- ECP seeks name information report of 20 ‘lacking’ presiding officers.
- PTA asks authorities for a call on whether or not or not it ought to present the required data to the ECP.
- Below the legislation, each authorities official, company and authority is certain by the Structure and legislation to observe ECP orders.
ISLAMABAD: The Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP) has requested for the federal government’s “consent” to get the decision information report (CDR) of the cell numbers of the 20 presiding officers who had been ‘lacking’ for hours with ballots baggage through the latest NA-75 Daska by-election.
ECP has approached the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), sources within the authorities had been cited as saying by The News.
PTA has requested the federal government for a call on whether or not or not it ought to present the required data to the ECP.
Below the legislation, each authorities official, company and authority is certain by the Structure and the legislation to observe ECP orders with regard to its obligation of holding free and truthful elections. The fee’s order can’t be ignored except stayed or reversed by the Supreme Court docket.
Sources stated the federal government is feeling “uneasy” about ECP’s newest transfer, which may probably result in unmasking those that had deliberate and supervised the Daska by-poll rigging.
The decision information shall be important to find out the actions of the 20 ‘lacking’ presiding officers. The POs had disappeared for a number of hours after polling and the counting of votes as an alternative of instantly reporting to the RO.
If the info is given to ECP, it may imply exposing a “rigging plan”, a senior authorities officer advised The Information.
The ECP has already determined to refer the trial of the 20 presiding officers to a classes courtroom for his or her alleged involvement within the rigging of the Daska by-poll.
In its press launch on the day after the Daska by-poll, the ECP put it on report that solely the Punjab chief secretary was contacted as soon as at 3am, however he, too, by no means acquired again to the ECP with data concerning the lacking presiding officers. The Punjab IG, the commissioner and RPO Gujranwala, the involved deputy commissioner and DPO had been additionally contacted by the fee however none of those officers had been obtainable.
Whereas nullifying the Daska by-poll, the ECP had summoned the chief secretary and IG on March 4 in addition to ordering the elimination of the commissioner and RPO Gujranwala and the suspension of the involved deputy commissioner, DPO, two assistant commissioners and two DSPs.
ECP has but to determine whether or not inquiries towards these civil administration and law enforcement officials shall be carried out by it or referred to the federal and Punjab authorities.