ECP decries ‘misleading propaganda’, says never allowed any govt to interfere in polling

ECP decries ‘misleading propaganda’, says never allowed any govt to interfere in polling

 


The Pakistan Electoral Commission (ECP) on Sunday condemned the “misleading propaganda” being carried out regarding some decisions and events, saying the commission “will not allow any  government to interfere in the electoral process.” It was revealed thatAnti-ECP propaganda is circulating around the issue of secret ballots in Senate elections, according to a statement by the spokesman for the Commission.He said that Article 226 of the Constitution clearly states which elections should be held by secret ballot, so the Commission cannot be found guilty of unconstitutionality.A spokesman said in a statement that the news that the ECP had refused to issue a notice that PPP Senator Yusuf Raza Gilani had won the Senate seat in Islamabad at his PTI request was also part of the propaganda. said it is.“Why wasn’t Gilani notified when the results were announced after the National Assembly vote?” a spokesman asked, saying that the PPP’s ECP crackdown on Ali Musa Gilani was also based on propaganda. He added that there are.The spokesperson further said that the way elections were rigged during the Daska by-election has been unprecedented, adding that since two high-level inquiries proved that the presiding officers were kidnapped, while the police and the administration revealed surprising facts about the rigging in their statements, then the ECP’s decision to reorder polling was justified.The ECP spokesperson maintained that 80% of the successful candidates were not from the ruling party in all the by-elections, while the body did not allow any government to interfere in the electoral process.”The government was not allowed to interfere in the by-elections of 20 constituencies of Punjab as the ECP had sent out a clear message that if anything of that sort happened, strict action would be taken,” he said, adding that improved security deterred gunmen and outside meddlers during the election because of which all political parties accepted the election results.Regarding the introduction of electronic voting machines (EVMs) in the polls, the spokesperson said that only two countries in the world, India and Brazil, were using EVMs at the moment.”Both countries took 22 to 25 years to adopt this system, respectively. Indian states hold elections at different times,” he said. “ECP officials also met with the Brazilian ambassador to discuss the issue and said it would be a miracle if an EVM system were introduced in Pakistan by the October 2023 elections.” prepared by the National Database and Registry Authority (NADRA) was submitted to Congress by order of the Supreme Court, but so far no discussion on it has been able to be held by international companies. Technical departments and representatives of international companies have informed the Commission

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