ECP takes notice of horse-trading allegations in Senate elections

Summons on March 14 politicians making claims of horse-trading

Irfan Ghauri March 06, 2018
ECP building in Islamabad. PHOTO: ECP.GOV.PK

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday took notice of horse-trading allegations levelled against parliamentarians in the March 3 Senate elections.

In what appears to be a belated move, the ECP has summoned several politicians who have been appearing in the media with allegations of horse-trading. The election body has asked them to submit proofs if they have any to substantiate their claims.

They have been summoned by the commission on March 14 to initiate an investigation into the claims so that action can be taken against those involved.

Senate 'horse-trading' claims stoke tension among PTI ranks

Allegations of horse-trading in Senate polls had been doing the rounds even before the Senate polls were held on March 3.

Earlier in the day, Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) leader Dr Farooq Sattar had stated that he would approach the apex court and the ECP over the alleged horse-trading and coercion in the Senate elections. Sattar claimed that loyalties of 15 MPAs of the MQM-P shifted due to “threats and bribes”.

On Monday, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan had claimed that some K-P Assembly members affiliated with his party had sold votes in the Senate elections. Terming this ‘disappointing’, he said a committee had been constituted to probe the matter and strict action would be taken against such individuals.

Senate 'horse-trading' claims stoke tension among PTI ranks

He said many lawmakers turned down offers amounting to Rs40 million. “I salute those who chose not to do so. Those who traded votes for money will be dealt with strictly,” he had said.

Those who have been sent notices include Imran Khan, Dr Farooq Sattar, Amir Muqam, Marriyum Aurangzeb, Shahab Uddin Khan, Uzma Bukhari and Raza Haroon.

Former Supreme Court chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has also approached the top court with plea to cancel the Senate polls results.


Essay | 6 years ago | Reply  True that PTI Chief, Imran Khan is crying foul (again), however senate elections 2018 serve as a small victory for Pakistan’s weak democracy in the face of constant external interference. PML-N Took the Lion’s Share Source: Express TribuneThe results’ table amply manifests that it was PML-N that took the lion’s share of the senate seats. While it is quite normal for the party with a majority in the lower house to bag maximum seats in the senate elections, PML-N fought against unprecedented odds to win a majority in Senate this year.
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