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ECP to issue notices to Fawad Chaudhry, Azam Swati for accusations levelled against it

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  • Chief election commissioner chairs ECP assembly to talk about allegations levelled against him and the ECP by federal ministers.
  • ECP decides to search proof backing the accusations by Minister for Railways Azam Khan Swati and Minister for Data Fawad Chaudhry.
  • ECP additionally seeks data from President Home, Senate Standing Committee for Parliamentary Affairs and Pakistan Digital Media Regulatory Authority.

The Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP) has determined to issue notices to Federal Minister for Data and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry and Railways Minister Azam Khan Swati for accusations against Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikander Sultan Raja and the fee.

CEC Raja on Tuesday chaired a gathering of the ECP the place the matter of allegations levelled by the federal ministers was mentioned.

ECP members Nisar Durrani, Shah Muhammad Jatoi, and different officers of the fee attended the assembly.

The members condemned the allegations “within the strongest attainable phrases” and rejected them.

The fee determined to search proof backing the accusations by Swati, which have been levelled throughout a gathering of the Senate Standing Committee for Parliamentary Affairs and one other held the night time prior on the President Home, and people by Chaudhry which have been levelled throughout a press convention.

The assembly determined to issue authorized notices to each the ministers.

The ECP has additionally sought data of the Presidential Home and Senate Standing Committee conferences and Chaudhry’s press convention from Pakistan Digital Media Regulatory Authority.

Chaudhry says will give ‘detailed response’ when he will get discover

Chaudhry, in response to the ECP’s announcement, mentioned that he’ll give a “detailed response” when will get the discover.

For now, he wrote on Twitter: “With all due respect for the ECP, if you don’t want to talk about political ongoings, then your conduct ought to be freed from politics.”

He went on to state that the ECP, as an establishment, has an “incontestable” standing however personalities related to the physique are “not above errors” and all criticism is at all times directed in direction of people and never the establishment itself.

Allegations by the federal ministers

On Friday, the ECP officers had walked out of a gathering of the Senate Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs after Swati accused the fee of taking cash from firms that make digital voting machines.

Afterward the day, Data and Broadcasting Minister Fawad Chaudhry mentioned throughout a press convention that it appears the ECP has “turn out to be the headquarters for Opposition events” and the chief election commissioner is “appearing as their mouthpiece”.

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