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ELECTIONS (AMENDMENT) ACT, 2019

ELECTIONS (AMENDMENT) ACT, 2019

ACT NO. II OF 2019

An Act further to amend the Elections Act, 2017

[Gazette of Pakistan, Extraordinary, 11th March, 2019]

No. F. 22(18)/2018-Legis., dated 10.3.2019.–The following Act of Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament) received the assent of the President on the 8th March, 2019 is hereby published for general information:–

Whereas it is expedient further to amend the Elections Act, 2017 (XXXIII of 2017), for the purpose hereinafter appearing;

And Whereas existing provision of Section 6(3) of the Elections Act, 2017 (XXXIII of 2017) authorizes the Election Commission to constitute a bench comprising three or more members of the Commission to hear and decide complaints, applications, petitions or appeal etc. but due to said provision only one bench can be constituted since the total number of members of the Commission including the Chairman is five. The Commission is, therefore, facing immense difficulty in disposing of higher numbers of such complaints, petitions or appeal etc. through a single bench. Hence, the instant amendment is necessary to take immediate action to facilitate the Commission for constitution of more benches to effectively dispose of such complaints, petitions or appeals etc.;

It is hereby enacted as follows:–

1.  Short title and commencement.–(1) This Act may be called the Elections (Amendment) Act, 2019.

(2)  It shall come into force at once.

2.  Amendment of Section 6, Act XXXIII of 2017.–In the Elections Act, 2017 (XXXIII of 2017), in Section 6, in sub-section (3), for the word “Three”, the word “two” shall be substituted.

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