KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday once again directed Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to respond on a petition challenging notification of ECP for extension in the tenure of election tribunals for six months.
A division bench headed by Justice Muneb Akhtar was seized with the hearing of petition filed by former senator Syed Masroor Ahsan, who impugned the decision of ECP to extend the tenure of election tribunals in the province without consulting provincial chief justice.
In the petition, the former senator contended that ECP issued a notification on June 30 extending tenure of Karachi, Hyderabad and Sukkur election tribunals by six months after their term expired on June 30.
He submitted that according to verdicts of the apex court, ECP was required to consult the provincial chief justice before the extending the tenure of the tribunals. “But ECP did not seek recommendations of the SHC chief justice before doing so.” Therefore, the petitioner said, recent extension is illegal and void.
He requested the court to declare the extension in tenure of tribunals without consultation of SHC chief justice illegal and restrain tribunals from conducting proceedings on the election matters.
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