The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday (August 27) delayed its verdict on a petition challenging the appointment of Maryam Nawaz as vice president of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).
During the ECP hearing today, the bench sought the help of lawyers from both sides on understanding the Supreme Court verdict [against Nawaz] as well as the workings of Article 62 and 63 of the Constitution. The bench announced that the verdict would now be announced on September 3.
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. “Maryam Nawaz has not been elected for the position of party vice president. Her selection to the position does not affect the rights of any of the petitioners,” the lawyer had argued.
“Maryam was given the position on the basis of the party constitution and the PML-N constitution has been approved by the ECP,” the lawyer said, wrapping his arguments against the maintainability of the petition.
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