The Sindh High Court (SHC) allowed various candidates to file their nomination papers to join the race for the upcoming local bodies’ elections in different parts of the province.
A division bench, headed by chief justice Faisal Arab, also asked the relevant authorities to submit a compliance report by the next date of hearing. More than 50 aspiring candidates had approached the court against the authorities’ refusal to accept their nomination papers. The petitioners said they belonged to Thatta, Jati, Sujawal and Tando Allahyar and had tried to file their nomination papers to contest for different posts in the upcoming polls. They added that they belong to the Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz, but the authorities were not accepting their nominations allegedly at the behest of the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party.
This was a violation of the fundamental rights of every citizen to contest the polls, as guaranteed under the country’s constitution, their lawyer, Mureed Ali Shah, argued. This was also a violation of the election laws, he added. The bench allowed the petitioners to submit their nomination papers with the authorities, who were directed to scrutinise the nominations strictly in accordance with the law.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 30th, 2015.
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