ECP rejects PPP petition against announcement for provision of development funds by PM to members of assembly before senate polls


ISLAMABAD, March 16 (Online): Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has rejected PPP petition filed against announcement of provision of development funds to the members of assembly by Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan before Senate election.

PPP petition against the release of funds to women members of assembly before the Senate polls came up for hearing before the ECP Tuesday.

A 3-member ECP bench presided over by election commission member KP Irshad Qaisar took up the petition for hearing.

The petitioner PPP leader Syed Nayyar Hussain Bokhari appeared before the ECP.

He said before senate polls, bribe was given to members of assembly before Senate election in the form of funds and code of conduct was violated. The announcement for providing funds to the members of assembly falls under the bribery norms. This way the article 181 was violated and punishment can be awarded on it. Violation of code of conduct by the PM is tantamount to commit contempt of election commission. ECP can award sentence for 3 years jail term and fine Rs one lac on this count.

Member Balochistan said this was said about senate election and now the senate election is over. Election took place but no funds were issued.

Irshad Qaisar said had the PM made this announcement as chief executive or as head of the party.

Member Balochistan said was the announcement made only on TV or funds were released.

Nayyar Bokhari said announcement too falls in the ambit of violation.

The ECP reserved the judgment.
Later the ECP while announcing the judgment declared the petition non maintainable and rejected it.