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KP Assembly rejects retired judges in election tribunals

By Bureau report
May 29, 2024
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly. — AFP/File
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly. — AFP/File

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly on Tuesday approved a resolution against the Elections Act (Amendment) Ordinance 2024 under which election tribunals will have retired judges as members besides the serving judges.

A legislator from the Sunni Ittehad Council/ Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Abdus Salam moved the resolution.The resolution read that the PTI believed in the independence and autonomy of the institutions, especially the judiciary so that the people could get speedy and inexpensive justice.It said the government, rejected by the people but installed through Form-47 had promulgated an ordinance in the dead of night and appointed retired judges in the tribunals.

The resolution accused the government of attacking the judiciary and wanting to have the judges of its choice which was not acceptable to the KP government.The resolution said the House rejected the ordinance and asked the government to take back the same.When the resolution was put to a vote, the treasury members voted in favour while the opposition went against it.