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  • PM Imran Khan pens letter to NA Speaker after Senate elections.
  • Premier stresses the necessity to carry transparency within the elections.
  • Says it’s vital to make use of know-how to strengthen the electoral system.

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday penned a letter to Nationwide Meeting Speaker Asad Qaiser asking him to type an electoral reform committee in a bid to carry transparency to the elections.

“The recent Senate elections have highlighted once again the scourge of vote purchasing in the prevailing non-transparent manner of conducting elections,” the premier stated within the letter.

The premier, within the letter, highlighted that the treasury bench had submitted a invoice for “meaningful electoral reforms to remove the prevailing stigma attached to our electoral process”.

“I would request you to immediately form an inter-party parliamentary committee to discuss these reforms and come to an agreement on how to introduce best practices including the use of technology and introduction of EVMs (electronic voting machines) to strengthen our electoral system and democracy,” he stated.

The premier stated the duty must be accomplished in a definitive time-frame in order that sufficient time is given to the related establishment to carry reforms earlier than the subsequent normal election.

“In the context of the Senate, my party and I asked for open ballots to ensure transparency and fairness given how Senate elections had achieved notoriety as being a major market for the purchase of votes,” he stated.

The prime minister highlighted that the federal government had moved the Supreme Courtroom on this regard and the judiciary directed the Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP) to make sure clear, honest, and free elections and said that secrecy of the poll was not absolute”.

“Unfortunately, the ECP paid no heed to the SC judgment and failed to carry out fair and free Senate elections,” he lamented.

“The malaise of our prevailing electoral system including but not limited to the free flow of money to purchase votes has been the subject of critique after all elections with the losers declaring the results to have been rigged,” he stated.

PM Imran Khan stated the observe had begun to destroy the whole “credibility of all elections in Pakistan” casting a shadow of doubt over our total democratic course of in addition to the functioning of our parliamentary system.

“It is in the interest of democracy in Pakistan to establish a credible and transparent electoral system and put an end to all venues that allow for corrupt practices that are eroding our parliamentary democracy,” the premier stated.

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