Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday 07-Dec-2017 responding to a letter submitted by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has said that Begum Kulsoom Nawaz could remain Member of National Assembly (MNA) despite delay in taking oath. Election Commission of Pakistan further stated that according to article 65, an MNA doesn’t have to take oath to sit or participate in voting exercises in the Assembly, and the constitution doesn’t give any due date or the deadline within a specific time after winning, to the elected MNA for taking oath.
PTI spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry observed in the letter that Kulsoom Nawaz had failed to fulfill legal requirement “for the winning candidate to take an oath in the National Assembly.” Chaudhry requests for legal and constitutional views of the election commission, and asked a question about if there’s any possibility of declaring by-election poll Null, Invalid, & Void that were held earlier this year, and declare re-election for NA-120 which was fell vacant after Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification. PTI requests ECP to clarify the delay in Kulsoom Nawaz taking oath in the wake of winning elections.
On September 18, PML-N candidate Begum Kulsoom Nawaz held the National Assembly seat that fell vacant after her husband Nawaz Sharif’s ouster, vanquishing PTI competitor Dr Yasmeen Rashid with an edge of 14,646 votes in a by-election. Kulsoom has been fighting lymphoma-a type of disease, since the elections in August. She is as of now getting treatment in London and has experienced three surgeries since August. Then again, Nawaz Sharif and his little girl Maryam Nawaz arrived in London to ask about the soundness of Kulsoom Nawaz health after getting one week exemption from the hearing of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) references against Sharif family.