Senate chairman election: IHC rejects Yousaf Raza Gillani's petition

Senate chairman election: IHC rejects Yousaf Raza Gillani’s petition

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The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday rejected a petition filed by former Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani to question the results of the election for the chairman of the Senate and ruled that the case is inadmissible.

The former prime minister — who was the Pakistan Democratic Movement’s (PDM) joint candidate challenging the government candidate Sadiq Sanjrani — had lost the Senate chairman election by obtaining 42 votes compared to Sanjrani’s 48. 

A 13-page verdict on Gillani’s petition was issued by IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah. 

The PPP had announced it would challenge the verdict after the presiding officer — when the votes were being counted — revealed that seven votes had been rejected. 

According to the judgment, the judge declared that the court would not interfere with the operation of the Parliament.

PPP’s Farooq H Naek had filed the appeal on Gillani’s behalf at the high court a couple of days earlier. 

In the petition, Gillani had stated that seven votes cast in his favour were rejected by the RO during the election for the Senate chairman. The petition reads that the RO’s order to declare the votes illegal should be overturned.

During the Senate election, PDM’s Gillani had emerged as the victor from his Islamabad seat, beating Finance Minister Abdul Hafeez Shaikh — associated with the ruling PTI — in what was arguably the most-watched contest.

Gilani won 169 votes and Shaikh won 164 votes. Haven’t cast a vote yet.

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