LAHORE: Sindh’s Sports Minister Dr Mohammad Ali Shah has been declared ineligible by the Sindh High Court for contesting the Karachi City Cricket Association (KCCA) presidential election.
“The Court upheld Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) ruling for the election,” PCB lawyer Mazhar Jafri told The Express Tribune. “According to the PCB ruling, nobody who holds a government office or is a member of legislative may contest the elections of associations. This ruling was challenged by Dr Shah but the court dismissed his petition on merit. It declared that the election rules stated in PCB’s constitution were valid and any election PCB undertakes should be in conformity with these rules.”
As per the constitution regarding the qualification of office bearers, any individual who is an office bearer of a political party including legislators, elected representatives, ministers, senators, MNAs, MPAs, Nazims, Councillors or a person who has contested or is contesting elections on the platform symbol, flag or draws financial or material support from a political, religious, ethnic or sectarian party cannot contest the elections.
With Dr Shah’s disqualification, former KCCA secretary Sirajul Islam Bokhari stepped up for the president’s post and remains unopposed. Professor Ijaz Farooqi and Shah Riazuddin will go head-to-head to contest for the secretary’s role at the KCCA whereas Mahdi Hasan is the only candidate who has submitted the nomination paper for the KCCA treasure’s role.
Published in the Express Tribune, May 22nd, 2010.