SC to hear ECP’s plea against ‘PTI bat symbol’ tomorrow


ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan will hear the appeal of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Friday against restoration of bat as the election symbol of PTI, ARY News reported. 

A three-member bench of the top court, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Qazi Faez Isa and comprising Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar and Justice Musarrat Hilali will hear the case against the verdict of Peshawar High Court (PHC).

The ECP, in its petition, stated that the decision of the high court was against the Constitution and law.

It may be mentioned that the PHC had restored the election symbol bat on the petition of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) a day back. The ECP had challenged the verdict before the apex court today.

Earlier today, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) moved the Supreme Court (SC) against the Peshawar High Court s decision allowing Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) to retain its electoral symbol.

The ECP, in a plea, has pleaded with the apex court to overturn the PHC verdict which is against the constitution .

Related: PTI bat symbol : ECP challenges PHC decision in Supreme Court

The moves comes after a consultative meeting was held on Thursday with Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja in the chair.

Following the meeting, the election commission s legal team started preparing the petition for moving the apex court on the order of the ECP officials.

Meanwhile, the caretaker information minister also held a meeting with officials of the election commission. The meeting was also attended by the four members of the commission and the ECP legal team.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Wednesday got back bat as its election symbol after the Peshawar High Court (PHC) nullified the Election Commission of Pakistan s (ECP) order of stripping the party of using the bat symbol.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf moved Peshawar High Court to challenge the Election Commission of Pakistan s (ECP) decision declaring the intra-party election as null and void and revoking their electoral symbol “bat”.

A two-member Peshawar High Court (PHC) bench comprising Justice Ijaz Anwar and Justice Arshad Ali announced the verdict.

The PHC while nullifying the order of the ECP, allowed the PTI to contest elections on bat  symbol. The verdict further directed the electoral body to upload the PTI s certificate on its website.

On January 3, the Peshawar High Court (PHC) revoked the stay order and restored the ECP decision to declare PTI intra-party polls null and void and strip it of its election symbol — bat.

A single-member bench comprising Justice Ejaz Khan announced the reserved verdict on a review plea filed by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) against the December 26 single-member bench order.

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