The Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday mentioned it can search proof of accusations by Minister for Railways Azam Khan Swati and Minister for Info and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry, levelled towards Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikander Sultan Raja and the fee.
The choice was made throughout an ECP assembly — headed by CEC Raja — to debate the matter of the federal ministers’ allegations.
The assembly was attended by ECP members Nisar Durrani, Shah Muhammad Jatoi, and different officers of the fee.
It was additionally determined within the assembly that notices shall be issued to Swati and Chaudhry for the allegations which have been levelled by the previous throughout a gathering of the Senate Standing Committee for Parliamentary Affairs and one other held the night time prior on the President Home, and people levelled by the latter throughout a press convention.
The ECP has additionally sought data of the Presidential Home and Senate Standing Committee conferences and Chaudhry’s press convention from Pakistan Digital Media Regulatory Authority.
Chaudhry keen to present ‘detailed response’ to ECP’s discover
Chaudhry, in response to the ECP’s announcement, mentioned that he’ll give a “detailed response” when will get the discover.
For now, he wrote on Twitter: “With all due respect for the ECP, if you don’t want to focus on political ongoings, then your conduct needs to be freed from politics.”
He went on to state that the ECP, as an establishment, has an “incontestable” standing however personalities related to the physique are “not above errors” and all criticism is at all times directed in direction of people and never the establishment itself.
Allegations by the federal ministers
On Friday, the ECP officers had walked out of a gathering of the Senate Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs after Swati accused the fee of taking cash from corporations that make digital voting machines.
In a while the day, Info and Broadcasting Minister Fawad Chaudhry mentioned throughout a press convention that it appears the ECP has “turn out to be the headquarters for Opposition events” and the chief election commissioner is “appearing as their mouthpiece”.