LHC declares Punjab CM election null and void, orders re-election

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In a 4-1 verdict, Lahore High Court (LHC) declared null and void Hamza Shehbaz’s election as the chief minister of Punjab on Thursday.

A larger five-member bench headed by Justice Sadaqat Ali handed down the verdict on the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Institute (PTI) petitions.

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The verdict was a 4-1 as only Justice Muhammad Sajid Mehmood Sethi had a different opinion on the matter.

The decision of the High Court in favour of the PTI petitions signifies the re-election for the position of Chief Minister of Punjab.

The court ordered the presiding officer to proceed with the reelection after subtracting 25 votes of the defaulting PTI members if there is a shortage of votes required, 186, to become the CM.

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