IHC declares Umar Amin Gandapur eligible for contesting polls


PTI leader Umar Amin Gandapur. Photo: Twitter
PTI leader Umar Amin Gandapur. Photo: Twitter
  • IHC nullifies ECP’s orders restraining Umar Amin Gandapur from contesting local bodies polls.
  • Declares Umar Amin eligible for participation in upcoming elections.
  • Maintains ECP’s orders for Federal Minister Ali Amin Gandapur.

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday declared null and void the order issued by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) regarding the disqualification of Umar Amin Gandapur, Geo News reported.

The ECP had barred Umar Amin from contesting the mayoral slot for Dera Ismail Khan in the local government elections, and federal minister Ali Amin from engaging in any political activity in the constituency. 

The order for the disqualification of Umar Amin, who is the brother of Ali Amin Gandapur, had earlier been suspended by the high court.

However, after the nullification of this order, Umar Amin is now eligible to contest in the upcoming local body elections.

During the hearing, IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah partially accepted Umar Amin’s petition challenging the restraining orders, maintaining the ECP’s ban on Ali Amin.

The IHC said that the ECP order would remain in the field as far as Ali Amin Gandapur is concerned.

On Tuesday, Umar had moved the IHC to declare the ECP’s decision “null and void” claiming it was made without the summary inquiry and therefore, violated the code of conduct.

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