National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq on Saturday accused the Election Commission of Pakistan of holding a bias against the Pakistan Muslim League-N.
The PML-N leader said that the Chief Election Commissioner Sardar Raza Khan did not even respond to his call and left his office without meeting the party representatives. “I am still the National Assembly Speaker,” he said in a press conference along with the former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Marriyum Aurangzeb. Sadiq called the attitude of ECP Chairman, ‘regrettable’.
“We’ve come here to ask for him to step down,” the PML-N leader revealed. “We have filed a request for the recount of the votes cast in NA-57 and the returning officer’s decision to be declared null and void”. ECP spokesperson Altaf Khan, in a media talk held to respond to Ayaz Sadiq’s press conference, said that Sadiq came to visit the office as a representative of his party. Khan said that the ECP chief went back home early due to the absence of other members. “We have received all requests and complaints on voting,” he said. “We won’t be influenced or pressurized by the tactics being adopted by the PML-N.”
The ECP spokesperson hit back, saying the ECP chief had waited to meet Sadiq, but the latter failed to appear and the electoral body’s chief left.
“Sadiq wanted to set up a meeting with the entire ECP board,” he said and added, ” we conveyed to him that it was not possible but he could meet the top electoral body’s chief instead”.