PM Imran Khan phrases ECP’s causes towards EVMs ‘unusual’

Prime Minister Imran Khan addressing the members of the parliament in Islamabad on November 10, 2021. — YouTube/HumNewsLive
Prime Minister Imran Khan addressing the members of the parliament in Islamabad on November 10, 2021. — YouTube/HumNewsLive

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan Wednesday questioned why had the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) opposed the digital voting machines (EVMs) and electoral reforms, because it was their job to conduct free, honest, and clear elections within the nation.

The prime minister made the remarks whereas addressing the members of the Parliament, the place he laid emphasis on electoral reforms, saying that EVMs had been needed at no cost and honest elections.

“They provided strange reasons: What if there is no electricity in Balochistan, what if this happens, what if that happens,” the premier stated, quoting ECP officers.

“Do they know what happens in the [traditional mode] of elections? Ballot papers are double stamped; the results arrive after 24 hours,” he stated.

The solely answer (for immediate outcomes) are EVMs, he stated.

The prime minister stated reforms are at all times met by opposition as they go towards the “corrupt elements’ vested interest”.

The authorities is chargeable for bringing electoral reforms, he stated, reminding everybody that PTI had staged a 126-day sit-in in 2014 to push for reforms.

“We wanted to bring reforms so that the next elections would be fair,” he stated.

PM Imran Khan censures ECP for opposing EVMs

Censuring the ECP for opposing EVMS and electoral reforms,  the premier stated that  Pakistan has been failing at to conduct elections that had been free, honest, clear, and acceptable to all events, for the previous 50 years.

The choice to introduce EVMs was not made in a single day, he stated, noting that his authorities had studied election studies and got here to the conclusion that EVMs had been the answer to cease rigging.

“As soon as the elections are over, the result is in front of you. If someone wants to verify the [results], then they can check the paper trail,” the prime minister stated, citing the advantages of EVMs.

He identified that the federal government had invited the Opposition on a number of events to debate electoral reforms, however they refused to be part of it, and didn’t suggest one other answer both.

“In the last 1.5 years, have they not helped the government, they did not bring any proposals; they just boycotted sessions,” the prime minister stated.

‘This is how low our ethical requirements have fallen’

Highlighting the significance of electoral reforms, he stated that the 2018 basic elections had been termed as “rigged” by the PML-N regardless of the election personnel being appointed throughout their tenure.

Politicians are conscious of what occurs throughout Senate elections, he stated.

“Videos surfaced showing money being distributed [for horse-trading]. This is how low our moral standards have fallen. Public representatives are seen putting money in their bags, while the election commission and the government look on silently.”

“The Supreme Court said that verifiable votes should be introduced in Senate elections, but the Opposition parties and election commission opposed this,” he stated, questioning why the federal government was being criticised for electoral reforms as it could achieve no “personal benefit” from them.

The prime minister requested why, when everybody knew that horse-trading takes place in Senate elections, did the election fee and Opposition oppose electoral reforms.

The prime minister additionally questioned why the election fee and the Opposition opposed the electoral reforms regardless of movies exhibiting lawmakers taking cash.

‘Not everybody can do justice’

The prime minister instructed the parliamentarians that until they, who’re the nation’s leaders, don’t change themselves, they can not elevate the ethical requirements of the nation.

“Not everyone can do justice; when you have a low moral standing, you enter into deals, you cannot fight mafias,” the prime minister stated, noting that each one this occurs within the absence of free and honest elections.

“You are up against mafias who are against free and fair elections,” he stated.

The prime minister instructed the lawmakers that the joint parliamentary session slated for tomorrow (Thursday) ought to be thought of jihad, because it was not for his private profit, it was for the nation.

Goal behind ‘Naya Pakistan’

The prime minister stated he had entered politics to result in change within the nation, and that the aim behind “Naya Pakistan” was to place the nation again on observe to fulfil its founders’ goals.

PM Imran Khan stated the Opposition events had been the product of a corrupt system and they’d at all times oppose electoral reforms within the nation.

Speaking of the nation’s founding fathers, he stated: “Their health took a back seat […] in their struggle to form a country in line with Islamic teachings.” He added that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) had established Riasat-e-Madina and set an instance for the remainder of the world.

The prime minister stated Scandinavian nations, China, and Jews had been progressing as that they had adopted the best way of the Prophet. “Any person who follows his footsteps will thrive.”

The premier stated if a nation’s morality stays intact, they can’t be crushed even with atomic bombs — identical to Japan. PM Imran Khan stated corruption thrives when a nation’s ethical values decline.