Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) has accepted the petition seeking annulment of General Elections 2013 on Friday. Two separate petitions were submitted before the SCP by Justice (r) Mehmood Akhtar Shahid Siddiqui and former federal minister Zahid Sarfaraz. Petitioners had requested to declare the General Election 2013 as invalid.
In his petition, Justice (r) Mehmood Akhtar Shahid Siddiqui had maintained that the General Elections 2013 were held on the bases of magnetic ink and it has already been proven that the magnetic ink was substandard. He has pleaded that the magnetic ink was ineffective, due to which the rigging was made possible in the 2013 election. Elections held with such rigging cannot be legal and constitutional, his petition states. He has also requested action against Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and the administration.
Petition submitted by Mian Zahid Sarfaraz says that ‘organized rigging’ in was carried out in 2013 elections and some political parties benefited from this organized rigging and therefore, the elction should be declared invalid.