ECP notification on reserved seats of PA challenged

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The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday issued notices to the election commission and the PTI in hearing of an appeal against notification on reserved seats of Punjab Assembly.

A division bench of the high court was hearing PML-N’s intra-court appeal against the notification of five reserved seats of the provincial legislature.

A single bench of the LHC had directed the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to notify members on reserved seats of the Punjab Assembly which fell vacant following the de-seating of PTI MPAs over voting for Hamza Shahbaz during the chief minister’s election.

“The verdict of the bench was based on a misconceived interpretation of the constitution,” the counsel argued. “The house has been incomplete without 20 elected and five reserved members,” PML-N counsel said.

“It is a constitutional requirement that the reserved seats should be based on a party’s existing number of members in assembly,” counsel said.

“The issuance of notification without completion of the total members of political parties is unconstitutional,” he further said.

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