There is a constitutional way in case of any objection, ECP responds to PM

The Nation  |  Mar 06, 2021

ISLAMABAD   -  The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Friday responded to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s criticism stating that the commission will never accept pressure from any quarter saying.

The commission will continue fulfilling its responsibilities in an appropriate manner for supremacy of the constitution, says a press release issued by the by ECP following a high-level meeting in the federal capital.

The meeting was chaired by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikander Sultan Raja. The ECP made it clear that if anyone has an objection to orders and directions of the commission, then there is a constitutional way for this. “There is a constitutional way in case of any objection on orders and directions of ECP. The commission heard the viewpoint of every delegation who wanted to meet and reviewed their suggestions in detail.”

Also, the meeting expressed satisfaction over the smooth holding of Senate elections as per constitution and law and expressed sorrow over expressions that were reached through media on the matter.

Ballistic missile strike kills one in northern Syria The commission clarified that the ECP is a constitutional independent body that makes decisions in accordance with the constitution and law. “We cannot ignore law and constitution or making any amendment.”

It also said that the main responsibility of ECP is not to making legislation but to protect it. ECP is always ready to listen to any suggestion, says the press release.

The ECP while showing its concerns over the remarks of the PM said that the statement of Imran Khan over the ECP’s role in the Senate elections was a huge contradiction as they accepted the results where they won and rejected the elections where they lost.

The commission further said that all the political parties should have courage to accept the defeat; saying that if someone was having dissent of opinion with ECP should come forward with evidence.

This is the beauty of democracy and independent elections and the secret ballot which the entire nation witness which was according to the Constitution and as per the law. The ECP elaborated the Senate elections were held as per the law and the Constitution and elections were conducted in a good and transparent way.

UK variant behind up to 90% of cases in parts of Spain The Commission said that the statements and discussions that had come to the electoral body through media reports were disappointing. It said that the statements made by some of the members of the federal cabinet and PM were beyond thinking.

PM Imran Khan in his speech late Thursday held the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) responsible for damaging the country’s democracy stating the body failed to hold a fair and transparent Senate election.

Accusing the ECP of allegedly protecting those who made money by holding Senate elections through secret ballot, the prime minister had said that the ECP’s failure to hold fair and transparent elections has damaged the country’s morality and democracy.

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