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Forget it, general election will be delayed: CJP

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Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar has remarked election will not be allowed to be delayed at any cost.

CJP further remarked “forget it, general election will be delayed.”

He gave these remarks while presiding over a 3 members bench of Supreme Court (SC) Monday during the course of hearing of a petition filed by Workers Party on electoral reforms.

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The counsel for the petitioner said Election Commission (EC) has amended code of conduct. First code of conduct was framed by EC in consultation with the political parties under the order of SC.

CJP remarked “election matters have to run on war footing. Election will not be allowed to be delayed at any cost. It is another thing if EC becomes helpless. Delay in election was being feared on the matter of nomination papers. But now one should forget any delay in upcoming general election.”

The petitioner said EC considers itself helpless.

DG EC said electoral code of conduct was formed after 2012  court decision. After election act 2017, EC has framed new code of conduct.

The court while seeking reply from EC on electoral code of conduct adjourned the hearing of the case till Tuesday.

The court remarked “EC should file reply immediately. The new and old code of conduct by EC will be reviewed.”

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This statement by CJP came on the heels of speculations that elections 2018 might be delayed due to the decision of Lahore High Court decision which called for making changes in nomination papers.

Leaders of almost all political parties, except Sheikh Rasheed, have called for the conduct of timely elections. Nawaz Sharif, Shahbaz Sharif, Asif Ali Zardari and Imran Khan have expressed grave concerns over these speculations and have stated that any delay in elections might prove detrimental to the democratic process in the country.