ECP protected those who earned money by holding the senate elections through secret ballot: Prime Minister Imran

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Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday criticized the PDM for “mocking democracy”, while calling on the ECP to “protect those who made money by holding the Senate elections through secret ballot.”

The Prime Minister made the remarks in a speech to the nation explaining the political situation in the country that emerged after Wednesday’s Senate elections in which the opposition managed to cause turmoil.

At the beginning of his speech, the Prime Minister said, “It is important to talk about and explain them, because the problems in our country can be understood through the type of elections that took place.”

He said that when the movement participated in the Senate elections six years ago, he realized that “money is being used” in the Senate elections. He said this is not a new phenomenon, but it has lasted 30-40 years.

“The person who becomes a senator and wants to become one uses the money and who is buying?” Members of Parliament.

“So I was surprised when I learned and since then I started a campaign about what is the joke that is happening with our democracy? What kind of democracy is this?” He pointed out that the country’s leadership emerged from the elections to the upper and lower houses of parliament, and the prime minister and ministers were chosen from among the deputies.

“So I have been surprised since then that you are spending money, that a senator becomes a senator by bribing, and on the other hand [are] Those MPs who sell their conscience and vote after taking money, what is this democracy? Since then my campaign has started and I have said since then that there should be an open ballot. ”

In the 2018 Senate elections, Imran said he learned that 20 PTI MPs sold their votes after taking the money.

“We expelled the 20 members, but then I saw that it was not just me who said this, but the two main parties that signed the Democracy Pact – the Pakistan Muslim League – Nun and the Pakistan People’s Party – agreed that an open ballot should be held because the money and the party leaders added: Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz issued similar statements later “in the Senate elections.”

In light of the above, the Prime Minister said, PTI has submitted a bill in Parliament calling for the opening of balloting for the Senate elections. “Then we saw that it didn’t happen and the parties that said there should be an open ballot did not support us. Then we went to the Supreme Court and the whole case was heard in the Supreme Court. [During the hearings,] Judges repeatedly asked what money was being exchanged, and during that video clip surfaced of MPs taking money before the 2018 Senate elections, so no one had any doubts.

He indicated that while the matter was being considered in the Supreme Court, the Elections Commission of Pakistan (ECP) opposed open balloting, while the Supreme Committee had repeatedly said that holding fair and transparent elections was the responsibility of the Executive Committee.

Then all the parties of the PDM came together and said together that there should be a secret ballot when they all said in the past that there should be an open ballot.

Now I ask you all, what do you think the reason is [for their stance]Prime Minister Imran asked the nation: “These parties wanted open balloting before, so why did they all pay now for a secret ballot?”

He said that the opposition described the open ballot against the constitution and democracy, but asked: “Wasn’t that against the constitution when they signed the Democracy Charter? They put a bill in the Senate and said at the time that there should be an open ballot.”

Earlier, Radio Pakistan quoted the Prime Minister’s office as saying that the prime minister “is likely to take the nation into confidence about the prevailing political situation in the country.”

After a surprise in the Senate elections, opposition parties managed to maintain a majority in the Senate, and are now hoping for the two main positions of president and vice president, as the elections will be held by secret ballot on March 12th. .

As expected, the pending Senate featured the 37-seat Senate in Parliament with the opposition and ruling coalitions now comprising 53 and 47 members respectively in the (now) 100-member Senate.

Hours after the ruling coalition candidate, Finance Minister Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, was defeated by the joint candidate of the Pakistani Democratic Movement, Yusuf Raza Gilani, in a big surprise, the government announced that Prime Minister Imran would seek a new vote of confidence. The National Assembly.

The rejected votes played an important role in the coup, as Gilani received 169 votes against 164 votes for the Sheikh, with the number of rejected votes exceeding the margin of victory.

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