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Election Reforms Act 2017: SC returns Imran Khan’s application with objection

ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court’s Registrar Office Friday returned Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan’s petition challenging the Election Reforms Act 2017.

The application challenges the Act under Article 184/3 of the Constitution.

According to our correspondent, the apex court registrar has raised the objection that the applicant has not approached proper forum and have not mentioned any reason of doing so.

The Registrar said certificate attached with the petition is not as per the law.

In the application, Khan alleged that the changes in the Election Reforms Act was brought in order to reinstate Nawaz Sharif as the president of PML-N, after he lost the ability to hold his party position after being disqualified in Panamagate verdict.

He added that the changes in the Election Reforms Act 2017 are against the Constitution as allowing a disqualified member of the NA to hold a position in a political party is against the 2002 Election Ordinance.

The Election Reforms Act 2017 was turned into a bill by the Senate on September 22.

Before the bill was approved, PPP’s Senator Aitzaz Ahsan had presented an amendment which stated that any person ineligible to hold office as an MNA is ineligible to hold the position of head of a political party.

The amendment was rejected as only 37 members of the house voted in favour whereas 38 voted against it. – Samaa

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Story first published: 10th November 2017

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