PTI chairman skips ECP date in intra-party poll case
By News Desk
August 4, 2023 12:39 PM
Former prime minister and PTI Chairman Imran Khan did not appear before the Election Commission in connection with the intra-party election case despite a summons, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
No progress could be made in the intra-party election case of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. Despite the summons, the PTI chairman did not appear and on the request of the lawyer, the Election Commission postponed the hearing till Tuesday.
The Election Commission headed by Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja on Friday held a hearing on the PTI intra-party election notice, in which PTI's lawyer Barrister Gohar Ali appeared and requested to submit some documents to the Election Commission.
Taking a plea that he was not provided the record of the case, the lawyer said that the PTI conducted the intra-party elections before the amendment of the party constitution, the PTI itself submitted the amendment of the constitution to the Election Commission.
The Member Election Commission noted that the PTI chairman wrote that the constitution was amended on June 8, 2022, intra-party elections should be held on June 10, 2022. Barrister Gohar Ali requested the commission to adjourn the hearing.
On this, the CEC remarked that it was said in the media that the Election Commission should give you the notice, then the PTI would give an answer. But we have given notice to you on the request of PTI, he added.
Saying this, the CEC ordered to provide the relevant documents to Barrister Gohar and adjourned the hearing till August 8.
It should be noted that the Election Commission had issued a notice to the PTI chairman on the issue of the intra-party election of Tehreek-e-Insaf for today, in which it was warned that if the intra-party election is not held, PTI would be ineligible to get the election symbol.
In its notice to the PTI, the Election Commission said, “PTI’s intra-party elections were expected to be held on June 13, 2021. The Election Commission issued reminder notices to you. Last notice was issued on June 2022. There would be no further extension in it. Your party submitted a copy of the amended constitution which was insufficient.”
Reporter Usman Khan