PTI’s ‘own man’ challenges intra-party polls in ECP

  • Swabi District President Shah Malik Yousafzai filed petition in ECP
  • Yousafzai said elections were illegal and so should be conducted again
  • Imran-led Insaf Panel had won intra-party polls last week
  • ECP had allowed PTI to use election symbol bat again that it barred earlier
Pakistan
Imran Khan leaves the Supreme Court after his case hearing in Islamabad, Pakistan. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

ISLAMABAD – Days after Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf conducted its long overdue intra-party elections, its Swabi District President Shah Malik Yousafzai challenged the exercise in Election Commission of Pakistan.


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In a petition submitted to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday, Yousafzai expressed that the PTI intra-party elections were illegal. He urged the ECP to declare the intra-party polls illegal and order the exercise to be held afresh.

Earlier this month, PTI Chief Election Commissioner Azam Swati declared Imran-led ‘Insaf Panel’ the winner in intra-party elections completed in a single day.

According to Swati, the Insaf Panel received 189,055 votes while the Ehtesab Panel bagged 41,647 votes paving the way for Imran Khan to remain the chairman of the party.

Khan bagged 189,055 votes in the elections against his rival Naik Muhammad. Furthermore, Arif Alvi was elected for PTI Sindh President, while Yar Muhammad Rind became president of PTI Balochistan.

Similarly, Jahangir Tareen assumed charge as secretary general and Aleem Khan as president of Central Punjab.  Ali Amin Gandapur was elected president of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

As many as two million members of the party had cast their votes digitally through SMS service although 256,957 members exercised their right.

Following the intra-party polls, the ECP allowed the PTI use the electoral symbol of the cricket bat, which it had restricted earlier owing to the lack of intra-party elections.