ECP to announce verdict on disqualification references against 25 dissident PTI MPAs today – Pakistan

Pakistan’s Election Commission (ECP) will announce its verdict at 12:00 PM on comments calling for the disqualification of 25 dissidents from the PTI who voted for PML-N’s Hamza Shehbaz in the Punjab Prime Minister election. .

I withheld the verdict yesterday.

This decision of the Election Commission has significance in the Supreme Court’s decision on the recommendation of the president to seek the interpretation of Article 63 (a) regarding the disqualification of North Korean defectors announced yesterday.

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. If 25 of the PTI members are removed from his tally, he loses a majority.

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

After Hamza’s election as Prime Minister on 16 April, PTI sent a declaration declaring 25 MPAs as defectors to Chaudhry Parvez Elahi, Chairman of the Punjab Provincial Assembly, 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 voting in Hamza’s favor for disobeying party directives.

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,

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 raised 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, those who vote or abstain from the House of Representatives against the direction of their party in relation to the National Assembly elections 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 proclamation to the chairman, who will forward it to the Supreme Election Commission (CEC). The CEC then has 30 days to confirm the declaration. If approved by the CEC, the member “will lose the House of Representatives and the seat becomes 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.