SHC allows independent candidate to contest the by-polls on NA-246

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Monday allowed an independent candidate to contest the by-elections on the National Assembly constituency (NA-246).

A two-judge bench allowed an appeal filed by Ashraf Ali Qureshi against Sindh Election Commission of Pakistan’s decision that rejected his nomination papers.

Nominating returning officer for NA-246 and Super Makert police station’s SHO as respondent, the appellant submitted that his nomination papers were rejected on the sole ground that that his proposer, Naeem Ahmed Kayani, was not on the electoral list for the constituency.

Counsel for the appellant argued that the ECP had issued certificate to his proposer, certifying that he was on the electoral rolls, despite the fact his papers were rejected on that ground.

Terming the decision illegal and unconstitutional, he pleaded to the court to overturn the decision and allow him to contest the polls.

After hearing arguments, the court ruled that the proposer must be considered for present purposes to be duly registered and therefore, since this is the sole ground on which the nomination papers were rejected, such rejection was contrary to the law.

Accordingly this appeal is allowed, the nomination papers of the appellant are declared to be in order and the returning officer and ECP are directed to proceed and act accordingly, the verdict said.

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