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PTI to hold intra-party elections on Friday
- Web Desk
- Nov 28, 2023
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf (PTI) has decided to hold its intra-party elections on Friday after party chief Imran Khan had given his assent.
Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had ordered PTI to hold intra-party elections within the next 20 days to retain “bat” as its election symbol.
According to sources, PTI Chairman Imran Khan will be the undisputed party chairman while elections will be held on other party seats.
The schedule for the elections has been issued.
The PTI ’s core committee on Monday approved to hold the polls within the given timeframe.
WHAT IS AN INTRA-PARTY ELECTION?
Intra-party elections in Pakistan refers to the process of electing leaders and representatives within a political party. This is distinct from general elections where the public votes for candidates from different parties. These elections are a key aspect of internal party democracy and governance.
DEMOCRATIC PROCESS WITHIN PARTIES
These elections are a way to ensure that the leadership and key positions within a party are filled through a democratic process, rather than being appointed or inherited. This is intended to promote transparency and accountability within the party.
On September 13, the ECP had reserved the decision after the PTI lawyer submitted his reply following the issuance of a show-cause notice to the party. A four-member bench led by Nisar Durrani heard the case.
The PTI intraparty polls had been pending before the ECP since 2022.
The ECP requires political parties to conduct intra-party elections before every five years, and the parties can hold the polls in three or four years as enshrined in their respective constitutions.