Pakistan Election Commission demands explanation from Imran Khan over Code Violation, says Report

Pakistan Election Commission demands explanation from Imran Khan over Code Violation, says Report

Election Commission of Pakistan asked the newly elected Prime Minister Imran Khan, a signed apology for electoral code violation while casting his vote on July 25 in the general election, reports source.

A four-member bench set-up to judge the case against the PM was lead by Chief Election Commissioner Muhammad Raza Khan. After the Pakistan Election Commission notices the photos of Mr. Khan unlawfully stamping the ballot paper in the NA-53, the PTI (Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf) Chairman asked for his declaration over the act.

Babar Awan, the appointed counsel of Mr. Khan, behalf of the PM appeared before the Pakistan Election Commission, to produce a signed declaration. He stated that his client un-intentionally has stamped the ballot publicly and there were no other intentions, says Pakistan’s News source.

Mr. Khan expressed that his photos were clicked without his consent. The curtains inside the polling booths are used to maintain secrecy, which due to an excessive crowd inside has fallen and someone has taken the undue advantage of the incident. Mr. Awan told the bench that “the divider (at the booth) was removed due to the rush.” When PM Khan enquired the staffs for instructions, he was shown how to cast the vote, reports the source.

Mr. Awan on behalf of his client, demanding for an end to the case and also requested them to issue Mr. Khan’s victory notification from NA-53 Islamabad Constituency. However, Pakistan Election Commission rejected his request, and order for a direct signed and explained apology from Mr. Khan over the controversy of vote casting. Then the hearing was adjourned for the day.

In the meantime, Pak Election Commission accepted the apologies produced by Mr. Khan. However, former CM of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak, National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and MMA leader (Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal) Maulana Fazal ur Rehman used wrong languages during the time of election campaigns. While accepting Mr. Khan’s apology, the four-bench member warned the four leaders for their wrong language, said: “do not use such language in the future.”

In the previous month, Pak Election body already issued notice for using wrong languages during the election campaigns to the four politicians. The notice was drafted based on the media reports, projecting the use of foul languages by the leaders.

The newly elected PM of Pakistan, Imran Khan with a score of 48,577 votes has defeated the former PM and leader of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in NA-53 Islamabad constituency. However, the notification of Mr. Kahn’s victory is yet pending for the code violation case charged against him.

According to Election Act Section 185, a person found guilty of not casting his vote in secrecy will be punished with a six-month jail sentence or a fine of Rs. 1000.

Only July 30, Pakistan Election Commission has asked for a written statement from Mr. Khan, who was nominated by PTI as the next Prime Minister of Pakistan. He contested for five constituencies and won them all. However, he was only granted with temporary permission by the Election Commission for oath taking as National Assembly member, awaiting the result of the violation case of electoral Code of conduct.

by Chandrani Sarkar on August 10, 2018

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