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Punjab and KP Polls Delay Case: Supreme Court Declares ECP’s Decision Null and Void

Good news for Pakistani people and especially for PTI A three-member bench, led by CJP Bandial, upholds President Alvi’s decisions; directs ECP to hold election within April 30 to May 15 By Abdul Qayyum Siddiqui & Maryam NawazApril 04, 2023

ISLAMABAD: In a major development, the Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday declared the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) verdict on delaying polls in Punjab “null and void”, upholding President Dr Arif Alvi’s decision to hold polls on April 30.

A three-member bench — led by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial and comprising Justice Munib Akhtar, and Justice Ijazul Ahsan — reserved the verdict on Monday after holding week-long proceedings on the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) petition.

The ECP postponed the date of the election in Punjab to October 8 — initially scheduled to take place on April 30. Ahead of the expected verdict, the Ministry of Defence has submitted its report explaining the reasoning behind the army’s refusal to provide security for the polls.

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