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Maulana Fazlur Rehman rejects EVM bill

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) chairman Moulana Fazlur Rehman said on Wednesday rejected the electoral reforms introduced by the government led by Prime Minister Imran Khan and Electronic Voting Machines.

Talking to media in Quetta on Wednesday, he said that the government has proved our claims, adding that the opposition’s movement is to bring the institutions to the original side.

The JUI-F chief said that everything would devastate if the country s economy is ruined, adding that people are selling their children due to rising inflation.

The joint opposition has announced to challenge the recent legislation by the joint session of Parliament including EVMs and others.

Shahbaz Sharif flanked by the PPP chairman, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, speaking to media outside Parliament, said legislation was bulldozed today and the National Assembly speaker had “trampled” Parliamentary traditions.

“Legislation cannot take place in such an atmosphere […] the Opposition’s votes counted were far fewer than their actual numbers,” the PML-N president said.

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Shahbaz said the Opposition told the speaker that the government’s votes were not enough to get the bills passed, but Qaiser “did not listen to us”.

“We believe three or four additional votes were counted in favour of the government,” he said. Speaking on the occasion, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that the incumbent government passed the laws by bulldozing the constitution. 

Earlier, the Joint Sitting of the Parliament passed The Elections Second Amendment Bill, 2021, granting the right of vote to overseas Pakistanis and providing for use of electronic voting machines in the elections.

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