SC Bars Govt Leaders from Poll Campaigning

A term inside the rule of conduct barring holders of public office from taking part in election campaigns due to their applicants was recently struck down from the Lahore High Court (LHC), on a request submitted with a PTI chief, but the decision was challenged by the ECP in the Supreme Court.

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SC Bars Govt Leaders from Poll Campaigning

A three-judge table of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja, set the LHC’s judgment aside two days ahead of the distribution of nomination papers by prospects for your byelections in the two constituencies. The advice for your ECP fought prior to the Supreme Court that the payment consistent had introduced the code of conduct with a wisdom of the Supreme Court. He said the signal was produced to the schedule of the Structure along with the Manifestation of Individuals Work, 1976. He said it was the mandate of the ECP to execute honest, free and transparent elections, and pleaded that the LHC’s award striking down an extremely important component of the signal be declared void. The ECP recently rejected the objection raised to Mansehra by PTI over trips of key government functionaries for campaigning towards the PML-N candidate and pointed out that it was the PTI which had pushed the bar on office holders. 

Mansoor Sarwar Khan, PTI’s key Punjab President, had wondered the blocking of PTI Chairman Imran Khan from canvassing in by elections in Punjab at that time. The ECP code of conduct had restricted national and provincial lawmakers from visiting places where by -polls were being used, after the issuance of the election agenda. LHC judge Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah had decided that the ECP could not reduce a governmental exercise or make a political party structural by adding limits on the motion of its leaders or users because such independence is seated in elementary rights guaranteed in the Structure. The condition that imposes restriction on public office-holders not to visit the constituencies whereby-elections are being held struck down is declared to be illegal and unconstitutional and, thus ,” the judge wrote. The judgment stated that slots of public offices, just like federal ministers , chief minister, the minister, ministers of condition and advisers for the president, belong to political parties. “They are not within Pakistan’s service, the judgment that was ” stated.

“Hence they are free for carrying on their political obligations and so are completely eligible to the fundamental right guaranteed for them under Article 17(2).  A political party has to freely perform the electoral strategy, canvassing and electioneering the LHC judgment said. Meanwhile, the ECP has extended the time for issuing party tickets to prospects for your first stage of town elections in Punjab and Sindh from Sept 11 to Sept 30. Punjab Minister for Regional Govern­ment Rana Sanaullah made the request extension with time throughout a current conference with ECP Secretary Babar Yaqoob Fateh Muhammad. The ECP also de-informed Muhammad Arif Chaudhry of PMLN as MNA from NA- 144 with effect from Aug 21. Arif Chaudhry had been disqualified by an election tribunal of Multan on an election petition submitted by independent candidate Fayyaz Ghouri for owning a fake diploma, on Aug 21.