Election 2008

Removal of graduation condition to help contestants in by-election: AG

LAHORE: Attorney General of Pakistan, Malik Muhammad Qayyum and other jurists have expressed consensus that persons who intend to contest by-election can benefit from the Supreme Court decision which has dispensed with the condition that a candidate should be a graduate.

The Attorney General says the graduation condition impinges upon the fundamental rights of the citizens hence not sustainable in the eye of law. He maintained that the benefit of the SC decision would be available to the candidates contesting election in June for the reason that court has ordered implementation of the verdict on the coming elections which naturally is the by-elections.

Malik Qayyum described the decision as great and, added, that graduation condition was contrary to the United Nations Charter on Human Rights as nowhere in the world such a condition was imposed to keep a large number of people out of the election process. The graduation condition was imposed through a Presidential order on the eve of elections in 2002 and later it was incorporated in the LFO while the Assembly approved it with two-thirds majority to make it a part of the Constitution.-SANA

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