ECP to issue notices to Fawad Chaudhry, Azam Khan Swati for levelling allegations

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has decided to issue notices to Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry and Railways Minister Azam Khan Swati for levelling serious allegations against the commission and Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikander Sultan Raja.

CEC Raja Monday headed a meeting of the ECP where the matter of allegations levelled by the federal ministers was discussed.

ECP members Nisar Durrani, Shah Muhammad Jatoi, and other officials of the commission attended the meeting.

The meeting condemned the allegations against the ECP and chief election commissioner and decided to seek proof backing the accusations by President Dr Arif Alvi and Swati during the Senate’s Standing Committee meeting.
Moreover, the meeting decided to issue legal notices to both the ministers.

The ECP has also sought records of the Presidential Palace, Senate Standing Committee Meeting, and Chaudhry’s press conference from Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority in the said regard.

Allegations by the federal ministers
On Friday, the ECP officials had walked out of a meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs after Swati accused the commission of taking money from companies that make electronic voting machines.

Later on the day, Information and Broadcasting Minister Fawad Chaudhry said during a press conference that it seems the ECP has “become the headquarters for Opposition parties” and the chief election commissioner is “acting as their mouthpiece”.

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