Election petitions against three MNAs sent to new tribunal

Retired judge named election tribunal under ordinance promulgated by PNL-N govt.

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ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan has accepted the plea of three PML-N members of the National Assembly from Islamabad abd sent petitions filed against their election to a new tribunal.

PTI losing candidates had challenged the election of the three lawmakers from Islamabad in the election tribunal of a sitting judge of the Islamabad High Court. 

However, the three MNAs expressed no confidence in the judge and pleaded before the election commission to transfer the petitions against them to some other tribunal.

The election commission earlier said that there was only one tribunal for Rawalpindi and Islamabad. In the meanwhile, the government promulgated an ordinance giving the authority to constitute a tribunal of even a retired judge to hear election complaints.

The ECP then formed a new tribunal of retired Justice Shakoor Paracha and ordered the transfer and record of the petitions against the three MNAs to the new tribunal.

The PTI criticized the decision of the ECP and said the government promulgated the ordinance to appoint a retired judge to save the seats.

The PTI had earlier contended that all the three seats from Islamabad had been won by its candidates but the results were changed through Form 47.

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