Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has staged a walk-out of the parliamentary committee on electoral reform in protest against the committee for not considering the party’s proposals for meaningful electoral reforms, placed before the subcommittee in April 2017. The PTI lawmakers Dr Arif Alvi, Shafqat Mehmood and Dr Shireen Mazari in the media talks lashed out at the government for what they dubbed ‘the non-seriousness’ to implement the much-need electoral reforms. They said that the ECP has lost its credibility in holding those responsible for the wrongdoings pointed out in the SC report, on PTI rigging petition on the 2013 election.
They said that the failure of the commission to ensure fair and free elections clearly reflected in the most recently held national and provincial by-elections in NA-260, and PS-114, where parties other than PTI have protested over rigging.
Shafqat Mehmood said that ECP should be reconstituted, as the incumbent commission is not enabling to conduct fair, free and transparent polls.
He said that the interim government should be formed in consultation with all political parties.