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Chief election commissioner, ECP officers to seem earlier than SC on Feb 16

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Chief election commissioner, ECP officials to appear before SC on Feb 16

The Supreme Courtroom of Pakistan has summoned the Chief Election Commissioner and all officers of the Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday in relation to the presidential reference case, Geo Information reported.

A five-member bench of the Supreme Courtroom, headed by Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed, heard the presidential reference relating to holding Senate elections by way of an open-ballot voting system on Monday.

In his arguments through the listening to, Lawyer Basic Khalid Javed Khan stated that some political events, in addition to bar councils, have utilized to be a celebration within the case, including that “it is unfortunate that our bar councils are supporting political parties.”

“The Pakistan Bar Council and the Sindh High Court Bar have declared the presidential reference to be based on malicious intent,” the Lawyer Basic stated.

Khalid Javed Khan stated that previously, bar councils used to play an element in [upholding] the supremacy of the Structure and the legislation, including that he requests them to rethink their place.

The Supreme Courtroom requested the Election Fee of Pakistan to submit the complete scheme of the Senate Election earlier than the court docket. Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed stated that the court docket needs to query the Chief Election Commissioner.

The CJP additional remarked that the election ought to be performed in secret but it surely also needs to be open to an investigation if a grievance is lodged relating to it.

Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan remarked that prevention of corrupt practices is the constitutional duty of the Election Fee.

The lawyer of the Election Fee stated that in response to Article 218 of the Structure, a process has been given to cease corrupt practices.

The ECP counsel added that secrecy is the mandate of Article 226. In response, the Chief Justice stated that no legislation can cut back the powers of the ECP below the Structure.

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