Bilawal’s dual party membership: LHC orders ECP to decide plea within 30 days

The Lahore High Court (LHC) has ordered the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to decide on the plea against Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s contesting the 2018 elections within 30 days.

The petitioner, Syed Iqtidar Haider, had made a plea that Bilawal Bhutto had participated in 2018 general elections on the ticket of Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarians (PPPP) instead of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP).

Justice Shams Mehmood Mirza during the hearing disposed of the petition by directing the ECP to decide on the plea within 30 days.

Haider has said in the petition that Bilawal Bhutto Zardari had the membership of two parties, PPPP from where he contested elections, along with PPP. The petition also states that according to the section 203(3) of Election Act 2017, Bilawal contesting the elections was a violation as a person cannot be a member of two parties at a time.

The petitioner previously moved his plea before the election commission of Pakistan but after no response upon the matter, he had filed a plea in the Lahore High Court.