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Islamabad, January 1, 2024 The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has issued notices to 14 political parties for non-compliance with regulations related to intra-party elections. Among the parties served notices are Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan (JUP) and Pakistan Minorities Alliance. The electoral watchdog has scheduled a hearing for the case on January 4, seeking explanations from the parties regarding their failure to adhere to intra-party election regulations.

The move follows the recent decision by the Election Commission to revoke the election symbol of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) due to the party’s failure to conduct intra-party elections as mandated by its constitution. The decision was made by a 5-member bench led by Chief Election Commissioner Sikander Sultan Raja, following a petition related to PTI’s internal elections and the allocation of the election symbol “Bat,” as per the directive of the Peshawar High Court.

In a detailed 11-page decision authored by Election Commission member Ikramullah Khan, the importance of transparent intra-party elections for the democratic functioning of political parties was underscored. The notices served to the 14 political parties indicate the Election Commission’s commitment to upholding democratic processes within political organizations and ensuring compliance with established rules. The upcoming hearing on January 4 will provide an opportunity for the parties to address the concerns raised by the ECP and present their explanations regarding the alleged non-compliance with intra-party election regulations.