ECP rejects PM Imran’s offensive remarks on Senate polls


ISLAMABAD – The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Friday rejected the statements of Prime Minister Imran Khan and his cabinet members regarding the allegations of “foul play” by allowing secret balloting in recent Senate elections.

The statement comes a day after the premier accused the Commission of damaging the democracy in the country by conducting Senate polls through a secret ballot. He further said that the ECP had protected those who minted money in the elections, besides raising questions on its responsibility of ensuring transparency in the polls.

The ECP said that remarks made by some cabinet members and the prime minister hurt it.

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The Election Commission is a constitutional and an independent institution and it takes decision in the light of the Constitution and law.

“We cannot ignore the law and constitution, and bring amendment to please someone,” the ECP said, adding that it will continue to work without taking any pressure.

The ECP heard everyone’s stance but the decision is taken as per the constitution, it added.

It is a shocking matter that the results of winning seats are accepted and losing seats are rejected despite the fact that the election is held under the same staff and under the same roof on the same day, it said and questioned: “Is this not open contradiction?”

It further said that what thing had barred the government from making legislation on the matter they have discussed.

The ECP further said that criticizing the constitutional institutions is tantamount to weakening them.

He urged the politician to mud-slinging.

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