Pakistan

SC to take up Vawda’s plea against disqualification today

ECP declares Faisal Vawda ineligible for Senator's seat

Islamabad -The Supreme Court will take up Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Faisal Vawda’s solicitation moment (Monday) in which he has challenged the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) order, disqualifying him from administrative politics for life on account of holding binary nation at the time of 2018 general choices.

A three- judge bench of the Supreme Court led by Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial will hear the case.

Vawda on Friday filed a solicitation in the Supreme Court under Article 185 (3) of the Constitution for leave to appeal against the order of the ECP dated February 9 and a judgement of the Islamabad High Court dated February 16, 2022.

Filed through Barrister Waseem Sajjad, Vawda contended that the ECP order dated February 9 and the Islamabad High Court judgment dated February 16, 2022 are arbitrary and without legal authority and of no legal effect, adding that it’s also contrary to the judgements of the Supreme Court.

Meanwhile, the ECP’s decision to hand Vawda a continuance disqualification under Composition 62 (1) (f) of the Constitution has stirred a strong debate whether the electoral body had the indigenous accreditation to pass similar orders.

In August last time, the Supreme Court had held that the ECP had no power to consider the qualification or disqualification of an election seeker or an assembly member.

“In our view there’s no power or governance essential in the commission itself in terms of Composition 218 (3) to consider the qualification/ disqualification of a seeker/ member, whether as an independent, standalone issue or as part of an election disagreement,”the maturity judgment penned by Justice Munib Akhtar and championed by Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah said.

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