Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf could be declared ineligible for election symbol, warns ECP

ISLAMABAD (PAKISTAN): The Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP) has warned the previous ruling get together, Pakistan

Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) that it might be declared ‘ineligible’ to acquire election image over its failure to carry intra-party elections, Geo Information reported on Wednesday.
In a discover issued on Wednesday, the highest electoral physique summoned PTI chairman Imran Khan to look earlier than it on Friday, “failing which the Fee below Part 215 (5) of the Elections Act, 2017, could declare your political get together ineligible to acquire election image for future election(s)”.

The ECP referred to its earlier notices and stated the PTI’s intra-party elections had been due on June 13 in 2021 below the get together’s structure.
It added the PTI was “intimated/reminded” to conduct intra-party elections throughout the timeframe offered below sections 208, 209 and 215 of the ‘Elections Act, 2017 however the get together didn’t “present the requisite certificates to this impact”, Geo Information reported.
The polls organising authority additionally stated it issued last discover to the PTI in Might final 12 months for guaranteeing the conduct of intra-party elections “on or earlier than June 13, 2022 (prolonged date) with the commentary that no additional extension shall be allowed”.
After the discover, PTI submitted a duplicate of the amended get together’s structure which was deemed “inadequate” by the electoral physique. The ECP referred to Part 209(1) of the Election Act saying each registered political get together is sure to offer the ECP with a certificates concerning the conduct of the intra-party elections as offered by regulation, as per Geo Information.
“[…] if any political get together fails to adjust to the provisions of the stated part 209, this Fee is empowered to declare the stated political get together ineligible to acquire an election image,” Geo Information quoted the discover.
Final month, the ECP instructed political events to submit their purposes for the allotment of elections symbols forward of basic polls within the nation scheduled for later this 12 months.
The ECP had directed the events to connect a listing of symbols they prioritise together with their purposes, including that the signature of the get together chief is a should.
In 2018, the PTI was allotted a ‘bat’ image to contest the final elections, Geo Information reported.

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