Prime Minister Imran Khan has requested the Speaker of the National Assembly Asad Qaiser to form an inter-party parliamentary committee “immediately” to ensure electoral reforms and eradicate corrupt practices in the elections.
In a letter to Asad Qaiser, the Prime Minister said that votes were bought in the Senate elections to be held this month and it became clear that the curse of vote-buying is an obstacle in the way of holding clean and transparent elections.
“I have called for electoral reforms to ensure fair and transparent elections at all levels, and I have done the same before the Senate elections,” he said.
The party has demanded an open ballot to ensure transparent elections as a vote-buying market due to the notorious Senate elections.
PM @ImranKhanPTI has written to the speaker national assembly, asking for a multi party committee to review the election reform bill submitted by the govt several months back. The current corruption ridden system exposed so badly in the recent senate elections needs urgent change pic.twitter.com/Op9RMRIcQw
— Asad Umar (@Asad_Umar) March 17, 2021
Imran Khan wrote in the letter that the government had introduced a bill in the National Assembly in this regard and sought the opinion of the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court in its decision directed the Election Commission to ensure fair and transparent elections and said Can’t always be secret.
He said that unfortunately, however, the Election Commission did not pay any attention to the decision of the Supreme Court and failed to hold the Senate elections in a transparent manner.
He said the country’s current electoral system, in which huge sums of money are spent to buy votes, is criticized after every election and the losers accuse it of rigging.
The Prime Minister said that this trend has started destroying the credibility of all elections in Pakistan which is casting a cloud of doubt over our entire democratic process and affecting our parliamentary system.
He requested the Speaker of the National Assembly to immediately form an inter-party parliamentary committee to discuss these reforms and build consensus on the best practices, including the use of technology and electronic voting machines, to improve our electoral system. And let democracy be strong.
Imran Khan suggested that a time be set for a consensus on the issue so that the reforms could be implemented before the next general election.