Opposition walks out of Senate; demandsof parliamentary probe into elections rigging

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ISLAMABAD: Opposition parties in the Senate on Monday walked out of Senate to demand formation of parliamentary commission for a thorough probe of general election held on July 25.
Speaking in the Upper House here, Leader of the Opposition in the Senate RajaZafarul Haq Monday said the way election was conducted had become an importantissue and merely laying a report by a Senate committee was not enough.It was reported in the newspapers that a report about election was presented tothe prime minister, he said adding the matter of election was not being probedsystematically.
Raja Zafarul Haq said the issue of election concerned every Pakistani and the matter shouldbe brought before a parliamentary commission which should prepare a report andresolve the issue.Otherwise, he said the issue would only be limited to a discussion. After his remarks, theopposition parties staged a walk out.
Earlier Senator A Rehman Malik, Chairman Standing Committee on Interior presented a report ofthe committee on the holding of free, fair and transparent elections and security of general election, 2018. He said the committee was probing the matter of failure of Result Management System (RTS)and it was told during its proceedings that the RTS system never stopped. The committee led by him would look into the issue of slowing down of RTS so that it could reach a conclusion, he added. He said during the election, the complaints of non-provision of form 45 and form 47 surfaced and ballot papers were found in heaps of garbage.
Election Commission wrote a letter to Cabinet Division to form a technicalcommittee to inquire into conduct of elections but the committee still could not be formed,he added. He said the committee headed by him was formed on the orders of the Senate but still it was not getting a room to get briefing from technical persons.A Rehman Malik told that he wrote a letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan for issuance of notification of committee of the technical persons related to the electionissue.– APP

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