ECP issues notice to Imran over affidavit barring candidates from running independently

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Monday issued a notice to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairperson Imran Khan and sought clarification after party members were asked for an affidavit restricting them from contesting the upcoming polls independently, Express News reported.

The commission began hearing a petition filed by Mohammad Munir and Rao Waqas Irshad against Imran for seeking oath from PTI members barring them from contesting general elections as independent candidates if the party does not issue them a ticket.

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During the proceedings, an ECP representative from Sindh observed that political parties were demanding affidavits from its members. However, the petitioner’s counsel pointed out that the affidavit sought by PTI included a clause that prevented party members from contesting polls independently. He maintained that the move was illegal according to the laws governing elections and also against the party’s discipline.

Adjourning the hearing, the ECP issued a notice seeking clarification on the matter to the cricketer-turned-politician.

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