ECP decries ‘misleading propaganda’, says never allowed any govt to interfere in polling

A guard and a signboard outdoor the Election Commission of Pakistan. — AFP/File
  • During Punjab by-polls, ECP despatched out a transparent message that rigging would consequence in strict motion, spokesperson says.
  • He says propaganda used to be being unfold in opposition to ECP about secret voting in Senate election.
  • Says ECP used to be lately running on EVMs, discovering a mechanism to permit in another country Pakistanis to vote.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Sunday decried the “misleading propaganda” being performed referring to some selections and occasions and clarified that the frame has “not allowed any government to interfere in the electoral process.”

According to a remark issued through the fee’s spokesperson, propaganda used to be being unfold in opposition to the ECP in regards to the factor of secret voting in the Senate election.

He mentioned that Article 226 of the Constitution has obviously said which election will likely be performed following the method of secret voting, subsequently, the fee may now not be declared accountable of violating the Constitution.

The spokesperson, in the remark, mentioned that news in regards to the ECP refusing to factor the notification about PPP Senator Yusuf Raza Gilani being the winner of the Islamabad basic seat for Senate on the request of the PTI used to be additionally a part of propaganda.

“Why wouldn’t Gilani be not notified when the results were issued after the voting in the National Assembly? What would be the legal justification for withholding the notification of any winning candidate?” the spokesperson requested, including that the ECP taking motion in opposition to PPP’s Ali Musa Gilani used to be additionally according to propaganda.

The spokesperson additional mentioned that the best way elections have been rigged all through the Daska by-election has been unheard of, including that since two high-level inquiries proved that the presiding officials have been abducted, whilst the police and the management published unexpected information concerning the rigging in their statements, then the ECP’s determination to reorder polling used to be justified. 

The ECP spokesperson maintained that 80% of the a success applicants weren’t from the ruling birthday celebration in all of the by-elections, whilst the frame didn’t permit any govt to interfere in the electoral procedure.

“The government was not allowed to interfere in the by-elections of 20 constituencies of Punjab as the ECP had sent out a clear message that if anything of that sort happened, strict action would be taken,” he mentioned, including that stepped forward safety deterred gunmen and outdoor meddlers all through the election on account of which all political events permitted the election effects.

Regarding the advent of digital vote casting machines (EVMs) in the polls, the spokesperson mentioned that handiest two nations in the arena, India and Brazil, have been the use of EVMs this present day.

“Both countries took 22 to 25 years to adopt this system, respectively. Elections are held at different times in Indian states,” he mentioned. “ECP officials also met with the Brazilian ambassador to discuss the issue, and he said that it would be a ‘miracle for the EVMs system to be used in Pakistan by October 2023 elections'”.

He additional said that the ECP used to be lately running on EVMs in addition to discovering a mechanism to permit in another country Pakistanis to forged their votes in long run elections.

In this regard, the spokesperson mentioned that the document of the machine made through the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) for in another country vote casting has been submitted to the Parliament beneath the order of the Supreme Court, however to date, no dialogue may well be hung on that.

The govt additionally were given the machine audited through a global company, he mentioned, including that the then secretary of the Information and Technology division and representatives of the global company briefed the fee.

According to the briefing, if the machine created through NADRA used to be hired, the election can be “suspicious and controversial”.

“Should the ECP adopt the system which experts and government representatives have such opinions about?” he wondered. 

The spokesperson additional mentioned that PTI’s Faisal Vawda’s case used to be beneath listening to in the Supreme Court, so any remark referring to that might now not be suitable.

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