ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Sunday strongly condemned National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq’s statements and denied the allegations.
Reacting to the statement, the ECP said that criticizing institutions for the sake of personal aims is unfortunate. It said that the Election Commission is aware of its constitutional responsibilities and that the law cannot be molded as per the wishes of an individual.
The ECP said that people sitting on public positions must respect the institutions and that criticizing the institutions for the sake of personal gains is unfortunate.
Speaker National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq on Sunday said that sending case to the Election Tribunal without hearing their side is Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) ‘incapability and dishonesty’.
Talking to the media in Lahore, the Speaker said the ECP understands the language of threats and not love, adding that he wouldn’t be using such a language had the ECP “any understanding of justice”.
He said PTI wants to use the backdoor and the ECP facilitated it, adding that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leaders didn’t deem it appropriate to involve his lawyer.
“Sending the case to Election Tribunal without hearing us is ECP’s incapability and dishonesty”, he said. “I wasn’t made aware if there was any petition, what should I call this if not dishonesty?”
Sadiq said he would consider going in front of the ECP on December 22.
It merits mentioning here that the Election Tribunal has sent notices to Ayaz Sadiq for December 22 over election irregularities and rigging allegations in NA-122 by-election.
Election Tribunal’s head Rashid Qamar has started hearing PTI leader Abdul Aleem Khan’s petition over the by-election. The petition pleads nullification of the result while leveling the allegations of rigging.
Reportedly, Khan had filed a petition in the ECP which was sent by the commission to the election tribunal for processing.
The petition alleges that rigging took place in the NA-122 by-election, adding that over 30 thousand votes were transferred in and out of the constituency. It says the ECP only has the record of 7000 transfers of votes.