PTI’s Barrister Ali Zafar stated that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) did not have the power to take away a political party’s symbol. The Peshawar High Court (PHC) was looking into a petition challenging the ECP’s decision to revoke PTI’s symbol and nullify its internal polls. The ECP had decided not to let PTI retain its electoral symbol for the February 8 election. The PHC had initially suspended the ECP’s decision but later restored it, leading PTI to appeal to the Supreme Court. During a recent hearing, the PTI lawyers requested more time, but the court noted that the ECP had submitted its response and that the hearing would begin once the PTI lawyers arrived. Subsequently, the ECP informed the court that electoral symbols would be allotted on January 13 and that if PTI had no symbol, their candidates would be considered independent. The court then asked if the matter could be resolved without going to the Supreme Court, but the ECP lawyer replied that it would not be necessary then. The hearing was adjourned and will continue in the following days. Barrister Zafar argued that the ECP does not have the power to declare internal polls null and void. He stated that even if internal elections are not held, the ECP cannot take away a party’s electoral symbol as it is only a record keeper.


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