Federal Minister for Data and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry (L) and Minister for Science and Know-how Shibli Faraz, addressing a press convention at Press Data Division, Islamabad, on September 19, 2021. — PID

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Data and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry has proclaimed that the 2023 basic elections will solely be held after electoral reforms are applied.

The minister made the assertion whereas addressing a press convention with federal minister for Science and Know-how Shibli Faraz within the federal capital on Sunday.

“Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja ought to retire and enter politics if he cannot avoid controversies”, stated Chaudhry , in continued criticism of the CEC.

He accused the CEC and Opposition of making obstacles in the way in which of electoral reforms.

The minister stated that the  ECP elevating objections on the EVMs “displays a selected mindset”, as he went on to state that CEC Raja is towards EVMs “below some agenda”.

He stated that the objections raised on the usage of digital voting machines (EVMs) had been raised “intentionally” and solely 10 out of the Election Fee of Pakistan’s (ECP) 37 objections had been associated to the EVMs.

He accused the ECP of “disappearing” all factors in its report that had been in favour of EVM.

Chaudhry additionally questioned the CEC’s absence in conferences attended by the president, saying that “this isn’t a banana republic” for him to behave this fashion.

“He doesn’t hassle in regards to the Supreme Court docket, the president of Pakistan, Nationwide Database and Registration Authority, or something, if he isn’t in a superb temper,” the minister alleged.

The minister stated that it’s the first time in Pakistan’s historical past that the federal government is talking about bringing election reforms, as prior to now it was all the time the Opposition that talked about it.

“The reforms launched by the federal government have elevated the folks’s belief within the voting course of far past the earlier 33% and everybody agrees that the present election system wants reforms,” stated Chaudhry.

He reiterated that PTI has all the time supported electoral reforms and EVMs as a result of they need unbiased and honest elections.

Chaudhry requested the Opposition and ECP to place ahead their ideas for reforms in the event that they don’t settle for those launched by the federal government.

He added that the federal government will ask two members of the ECP to step ahead and evaluation the factors raised by CEC Raja within the ECP report.

‘We don’t solely discuss of EVMs however expertise’

Faraz, whereas addressing the convention, stated that they authorities shouldn’t be speaking about EVMs alone but in addition in regards to the function of expertise.

He stated that the federal government desires to convey EVMs with a purpose to make elections honest “however sadly the ECP itself is biased”.

“This is not going to be allowed that on the whim of 1 election commissioner, the nation is taken off the trail to progress,” he vowed.

The science minister stated that the ECP “didn’t even hassle to examine the EVMs”.

“27 out of 37 objections raised by the ECP highlighted its personal incompetence and had been criticism towards itself,” stated Faraz.

He stated that the ECP is “simply passing time” however he desires to clarify that this matter is not going to go to 2028.

He stated {that a} invoice will likely be handed for the electoral reforms within the joint assembly of the Parliament.

Marriyum calls for ‘punishment’ for federal ministers

In the meantime, PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb known as for the ECP to “punish” federal ministers talking out towards it.

She stated that the ministers are “blackmailing ECP on the orders of Prime Minister Imran Khan”, including that stress is being mounted on the establishment so {that a} beneficial ruling will be obtained within the “unlawful international funding case” towards the PTI.

She additional alleged that PM Imran Khan is “pressurising the ECP to cease a report on the Daska elections and theft of votes coming to the fore”.

Aurangzeb stated that the federal government “doesn’t have the solutions” to questions raised by the ECP and parliament.

She stated that “scary ECP members towards the CEC is an assault on Constitutional our bodies”, demanding that the ECP take authorized motion towards the federal ministers below Article 10 of the Election Act.

“The intense allegations towards the ECP are a proof of the federal government’s non-democratic and dictatorial mindset,” stated Aurangzeb.

She stated that the federal government and its ministers “who’re a product of Outcomes Transmission System” are “levelling baseless allegations” towards the ECP.

The PML-N spokesperson stated that CEC Raja and the parliament are talking the language of the regulation and Structure “however the authorities can’t perceive it”.

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