PESHAWAR: With just hours to go for the Senate polls, the ruling party suffered a blow after an MPA was de-seated by the top poll body for dishonesty.
The PTI has lost a vote in the Senate elections which are scheduled to be held on March 3. A notification for de-seating Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) MPA from Shangla Abdul Munim Khan was issued by the Election Commission of Pakistan on Thursday.
The de-seating could impact the chances of PTI candidates bagging a slot in the upper house of Parliament.
In the notification, the commission revived a notification it had issued last April disqualifying Munim as a member of the K-P assembly.
Munim had contested ECP’s decision and had managed to obtain a stay order on the notification. But he was dealt a blow last week when the apex court upheld the ECP’s notification.
Munim had been elected as a member of the K-P assembly in the 2013 general elections from PK-88 Shangla after beating Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) candidate Sher Alam.
Alam had subsequently filed a reference in the ECP, asking the poll body to disqualify Munim for being dishonest and concealing facts from the ECP while contesting the general elections — a violation of Article 62 and 63.
According to Alam, before contesting the elections, Munim was a school teacher in the Kohistan area. He drew his March 2013 salary from the school and a month later he contested the elections in May. Alam contended that a government servant can only contest elections two years after leaving the job.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 2nd, 2018.
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