The Election Commission De-Seated 25 Deviant Members Of Pti Punjab Assembly

The Election Commission de seated 25 deviant members of PTI Punjab

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) approved the reference against 25 deviant members of PTI who voted for Hamza Shahbaz in the election of Punjab Chief Minister and de-seated him.

The ECP unanimously pronounced the verdict in the light of the Supreme Court’s interpretation of Article 63A.

Deviant legislators include Raja Saghir Ahmed, Malik Ghulam Rasool Sangha, Saeed Akbar Khan, Muhammad Ajmal, Abdul Aleem Khan, Nazir Ahmad Chauhan, Muhammad Amin Zulqarnain, Malik Noman Langarial, Muhammad Salman, Zawar Hussain Waraich, Nazir Ahmad Khan, Fida Hussain and Zahra. Batool, Mohammad Tahir, Ayesha Nawaz, Sajida Yusuf, Haroon Imran Gill, Azma Kardar, Malik Asad Ali, Ejaz Masih, Mohammad Sabteen Raza, Mohsin Ata Khan Khosa, Mian Khalid Mahmood, Mehr Mohammad Aslam, Faisal Hayat.

Many of these members belong to Jahangir Tareen group, Aleem Khan group and Asad Khokhar group.

The Election Commission had announced its decision on the disqualification reference today (Friday) at 3 p.m.

The ECP had issued notices to the defendants in the case a day earlier.

Following this decision of the Election Commission, Punjab Chief Minister Hamza Sharif has lost his majority.

The commission had on May 17 reserved its decision on the reference, saying that it would be announced the next day (Wednesday) at 12 noon, but the announcement was later postponed.

The ECP’s decision is particularly significant in light of the Supreme Court’s decision earlier this week on the presidential reference to the interpretation of Article 63 (a) of the Constitution.

Article 63 (a) allows legislators to vote “in connection with the election of the Prime Minister or Chief Minister, or a vote of confidence or a vote of no confidence, or a money bill or a constitutional (amendment) bill” in violation of party guidelines. Prevents (or abstaining from).

In its interpretation of the article, the apex court had said that votes cast against the party’s directive could not be counted and should be ignored.

The votes of 25 dissident members of PTI helped Hamza Shahbaz to get a majority, he got a total of 197 votes while 186 votes were required for a simple majority.

Thus, if 25 votes of PTI legislators are taken out of their number, then they have lost their majority.

On the other hand, Chaudhry Pervez Elahi of PTI and PML-Q has 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.

Article 63A

According to Article 63A of the Constitution, a Member of Parliament can be disqualified on the ground of deviation.

If a parliamentarian votes against any directive issued by his parliamentary party for the election of the Prime Minister or Chief Minister or abstains from voting no-confidence, he may be disqualified.

The article said that in this regard, the party chief has to declare in writing that the member of the assembly concerned has defected, but before making the announcement, the party chief will provide an opportunity to the deviant member to explain.

After giving the members an opportunity to state their reasons, the party chief will send a statement to the Speaker and he will send the statement to the Chief Election Commissioner.

Thereafter, the Chief Election Commission will have 30 days to confirm the announcement.

According to the article, if ratified by the Chief Election Commissioner, the said member will not be a part of the House and his seat will become vacant.

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