Fawad Chaudhry, a key leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and a former minister of communication, criticized the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for failing to have a meeting about the Punjab general elections today (Sunday) despite court orders.
The PTI leader tweeted: “Do not make a joke of the Constitution and court rulings, Election Commission of Pakistan should have had a meeting today for Punjab polls.”
He continued to criticize the ECP, claiming that there was a perception that the electoral watchdog would not conduct provincial elections as it did in Islamabad since it was made up of “Munshis” (clerks or personal assistants).
The country would pay a high price as a result of this Constitutional tinkering, the former minister of information warned.
The sole agreed-upon document, according to Fawad, is the Constitution, and if it is also “trampled, then the state of Pakistan will be in great danger.”
“Enough is enough; our movement for the Constitution’s supremacy is prepared. According to Fawad Chaudhry, this campaign will begin with the Jail Bharo [movement] and last till the restoration of the Constitution.
ECP called meeting on Punjab elections
Meanwhile, the Lahore High Court’s (LHC) decision to hold elections in Punjab in 90 days has prompted the ECP to call an extraordinary meeting for Monday.
In light of the LHC’s decision to hold elections in Punjab, a special meeting has been held at its secretariat.
LHC instructs ECP to conduct Punjab elections in 90 days
The Lahore High Court (LHC) has mandated that by-elections be held in Punjab within three months of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
Pakistan Tehreek-e-(PTI) Insaaf’s petition asking for court instructions for the Punjab by-elections received a reserved judgment, according to LHC Justice Jawad Hassan.
The high court ordered the Punjab by-elections to be held within 90 days in a 16-page brief ruling.
The electoral watchdog was instructed by the LHC to release the election schedule in conformity with the Constitution.
In accordance with the Constitution, it also stipulated that the elections were to be held within 90 days after the assembly’s dissolution.