PTI to Conduct New Intra-Party Elections on March 3

News Desk4 months ago

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has made a significant announcement, revealing plans to hold fresh intra-party elections on March 3. This decision comes after recent legal challenges and a Supreme Court ruling that deemed the party’s previous internal polls as invalid. Let’s delve into the details of this development and its implications for the PTI.

PTI’s Challenge

In the lead-up to the February 8 general elections, the PTI faced a tough legal battle. Last month, the Supreme Court upheld the Election Commission of Pakistan’s decision to nullify the party’s internal polls. The court emphasized the importance of intra-party elections, labeling their absence as a violation of the law and the Constitution. As a result, the PTI lost its election symbol, forcing many members to run as independents and leaving the party without its rightful share of reserved seats.

New Election Schedule

The PTI’s Federal Chief Election Commission has now released a schedule for fresh intra-party elections. According to this schedule, nomination papers for PTI members will be accepted from February 22, with a filing period open until February 24. The scrutiny of nomination forms will be completed by February 25, followed by an appeals process until February 26. The final list of candidates will be announced by February 29, and candidates can withdraw until February 28.

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Polling Details and Results

On March 3, intra-party elections will take place across the country from 10 am to 3 pm. Polling stations will be set up in various locations, including Islamabad, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, and Sindh. The election results will be declared by 8 pm on the same day, with an official notification issued on March 4.

PTI-backed Independents Joining Sunni Ittehad Council

Despite facing challenges, independent candidates supported by the PTI achieved notable success in the February 8 polls. To form governments, the PTI has forged an alliance with the Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC). Almost all PTI-backed independent candidates have formally joined the SIC by submitting affidavits.

Notably, some PTI leaders, including Omar Ayub Khan, Barrister Gohar Khan, and Ali Amin Gandapur, opted not to join the SIC. Gandapur, in particular, has been nominated as the PTI’s candidate for the KP chief minister position.

The decision to conduct new intra-party elections signifies a pivotal moment for the PTI as it strives to reinforce its democratic credentials and organizational structure. Amid legal hurdles and strategic partnerships, the party aims to reaffirm its commitment to democratic principles and chart a course for future success. The outcome of these elections will undoubtedly influence the party’s trajectory and its role in Pakistan’s political landscape.

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