ECP dismisses petition challenging PTI’s intra-party elections

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ECP dismisses petition challenging PTI’s intra-party elections

ISLAMABAD: The five-member bench of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday dismissed the petition challenging the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s intra-party election.
The petition was filed by, Yousuf Ali, a former general secretary of the PTI’s Swabi chapter, asking the commission to declare the election null and void on the grounds that the polling process had violated the party’s constitution.
A five-member bench headed by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice (retd) Sardar Raza Khan conducted the hearing and initially reserved the verdict.
PTI submitted records of its intra-party elections, according to which as many as 256,997 votes were casted, of which Insaf Panel secured 189,055 whereas Ehtesaab Panel received 141,000 votes, whereas 26,255 votes were rejected.
The PTI’s counsel objected to giving the election records to the other party as it would violate the sanctity of the vote, adding that providing the records would give access to the phone number of voters. Yousuf Ali, a former general secretary of the PTI’s Swabi chapter, had filed the petition before the ECP and asked the commission to declare the election null and void on the grounds that the polling process had violated the party’s constitution.
The petitioner’s lawyer had told the ECP that the PTI had amended its constitution on May 13 and that the party had not completed the necessary legal formalities while amending the constitution.
The petitioner’s lawyer demanded the details of intra-party elections. PTI’s lawyer argued the ECP cannot provide the reply to the other party as it will violate the sanctity of vote.
He said that providing the record will also reveal the voter’s contact number and details. The lawyer insisted that ECP can itself probe the process.
The lawyer had argued that the party’s constitution can only be changed if there is a two-thirds majority of the Central Executive Council supporting it. As per the amended constitution, 2.7 million voters had to decide between PTI Chairman Imran Khan or party leader Naik Muhammad Khan.

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