ECP decides to concern notices to the ministers; Chaudhry to offer “detailed response” upon getting ECP’s discover
September 14, 2021
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday stated it can search proof of accusations by Minister for Railways Azam Khan Swati and Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry, levelled towards Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikander Sultan Raja and the fee.
The resolution was made throughout an ECP assembly — headed by CEC Raja — to debate the matter of the federal ministers’ allegations.
The assembly was attended by ECP members Nisar Durrani, Shah Muhammad Jatoi, and different officers of the fee.
It was additionally determined within the assembly that notices will probably be issued to Swati and Chaudhry for the allegations which have been levelled by the previous throughout a gathering of the Senate Standing Committee for Parliamentary Affairs and one other held the night time prior on the President House, and people levelled by the latter throughout a press convention.
The ECP has additionally sought information of the Presidential House and Senate Standing Committee conferences and Chaudhry’s press convention from Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority.
Chaudhry keen to offer ‘detailed response’ to ECP’s discover
Chaudhry, in response to the ECP’s announcement, stated that he’ll give a “detailed response” when will get the discover.
For now, he wrote on Twitter: “With all due respect for the ECP, if you do not wish to discuss political ongoings, then your conduct should be free of politics.”
He went on to state that the ECP, as an establishment, has an “incontestable” standing however personalities related to the physique are “not above mistakes” and all criticism is at all times directed in the direction of people and never the establishment itself.
Allegations by the federal ministers
On Friday, the ECP officers had walked out of a gathering of the Senate Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs after Swati accused the fee of taking cash from corporations that make digital voting machines.
Later on the day, Information and Broadcasting Minister Fawad Chaudhry stated throughout a press convention that it appears the ECP has “become the headquarters for Opposition parties” and the chief election commissioner is “acting as their mouthpiece”.
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