Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has taken proactive measures by formally petitioning the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for an expedited and comprehensive ruling concerning the allocation of its election symbol. This move follows apprehensions from an extended delay in formalizing a verbal decree initially pronounced on August 30.
PTI’s central figure and legal counsel, Barrister Ali Zafar, spearheading the initiative, advanced the party’s plea through a formal requisition submitted this Wednesday. The crux of the appeal was an urgent call for the ECP to furnish a meticulously detailed verdict consistent with the preliminary oral ruling.
Zafar underscored the party’s adherence to the ECP’s directives, having dutifully orchestrated intra-party polls on June 9, 2022, strictly following its foundational rules. In light of these actions, he articulated that prolonging the official endorsement of the election symbol was unwarranted.
Reinforcing his argument, he stressed that the commission, at no instance, flagged any non-compliance or legal transgressions during the internal electoral process of the party. Although the ECP had previously pinpointed certain deficiencies in the documents submitted, all such issues have since been addressed and corrected.
In his final contention, Zafar accentuated the pressing concern that the absence of a formalized decision, even after 41 days, undermines the essence of transparent and impartial elections. He maintained that such a delay transcends an administrative lag, infringing fundamental democratic rights.