IHC admits Gilani’s petition against Senate chairman election
Accepting Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani’s petition against the Senate chairman election for hearing, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday issued notices to the respondents, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
Justice Amir Farooq and Justice Tariq Mehmood Jahangiri are hearing the case.
Later, giving his arguments before the court, Farooq H. Naek, counsel for Gilani, said that the single bench had rejected his client’s petition on the ground that election for the Senate chairman was not held under the Election Act, but under the constitution of Pakistan.
He said that Syed Muzaffar Hussain Shah, who had been appointed as a presiding officer by the president of Pakistan, had told the legislators prior to the election that they could stamp anywhere inside the box. “But later, he rejected seven of our votes on the ground that the voters had stamped on the candidate’s names and not in front of their names,” Gilani’s counsel said, and added, “We later went to the Senate secretary to say that seven votes had been wrongly rejected.”
When Justice Amir Farooq inquired whether the single bench did not listen to any argument on the merit of the case, Naek replied that no, the bench only restricted itself to determine the admissibility of the case.
When Justice Amir Farooq asked whether the procedure for holding elections for the seats of chairman as well as deputy chairman of the upper House had been laid down in the rules, the counsel replied in negative.
When the judge asked whether it was in the rules that who would be the presiding officer, Gilani’s counsel said that if the Senate chairman was himself not the candidate for the seat for the second time, he could act as a presiding officer.
Reporter Ihtesham Kiani