SHC adjourns hearing of MQM plea on printing voter lists

Karachi: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Friday took up the matter of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) seeking deferment in the printing of voters’ lists of three National Assembly and eight Sindh Assembly constituencies, which were delimited.

A division bench headed by Justice Maqbool Baqar said that it would pass appropriate order on the next hearing after Election Commission of Pakistan’s law officer will inform it whether the process of printing of voters’ lists in respect of constituencies which are re-described, had been commenced or not.

MQM’s Faroug Naseem submitted that SHC has reserved its judgment in separate petitions against the ECP’s notification for delimitation of constituencies in Karachi. He said that since the verdict in the petitions was not announced, voters’ lists of 11 constituencies could be sent for printing.

Therefore, he pleaded the court to differ printing of voters’ lists of these constituencies till the judgment on delimitation of constituencies is not announced.

However, Abdullah Hanjrah law officers of ECP told the court that voters’ lists had been sent for printing to Islamabad. He requested court for time to procure information as to whether such lists have been printed or not.

The hearing of case was adjourned to Monday.