President eligibility: Dismissal of plea challenged

A complainant has challenged dismissal of reference by Election Commission of Pakistan (CEC) seeking disqualification of Asif Ali Zardari for contesting the presidential election, a Priviate TV Channel reported.

Maulvi Iqbal Haider filed a contempt petition in Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday, describing federation and Election Commission as party in the case.

He pointed out that under Article 218 of the Constitution, it was for the Election Commission to consider a challenge to disqualification, and not the Chief Election Commissioner. According to him, the CEC had ‘transgressed his powers’.

He argued that since the NRO had been declared void ab initio, all matters stood reopened.

On March 02, the CEC Justice (r) Hamid Ali Mirza dismissed the petition challenging the eligibility of Zardari, saying the validity of nomination papers filed in 2008 for the office could not be allowed to be challenged in 2010 on the basis of ‘flimsy, fake and fabricated grounds’.

He declared Zardari, the elected president, and said the validity of Zardari’s election could not be called into question.

Haider had sought re-scrutiny of the nomination papers of President Zardari on the ground that he was a beneficiary of the National Reconciliation Ordinance and his papers had been accepted provisionally when the ordinance was in operation.

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