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Faisal Vawda declared ‘eligible’ to contest Senate elections

Tribunal dismisses petition challenging his nomination

SAMAA | - Posted: Feb 23, 2021 | Last Updated: 7 months ago
Posted: Feb 23, 2021 | Last Updated: 7 months ago

Photo: Faisal Vawda/Facebook

The Sindh High Court election tribunal has dismissed the petition challenging the Senate nomination of Federal Water Resources Minister Faisal Vawda.

The tribunal has declared him eligible to contest the upcoming Senate elections.

On February 20, Advocate Qadir Khan Mandokhail challenged the returning officer’s decision to approve Vawda’s nomination papers. The returning officer did not listen to any reservations against Vawda’s appointment, he claimed. The returning officer’s actions were illegal and unconstitutional.

He told the court that the leader hid the truth about his US citizenship and he doesn’t deserve to hold any public post. “On these grounds, Vawda’s nomination papers should be rejected and his tickets should be cancelled,” Mandokhail requested the court.

He added that when these reservations were taken to the returning officers, he rejected them. “The officer’s actions were illegal and unconstitutional.

Vawda’s dual nationality

A news report revealed that Vawda filed his nomination papers for the 2018 General Election on June 11, 2018, when he still held US nationality. His papers were approved on June 18, 2018. The federal minister had filed papers to give up his US citizenship on June 22, 2018, and he was issued a certificate on June 25. 2019. The process usually takes weeks or even months, according to The News.

A petition was filed for his disqualification under section Article 62(i)(f). The law deems it necessary for all members of Parliament to be ‘sadiq’ and ‘ameen’. They are prohibited from concealing information about their assets.

On the other hand, Article 63(1)(c) of the Constitution says that “a person shall be disqualified from being elected or chosen as, and from being, a member of Parliament if he ceases to be a citizen of Pakistan or acquires the citizenship of a foreign state.”

On October 17, 2018, two PML-N leaders were disqualified by the Supreme Court for holding dual nationalities. Sadia Abbasi and Haroon Akhtar had dual citizenship when they filed their nomination papers.

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