Intra-party polls: PTI chief election commissioner Tasneem Noorani resigns

Senator Nouman Wazir reportedly appointed as acting election commissioner


Qamar Zaman March 26, 2016
Noorani resigned after developing differences with party chairman Imran Khan on the method of intra party elections. PHOTO: SHAHID BASHIR/EXPRESS

ISLAMABAD: The chief election commissioner of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) tendered his resignation on Saturday after developing differences with the party chairman Imran Khan on intra-party elections.

The party had hinted at holding elections in May but apparently it does not seem possible in the current circumstances. In this regard, Imran has convened a meeting of senior leadership.

Confirming the development, sources told The Express Tribune that Tasneem Noorani had been demanding that “every single office of the party should be elected”.

Tasneem Noorani. PHOTO: TWITTER/@tasneemnoorani

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Noorani was of the view that the party should go for “genuine intra-party”, terming nomination of office bearers an undemocratic approach.

On the other hand, Imran held the view that “only one seat of every tier should be elected and the rest of office bearers should be nominated”.

“The deadlock emerged three months ago and several efforts to address the issue failed,” a senior party official said, adding that a meeting between Noorani and Imran on Friday also did not yield any positive outcome.

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It was because of the deadlock that the party had not been able to define organisational structure for the intra-party elections.

The PTI chief also devised a seven-member committee to come up with a plan but the committee had been delaying the crucial decision.

The PTI has reportedly decided to appoint Senator Nouman Wazir as acting election commissioner for the polls.

Meanwhile, according to Express News, members of the central election commission as well as ECs of Punjab and Sindh have also stepped down from their positions over alleged difference with the party.

COMMENTS (7)

SK | 5 years ago | Reply @Copter: I have been a PTI supporter. I still am but despondency and disillusionment with the party is creeping in. I do not understand why is there always an internel rift in the party. So many electables with tainted past is flooding the party. Groupings, rifts and vote buying is increasingly becoming the hallmark of the party. Intra party elections have become a joke. The PTI is gradually slipping out of the hands of IK. If IK doesn't control the hooliganism it will soon lose popular support as lots of it has waned.
Mohammed | 5 years ago | Reply @Adnan Siddiqi: So when are the elections in the PML taking place? I am sure a serf like you would want to vote.
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