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In letter to parliamentary leaders, NA speaker stresses have to type electoral reforms committee

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  • Speaker NA Asad Qaiser writes letter to all parliamentary leaders concerning the formation of an electoral reforms committee.
  • Says electoral reforms are “the need of the hour for transparent elections.”
  • “In the past, there was a market for buying and selling of votes, a practice which needs to be eradicated,” says Qaiser.

ISLAMABAD: Nationwide Meeting Speaker Asad Qaiser on Thursday wrote a letter to all parliamentary leaders within the Senate and Nationwide Meeting concerning the formation of a committee to supervise the problem of electoral reforms.

Within the letter, Qaiser wrote that representatives of all events can be included within the committee, including {that a} notification concerning the formation of the Electoral Reforms Committee can be issued after the nomination of parliamentary leaders within the Senate.

The letter additional stated that electoral reforms are “the need of the hour for transparent elections.”

Up to now, Qaiser wrote, there was a “market for buying and selling of votes, a practice which needs to be eradicated.”

The NA speaker additionally stated that parliamentary democracy must be “strengthened by eliminating corrupt practices, for which the introduction of electoral reforms is necessary before the next elections”.

A day earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan had written a letter to the NA Speaker concerning the formation of a parliamentary committee for electoral reforms.

“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 additionally wrote 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 convey reforms earlier than the subsequent basic elections.

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