ISLAMABAD : (Web Desk) -The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a plea seeking to call off the elections on the upper house seat vacated after the de-notification of PTI leader Faisal Vawda’s election as a Senator.
“The result of the Senate election due on March 9 will be subject to the judicial orders,” the SC ruled.
While disposing of the plea, the apex court remarked that an explanation on whether the Election Commission of Pakistan can hand disqualification for life to elected representatives or not is necessary.
“It is important to decide the extent to which the ECP can exercise judicial powers,” the SC said.
The court declared Vawda’s disqualification by the ECP a case first of its kind and said that it is to be looked into if the commission had enough authority.
It may be recalled that the ECP had disqualified Vawda as a lawmaker in a dual nationality case last month, and announced taking the notification for Vawda’s election as a Senator back.
It directed the PTI leader to turn in all the financial benefits and privileges he had been enjoying as a senator within two months.
However, the ECP gave Vawda the choice to still reach out to the Supreme Court to challenge the verdict for his disqualification.