ECP takes notice of horse-trading allegations in Senate elections

ECP completes election lists for PA seats in tribal districts

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday took serious notice of the horse-trading allegations in the March 3rd Senate elections.
While taking notice of the allegations, the commission has directed all the political parties’ leaders to submit all the evidences and proofs regarding horse-trading.
In a notification issued, the ECP has summoned all political party heads and leaders who levelled horse trading allegations to appear before the commission with proof on March 14.
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan have expressed reservations over some political parties bagging Senate seats without having substantial representation in the provincial assemblies.
Speaking to media outside the accountability court on Monday, PML-N Quaid and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif stressed it was crucial to get to the bottom of this issue. “This game of money should be buried. This has happened in the past, but this time it was too open and brazen.”
On Monday, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan accused the party MPAs of selling their votes during Senate elections. Khan had said that it is not yet clear which of the PTI MPAs in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa ‘sold votes’, but the PTI chief added that he was sure of lawmakers’ involvement in ‘horse-trading’.
PTI chief further alleged that one vote was sold for Rs 40 million during the Senate elections, while he also requested Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar to take notice of the issue.
Earlier on Sunday, an initial investigation revealed that at least 17 Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) MPAs allegedly sold their votes during Senate elections.
According to an initial investigation ordered by KP Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak, around 17-20 lawmakers were allegedly involved in ‘horse-trading’ that lead to two Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leaders triumph on two seats in Senate elections from KP.
It was further revealed that several prominent and disgruntled leaders of the KP ruling party ‘sold votes’ to pave way for PPP candidates’ victory.
It was added that PTI Chairman Imran Khan expressed anger and ordered Khattak to present a detailed report before him.
Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) Chief Mustafa Kamal also on Sunday alleged that ‘horse-trading’ took place in the Senate elections. Kamal claimed that offers were made to buy them. He urged the Urdu speaking community to be thankful that three out of four candidates of Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) were not elected as “MQM is a brain tumor which cannot be treated with a panadol.”

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