Fawad, Swati seek time to reply to ECP

Ministers had accused the ECP chief of taking bribes, acting as opposition's mouthpiece


Our Correspondent September 24, 2021
Information and Broadcasting Minister Chaudhry Fawad Hussain, Federal Minister for Railways Azam Khan Swati and Advisor to PM Dr Babar Awan addressing a press conference in Islamabad. PHOTO: PID

ISLAMABAD:

The ministers of information and railways, Fawad Chaudhry and Azam Swati, on Thursday, sought six weeks from the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to respond to the latter’s notice.

According to sources, both the ministers were not able to respond to the country’s electoral authority’s notices of September 16. Through the notices, the ECP had sought responses from both the ministers in seven days over the latter’s allegations of bribery against the commission.

Earlier this month, during a meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs, Swati accused the ECP of taking bribes to rig polls and said that such institutions should be “set on fire”. Moreover, Fawad during a press conference had termed the chief election commissioner (CEC) a “mouthpiece for the opposition”.

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The ECP had rejected the government’s allegations as “baseless and fabricated.” It had also demanded of Swati to submit a piece of evidence for the comments he made about the ECP in the standing committee meeting.

The commission had also sought records from the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority as well as all material regarding the standing committee incident and the press conference to be presented before it.

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