Islamabad (October 3, 2017): The approval of the Election Bill 2017 by the National Assembly that allows a person disqualified by the court of law is being challenged at the Supreme Court here.
The petitioner Zulfiqar Bhutta advocate argues that the approval of the Bill by both the Houses is against the spirit of the Constitution. Under Article 63-A of the Constitution the president of a political party has certain control legislation on issues and matters that are vital by a member of parliament.
The petitioner argues that if a certain legislator votes against the president of a political party his case is referred to the Election Commission for disqualification while Article 3 of the Constitution is aimed at preventing exploitation but under this Bill a disqualified person could ask a qualified legislator to vote against his will.
Citing Article 5 of the Constitution the petitioner arguing that it deals with loyalty to the country pleads the court to declare the Election Bill 2017 null and void because it is in clash with the basic structure of the Constitution.
The petition is filed under Section 3 of Article 184 of the Constitution.