Top court to take up PTI plea seeking contempt proceedings against ECP on January 3

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Top court to take up PTI plea seeking contempt proceedings against ECP on January 3

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has asked the Supreme Court (SC) to hold the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in contempt of court for “failure to provide a level playing field” before the general elections on February 8. The petition will be heard by a three-member bench of the SC.

The highest court will put out a case list for the bench to hear the plea of the former ruling party.

On December 22, the party led by Imran Khan went to the highest court and asked it to tell the election board to make sure everyone had the same chances to win.

The case was heard by a bench of three people, including acting chief justice Sardar Tariq Masood, Justice Minallah, and Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah.

However, Justice Minallah said that the political party’s claims of not having a level playing field were “prima facie correct” during the hearing.

The highest court told the ECP representative to meet with the PTI lawyers to talk about the party’s worries about the level playing field. It also told the attorney general to join the meeting to help the person in charge of organising the election.

The party sent another plea to the court on December 26 asking for contempt of court proceedings against the ECP because it was said that the electoral body had failed to make sure that everyone had the same chances to win.

In its petition, it complained that the top electoral body hadn’t followed the high court’s orders, even though it had been told by the Punjab ECP. The high court had told the poll organising authority to address the PTI’s worries about the lack of a level playing field.

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