KARACHI: The Muttahida Qaumi Motion-Pakistan on Thursday approached the Sindh Excessive Courtroom in opposition to a notification of the Election Fee of Pakistan constituting committees for delimitation for native authorities jurisdictions in Sindh.
MQM-P leaders Amir Khan, Kunwar Naveed Jamil and Wasim Akhtar by means of their counsel challenged the ECP notification and submitted that delimitation completely got here throughout the area of the ECP, however the extra deputy commissioners had been included in these committees whereas the ultimate results of the nationwide census had additionally not been formally publicised.
The petitioners submitted that on April 13, the provincial election fee addressed a letter to the district election commissioners of Sindh asking them to offer proposals for constituting delimitation committees comprising at the least three officers for every district.
They maintained that numerous district election commissioners replied with names of members for the delimitation committees, including that whereas the convener of a committee was a member of the provincial election fee, one other member was a further deputy commissioner of the district.
The petitioners additional submitted that earlier than the amendments made within the act of 2013 and the promulgation of the Election Act of 2017, the delimitation committees had been composed of 1 member, extra district commissioner, however the SHC had ordered that the method of delimitation being carried out by such a committee was not clear and likewise smacked of political affect and the judgement was upheld by the Supreme Courtroom.
They argued that such a letter/notification was unlawful and likewise submitted that that they had lately learnt that in pursuance to this correspondence, the committees constituted had not solely initiated the delimitation proceedings however had accomplished them.
They maintained that the letter dated April 13 and the notification issued on Jan 30, 2020 had been unlawful and illegal for the reason that similar had been extremely vires of the Election Act of 2013 and 2017 in addition to the judgements of the superior and better judiciary.
The petitioners additional submitted that the letter was flawed as underneath Part 17(2) of the Election Act of 2017, the ECP was required to hold out the delimitation after each census formally revealed, including that the ultimate results of the census of 2017 was by no means revealed.
Impleading the ECP, provincial election fee of Sindh, Pakistan Bureau of Statistics and others as respondents, the petitioners requested the courtroom to declare the April 13 letter and Jan 30 notification in addition to the delimitation committees fashioned for native authorities jurisdictions in Sindh and for the cantonment boards as unlawful.
Additionally they requested the courtroom to declare that within the absence of the official publication of a last census results of the census held in 2017, neither delimitation committees could possibly be fashioned nor the method of delimitation could possibly be carried out for the native authorities election.
The MQM leaders additionally submitted that within the mild of the information, circumstances and regulation, and particularly because of the Covid-19 outbreak, no delimitation train needs to be carried out and the incumbent mayor and deputy mayor of the Karachi Metropolitan Company, municipal companies, district chairman and vice chairman of a district municipal company, district council, city committees and others be granted a six-month extension and the Sindh native authorities be allowed to carry their current positions for the reason that current system of native authorities and council would come to an finish on Aug 30.
Printed in Daybreak, June 19th, 2020