Elahi for broader consultation before EC formation

Salim Ahmed

Lahore—Pakistan Muslim League-Q (PML-Q) senior central leader and former Deputy Prime Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi has said that views of all parliamentary parties and the people should be included in the formation of the Election Commission of Pakistan, before nomination of the members their names should be publicized and the committee should essentially have representation of all parliamentary parties.
No label of a party be on any member so that such impartial and non-controversial Election Commission is constituted on whose conducted polls no finger is raised, Elahi said while talking to media along with Senator Kamil Ali Agha, MNA Tariq Bashir Cheema and Muhammad Basharat at his residence here Sunday.
Elahi said that if the people concerned have to be consulted before name of a street is changed then how the voters can be ignored in the formation of the Election Commission, mistake of 2013 should not be repeated, Opposition leader should take all opposition parties along because if first brick is placed improperly then straight building cannot be raised, objections will continue to be raised on election held under the manoeuvred Election Commission like in the past.
Elahi said that from emphasis on making former bureaucrats member of the Election Commission and inclusion of relative of the rigging master it is apprehended that once again rigging is being planned, we had objected ahead of last general election to making own favourites in the four provinces as members of the Election Commission through which desired results were secured and these members continuously kept by-passing the Chief Election Commissioner, if this is done again this time then next election will also be rigged election, we warn opposition leader Khurshid Shah not to repeat mistake of 2013.

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