ISLAMABAD: The government has demanded the resignation of Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja and all other members of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
While addressing a joint news conference in Islamabad today, along with federal ministers Shibli Faraz and Fawad Chaudhry, federal minister Shafqat Mehmood said the ECP had “completely failed” in fulfilling its responsibilities.
The commission fails to hold the recently-held Senate elections in a transparent manner.
“It was a longstanding demand of the prime minister that the power of money should not be used to influence elections,” said Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood.
Mehmood added that the government had told the ECP to implement a system wherein it would not be possible for corrupt practices to take place. The minister called on the election commission to be disbanded, alleging that it had failed to meet up to the standards required of it.
“To ensure transparent elections are held is the responsibility of the election commission. This responsibility was not fulfilled,” adding that “the election commission failed to act as a neutral umpire hence it should resign,” added Mehmood.
Shafqat also claimed that the ruling party was not the only one who didn’t trust the ECP. “If you ask other parties, even they don’t have confidence in the ECP.”
“The ECP should collectively resign and a new commission should be made which enjoys the trust of all parties,” he said.