Opposition wants to make Senate elections disputed: Ch Fawad

ISLAMABAD:Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Chaudhry Fawad Hussain

Monday said that the opposition intentionally wanted to make Senate

elections disputed.

“The opposition knew they would not be able to win the Senate

elections and consider horse trading as the only option to win”, he stated this while talking to media outside Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

The minister was accompanied by Special Assistant to Prime Minister on

Political Communication Shahbaz Gill, Federal Minister for Education

Shafqat Mahmood and Senior leader Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Babar

Awan.

Chaudhry Fawad said that the delegation from government side had

expressed full confidence over the ECP as the final decision of the

ECP to prevail.

“We have expressed full confidence over ECP considering the fact that

if the institutions will be strengthened, the country will become

strong”, he stated.

“Secrecy of ballot , as per SC decision, will be kept for the

political parties but not for ECP which would empower ECP to conduct

inquiry if there will be any allegation of horse trading raised by

any member”, he said. However the final decision would be of ECP, the

minister added.

This was the principle on which Prime Minister, Imran Khan and our

cabinet had filed reference before Supreme Court, he said.

He emphasized that the Supreme Court’s decision should be implemented

in letter and spirit.

He said this was the principle for which Prime Minister Imran Khan had

been struggling since the year 2013.

“We have requested the ECP to implement the decision of Supreme Court

which empowers the commission to ensure complete transparency in

election and eliminate the chances of horse trading and corruption”,

he said.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Pakistan People’s Party had signed

the Charter of Democracy in that regard in the year 2006 but PML-N

stepped back before formally pursuing the law, he said.

He said PML-N, PPP and Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) did not have

majority in the upper house and they could not win the elections.

“This is the reason they are against every such effort that bring

transparency in election. Otherwise there would be no need of horse

trading if they knew that they would get maximum votes in Senate

election,” he said.

“We have presented our stance in front of ECP with sufficient

arguments”, he said.

Around 1,700 total ballot papers would be required to be printed for

the elections for which we had the required technology, he added.

“If we can print a big number of currency notes in Pakistan on daily basis which

is a highly secure tender why not 1,700 ballot papers,” he asked.