SC declares ECP verdict postponing NA-60 elections null and void

ISLAMABAD: On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of Pakistan declared  the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) decision to postpone polling in NA-60 Rawalpindi null and void, as the ECP deferred elections following arrest of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate Hanif Abbasi.

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Abbasi was sentenced for life in the ephedrine quota case, on July 22,  after which the ECP postponed the election in the Rawalpindi constituency citing various legal provisions regarding fairness of polls.

On July 24, Awami Muslim League (AML) leader Sheikh Rasheed, Abbasi’s main contender in the constituency, approached the top court against the ECP order but the Supreme Court allowed for the postponement to continue and decided to take up his plea later.

A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar, hearing the case today directed the ECP to hold the by-election on the seat on time.

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