Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has asked the caretaker Punjab Government to submit a report upon the facts regarding PTI’s plea over imposition of Section 144.
ECP has directed the provincial government to submit a reply within one day. It also stated that ECP was bound to conduct free, fair and transparent elections under the Constitution.
ECP has directed the Chief Secretary Punjab to submit the response keeping in view the plea filed by the PTI.
The ECP meeting was chaired by the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sultan Raja while members of the ECP and other officials also participated.
PTI had filed an application in the ECP. It had stated in its plea that despite the fact that the election schedule was announced in the province and a date of elections was also announced but the caretaker government was causing hurdles in their campaign and that they were not being allowed to conduct their political rallies.
PTI had further stated that Section 144 was announced twice in Lahore when they were going to start their election campaign. It stated that imposition of Section 144 was against the law as it was their right to carry on their political campaign for elections.
ECP considered the PTI’s plea today and Chief Secretary Punjab has been directed to brief about the details regarding the election campaign in Lahore and the province.