Recounting Of Votes For Punjab CM: PTI Challenges LHC Verdict Before SC

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Recounting of votes for Punjab CM: PTI challenges LHC verdict before SC

The PTI has asked the top court to set aside the verdict of the LHC and stay the process of recounting of votes till disposal of the plea.

ISLAMABAD: (UrduPoint/Pakistan Point News-July 1st, 2022) Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has filed an appeal before the Supreme Court of Pakistan challenging verdict of Lahore High Court about recount of Chief Minister Punjab election held on April 16 after exclusion of votes of 25 de-seated lawmakers of PTI.

The PTI has asked the top court for immediate hearing on the plea, and prayed it to set aside the verdict by declaring it as illegal and unconstitutional. PTI has also prayed that court suspend the process of recounting till a decision on this plea.

LHC, in its verdict stated that the decision by Supreme Court of not counting votes of defecting members of a political party is squarely applicable to the election of Chief Minister held on 14th April 2022.

“It is an undeniable fact that 25 members of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf had voted for Mr. Muhammad Hamza Shahbaz, whereas the party had nominated Mr. Pervaiz Elahi as its candidate.”

The court also directed the Presiding Officer (Deputy Speaker) of the election held on 16th April 2022 to recount votes after excluding 25 votes of the defecting members. As a consequence, if required majority, under Article 130(4), is not secured by any candidate, he shall proceed for second and further polls under its provisos for completing the process of election as required under Article 130(4), unless a candidate is elected by majority votes. Though on recounting as directed, the consequential procedure and effect shall be in accordance with the Constitution.

The court further directed that the session, for this purpose, as originally called by the then Governor shall be resumed on 1st July 2022 (Friday) at 4:00 pm without fail and the session so resumed shall not be prorogued till the election process is completed and Presiding officer intimates the result of elected Chief Minister to the Governor under the Rule 21 and the Governor shall preform his duty, under Article 130(5), of administering oath without any hesitation and by ignoring any apprehension regarding conduct election, at any time before 11:00 am very next day.

The court further said that it cannot ignore the disorder in various sessions of the Provincial Assembly and warned that any attempt of disorder from any quarter shall be taken as contempt of court and shall be proceeded accordingly by this Larger Bench on formal information by any person.

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