JUI-F pleads SC to nullify presidential ordinance on Senate polls

Published: 12:08 PM, 8 Feb, 2021
JUI-F pleads SC to nullify presidential ordinance on Senate polls
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In the ongoing heated debate on open balloting for upcoming Senate polls, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) has filed a petition in the Supreme Court against the Election Amendment Ordinance 2021 issued by President Arif Alvi, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Monday.

JUIF pleaded the Supreme Court of Pakistan that Election Amendment Ordinance 2021 should be declared null and void immediately.

The Maulana Fazalur Rehman’s party submitted a petition and said, “Issuance of the ordinance during case hearing of reference pending in Supreme Court falls under contempt of court.”

The government has violated the powers of parliament and judiciary and violated the constitution by issuing presidential ordinance, the petition said

“The government tried to exercise the constitutional powers of the Election Commission by issuing an ordinance and is tantamount to undermining parliament,” the petition reads.

The petition further pleaded that Supreme Court may dismiss Presidential Ordinance as it was issued at the behest of a political party as that party is losing the Senate Elections.

It is relevant to note that two days after abandoning its efforts to get the constitution amendment bill for an open Senate vote passed through the National Assembly (Lower House), the government on Saturday promulgated an ordinance amending the Elections Act 2017 for the use of an “open and identifiable ballot” for upcoming and future Senate elections.

Pakistan People’s Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari already declared at a press conference that any such move like ordinance would be illegal and unconstitutional and would amount to influence on the Supreme Court.

The government already obtained the federal cabinet’s nod for the ordinance through circulation.