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Election tribunals only way to settle election disputes: Zafar Ali Shah

Staff Reporter

In a startling revelation Pakistan Muslim League N’s (PMLN) Syed Zafar Ali Shah claimed that election dispute’s and questions regarding the credibility of elections can only be settled by election tribunals according to the article 225 of the constitution of Pakistan, he was speaking in Roze News program Analysis with Asif.  Responding to the question of Asif Mehmood regarding the speech of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that elections were free, fair and in accordance with the law, Syed Zafar Ali Shah said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) couldn’t provide evidence on all three questions it raised, he further added that the decision was expected.

Former Secretary Election Commission of Pakistan Kanwar Dilshad while speaking in the program seconded Syed Zafar Ali Shah and claimed that some lawyers of the Sindh High Court have prepared a reference that the formation of judicial commission is a violation of article 225. He added that many senior retired judges are in agreement that the formation of judicial commission was in violation of article 225. Both the guests were of the view that many controversies will emerge from the decision to form the judicial commission and its report in the coming months.

It is pertinent to mention that article 225 which relates to Election Disputes states that ‘No election to a House or a Provincial Assembly shall be called in question except by an election petition presented to such tribunal and in such manner as may be determined by Act of [Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament)]’.

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