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Governor asks president to nullify Hamza’s election

Cheema sends 6-page report to Alvi, says voting record of election was ‘tampered with’

Punjab Governor Omar Sarfraz Cheema on Sunday urged President Dr. Arif Alvi to declare the recently held election of Punjab chief minister void in the light of information shared by him.

In a six-page report he shared with the president, Cheema highlighted “constitutional violations” in the election of the Punjab chief minister held earlier this month, and asked the president for constitutional advice over the issue in the wake of circumstances in the province.

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The report came to light a day after the Lahore High Court (LHC) asked President Alvi to appoint someone else instead of Cheema for administering the oath to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Hamza Shahbaz, who emerged victorious in the election of the Chief Minister (CM) on April 16.

According to reports, the Punjab governor alleged that the voting record of the election was “tampered with” along with the violation of the Rules of Business.

In his report, Cheema said the CM’s election violated the constitution. He said the police entered the Punjab Assembly in violation of the assembly rules and members [of PTI and PML-Q] were allegedly stopped from voting in the election.

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The report further said that the voting procedure contradicted the Second Schedule of the Constitution. As per Rule 21 of the Rules of the Business of the Punjab Assembly, the speaker is supposed to inform the governor about the outcome of the election and the governor needed to be satisfied with the election of the leader of the House, Cheema wrote in his report.

The report also raised questions over former chief minister Usman Buzdar’s resignation, which “violated Sub-Section 8 of Article 130”. The governor’s office never received the resignation of Buzdar, so how could it have accepted it, the report claimed.

It may be recalled that a few days ago, the Lahore High Court had directed the Punjab governor to submit a written reply, explaining his position in the case. The LHC also said it expected President Alvi to nominate any other person if the Punjab governor was reluctant to administer the oath.

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