Islamabad: Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on January 14 summoned Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), on account of differences in assets and liabilities.
Sources said that the ECP had issued a notice to Bilawal Bhutto himself, which had identified differences in the details of the assets, but did not give a satisfactory reply.
According to the report, the ECP official told Dawn that the Election Commission will now hear a bench comprising Acting Chief Election Commissioner Justice (retd) Altaf Ibrahim Qureshi and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Justice Ershad Qaiser.
The ECP's decision has left many wondering if the passive election commission can do so.
The law was amended for a 2-member bench, but they can be created by the Chief Election Commissioner with his limited mandate.
Pursuant to Section 6 (3) of the Election Act 2017, 'the Commissioner shall constitute a bench comprising 3 or more members of the Commission to hear and decide on applications, petitions or appeals filed under this Act'.
However, under the amendments made in March last year, the word '3' was changed to 2 members.
Sources in the Election Commission said that the commission was facing difficulties due to this restriction during the demarcation process, so a summary was sent in this regard.