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Major Legal Victory for PTI as SC Declares ECP Order on Punjab, KP Elections Unconstitutional

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday declared Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) decision on Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) election null and void. The decision was announced by a three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial and comprising Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan and Justice Munib Akhtar.

The Supreme Court, in its verdict, declared the electoral body’s decision to hold polls on October 8 as “unconstitutional”. The top court directed to conduct provincial polls between April 30 to May 15.

“Constitution and law do not give the authority to postpone the election date,” said the apex court, adding that the electoral process was at its fifth stage when the ECP announced its decision.

The court remarked that the ECP’s order wasted 13 days, saying that the electoral body made an unconstitutional decision by shifting the date for the polls to October 8. Source

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