Justice Shahid Kareem of Lahore High Court referred on Thursday a petition by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s Jahangir Tareen to the LHC chief justice to form a full bench to take up the matter.
The petition challenges the new delimitations carried out by the provincial government ahead of local government elections. It was fixed before Justice Kareem, who said during the proceedings, that it was an important matter and should be referred to a full bench.
A few days ago, the petition was fixed before Justice Ijazul Ahsan who had referred it to the chief justice for fixing it before another bench. He had stated personal reasons for the referral.
The petitioner had said that the government had intervened in the Election Commission of Pakistan’s jurisdiction by carrying out delimitations following an amendment to the Local Government Ordinance 2013. He said the government does not have the authority to delimit constituencies and had violated the Constitution.
He asked the court to set aside the amendment to the ordinance and the delimitations carried out by the provincial government.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 3rd, 2015.