LHC summons ECP secretary for Feb 11

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015 3:33:51 by

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court Tuesday summoned Secretary Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for February 11 to know about scrutiny process adopted for the coming senate elections.Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah passed the orders while hearing petitions filed by Shahid Pervaiz Jami and Munir Ahmad seeking implementation of Article 62 and 63 to stop ineligible candidates from contesting the coming senate elections and challenging the use of faulty nomination papers.During the course of proceedings, the provincial election commissioner (PEC) appeared before the court on being summoned.Petitioner-counsel Shahid Pervaiz Jami pointed out that faulty nomination papers were being used in the coming senate elections.To a court query, the PEC said that the election commission was not empowered to change nomination papers for senate election. He said that only federal government could change it.The court asked the PEC whether any summary had been moved for the purpose. To which, the PEC replied that no summary had yet been forwarded.At this, the court criticised the use of faulty nomination papers for senate elections and observed that the election commission should put its house in order.The petitioner's counsel Muhammad Azhar Siddique submitted that Election Commission failed to issue guidelines for the scrutiny process regarding…
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