The Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP) submitted a evaluation petition within the Peshawar Excessive Court docket (PHC) on Saturday difficult the court docket’s suspension of its earlier ruling that prevented the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI), one of many three main political events in Pakistan, from utilizing a cricket bat as its electoral image within the upcoming February 8 common election.
The ECP argued in its evaluation petition that the court docket’s verdict was in opposition to the regulation and Supreme Court docket dictum. The ECP additionally contended that the court docket’s powers have been restricted to its territorial jurisdiction, whereas the PTI’s image allocation was a nationwide matter.
The ECP’s directive adopted the Supreme Court docket of Pakistan’s ruling instructing the ECP to ensure a free and truthful electoral course of for the upcoming February common elections. The ECP had suspended the PTI as a consequence of purported violations of the Election Act, 2017, and the PTI Constitution, 2019, and declared them ineligible to make use of the bat election image below Part 215 of the Election Act.
The ECP, endowed with full monetary autonomy and insulation from authorities interference, is a everlasting constitutional physique chargeable for supervising and safeguarding the equity of elections for legislative our bodies and native governments. Its core mission, outlined in Article 218(3) of the Pakistan Constitution, is to forestall corrupt practices. Nevertheless, regardless of its mandated duties, the ECP has come below scrutiny for alleged bias by the PTI and different political events. In response to the ECP’s suspension order, the PTI lodged a contempt of court docket petition within the Supreme Court docket on December 23.
The submission of the evaluation petition comes within the wake of the December 30 rejection of former Prime Minister and PTI founder Imran Khan’s nomination for the upcoming common elections.