PTI to approach Supreme Judicial Council against ECP members

Published: August 24, 2015
Sources have told The Express Tribune that PTI chairman has already started consultation over the proposal for fling reference against ECP members. PHOTO: REUTERS

Sources have told The Express Tribune that PTI chairman has already started consultation over the proposal for fling reference against ECP members. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: A month after a judicial commission formed to probe alleged rigging in 2013 general elections published its report highlighting some lapses on part of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), Pakistan Tehreek-e- Insaf (PTI) is considering moving the Supreme Judicial Council for the removal of four members of ECP from four provinces.

PTI senior leader Ishaq Khan Khakwani, who was chairman task force constituted to plead the PTI’s case in front of an inquiry commission, has sent a written proposal to party chief Imran Khan stating that four members of the poll body were in part responsible for not holding the 2013 general elections as per law.

The proposal contended that the judicial inquiry into the 2013 elections “held ECP responsible for many legal lapses (40 in all). These lapses made the entire election 2013 non-transparent and unlawful.”

Read: Imran Khan threatens sit-in against poll body

Further, it claimed that the incumbent Chief Election Commissioner Justice Sardar Raza is facing opposition from four other commission members in responding to Imran Khan’s July 30 letter.

“No response from the Election Commission is therefore understandable but this state of affairs from a constitutional body is unacceptable for anyone in the general public and least of all from PTI who is the second largest party in whole of Pakistan,” the proposal reads.

Imran Khan, in a six-page letter to ECP chief Sardar Raza, had asked the commission to take action against those responsible for failures, breaches, and ‘illegalities’ in 2013 general elections.

While recommending that PTI should take to the streets against the alleged rigging, Khakwani said on legal front the party should consider moving Supreme Judicial Council against ECP members.

Read: Imran asks ECP to punish officials responsible for ‘illegalities’ in 2013 polls

“Besides the agitation the legal recourse which may be considered is to move the Supreme Judicial Council as per Article 209 of the Constitution to try the 4 members of the Election Commission for their misconduct and willful complacency in not holding the general elections in the manner as defined in law”, he added.

Sources told The Express Tribune the PTI chairman has already started consultations over the proposal for filing a reference against ECP members.

Read: 2013 elections: Inquiry panel rejects rigging allegations

However, PTI’s top brass is divided over the filing of reference as one section believes that in view of the past judicial history, it’s impossible that SJC will give verdict against fellow retired judges, who are presently performing the duty as ECP members. Meanwhile, another section within the party believes that there is no harm in filing a reference.

Earlier, senior vice president PTI legal wing Punjab in his individual capacity has submitted a reference regarding the removal of ECP members.

The development comes a day after PTI chief Imran Khan warned that his party will stage another sit-in outside the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) if the poll body fails to respond to his July 30 letter.

In view of Article 209 of the Constitution, the SJC comprises the chief justice of Pakistan (CJP), two senior most judges of the Supreme Court, and two most senior chief justices of high courts.

The main function of the council is to hear complaints against superior court judges, as well as other top government functionaries such as the NAB chairman, Election Commission of Pakistan’ s members, AGP etc. The proceedings of the SJC remain in-camera, whereas the SC registrar performs the function of secretary to the Council.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Aug 24, 2015 - 6:34PM

    Imran we support you but please no more street protests!Recommend

  • PTI Workers United
    Aug 24, 2015 - 6:41PM

    Dear PTI, Do you have time for anything productive for Pakistan? Yours Faihfully, Former PTI supporterRecommend

  • hk
    Aug 24, 2015 - 9:44PM

    Keyboard warriors here need to realize the change his pressure is bringing to the system, yes sometimes his method don’t make sense but you have to understand that khan is risking all his reputation to bring a change. Its not going to be easy but give him and there might come a time when real democracy comes to Pakistan. Asalamalaykum Recommend

  • pervaiz
    Aug 24, 2015 - 9:53PM

    Dear IK please grow up now and do not follow Sh Rasheed.Recommend

  • H Chaudhry
    Aug 24, 2015 - 11:05PM

    The resignation / removal of 4 people will not have any impact. It may give rise to hate against you Imran further. Its time for you to grow up and play your part in fixing Election process in Parliament. You can also lead by example by removing Tareen and implementing the recommendations form Justice Wajih on rigging by Tareen in your party. Do that and than you will have moral ground to ask for resignation of others but i think Planes are very important.Recommend

  • Imran Qadri
    Aug 25, 2015 - 12:02AM

    Someone should file a treason case against Imran, only that might knock some senses him otherwise he is a hopeless case & would continue doing such immature & senseless things. Recommend

  • hashim
    Aug 25, 2015 - 1:06AM

    @PTI Workers United:
    Dear former supporter, dharna has brought a lot of awareness and change in Pakistan. Please grow up. The rubbish of decades cannot be cleaned in one go. We all should protest in every way against the corrupt election officials, returning officers, high ups for their part and all and every one who is involved in corruption in order that society can be cleaned and honesty becomes a respected culture for times to come.Recommend

  • Proud Pakistani
    Aug 25, 2015 - 1:31AM

    Really fed up of this manic Khan and corrupt members of Musharraf league and PPP, Shaukat Tareen and Shah Mehmood Qureshi. Trying their best to get another chance to loot Pakistan, and for this they can go to any extend.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Aug 25, 2015 - 2:37AM

    Imran doesn’t speak a word about world markets crash and destruction of economy. He doesn’t know that ISIS has destroyed world’s most precious historical sites. He doesn’t care if our brave soldiers are being martyred by Taliban. He doesn’t sense that Pakistan and India are edging towards serious hostilities. Only he thinks is how to take wickets. There is not one sign in him that he is a national leader. Recommend

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