Islamabad—Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan on Saturday accepted the resignation of party’s Chief Election Commissioner Tasneem Noorani with “regret” and decided to hold intra-party elections on schedule.
In a press statement on Saturday, PTI chief said that Senator Noman Wazir, an existing member of the Election Commission, will be the interim CEC and by 31st March, the vacant positions in the EC will be filled, it added.
“The Chairman and the Party have always respected the jurisdiction of the EC, and completely refrained from intervening in their domain,” it said, adding that any interface with the EC was with the intent of strengthening the institution of the EC.
However, the Party was clear that it was it’s prerogative to decide what type of election would be held.
Despite these misgivings, the chairman supported unanimously by the senior leadership, in its meeting had decided to give the EC till 31st March to meet with the Chairman and the core committee’s special liaison committee and explain how the technicalities of the election would be met.
“It is unfortunate that the CEC and some members of the EC chose to resign before this meeting. The Chairman and the senior leadership appreciate the efforts put in by the CEC and his team,” it concluded.
Earlier, PTI Chief Election Commissioner Tasneem Noorani along with members of the commission Nauman Wazeer and Simon Sharf resigned from their posts on Saturday.
All three individuals sent their resignations to PTI Chairman Imran Khan. Noorani met with Khan two days back and made him aware of his reservations regarding the intra-party elections that the delay in devising the framework for the elections can hinder the electoral process within the party.
The Election Commissioners of Punjab and Sindh have also resigned from their posts and have forwarded their resignations to Imran Khan.
The move came nearly a month before the elections that now seem to be in jeopardy following disagreements in the top hierarchy.
Tasneem Noorani had been demanding that “every single office of the party should be elected”.
Noorani was of the view that the party should go for “genuine intra-party”, terming nomination of office-bearers an undemocratic approach.
On the other hand, Imran held the view that “only one seat of every tier should be elected and the rest of office-bearers should be nominated”.
“The deadlock emerged three months ago and several efforts to address the issue failed,” a senior party official said, adding that a meeting between Noorani and Imran on Friday also did not yield any positive outcome.
It was because of the deadlock that the party had not been able to define organisational structure for the intra-party elections.
The PTI chief also devised a seven-member committee to come up with a plan but the committee had been delaying the crucial decision.
The party had hinted at holding elections in May but apparently it does not seem possible in the current circumstances. In this regard, Imran has convened a meeting of senior leadership.
Meanwhile, members of the central election commission as well as ECs of Punjab and Sindh have also stepped down from their positions over alleged difference with the party.