ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) on Wednesday filed an application for early hearing of its petition on new delimitation by Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

Earlier on Tuesday, judge of Supreme Court of Pakistan Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan in chambers had set aside the Registrar Office objections on the PTI petition to halt fresh delimitation of constituencies across the country.

The petition was directly filed in the Supreme Court despite having an opportunity to raise the matter at the concerned forum, the registrar had said in its objection and added that the petition also did not carry concerned certificates.

The PTI through its General Secretary Asad Umer on April 19, 22 filed a petition under Article 184(3) of the Constitution seeking a declaration that the delimitation schedule announced by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on April 11 was “illegal” and “unconstitutional”.

The petitioner further prayed that the delimitation notified under the notification dated 3rd of May 2018 may be held exhaustive for all intents and purposes of the elections until a new census take place. To direct the Election Commissioner and Secretary ECP to ensure electoral process (whenever it is called) in accordance with law and the Constitution and strictly refrain from creating any delay.

He submitted that the schedule issued by the Election Commission is unconstitutional and illegal. The delimitation of the constituencies being a constitutional function cannot be conducted in violation of the mandatory command of the Constitution and the law.

The petitioner stated that special permission was granted by the then Parliament to carry out delimitation of national and provincial constituencies, on the basis of provisional census result.

Such action was introduced as an exception to the general rule to ensure the general elections 2018, and thereafter article 51(5) of the Constitution of Pakistan 1973, stands restored in its actual form.