EC should consider facts on horsetrading that occurred in Senate: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday urged the Election Commission of Pakistan to seek a briefing from the security agencies regarding how the Senate elections were corrupted.

While addressing in the National Assembly, after getting a vote of confidence, Prime Minister Imran Khan criticized the election commission of Pakistan remarking that the ECP seemed to have taken offense to his criticism over alleged corruption in the Senate elections, Imran Khan asked if the criticism had taken away from its freedoms.

The premier said that he was disappointed when the ECP declared that the elections had been well conducted. Prime Minister quipped that if these were well-organized elections then how bad would the contrary look like.

Prime Minister further said, “It was known for more than a month that huge money was being pooled for the upper house election.

“The rate started from Rs20 million, The Election Commission should seek a briefing from the agencies to find how much money was used.”

Imran Khan added, “our parliamentarians were approached and offered Rs20 million in return for their votes.”

“Asif Zardari is this powerful because he bribes people,” claimed Khan. The world knows him as Mr 10%; meanwhile, Nawaz Sharif is sitting abroad and scheming on how to bribe people.”

The ECP had expressed disappointment over Prime Minister Imran Khan’s hard-hitting speech and statements from a few cabinet members that were delivered a day earlier insisting that the Senate elections were held according to the law and constitution.

The ECP referenced Gillani’s victory over Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh and said it rejects the analysis and criticism on it and regretted blames being leveled over a single result.

In a statement, ECP said that the entire nation witnessed the beauty of democracy, independent elections, and the secret ballot