ECP's ruling prevented a serious constitutional crisis in the nation:Marriyam Aurangzeb
By delaying elections in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan’s Election Commission (ECP) has prevented a serious constitutional crisis, according to information minister Marriyum Aurangzeb.
The minister said in a statement that the choice had been made in Pakistan’s best interests and would ensure political stability there.
The Punjab elections were postponed to October 8 by the electoral commission a day early.
In view of the Supreme Court’s divided decision from earlier this month, President Arif Alvi stated the province’s elections will go place on April 30 after consulting with the ECP.
The election organising authority recalled its different efforts to meet its obligations while citing its responsibility to conduct free and fair elections in the nation.
“The electoral commission decided after speaking with all parties involved.
The economic, political, and security circumstances were taken into account when the ECP made its judgement, she added.
According to Aurangzeb, the commission is required under Article 218 of the Constitution to ensure fair, impartial, and transparent elections.
On the other hand, she stated that Article 224 required caretaker administrations to remain in place during elections in the federal capital and federating units; nonetheless, governments will be constituted in two provinces when the National Assembly elections were held.
The minister asserted that if the two provinces had held the elections on the specified date, they would have been mired in controversy for all time.
The minister said that if the polls had taken place on April 30, the Punjab and KP legislatures would have been dissolved six months sooner.
In addition, Aurangzeb said it was impossible to have elections in Punjab and KP before the census and thereafter in other provinces because the census was taking place in Pakistan at the time.
The information minister criticised Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan, claiming that the Constitution could not be bent to suit one person’s desires.
The information minister stated, “He cannot break the Constitution and dissolve the legislature anytime he wants. This won’t work
She criticised Khan for encouraging his employees to attack the ECP, the police, and the courts.
There were concerns that two provinces might be forced to participate in elections in order to appease one man’s ego, according to Aurangzeb.