Local government (LG) elections in cantonment areas on non-party basis have been challenged in the Lahore High Court (LHC).
Petitioner Munir Ahmed’s lawyer Azhar Sidique filed a plea stating that the process of local bodies election on non-party basis has been initiated in Punjab which is against the Article 140-A of constitution whereas per Section 2 of Article 17 in Cantonment Ordinance 2002 it is also illicit to conduct elections on non-party basis, therefore, the court should annul this local bodies elections.
Earlier, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) challenged the decision regarding holding of local bodies elections in cantonment areas on non-party basis in the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
Former prime minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf filed the petition in the apex court.
The PPP, in its plea, had stated that it is necessary for all the political parties to take part in the electoral process as all parties are eligible to contest federal, provincial and local government elections.
There are no no-go areas in cantt, the PPP said.
The party said it is against the spirit of basic rights and election laws to keep political parties away from the local bodies elections in cantonment areas.
The petitioner requested the court to declare the section 61 of Cantonment Ordinance 2002 unconstitutional as it conflicts with the Constitution of Pakistan.
Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has urged the court to issue an order to conduct LB elections in cantonment areas on party basis.