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Supreme Court Quashes Election Commission’s Decision to Postpone Punjab, KP Polls

Islamabad: The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday decided the postponement of elections in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The apex court had reserved its verdict yesterday after arguments by lawyers.

The Supreme Court gave time till today (Tuesday) to the Ministry of Defense to submit its report, on which the agency submitted its report on security issues and concerns to the Apex Court. The apex court also perused the security report.

The Supreme Court, while deciding a petition against the postponement of elections in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, said that the Decision of the Election Commission of Pakistan on March 22 is declared unconstitutional.

The Supreme Court said that the decision of the date given by the President is restored, the constitution and the law do not give the power to postpone the date of elections, when the Election Commission gave the decision, the election process was in the fifth phase.

The Chief Justice of Pakistan read out the verdict of the case himself, according to the decision, the Election Commission’s decision was canceled and the election schedule was restored, in which some changes will be made.

The decision said that the Decision of the Election Commission of Pakistan on March 22 was illegal and unconstitutional, the Constitution and the law do not allow the Election Commission to extend the date.

According to the Supreme Court’s decision, elections in Punjab will now be held on May 14 instead of April 30, the election schedule will remain as much as it has been implemented, appeals against nomination papers will be on April 10.

According to the supreme court’s decision, the caretaker cabinet of Punjab has been directed to submit the security plan to the Election Commission by April 10.

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