ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) skipped one of the key meetings of the electoral reforms committee on Tuesday in which proposals for electoral reform were sought from all political parties and the general public.
During the last meeting, the PTI had demanded a public hearing and asked the panel to reconsider the decision to appoint Senator Ishaq Dar as the head of the committee.
According to sources, Pakistan Peoples Party’s MNA Naveed Qamar demanded an explanation for the PTI’s absence. He suggested to Ishaq Dar that another meeting should be convened so that the PTI does not complain about not being included in the deliberations.
Senator Ishaq Dar informed the committee that some staff members were revealing inaccurate information about the proceedings to the media.
However, Dar said that this would not be a solution to the problem and it was best not to allow staff members to attend the meeting next time. A final decision will be taken on this matter at the next meeting scheduled for August 19.
PML-N leader Anusha Rehman backed this solution and decided there was no other solution to stop such revelations.
Framework of rules
The Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reforms also framed its rules and regulations. According to the new rules – which would be made public after getting approval – the chairperson of the committee would convene a meeting within seven days. Alternatively, one-fourth of the members can summon a committee meeting.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 13th,2014.
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