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ECP to announce verdict on PTI Intra-party elections on December 13

Islamabad (Monitoring Desk): Election Commission of Pakistan will announce its verdict of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf Intra-party elections on December 13.

A four-member bench headed by Chief Election Commissioner retired Justice Mohammad Raza had reserved its ruling on Nov 13 on a petition filed by Yusuf Ali, former general secretary of the PTI, Swabi chapter.

Earlier, the ECP had announced that the verdict would be announced on Nov 28, but due to the absence of two members of the commission, it was postponed till Dec 5.

On Tuesday, the CEC observed that one member of the commission was abroad and needed to be consulted before announcement of the judgement on Dec 13.

Petitioner Yusuf Ali, who is a leader of the dissident PTI founders group, had challenged the PTI’s intra-party election as, according to him, it violated the party’s constitution and was not transparent and fair.

Talking to the media outside the ECP, Mr Ali claimed that the commission had a historic opportunity to free political parties from personal control by declaring the PTI’s intra-party elections as null and void.

“Our leaders quote examples of the west and yet do not practise democratic values here that allow political parties to become the nurseries of new leadership,” he added.

The petitioner’s lawyer informed the commission that the party had held ‘dummy’ intra-party polls in violation of the party’s constitution. He claimed that the constitution had been amended on May 13, a month before intra-party polls took place on June 12.

The petitioner said that the PTI had not completed the necessary legal formalities in amending the constitution, and pointed out that the constitution could only be altered by the party’s central executive council with a two-thirds majority.

He said that under the controversial amendment, registered voters had been restricted to vote for one of two panels, one of which was led by Imran Khan. The party had redrafted the constitution and developed software for the intra-party poll, whereby anything written instead of a binary 1 or 2 option would entail the rejection of the vote.