Supreme Court adjourns hearing of Ali Asjad Malhi against ECP

ISLAMABAD, Mar 24 (APP): The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday adjourned hearing of the case filed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf candidate Ali Asjad Malhi against the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP)’s decision over re-election in NA-75 Sialkot-IV (Daska).

A three-member SC bench headed by Justice Umar Ata Bandial and comprising Justice Munib Akhtar and Justice Sajjad Ali Shah heard the petition seeking ECP’s decision suspension for re-polling in NA-75 Sialkot-IV (Daska). During the course of proceedings, Advocate Salman Akram Raja, counsel for Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz Candidate Nausheen Iftikhar appeared before the court through video link from Lahore.He said this was not a normal case as it was a case of organized fraud.

No level playing field was provided in the election, he added.He said the ECP itself had acknowledged the organized fraud.Advocate Shahzad Shoukat, counsel for Ali Asjad Malhi said low turnout was common phenomena in the by-elections. He said he got turnout details from the ECP’s website. Low turnout could not be a reason for re-polling in the entire constituency, he added.He said the law and order situation in the constituency was also bad. If such incidents occurred in every election, the entire election could not be declared null and void, he added.

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