KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday put off till April 17 a petition challenging an Election Commission of Pakistan’s decision that dismissed an application against transfer of an election petition challenging victory of Syed Qaim Ali Shah on the provincial assembly seat (PS-29) from Karachi election tribunal to Hyderabad election tribunal.
Syed Ghous Ali Shah, the rival candidate belonging to the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), filed an election petition against victory of the Sindh chief minister, who had won provincial assembly seat PS-29 in the 2013 general elections. The PML-N candidate alleged massive irregularities in the elections and sought the chief minister’s disqualification.
The petitioner, Syed Ghous Ali Shah, moved the court assailing ECP’s order that dismissed his application against transfer of an election petition to Hyderabad election tribunal.
The counsel for the petitioner submitted that the chief minister had filed an application under Section 58 of the Representation of the Peoples Act, 1976, before the ECP, requesting it to transfer election petition against his victory from Karachi election tribunal to any other tribunal, but it was dismissed. Subsequently, the ECP revisited its decision following the direction of SHC when it was approached by the chief minister.
The counsel said that the chief election commissioner passed an order on the CM’s application on March 03, transferring election petition against his victory to Hyderabad election tribunal. When the petitioner filed an application against the transfer of election petition, the ECP dismissed the same on March 31.
He pleaded to the court set aside the ECP’s order and restrain election tribunal from conducting hearing on the election petition.
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