ECP de-seats 25 dissident PTI MPAs for defection – Pakistan

Pakistan’s Election Commission (ECP) fired 25 PTI dissidents (MPAs) in the PML-N’s Hamza Shehbaz Punjab prime minister election on Friday, claiming they had left.

Three ECP members, including Sikandar Sultan Raja, Chairman of the Election Commission, Nisar Ahmed Durani, and Shah Mohammad Zatoy, were mentioned.

The decision comes days after the Supreme Court’s decision earlier this week on a presidential recommendation to interpret Article 63(a) regarding the disqualification of North Korean lawmakers.

Section 63-A seeks to restrict members from voting (or abstaining) from voting (or abstaining) in violation of party directives “with respect to the Prime Minister or the election of the Prime Minister, a vote of confidence, a vote of no confidence, or a monetary bill or measure.” Constitution (Amendment) Bill”.

In the interpretation of this article, the Supreme Court held that a vote against a party directive “cannot be counted and must be ignored, regardless of whether a party representative proceeds to vote or refuses to vote after such a vote.” action”.

The 25-member PTI Opposition vote was instrumental in helping Hamza cross the line. He won a total of 197 votes, but 186 votes are needed for a simple majority. Hamza lost a majority because these 25 members are no longer members of the House of Representatives.

Dissident MPs include Raja Sagheer Ahmed, Malik Ghulam Rasool Sangha, Saeed Akbar Khan, Mohammad Ajmal, Abdul Aleem Khan, Nazir Ahmed Chohan, Mohammad Amin Zulqernain, Malik Nauman Langrial, Mohammad Salman, and Zawar Hussain Warraich. Zahra Batool, Mohammad Tahir, Aisha Nawaz, Sajida Yousaf, Haroon Imran Gill, Uzma Kardar, Malik Asad Ali, Ijaz Masih, Mohammad Sabtain Raza, Mohsin Atta Khan Khosa, Mian Khalid Mehmood, Mehar Mohammad Haymood,

You may use a copy at its discretion. Serb.comECP said there are two options. configuration requirements (Vote YES on NO) It argues that voting to dismiss a declaration or vote against party policy on the grounds of non-fulfillment of the preconditions referred to in Article 63-A was “a significant matter” observed by the Supreme Court.

“We do not want respondents to vote[s] Upvoting a dissenting candidate is a serious matter of voter and party policy and, at its worst, betrayal. Accordingly, we assert that the defect in the case does not depend on rigorous evidence of compliance with the prerequisites set out in section 63-A.

“We have come to the conclusion that respondents established the fact of defection based on thematic declarations for all respondents by participating in the elections for the Punjab prime minister and voting for the opposing candidate.

“The declaration was confirmed and the respondents left the Punjab Parliament and their seats were vacated.”

talk After the verdict, 10 MPA’s lawyer, Khalid Ishaq, said a decision on whether to appeal to the Supreme Court would come after discussion.

‘Chapter of Conspiracy’ closed

The verdict was hailed by PTI’s senior leader Asad Umar, who, along with other supporters standing outside the ECP office, celebrated the nation against “foreign interference, intrigue”.

“Today another chapter of this conspiracy was exposed,” he added.

PTI leader Asad Umar speaks outside the ECP after the decision to fire PTI’s dissident MPA on Friday.—DawnNewsTV

“I would also like to express my sympathy to the politicians who have invested millions of rupees in this turncourt. With the way one chapter of this conspiracy has been reversed, we believe that the rest of this conspiracy will face the same fate as the country’s escape from its present. I hope we can. Crisis,” said Umar.

He noted that Hamza got 197 votes, of which 25 were “permanently disqualified.” PTI leaders have called on the government to immediately announce new elections.

He also referred to the ECP and said, “When announcing an election, it should never be done without consultation with key political stakeholders. [PTI].”

Judgment ‘no effect’ on Hamza government

Federal Intelligence Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb held a press conference after the verdict, accusing Imran Khan of “the one who attacked the ECP a week ago and demanded the CEC’s resignation, but is now praising it”.

“When a decision was not in his favor, Imran Khan criticized the court and campaigned. [against them]But when the decision comes in your favor, you change your mind.”

Marriyum Aurangzeb during her pressure.

However, she insisted that the ECP’s decision did not affect the government of Punjab, which is made up of its allies and the PML-N. “The resignation of the 25 MPAs will not affect Hamza Shebaz and his government,” she added.

“Despite this decision, the PML-N and its allies are still at 177 and the enemy at 172. They are lying.”

Meanwhile, PTI and PML-Q’s Chaudhry Parvez Elahi also approached the Lahore High Court (LHC) to declare Hamza’s election “illegal” in light of the SC’s interpretation.

read: After the SC’s comments on Article 63-A, what’s the situation with the Punjab CM election?

The ECP has withheld the verdict on the reference on May 17th, and it will be announced the next day (Wednesday) at 12:00 PM. However, the announcement was later postponed.

After Hamza was elected Prime Minister on 16 April, PTI sent a declaration declaring 25 MPAs as defectors to Punjab Parliamentary Chairman Elahi, who was also a co-candidate for the CM Office of PTI-PML-Q.

Elahi then sent a reference to the ECP, urging the members of the PTI to be fired by disobeying party orders and voting in Hamza’s favor.

Most of the 25 opposing MPAs tried to justify their actions in voting for Hamza by claiming that they had not been directed by the party. They filed a procedural objection, claiming that they never received the mandatory show cause notice.

However, PTI’s attorney Ali Zafar argued that the MPA had been instructed in a letter by the party’s supreme whip and secretary-general Asad Umar in the Punjab Parliament.

Article 63-A

According to Article 63-A of the Constitution, if you vote or abstain from the House of Representatives against the direction of your party in relation to the National Assembly elections, you may be disqualified on the ground of defection. Prime Minister or Prime Minister, or Ballot of Confidence or Ballot of Confidence, or Monetary Measures or Constitutional (Amendment) Measures”.

This provision states that the party leader must declare in writing that the MNA has departed, but must “give the party member an opportunity to explain why such a report is unfavorable to him” before making the declaration. .

After giving the party members a chance to explain why, the party leader will forward the declaration to the chairman, who will forward it to the Central Election Commission (CEC). The CEC then has 30 days to confirm the declaration. If confirmed by the CEC, the member “will step down from the House of Representatives and his seat will become vacant”.

According to the article, a party dissatisfied with the decision of the Election Commission may appeal to the Supreme Court within one month. The Supreme Court must decide the matter within 90 days.

Further reporting by Rana Bilal.