ECP cancels PTI internal polls and removes the party’s bat symbol

 ECP cancels PTI internal polls and removes the party’s bat symbol

ECP cancels PTI internal polls and removes the party’s bat symbol

ISLAMABAD The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) made a bold decision by refusing to permit the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) to use its well-known “bat” electoral symbol in the forthcoming general election on February 8.

The Peshawar High Court had ordered the electoral watchdog to deal with the PTI’s intra-party polls and electoral symbol as soon as possible “in accordance with the law,” and that directive was followed by the reserved verdict.

The ECP claims that the PTI conducted illegal and ineffective intra-party elections.

In violation of the PTI prevailing Constitution, 2019, Election Act, 2017. And Election Rules, 2017, PTI has not held intra-party elections. And has not complied with our directions, according to the order.

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This happened soon after the PTI leaders and the commission met in response to an order from the Supreme Court directing the ECP to address the party’s grievances about what they perceived to be an unfair playing field in the run-up to the polls.

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja led a five-member ECP bench that postponed making a decision earlier in the week regarding the PTI’s choice of the bat as its electoral symbol.

The PTI’s intra-party elections resulted in Barrister Gohar Ali elected as the party’s new chairman. Following his nomination by PTI chief Imran Khan. This was an unprecedented step on the part of the ECP.

The polls that conducted on December 3 came about as a result of the ECP declaring the June 2022 intra-party polls to be void. The PTI faced the threat of losing its eligibility for the coveted electoral symbol if it didn’t hold new elections within the allotted 20 days. As stipulated by the ECP.

Regarding the polls, the PTI came under heavy fire, especially from split founding member Akbar S. Babar. Babar had contested the entire procedure, claiming that the PTI had rigged the election to keep out party workers and give a small number of lawyers a disproportionate amount of power.

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