The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday (August 1) reserved its verdict on a petition challenging the appointment of Maryam Nawaz as the vice president of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). A three-member bench of the ECP headed by Chief Election Commissioner Justice (retd) Sardar Raza Khan will announce the verdict on August 27.
The petition was submitted by PTI leaders Farrukh Habib, Maleeka Bokhari, Kanwal Suazab and Javeria Zafar. It states that Maryam Nawaz’s appointment as PML-N vice president is in contradiction with the constitution and law of the land. The petition further states that Maryam Nawaz is ineligible to hold any political or public office.
Earlier on June 25, Maryam Nawaz, in a written reply to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), stated that there is no restriction in the Constitution and the Election Act barring a convicted individual from holding a party post.
The reply further stated that “such laws were made during dictatorships to bar the nomination of the public representatives”. “There was a clause in Political Parties Order 2002, according to which a sentenced man cannot hold a party position. The parliament had abolished this clause in Election Act 2017,” she added.
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