Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari strongly criticized the Pakistani government’s continued attacks on Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on the General Election Commission. Pakistan (ECP), said requests for resignation from polling officials were “blackmail”.
The PPP leadership, in a statement, said the ECP’s refusal to partner in the collusion and engineering of elections with PTI was considered a “rebellion”.
“The demand for resignation of the chairman of the election commissioners and members of the ECP is a tactic of blackmail on the part of the PTI government,” Bilawal said, accusing PTI of raising millions of dollars through foreign funding as a dubious political party to seize power.
Bilawal also said that the electoral authority must carry out its business in accordance with the constitution and related laws. “The threat to the ECP to force it to follow PTI’s electoral fraud strategy must be condemned firmly. Throughout, the nation and its Constitution support the ECP as a national institution. “
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Ha went on to say that an independent electoral commission was necessary for a true and living democracy and warned that any attempt to subdue and hold the ECP hostage as the PTI regime wishes would be stiffly opposed by all democratic forces.
Bilawal’s remarks came after the PTI government demanded the resignation of the ECP official – the chief electoral commissioner and four provincial members – while accusing poll watchdogs of “failing miserably” in holding transparent Senate elections and thereby losing the government’s trust.
Friction between government and ECP It comes when the latter insists in the Supreme Court that Senate elections must be done by secret ballot, taking a stand against the government’s attempts to hold elections by open ballot.
Then, elections were held by secret ballot on March 3. In the election, Hafeez Sheikh PTI lost to Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) Yousuf Raza Gilani in the general seat of Islamabad. Also, PTI is unhappy with the ECP following a re-vote order in Daska.
Earlier today, Prime Minister Imran Khan had contacted National Assembly Chairman Asad Qaiser, asking a multi-party parliamentary committee to review an electoral reform bill submitted by the Tehreek-e-Insaf Pakistan-led government in October 2020.
The current corruption-burdened system has been particularly badly exposed in recent Senate elections requiring immediate changes, Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar, while distributing the prime minister’s letter addressed to NA speakers, said in a tweet on Wednesday. .
On Monday, three federal ministers addressed a joint press conference in the federal capital, demanding his resignation ECP and the creation of a new EMB that everyone can trust.
The next day, the government also announced that it would initiate an insult process against the ECP if it did not submit its resignation. While briefing the media after the cabinet meeting, Science and Technology Minister Fawad Chaudhry said that consultations had been held with the Prosecutor General of Pakistan.
The federal minister said that the government could initiate humiliation against court proceedings ECP officials if they don’t step down, adding the government will use all available options on that count.