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July 11, 2018
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Electioneering Plea against ban on LG members dismissed

Lahore

July 11, 2018

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LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday dismissed a petition challenging a ban by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on participation of local government representatives in political activities of upcoming general election after declaring it non-maintainable.

The single bench comprising Justice Shams Mehmood Mirza had reserved the verdict on maintainability of the petitions, filed by several chairmen and vice-chairmen from different union councils, and it was announced on Tuesday.

The petitioner had submitted that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had imposed a ban on local government representatives to take part in the election campaign 2018, under Section 18 of the code of conduct and Section 233 of Election Act 2017. They pointed out that the ban was inflicted in violation of Political Parties Act (Amended), 2017.

They said that the ban was imposed in violation of fundamental rights and Political Parties Act, which allow such activities. They pleaded with the court to set aside the ban being illegal. They asked the court to set aside the ban for being unconstitutional.

Petition dismissed: The Lahore High Court on Tuesday dismissed a petition challenging the candidature of former federal minister Sheikh Waqas Akram from Jhang NA-115.

Muhammad Imran, a voter from the constituency, filed a petition pleading that the returning officer had rejected the nomination papers of Akram on the basis of fake academic credential and concealment of assets. However, he said, an appellate tribunal accepting appeal of Akram set aside the decision of the RO and allowed him to contest the upcoming general elections. The petitioner contended that the tribunal allowed the appeal of Akram ignoring the facts of the case.

He asked the court to set aside the impugned decision and disqualify Waqas Akram to contest the election. A division bench comprising Justice Shams Mahmood Mirza and Justice Jawad Hassan dismissed the petition and upheld the decision of the appellate tribunal. The same bench recused from a petition challenging the nomination papers of Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat’s chief Maulana Ahmad Ludhyanvi from NA-115 and PP126 (Jhang). The bench referred the petition to the chief justice for its fixation before any other appropriate bench for the disposal.

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