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Pakistan: PTI to file disqualification reference against CEC

“By doing so, the chief election commissioner violated his oath, the code of conduct as well as his constitutional duty,” he charged.

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Islamabad: In a major development, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) announced that it had decided to file a disqualification reference in the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) against Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja, The News reported here on Sunday.

They accused Raja of meeting the ruling coalition team, after having reserved the verdict in the PTI foreign funding case.

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After deliberating over the issue, the PTI decided that provincial governments will also be taking action against the election commission and the provincial assemblies and in Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, the assemblies will be passing no-confidence resolutions against the ECP.

PTI Information Secretary Farrukh Habib said on this issue that the CEC met the PDM leaders after having reserved a judgment in the prohibited funding case. “By doing so, the chief election commissioner violated his oath, the code of conduct as well as his constitutional duty,” he charged. He said instructions had been issued to the party’s legal team in this regard.

Earlier, PTI Senior Vice-President Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said that the CEC met people of the ruling coalition on Friday to discuss the PTI funding case, which he himself admitted. He said the CEC and the ECP members clearly violated the rules, adding that the meeting was a clear violation of the code of conduct of the ECP and the higher judiciary of Pakistan. He wondered how could the Election Commission and its members meet and discuss a case which they had to decide, legally with an opposition party.

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