CJP to hear Sheikh Rasheed’s plea against ECP’s decision to postpone polls in NA-60

A petition filed by the Awami Muslim League (AML) Chief Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed will be heard by the Chief Justice of Pakistan against the Lahore High Court’s verdict which upheld the Election Commission’s decision to postpone the electoral process in NA-60 Rawalpindi.

The Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar will hear the petition in the Supreme Court Lahore registry.

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After Lahore High Court Rawalpindi bench rejected Sheikh Rasheed’s plea, the chairman of AML had decided to file a petition against the decision in the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

As per the Mr. Rasheed’s plea, the ECP’s decision to postpone the polls in NA-60 was challenged in the Lahore High Court’s Rawalpindi bench but the high court didn’t followed the law and rejected the petition and upheld the Election Commission’s notification.

He added in the petition that all the preparations for the general elections in NA-60 are completed, however, the Election Commission of Pakistan has surprisingly postponed the elections in the constituency after the PML-N candidate Hanif Abbasi sent to the jail for life in the ephedrine quota case.

The Election Commission of Pakistan had not issued any acceptable and justifiable explanation on the elections postpone the decision, the petition added.

Sheikh Rasheed took the stance that the polls in any particular constituency can only be postponed in case of candidate’s death, therefore; the decision by the Election Commission of Pakistan to defer the general electoral process in NA-60 is a violation of the election act and constitutional articles.

The Awami Muslim League Chief Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed had requested the Supreme Court of Pakistan to set aside the ECP’s decision as well as the verdict given by the Lahore High Court’s Rawalpindi bench in the case.

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