26 cases still pending with election tribunals

It announced that it would challenge before the tribunals concerned the results of various constituencies.



By Afzal Khan

Published: Mon 22 Jun 2015, 11:18 PM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 2:58 PM

Islamabad: Twenty-six petitions filed after the 2013 general elections are still pending with election tribunals which were supposed to come up with decisions in four months.

The tribunals comprising retired judges of lower judiciary were set up on June 3, 2013, with the hope that free from the burden of judicial work the judges would be able to decide petitions in four months, a deadline set for the first time in the electoral history of the country. But the goal could not be achieved even after the tribunals, initially appointed for one year, continued to get extension after extension. The extended life of the tribunals will end on June 30 and the Election Commission of Pakistan will have to give another extension to them.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) joined the Pakistan People’s Party in alleging that the victory of PML-N in recent elections in Gilgit-Baltistan was a result of massive pre-poll and polling day rigging.

It announced that it would challenge before the tribunals concerned the results of various constituencies.

PTI’s organiser Jahangir Tareen said that PML-N had made its victory possible through pre-poll rigging with the interference of the federal government and its representatives. He said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visited the region twice and announced number of projects worth Rs64 billion in violation election rules. Earlier the federal government appointed one of its MP as governor and made several other appointments in administration and the election commission to influence voters.

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