Govt demands resignation from Election Commission


ISLAMABAD: The government has demanded the resignation of the Election Commission of Pakistan.

Addressing a press conference with Federal Ministers Shabley Faraz and Fawad Chaudhry, Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood said that the Election Commission had failed and the neutral umpire was not playing the role so he should resign as a collective.

He said that people’s trust had gone from the Election Commission, a new Election Commission was to be held.

He further said that the Chief Election Commissioner and the members of the Election Commission should resign immediately and Parliament should be given the opportunity to form a new Election Commission on which everyone has confidence.
He said the general elections would be two and a half years after the by-elections, but the Election Commission should be trusted.

Shafqat Mahmood said that PTI, which is the largest party in the National Assembly and Senate, also did not trust the Election Commission.

He added that no reference would be filed against the Election Commission.

Shafqat Mahmood said that the Prime Minister had long sought the power of money in the election, the Prime Minister wanted for the transparency of the Senate election through open ballot.

The education minister said that the Prime Minister always said that the purchase of votes was to purify the Senate election.

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