PESHAWAR: The Election Commission of Pakistan has challenged amendments in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Local Councils (Conduct of Elections) Rules 2014 in the Peshawar High Court.
The legislation enables political parties to make changes in already submitted tehsil, district and town council lists of reserved seat candidates. The petition was filed by the counsel for ECP secretary Zeeshan Munir Paracha. A bench comprising Justice Waqar Ahmad Seth and Justice Qaiser Rashid Khan issued notices to the provincial government to submit its response before the next hearing.
Presenting his case, Paracha told the court political parties are supposed to submit a list of candidates they want to field on reserved seats in tehsil, district and town councils before LG elections. He contended that under the law, parties are not allowed to make changes to the lists once the polls are conducted. “Following amendments, Section 10-A of the amended rules empowers political parties to make the changes after the elections are held, which is against the law,” Paracha said.
He requested the court to nullify the amendments in question because they are in contradiction with the Constitution. Upon hearing the preliminary arguments, the court issued notices to the provincial government and K-P advocate general to respond to the petition.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 8th, 2015.