September 1, 2017
‘Electoral Reforms Bill 2017’ now introduced has a clause that a disqualified legislator can hold any position within a party.
Pakistan’s ousted PM Nawaz Sharif is set to regain the leadership of his ruling PML-N party on 3rd October under a proposed new law that’ll allow a disqualified legislator to head a Political Party.
Sharif, aged 67, had to step down as the chief of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) after he was disqualified as premier by the SC on 28th July in Panama Papers scandal.
Senate, upper house of Parliament, passed the Electoral Reforms Bill, 2017 on 22nd September that has a clause that any person other than a civil servant can hold any position within a Party.
This new law has deleted the condition which said that only those qualified to become MPs can hold leadership position within the Political Parties.
According to the Minister for Climate Change Mushahidullah Khan, the new law’ll be presented in the lower house or National Assembly on Monday where it’s expected to be passed easily as PML-N has the majority in the house.
Once the bill is passed by both houses, it’ll go to President Mamnoon Hussain for his signature.
A meeting of the PML-N’s General Council’ll be held on 2nd October to amend the party constitution that barred a disqualified person from holding any party office, according to Mushahidullah Khan.
Before the General Council, a meeting of PML-N Central Working Committee (CWC) would be held.
Both – the CWC & General Council – would elect the new president on 3rd October.
PML-N is hopeful to complete the process of enactment & changes in the laws by 3th October. With all legal hurdles removed by that time, Sharif is expected to be easily elected as President.
Though, he’s still barred from becoming a lawmaker or PM, he’d be able to control the party & all other aspects of the politics in the country through his handpicked PM, ministers & other appointees.
However, the amendment to the laws is expected to be challenged by the opposition parties in the Apex Court.
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