ECP has power to amend nomination papers: SC

ECP has power to amend nomination papers: SC

ISLAMABAD, (SANA): Supreme Court of Pakistan, while issuing interim order regarding electoral reform case has said that Electron Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is authorized to make an amendment in nomination papers.

Three member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry conducted hearing of the case here on Tuesday, Chief Justice said that court has already explained and interpreted article 218 of the constitution. The Supreme Court took notice of the row over the new nomination papers.

The apex court passed order that ECP should take affective measures to hold in time elections in the country so that peaceful transfer of power may be made sure according to rule of law. Chief Justice said that federation should have no hesitation in implementing court’s orders.

The Supreme Court said that ECP should render its services courageously, adding that different sections of the society should avoid disseminating confusions.

During hearing of the case, the Chief Justice remarked as why the Election Commission was deeming itself too weak to tackle legal complexities.

“We are fully backing the Election Commission for free and fair polls for formation of true representative government of the nation”, Chief Justice said.

The Supreme Court also expressed its concerns over non-issuance of funds to the commission.

The apex court summoned implementation report of the court’s decision about electoral reforms. Chief Justice said that holding free and fair elections is the responsibility of the election commission and asked why the federation was not cooperating with the Commission.

The chief justice enquired whether the provincial election commissions are so weak that they could not implement Article 218. The court directed the Attorney General to submit the comprehensive report today (Wednesday) after getting details from the concerned authorities.

The chief justice said that the election commission should not feel it weak, the verdict is the public property, “We have to protect the constitution.”

Chief Justice said that there is no individual in the country who does not want the holding of the transparent elections and constitution is the voice of the 18 cror people, adding that the constitution speaks of the free elections and the court has to protect and to defend the constitution. The court adjourned the hearing till today (Wednesday).

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