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  • Federal minister Fawad Chaudhry says the Election Fee of Pakistan has misplaced the arrogance of all political events.
  • He says ECP has did not conduct the Senate elections in a free, honest and clear method.
  • The PTI authorities has demanded the ECP members to step down.

ISLAMABAD: The PTI authorities on Tuesday introduced to provoke contempt proceedings towards the Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP) if it didn’t tender resignations.

Briefing the media after the Cupboard assembly, which met with Prime Minister Imran Khan within the chair, Minister for Science and Know-how Fawad Chaudhry stated consultations had been held with the attorney-general.

“They are working on the case that if the ECP — chief election commissioner (CEC) and four provincial members — did not step down, the government could initiate the contempt of court proceedings against them and also use all available options on that count,”The News reported the minister as saying.

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On Monday, the federal government had demanded the ECP to resign as it had “completely failed” to hold Senate elections in a transparent manner.

Fawad Chaudhry explained that they (ECP members) should themselves realise the situation and bow out; otherwise, the government had solutions (options) available to it and one of them was the contempt of court proceedings against them; and others could also be used.

“In the capacity of a political party, we demand you step down so that the Parliament could install a new election commissioner,” the minister instructed the electoral physique.

Justifying the federal government demand, he stated the incumbent fee had misplaced the arrogance of all political events after its failure to conduct the Senate elections in a free, honest and clear method and test corrupt practices.

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Referring to Article 218 (3), Fawad contended that the Election Fee’s prime accountability was to make sure free, honest and clear elections and stem possibilities of corrupt practices, which it did not do and all political events had consensus thereon.

Likewise, he continued that the ECP was given an recommendation by the Supreme Court docket of Pakistan to stick to its accountability as per the Structure and make use of know-how in order that free and clear elections of the Senate may very well be held, however it did not implement the identical.

Even earlier than the elections, he identified, some movies went viral after which requested journalists had been the Senate elections free, honest and clear and there have been no corrupt practices concerned within the course of.

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