ECP wants PM to consider reservations on electoral reforms bill

 ECP wants PM to consider reservations on electoral reforms bill

Election Commission of Pakistan

Islamabad, 19 June: Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) formally conveyed its reservations on electoral reforms planned by the incumbent government(PTI) through an amendment bill in Senate.

According to a letter conveyed to the Parliamentary Affairs ministry, the ECP has asked them to bring the election body’s reservations into the notice of Prime Minister Imran Khan before tabling the bill in the Senate.

Sources in the government shared that the letter bearing the date of June 17 was leaked to the media before being received by them and its content has also been published two days back.

As per details, the ECP said that the proposed law- the Elections (Amendment) Act 2020- carries an amendment seeking voting through an open ballot which was against Article 226 of the Constitution of Pakistan.

“The ECP has already given its point of view in this regard during a presidential reference on the open ballot in the Supreme Court,” the letter said and added that the power of the ECP could be curtailed in case of implementation of the law.

The matter should be raised with Prime Minister Imran Khan before tabling the electoral reforms bill in the Senate, it said.

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Yesterday, President of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi said that the final decision regarding the use of electronic voting machines (EVMs) in elections will be taken by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

According to a press release issued in this regard, the president was chairing a meeting of the sub-committee on emerging technologies in i-voting. He said government organizations would facilitate the ECP in executing the process of electoral reforms in a transparent manner. President also called for addressing the reservations, raised by the ECP, regarding the amendment of the electoral laws. He emphasized that vote was a fundamental right of every citizen, and they could not be deprived of their basic right due to the weaknesses of the system.

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