab and KP Assemblies by April 10. It also said the government must make available all the necessary personnel, whether from the Armed Forces, Rangers, or the Frontier Constabulary for the security and other purposes related to the general elections.

The SC’s verdict had come after the ECP set April 30 as the date for elections in Punjab as well as KP, where assemblies were dissolved earlier this year, but then pushed polls forward to October.

The issue of elections has been a contentious and controversial one ever since the Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assemblies were dissolved earlier this year. While the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has called for polls in the two provinces to be held as soon as possible, the government wants elections to the National Assembly and all provinces to be held at the same time later in the year.

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Sajjad May 15, 2023 12:07pm
Can't see elections in upcoming months !
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Jani Walker May 15, 2023 12:19pm
Keep rescheduling the hearings till they run out of Diesel. ha ha ha .
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Haider May 15, 2023 01:29pm
SC must uphold the constitution!
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Parvez May 15, 2023 01:52pm
The procrastination of the SC to give a judgement gives the perception of weakness.......not a good sign.
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ASIM NEVID May 15, 2023 02:34pm
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Jani Walker May 15, 2023 03:20pm
@ASIM NEVID , Your long winded rant sum's up the predicament that the country is in. You cannot even string up a small sentence and yet claim university education. If this is the level of university students than the country has no chance of prospering.
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Maqbool May 15, 2023 04:35pm
Rather harp on the non availability of funds, why doesn’t the CJP pay it from the Supreme Court funds , said to be Rs 500 billion. But in line with true Justice, please order an Audit of the Funds with SC anyway
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