The ECP had earlier declared the by-poll held on February 19 in the constituency void and ordered a fresh election on March 18 which was last rescheduled to take place on April 10.
A three-member apex bench presided by Justice Umar Ata Bandial, dismissed PTI candidate Ali Asjad Malhi’s petition and announced the short order after hearing arguments by all sides. Details of the order would be issued later.
Speaking to the media, the PTI’s Malhi said the party will deliberate upon filing a review petition after the detailed judgement is released by the court. He expressed confidence about beating the PML-N and added that he respected the court’s decision in the matter.
During today’s proceedings, Justice Ata Bandial urged the counsel to state the legal points that were necessary and rely only on the documents on which the commission had made its decision.
Lawyer Mian Abdul Rauf prayed that there was no mention of organised fraud in the ECP decision and the decision of the commission was a violation of the law.
The judge remarked that the electoral body made the decision without listening to the administration.
“It is a fact that the situation in the constituency was bad. It is not right to say that all parties did not get a competitive environment for the election competition. The word ‘competitive environment’ is not used for voters,” the judge remarked.
PTI lawyer Shehzad Shaukat asked during the proceedings regarding the disappearance of the presiding officers. “Those responsible for the disappearance should come forward, it is necessary to probe the officers. Which was not done,” he further prayed
Justice Muneeb Akhtar also asked why the election material arrived late in the constituency.