ECP adjourns hearing of horse-trading in Senate until April 4

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ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday adjourned the hearing of alleged horse-trading in the recently held Senate elections until April 4.
The case was heard by a five-member bench of the ECP with Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sardar Raza Khan in the chair.
During the proceedings, the CEC termed the horse-trading unfortunate and said that buying and selling of votes was a crime.
He directed the political parties to assist the Commission in this regard.
The EPC had also summoned eight parliamentarians today.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan and Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) leader Farooq Sattar were represented by their counsels whereas State Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb appeared the Commission in person today.
PTI chief’s counsel informed the ECP that the party had formed an investigating committee to probe reports of horse-trading.
He added that a final report would be submitted to the Commission once the inquiry had been completed.
MQM-P lawyers informed the Commission about those of its lawmakers who indulged into horse-trading and said that show-cause notice have also been sent to them.


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