Infostani Sources-“The Supreme Court Affirms Election Schedule: Unyielding to Disruptions or Date Changes, Justice Mansoor Declares”
“Do you not desire stability? Justice Tariq will not entertain any delays,” Justice Athar declared, overturning the Balochistan High Court’s decision on constituencies.
Supreme Court Asserts Electoral Stability: Constituency Changes Barred After Schedule Release
In an important ruling on petitions against delimitation. The Supreme Court declared that electoral constituencies cannot undergo changes after the election schedule is released. The three-member bench, led by Acting Chief Justice Sardar Tariq Masood, dismissed the review petition against the Balochistan High Court’s decision on delimitation in Balochistan Assembly Constituency PB-12 while suspending another decision.
Justice Sardar Tariq Masood noted, “There has been little stability in the country since the general elections were announced. Don’t you want stability? It is not unusual for the general election date to approach. The petitioner’s lawyer argued that an incorrect decision was made regarding electoral constituencies. Justice Mansoor Ali Shah remarked that nothing can be done now that the election program has been released. If decisions are made on individual petitions, it will impact the election process. If you don’t want the elections on time, make a statement in court, but the election will not be derailed in any case.”
Justice Athar Minullah emphasized, “There should be no delay in the election. No one will be allowed to postpone it. Electoral constituencies cannot be changed after the election schedule is released. Any obstruction in the elections will not be tolerated.” The court declared that this order would not affect the appeals of all the petitioners. It will rehear the appeals related to constituencies after the general elections and will not accept any delays in the elections.
Judicial Insights and Dilemmas: Balancing Responsibilities and Challenges in Electoral Constituencies
Justice Athar Manullah remarked, “Viewing the maps is not the High Court’s job; it is the Election Commission’s responsibility. The issue of constituencies is not unique; it will be a problem in every constituency. If it is done in one constituency, then everyone will have to do it. Every party wants constituencies according to their wishes.”
Acting Chief Justice Sardar Tariq said, “By doing this, the elections could be completely derailed.” Justice Mansoor Ali Shah remarked that if there were no elections, he would not have intervened in the middle. The court is making arrangements so that no one’s rights are violated. The matter will be taken up again after the general elections, and the court is preserving the rights of the petitioners.
On the other hand, Islamabad High Court Justice Arbab Muhammad Tahir reserved the decision on petitions against the constituencies of the National and Provincial Assembly of Sindh and Punjab, calling Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Constituency NA 94, 93 of Chiniot, Constituency NA 106, 107 of District Toba Tek Singh, NA 8 of District Bajaur, Constituency 121 and 124 of Provincial Assembly of District Toba Tek Singh, Constituency 42, 41 of Provincial Assembly of District Sanghar were challenged.
The court stated, “After the Supreme Court’s decision yesterday, our hands are tied. We don’t have time, but we will issue an appropriate order that will be useful in the future as well.” The court questioned, “Do you have the authority, under the Election Act, to merge constituencies when the population increases? The Election Commission has no power to reduce the number of seats due to population growth.