Notification of 5 reserved seats of Punjab Assembly was withheld till by-elections

Notification of 5 reserved seats of Punjab Assembly was withheld

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has announced a safe decision regarding the reserved seats of the Punjab Assembly and withheld the notification of 5 reserved seats of the Punjab Assembly till the by-elections.

The ECP, after hearing the arguments of the parties, had reserved its decision on the notification of new members of the Punjab Assembly for the five reserved seats for women and minorities which became vacant after the PTI’s 25 deviant legislation was de-seated.

The PTI in its petition had demanded to give him five reserved seats.

On the other hand, the PML-N had demanded the issuance of notification according to the current proportion of members in the Punjab Assembly.

The Election Commission rejected the petitions of PTI and PML-N.

After hearing the arguments of the parties, the Election Commission announced its safe decision regarding the reserved seats in the Punjab Assembly.

Announcing its decision, the Election Commission has stopped notification of 5 reserved seats of Punjab Assembly till by-elections.

A five-member bench had reserved its order on the directions of the Lahore High Court.

It may be recalled that five PTI legislators were de-seated last month for voting for Hamza Shahbaz in the Punjab Chief Ministerial election. A statement was issued on May 23 suspending the membership of these members.

The PTI had on May 28 filed a petition in the Lahore High Court seeking directions to the Election Commission to issue a declaration for the appointment of new MPAs on the vacant seats.

In this regard, the Lahore High Court had asked the Election Commission to give a decision on the matter till June 2.

During the hearing, PTI lawyer Faisal Chaudhry argued that the incompetent government of Punjab did not have a majority and therefore did not deserve to remain in power.

He said that the Election Commission should immediately announce the appointment of new members of the Provincial Assembly to the reserved seats under the Constitution.

He said that the new members should be from the same party whose members have been de-seated.

Meanwhile, PML-N lawyer Khalid Ishaq, while giving arguments, said that the case was of ‘first impression’ and basic proportional representation could not be ignored.

He requested the Election Commission to issue a notification to the members of the Provincial Assembly as per the present proportion of the Punjab Assembly.

Earlier, Attorney General of Pakistan Ashtar Osaf argued that the law of proportional representation could not be applied until the Assembly was completed.

He said that 20 seats of PTI have become vacant after which their proportion is not the same. No one can say who will win in the by-election.

Ashtar Osaf said it would be “more appropriate” for the Election Commission to wait until the by-elections.

The decision has been reserved by the Election Commission after the arguments of the lawyers.

Chaudhry Pervez Elahi of PTI and PML-Q had approached the Lahore High Court to declare the election of Hamza Shahbaz as ‘illegal’ in the light of the Supreme Court’s interpretation.

Following the election of Hamza Shahbaz as Chief Minister on April 16, the PTI had sent a statement to the Speaker of the Punjab Assembly, Pervez Elahi, declaring 25 members of the Provincial Assembly as defectors. Were also joint candidates.

After this, Pervez Elahi had sent a reference to the Election Commission and urged that these lawmakers should be de-seated for violating party instructions by voting in favor of Hamza Shahbaz and deviating from PTI.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had on May 20 passed a reference against 25 deviant members of the PTI who had voted for Hamza Shahbaz in the Punjab Chief Ministerial election and de-seated him.

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