ECP reserves verdict on Ishaq Dar’s senate vacant seat for not taking oath 

 

ECP reserves verdict on Ishaq Dar’s seat vacant without oath taking

The Election Commission reserved its decision on the petition to declare Ishaq Dar’s Senate seat vacant on the basis of non-taking of oath.

On Monday, Ishaq Dar’s lawyer Salman Aslam Butt appeared before the Election Commission.

A member of the Balochistan Election Commission said that there was an ordinance to declare the slate empty if the oath was not taken within 60 days. Salman Butt, the lawyer of Ishaq Dar, said that this ordinance does not apply to Ishaq Dar, how could he take the oath if Ishaq Dar’s notification was suspended?

Member Khyber Pakhtunkhwa asked that the question is whether Ishaq Dar has been disqualified or not. Lawyer Salman Butt said that disqualification under Article 63P cannot be enacted through an ordinance.

The member Khyber Pakhtunkhwa stated that if Ishaq Darna was eligible before the amendment act, then how did he become eligible now? The Election Commission cannot interpret the law.

In the Election Commission, Ishaq Dar’s lawyer Salman Butt took the stand that the Supreme Court suspended the notification in 2018, which was automatically restored when the petition was dismissed.

He said that by amending the Election Act, the provision of disqualification for not taking oath within 2 months has been removed. Salman Butt also said that the ongoing ordinance of the Tehreek-e-Insaf government was unconstitutional, the Election Commission should withdraw the notice declaring the Senate seat vacant.