Petitions seek stay of Pakistan`s presidential poll
With a fortnight to go for Pakistan`s presidential election, a couple of petitions have been filed in a court seeking a stay of the polls.
Lahore: With a fortnight to go for Pakistan`s presidential election, a couple of petitions have been filed in a court seeking a stay of the polls.
The applications filed in the Lahore High Court have sought an immediate order to stay the election to choose the successor to President Asif Ali Zardari.
Advocate Azhar Saddiq argued in his petition that Article 63 of the Constitution was not being applied to the election of the President and any mentally unsound or convicted person or a dual national could be a candidate for the office.
He said Section 5(3) of the Presidential Election Rules required that a returning officer should reject the nomination of a candidate if he was not qualified under the Constitution to be elected as president, or if he was subject to any disqualification from being elected as a parliamentarian.
Saddiq said this disqualification was provided in Article 63 of the Constitution, but the Election Commission had amended the rules and removed the disqualification condition on Sept 10, 2007.
He asked the court to strike down the notification as it was illegal and unconstitutional.
Saddiq said the holding of the presidential poll would be illegal and unconstitutional without deciding the fate of the impugned amendment made in the rules.
The High Court today referred the matter to Chief Justice Umer Ata Bandial, officials said. It was not known when the court would begin hearing the matter.