PTI, PML join hands for reforms in ECP

*Qureshi asks all ECP staff to step down on moral ground *Shujaat says ECP fails to conduct free, transparent polls

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Wednesday said that all members of the Election Commission of Pakistan should step down on moral ground.

Speaking to journalists after meeting with Pakistan Muslim League leadership here, Qureshi said they were not demanding to dissolve the entire body of the Election Commission but they have urged all members of the commission to resign on moral ground.

He said PTI and PML agreed that the Election Commission could not fulfill its responsibilities to conduct a free and transparent election on May 11 last year. He said their demand for resignation of all members of the commission based on failure to accomplish their duty for transparent elections.

Qureshi said both parties have agreed for comprehensive reforms in the Election Commission for free and transparent polls in future. He said all records of rigging were broken during May 11 polls in 2013 as almost all parties were raising fingers on the commission and complaining for rigging in last polls.

The PTI leader said that the PML also joined the campaign for reforms in the Election Commission, adding that now three major parties in the parliament demanded these reforms as PPP was also on the same page with them. Both the parties have nominated their members to constitute a joint committee to finalise their demands for reforms in the Election Commission, he said.

He said that Arif Alvi and Shafqat Mehmood would present PTI in the proposed committee while Kamil Ali Agha and Tariq Bashir Cheema would give suggestion on behalf of PML. Former prime minister and PML President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain said that reforms in the Election Commission of Pakistan were need of the hour, as general elections have doubted credibility of the democratic process.

In the past, he said the parties which lost the contest had blamed for rigging but last year’s polls were unique as all winning political parties making allegations of rigging. He said that it was clear that the Election Commission has failed to conduct free and transparent elections.

Javed Hashmi said that a former chief justice of Pakistan had stepped down for the same reason; therefore other members of the commission should also admit their failure and resign from their posts.

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