ECP issues show-cause notice to PM Imran for ‘not holding’ intra-party polls

Published July 29, 2021
The ECP also sought a reply from the prime minister within 14 days, warning the election commission "shall take further action under the law" if the notice was not responded to.
— Instagram/File
The ECP also sought a reply from the prime minister within 14 days, warning the election commission "shall take further action under the law" if the notice was not responded to. — Instagram/File

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday served a show-cause notice on Prime Minister Imran Khan, who is also the chairman of the PTI, for not holding intra-party elections within the stipulated time.

The ECP notice, a copy of which is available with Dawn.com, sought reasons from the PTI chief for not holding intra-party polls due on June 13, 2021.

Under the Elections Act, 2017, all political parties are required to hold intra-party elections on time.

The ECP requires political parties to conduct intra-party elections before every five years, and the parties can hold the polls in three or four years as enshrined in their respective constitutions.

“… in terms of Section 215 (4) of the Elections Act, 2017, you are required to show cause as to why your party may not be declared ineligible to obtain an election symbol for upcoming Election (s),” the ECP notice to the premier reads.

The ECP also sought a response from the prime minister within 14 days, warning that the election commission "shall take further action under the law" if the notice was not responded to.

The election commission said a political party was required to submit a certificate signed by an office-bearer of the party, assuring that the polls were held in accordance with the constitution of the political party and the Elections Act.

However, the [PTI] failed to provide the certificate with regard to the conduct of intra-party elections due on June 13, 2021 as required under legal requirements, said the ECP.

It also highlighted that a political party enlisted under the Elections Act shall be eligible to obtain an election symbol for contesting elections for parliament, provincial assemblies or local government after the submission of the certificate of intra-party elections.

Opinion

Editorial

Cipher inquiry
04 Oct, 2022

Cipher inquiry

IT seems that this government cannot help but overreach itself on matters where good sense would dictate doing...
Further delay?
04 Oct, 2022

Further delay?

KARACHI Administrator Murtaza Wahab’s announcement that the second phase of Sindh’s LG polls — primarily...
Losing to England
04 Oct, 2022

Losing to England

AFTER tantalisingly close finishes in the fourth and fifth matches against an England side visiting the country for...
An inexplicable delay
03 Oct, 2022

An inexplicable delay

AFTER a flurry of activity a couple of months ago, geared towards filling the vacancies in the apex court — an...
Dire situation
Updated 03 Oct, 2022

Dire situation

If there is any time for the civilian leadership to show unity, it is now.
Russian annexation
03 Oct, 2022

Russian annexation

AS Russia and the West play a zero-sum game in Ukraine, Moscow’s official annexation of four Ukrainian regions it...