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Punjab polls: SC adjourns hearing of ECP’s plea

  • A three-member bench headed by CJP Umar Ata Bandial hears case
Published May 29, 2023

The Supreme Court (SC) of Pakistan adjourned on Monday hearing of the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) plea seeking review of its April 4 order on holding elections to the Punjab Assembly on May 14.

A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial comprising Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan and Justice Munib Akhtar heard the case.

Attorney General for Pakistan (AGP) Mansoor Usman Awan appeared before the court and said that after the president’s assent, the Supreme Court (Review of Judgements and Orders) Bill 2023, had become a law.

The statement of objects and reasons of the bill, “it is necessary to ensure the fundamental right to justice by providing for meaningful review of judgments and orders passed by Supreme Court of Pakistan in exercise of its original jurisdiction under Article 184”.

The AGP raised objections to the three-judge panel hearing the case and said that the review could only be heard by a larger bench.

During the last hearing, the SC said that the ECP had to be assertive and asked explanation from the federal government for not providing funds and security for the general elections in Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

The chief justice said the Commission has an overarching duty to hold free and fair elections.

He asked the ECP counsel Sajeel Shehryar Swati, that the ECP must not have allowed the ipsi dixit to influence the commission regarding the holding of elections in that province.

Swati argued that the ECP conducts the elections by using the machinery of the federal and provincial governments. He said the Commission, on 22nd March, after the briefing of intelligence agencies and police kept in mind that there is political polarisation, which culminated on May 9.

April 4 verdict

On April 4, SC underlined that ECP’s decision to postpone polls in Punjab till October 8 was unconstitutional.

The court ruled that the Constitution and law did not allow the ECP to postpone the elections, ordering that the elections in Punjab be held on May 14 instead of April 30.

The apex court directed the caretaker government in Punjab to assist the ECP with elections next month and said the federal government has been asked to assist the commission, ordering authorities to release Rs21 billion to the ECP by April 10.

However, the government claimed that it lacked the funds and manpower in view of worsening security situation in the country. Subsequently, the ECP filed a petition earlier in May and urged SC to revisit its verdict.

The Punjab elections were not held on May 14.


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Parvez May 29, 2023 01:01pm
Waste of time and money....if they had to do something meaningful they should have done it long ago.
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Farook Janjua May 29, 2023 01:02pm
Munshi is on the mission, Distroy.
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KU May 29, 2023 04:12pm
4:00 pm, May 29, 2023 - Just heard a press briefing by Irfan Qadir, the lawyer, doubts on the judiciary's competence were questioned and he professed that everyone who has a working knowledge of constitutional law should be allowed to sit together and review past judgments, especially the one barring Nawaz Sharif. Someone, please send the text of his speech to the Nobel prize-winning committee, they should know about our level of competence. Guess who is next in line for good riddance.
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John May 29, 2023 11:50pm
Judges are in cahoots with the generals!
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