PTI Senator Faisal Vawda disqualified over dual nationality


ISLAMABAD – The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday disqualified PTI Senator Faisal Vawda for allegedly concealing his dual nationality at the time of contesting 2018 General Elections.

The top election body has given the PTI leader two months to return the salary and perks he had received as a lawmaker.

It also withdrew the notification declaring Vawda’s victory on a Senate seat in polls held in March 2021 and also nullified the vote he had case for the Senate elections.

In its verdict, the ECP said that Vawda had submitted a “false affidavit” with his nomination papers for contesting election on Karachi seat.

He has been disqualification under Article 62(1)(f) of the Constitution that bars disqualified people to contest elections again.

The ECP had reserved its verdict on petitions seeking Vawda’s disqualification on Dec 23 last year. The ECP bench had given multiple chances to clear his position in the case.

In 2020, a citizen had filed a petition in the ECP, seeking disqualification of Vawda as member of the National Assembly over hiding his dual nationality.

When Vawda filed his nomination papers for NA elections he also held dual nationality of the US citizen, the petitioner claimed.

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