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ISLAMABAD: The federal government has requested the chief election commissioner to resign and the Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP) to be reconstituted because it holds the Fee answerable for failing to carry the recently-held Senate elections in a clear method.

“It was a longstanding demand of the prime minister that the power of money should not be used to influence elections,” Schooling Minister Shafqat Mehmood, flanked by Data Minister Shibli Faraz and Fawad Chaudhry, stated in Monday press convention. 

“For this purpose, the premier wanted the Senate elections to be held via an open ballot.”

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Mehmood stated it’s the sole duty of the ECP to make sure that clear polls are held. He stated that the federal government had instructed the ECP to implement a system whereby it might not be doable for corrupt practices to happen.

Mehmood stated the ECP as an alternative did not uphold its mandate and ship on its duty.

The minister thereafter referred to as on the Election Fee to be reconstituted, alleging that it had failed to fulfill the requirements required of it. 

“To ensure transparent elections are held is the responsibility of the Election Commission. This responsibility was not fulfilled,” he stated. 

“The Election Commission failed to act as a neutral umpire, hence [its officials] should resign,” added Mehmood.

Mehmood stated the PTI was the most important political occasion within the nation and it didn’t believe within the ECP. 

“If you ask other parties, even they don’t have confidence in the ECP after the recently held elections,” he stated. 

“The ECP’s officials should therefore collectively resign and a new commission should be formed which enjoys the trust of all parties.”

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Mehmood famous that no political occasion in Pakistan is proud of the outcomes of the Senate elections, including that no matter transpired through the recently-held polls is a results of the ECP’s ‘failure’.

Govt condemns assault on Dr Shahbaz Gill

The training minister additionally criticised the assault on Dr Shahbaz Gill earlier within the day, alleging that the PML-N instigated the assault.

“A disappointing incident took place today in which shoes and ink were thrown at Shahbaz Gill,” he stated. “We condemn this attack.”

“When matters go according to the wishes of the PML-N, everything is fine; however, when things go against them, the party decides to attack,” stated the minister.

“The PML-N has been responsible for an attack on the Supreme Court in the past,” he recalled. 

“When the prime minister was seeking a vote of confidence, their leaders arrived [outside the parliament] to instigate a fight,” added Mehmood. 

He stated the PML-N ought to mirror on its choices and actions, which have been taking politics in direction of confrontation and violence.

Tensions rise between ECP, govt

Tensions between the federal government and the ECP rose to fever pitch after the PTI misplaced the vital Senate election for the Islamabad Common seat when former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gillani defeated Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh regardless of not having ample numbers in his camp. 

In his handle to the nation following the election, PM Imran Khan had lashed out on the ECP and accused it of permitting horse-trading to happen.

The fee had hit again on the authorities a day later, saying that it has “never come under any sort of pressure and God willing, will not in the future as well”.

“We cannot ignore the law and the Constitution to please anyone,” the ECP had stated.

Referring to former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani’s victory over Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, the ECP had stated it ‘rejects’ the evaluation and criticism that’s being levelled over one results of the Senate elections.

“This is the beauty of democracy and independent elections and the secret ballot which the entire nation witnessed, which was according to the Constitution,” it had stated.

The ECP had stated that it had heard all delegations that had referred to as on it to debate election-related issues and carried out an in depth evaluate of their issues and suggestions forward of the Senate polls.

“The election commission hears everyone but fulfills its responsibilities in accordance with the law and Constitution and takes decisions independently, not under any sort of pressure,” the assertion had learn.

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