ISLAMABAD: In a meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs, Railway Minister Azam Khan Swati lashed out at the Election Commission of Pakistan, by saying that it should be set on fire.
The federal minister blamed that the ECP had taken money and had always been involved in rigging.
He said that the ECP was a cause of destruction of democracy in the country, “such institutions should be set on fire ”.
Election Commission officials walked out of the committee meeting on the allegations of the federal minister for railways.
Adviser to the Prime Minister on Parliamentary Affairs Babar Awan said that the ECP had said in the letter that it had objections to the electronic voting machine, but did not say how the secrecy would be violated.
Babar Awan said that electronic voting was more secure, it would be verifiable and would be audited.
On the other hand, the Pakistan Peoples Party has demanded from the government to seek apology from the ECP for its behavior.
PPP Senator Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar said it was shameful the government was levelling allegations on a constitutional institution of bribery.
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Friday issued details about local bodies elections in cantonment areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The ECP said elections for 33 wards of cantonment boards in seven districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa would be held on September 12 (Sunday). The election campaign would culminate at midnight tonight. More than 113,000 voters will be able to use their right to choose their representatives.
Total 169 candidates are vying in the seven districts. 131 polling stations have been established in the province, out of which 54 are for men, 52 for women and 25 are joint polling stations. Elections would be held on five general seats in Peshawar, four in Nowshera, three in Risalpur, two in Mardan, three in Kohat, two in Bannu, two in DI Khan, 10 in Abbottabad and two in Havelian Cantt.