Govt says Yousuf Raza Gilani should not be allowed run for Senate election after son’s ‘admission’

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Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry addressing in a media briefing from exterior the ECP workplace, on March 2, 2021. — Geo News

The authorities has solid aspersions over Opposition candidate Yousuf Razai Gilani’s candidacy for the Senate election, after his son was accused of offering directions to a lawmaker in a video concerning find out how to “waste the ballot”, and can file a reference in opposition to him to stop him from contesting.

The viral video, Ali Haider Gilani has stated, is rightly attributed to him, nevertheless he has rejected accusations that he’s shopping for or promoting votes.

The video’s topics are unclear, however the dialog between the lawmakers has what has triggered an uproar amongst PTI. The celebration has shared the video on its official account.

In view of the video’s contents, the federal government has determined to file a reference with the Election Commission of Pakistan demanding that Opposition candidate Yousuf Raza Gilani be disqualified and prevented from operating for Senate.

“We were here to file a reference but the ECP was closed for the day. We will submit [the reference] in the morning,” Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry stated in a media briefing from exterior the ECP workplace.

“I hope the Chief Election Commissioner will take notice of the video. This is why we were saying the Supreme Court decision gives the ECP the chance to play its role in making Senate elections transparent in Pakistan,” stated the minister.

“The SC gave a clear order to the ECP to make use of technology to eradicate horse-trading in Senate polls. It is highly unfortunate the Election Commission decided not to change the method this time,” he added.

Fawad Chaudhry stated the video “proves the ECP’s point of view wrong”.

“It can’t be that rigging, corruption, horse-trading and throwing money around be allowed this time but we will stop it the next time. This was a very weak argument and the video proves it,” he stated.

The science minister went on to say that the federal government’s candidate Abdul Hafeez Sheikh is “ahead in votes” this time. “Gilani is no where when it comes to votes. Hafeez Sheikh is far ahead,” he stated.

He stated the federal government’s efforts, nevertheless, don’t stem from a consideration for votes. “This is about the implementation of law. And for this, it falls to the ECP to fulfil its responsibilities outlined under Articles 218 and 220 (of the Constitution),” he stated.

Yousuf Raza Gilani, after Ali Haider Gilani’s “admission”, should be prevented from operating from elections, Chaudhry stated.

ECP says they’re open

Later, the Election Commission, in a press release, refuted Chaudhry’s remarks that no officer was current inside the premises.

The ECP spokesperson stated that the Commission’s R and I Branch is open and the related officers on obligation.

“The Election Commission has established a control room and the monitoring and control room remains operational 24 hours a day,” stated the assertion.