IN THE HIGH COURT OF SINDH, CIRCUIT COURT, LARKANA
Constitutional Petition No.D-715 of 2022.
Mr. Justice Adnan-ul-Karim Memon,
Mr. Justice Abdul Mobeen Lakho,
Petitioner : Shoukat Ali Chahwan.
Respondents : Ghulam Mustafa Chandio & others.
Mr. Mohammad Afzal Jagirani, advocate for the petitioner.
Mr. Mohammad Imran Abbasi, Asst. Attorney General.
Mr. Munawar Ali Abbasi, Asst. Advocate General.
Date of hearing : 19.07.2022.
Date of order : 19.07.2022.
O R D E R
ADNAN-UL-KARIM MEMON, J.-The petitioner filed his nomination form for the seat of Member from Ward No.7 of Town Committee Sita Road, Taluka K.N. Shah, District Dadu, which after scrutiny was accepted by the Returning Officer. Respondents No.1 to 3 also filed their nomination forms for the seat of Member from the same ward i.e. Ward No.7 of Town Committee Sita Road, which was also accepted by the Returning Officer. The petitioner without filing an appeal before the District Election Tribunal has filed the instant petition, thereby challenging the acceptance of nomination papers of respondents No.1 to 3.
2. The learned Counsel for the petitioner, inter alia, contends that respondents No.1 to 3 are not registered voters of Ward No.7 of Town Committee Sita Road, therefore, they are not eligible to contest the elections from said ward.
3. On the other hand, the learned Asst. Attorney General as well as the learned Asst. Advocate General, supporting the order of acceptance of nomination forms of respondents No.1 to 3 by the Returning Officer, submit that the petitioner has not availed the remedy of filing an election appeal before the District Election Tribunal, therefore, the petition is misconceived and liable to be dismissed.
4. We have given due consideration to the contentions of learned Counsel for the petitioner as well as the learned Asst. Attorney General and the learned Asst. Advocate General and have perused the material available on record.
5. The issue raised in the instant petition has already been settled so far as contesting the election is concerned, more particularly in terms of section 37(2) (b) of Sindh Local Government Act, 2013.
6. From the perusal of the above provision including Sub-Section 2(b) and the Proviso thereof, it reflects that in case a Candidate is contesting for membership of Town Committee or Municipal Committee, he can contest the same from any ward of the respective Committee; however, it is subject to that the proposer and seconder, as the case may be, shall be registered voters of the concerned Union Council or ward. Besides Section 35 (1) (c) is also clear in its terms, which resolves the controversy at hand thus no further indulgence of this Court is required.