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ECP takes notice of PM Imran’s speech

Decision on vital appointments in ECP expected today

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has taken the notice of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s allegations on the electoral body, according to the sources.

According to details, the election commission has convened a special meeting in this regard tomorrow following PM Imran’s address to the nation, in which he accused the electoral body of undermining democracy.

Relevant sources have informed that the meeting chaired by the Chief Election Commissioner will review the Prime Minister’s statement and will issue a response “within the constitutional limits”.

A few hours earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan lashed out at the ECP for “protecting those who made money by holding the Senate elections through secret ballot”. “You (ECP) have a big role, your biggest responsibility is holding honest and transparent elections,” he added,

He noted that the SC also gave an opportunity to the ECP to conduct the elections through secret ballot but have the ballot be identifiable. In such a mode, the premier said, the PTI would be able to identify its members “who were sold”.

“You protected these criminals through secret ballot, you have damaged our democracy,” he told the ECP. “Tell me what kind of democracy is this that one becomes a senator after giving money; is this democracy?”