PTI moves SJC for removal of CEC Sikandar Sultan Raja

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Tuesday filed a reference before the Supreme Judicial Council against Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja.

In the reference filed through senior lawyer Babar Awan, the PTI pleaded with the SJC to order removal of the CEC on account of the “commission of continuous and deliberate misconduct”. In the 10-page reference, PTI claimed that Sikandar Raja Sultan had violated the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) code of conduct and failed to fulfill his constitutional obligations.

It contended that 123 PTI lawmakers had resigned from National Assembly, which was also accepted by then deputy speaker Qasim Suri. PTI said that the incumbent NA Speaker Raja Pervaiz started the process again and approved 11 resignations and ECP also issued notification regarding the resignation of lawmakers.

“On July 28, NA Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf accepted 11 resignations of PTI lawmakers and on next day ECP issued a notification on that vacant seats which shows raises a question on the partiality of CEC,” it added.


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