'PTI has no authority to dictate terms, seek explanation from ECP'

Published: August 25, 2015
Poll body expresses dismay over the ‘tone and tenor’ of PTI chief Imran Khan’s letter. PHOTO: AFP

Poll body expresses dismay over the ‘tone and tenor’ of PTI chief Imran Khan’s letter. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Expressing dismay over the “tone and tenor” of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan’s letter, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has made it clear that only a superior authority, not the PTI, can seek an explanation from the poll body.

While admitting that “a political party has every right to write to the ECP”, the poll body in its three-point response to PTI’s letter said no political party has any right to seek explanation or dictate its terms to the poll body as it would be “tantamount to impeding the independence of the ECP as enshrined in the Constitution.”

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After a judicial commission probing alleged rigging in the 2013 general elections announced its verdict last month, PTI had written a letter to the ECP on July 30, seeking an explanation on its proposals to address and rectify the failures and breaches in the organisation and conduct of the 2013 general elections in view of the findings of the final report of the inquiry commission. In addition, the party had also asked the ECP to initiate criminal prosecutions against all concerned officials for breach of official duties during the elections.

Later, the PTI chairman threatened to launch a movement against the commission in case the ECP failed to respond, and also demanded resignations of provincial members of the ECP.

Read: Imran Khan threatens sit-in against poll body

Responding to Khan, ECP Secretary Babar Yaqoob Fateh Muhammad said a meeting was held on August 24 in the chambers of the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) to discuss and deliberate on the letter addressed by the PTI chief to the CEC.

While expressing dismay over the ‘tone and tenor’ of the letter sent by the PTI chief, the ECP’s three point letter reads, “It was noticed that seeking an explanation of the commission is the sole obligation of a superior authority which prerogative the PTI cannot claim to enjoy.”

Read: PTI mulls filing reference against ECP members

Commenting on the final report of the general election 2013 Inquiry Commission 2015, ECP said it has reiterated its constitutional duty to overcome any shortages of resources and challenges of capacity. “In this regard, Parliament privileged to legislate on electoral reforms has already been briefed on the future course of the ECP has set for itself,” the ECP added.

The poll body further maintained that the actions taken or to be taken on the final report of inquiry commission is a matter only for the ECP to decide and no other party or agency should intervene in it.

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Reader Comments (23)

  • Imran Qadri
    Aug 25, 2015 - 5:09PM

    Only Imran Khan has right to attack parliament,PTV and not be answerable to anyone,while eveyone else in Pakistan are answerable to him because he considers himself to be King of Pakistan who himself can get away with any he commits,but wants to punish others .Recommend

  • M Usama Kabbir
    Aug 25, 2015 - 5:10PM

    Our homegrown Nazis: PTI and their bhai bhabhiRecommend

  • Aug 25, 2015 - 5:18PM

    Autonomy does not means you are liberty to do any wrong doing and you are beyond accountability – PTI is ready, Be ready to FACE THE MUSIC.

  • Hatim
    Aug 25, 2015 - 5:27PM

    Every citizen has the right to demand information. The ECP has gone bonkers. Recommend

  • Fawad khan
    Aug 25, 2015 - 5:30PM

    No one should question ECP. They have all the right to mismanage as many elections as they want. Even the judicial commission accepted that massive irregularities had taken place. Recommend

  • Raghu
    Aug 25, 2015 - 5:43PM

    When the authority does not take action, then it is the people who take action against corruption. Does any one believe the PMLN will take action against ECP? No Never. PMLN wont hit the nail in its own foot.

    PMLN + ECP = RiggingRecommend

  • Mukhtar
    Aug 25, 2015 - 5:48PM

    No one will ask ECP as they fear losing their seats. Only IK is the one whose hands are not dirty.Recommend

  • z
    Aug 25, 2015 - 5:50PM

    True, we should discourage such practices to call an explanation by party leaders. No party should have a right to do so. Some politicians are persistent to lead chaos in the country. Recommend

  • sardar zaheer
    Aug 25, 2015 - 5:51PM

    such a lame response by ECP as expected no is ready to punish or mention or even point out culprits and would give a justification to imran khan for going on strike for one more time, all these judges and bureaucrat are becoming useless in overcoming national challenges.Recommend

  • iQuestion!
    Aug 25, 2015 - 6:02PM

    Any Pak citizen can ask its leaders and govt officer about its credibility & honesty, what are talking about? “Who gave you the authority” to cheat & rob Pak citizens of their right? That’s exactly the mindset The High and The Mighty wrongly believe about their public office. If public representatives don’t ask Public leaders who will, someone from another country? I am not a PTI member but know my rights.Recommend

  • Arslan
    Aug 25, 2015 - 6:43PM

    Respect is earned and not demanded. It seems there is more interest in proclaiming authority rather than exercising it with comeptence and diligence.Recommend

  • Muzaffar
    Aug 25, 2015 - 6:54PM

    But the ECP has the right to be incompetent, unprofessional and ineffective enough to allow a stranger sit as the Speaker of the National AssemblyRecommend

  • Khalid Saeed
    Aug 25, 2015 - 7:00PM

    I am not judicial expert and therefore can not comment whether the performance of ECP can be challenged by any political party. However from a citizen point of view there is check and balance principle for all institutions including ECP. This attitude of ECP in this case is highly regrettable. If IK did not use proper language it does not mean ECP should pay with the same coin. Be advised ECP is a institution and attitude and behavior of an institute should be different from any political party. Another important fact is that very much existence of ECP is due to political processes and therefore political parties are very important stakeholder of ECP. The shortcomings of ECP has been clearly identified by the report of JC and it is expected reaction from political parties being its stakeholder.Recommend

    Aug 25, 2015 - 7:25PM

    Mr.Niazi….ECP is not a cricket team that you will dictate…Recommend

  • PTI Workers United
    Aug 25, 2015 - 7:28PM

    @iQuestion!: I would like to question Imran about Zina with Sita White. I would like to question his credibility with his 35 punctures statement. I would also like to question Imran about the “3rd Umpire” during his dharna that Amer Hashmi talked about. I would like to question Imran about shady Oman land deals with Shaukat Khanum Charity money.
    I am a PTI member and I know my rightsRecommend

  • Raju
    Aug 25, 2015 - 8:46PM

    Good professional reply by ECP. IK is just another politician and if he has some issues with ECP, he better raise those issue on the floor of parliament which is a supreme body to seek any clarifications from ECPRecommend

  • H Chaudhry
    Aug 25, 2015 - 8:49PM

    Excellent and Correct Response. No reason to bow down and get bullied by a Loser.Recommend

  • H Chaudhry
    Aug 25, 2015 - 8:56PM

    @iQuestion your whole argument is False and an opinion. What cheat and Rob? Who did that? Where its proven. Every institute make mistakes so that means you go and attack these? For Election Comission, NO in NO WAY a Political Party can be allowed to dictate Terms and that too on False allegations. There was NO RIGGING in 2013, it was mistakes and to fix mistakes, Parliament and Law is the way. Recommend

    Aug 25, 2015 - 9:00PM

    IK u can only dictate to poor Reham khan to whom u banned like conventional husband you fired ur all anger of shameful defeat of Haripur on Reham khan( the sober lady) ! Recommend

  • pervaiz
    Aug 25, 2015 - 9:38PM

    Very good reply from EC. We appreciate EC for this good reply as IK deserves for this.Recommend

  • PTI Workers United
    Aug 25, 2015 - 10:09PM

    Dear Author, The ECP is incorrect. PTI has the self proclaimed authority because:
    1) They are true patriots and not lotas of PPP or PML who jump ship when convenient.
    2) They are highly experienced in politics. A cricketer, a dentist, a weather girl, the CEO of a conglomerate, a sugar daddy and lest we forget… some lotas
    3) They are Dharna experts of some un defined 3rd umpire and ready to charge and take over parliament
    4) With their sugar daddy financing they have helicopters and private jets at their disposal to move their leaders quickly to attack
    5) Finally, its because they said so and they never lie about punctures, sita white, London conspiracies, out of wedlock kids, and they are better than everyone else at least in their minds

    Hope that helps explain the logic.Recommend

  • Aam Admi Bechara
    Aug 25, 2015 - 10:18PM

    Political parties and candidates contesting election are the key stakeholders

    to ECP.

    How can these idiots say they are not answerable to their

    stakeholders ??Recommend

  • Timorlane
    Aug 27, 2015 - 10:07PM

    That’s exactly what jokers are supposed to doRecommend

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