ECP criticized for again delaying local elections
Jamaat-e-Islami, Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P), Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) criticized the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for delaying the new local elections in Karachi.
Head of JI Karachi, Engineer Hafiz Naeemur Rehman, on Wednesday called the ECP’s decision shameful, reprehensible and unacceptable. He announced that the party would organize a demonstration against this. Rehman held a press conference at Idara Noor-e-Haq shortly after the decision was made public on Wednesday. The press conference was followed by a protest sit-in in Shahrah-e-Quaideen by JI workers.
He said that apparently at the request of the Sindh government of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), the ECP again delayed the LG polls on the pretext of rains despite the fact that the Met Office had not forecast any rain in the city on August 27 and 28. .
“The fascist decision amounts to violating the democratic and constitutional rights of more than 30 million Karachiites. JI will call for a strong protest and resist the decision in exercise of its democratic and legal rights.
He also announced that he is moving closer to justice against the decision and asked the ECP to explain if a single polling station in the city is practically unavailable. “The PPP and its coalition parties are taking a fascist path instead of a democratic path, and as a result, they are making every effort to avoid LG elections. The masses will not let them and the corrupt ruling elite will be hunted down everywhere.
Rehman said the PPP government has been delaying the LG ballot for two and a half years. He said the PPP has imposed a political administrator on the city, while the residents want to solve their problems, and they believe that a JI-backed city mayor can bring change.
The head of the JI asserted that in this scenario, the PPP government is engaged in a two-dimensional tactic: on the one hand, the PPP and its allies, in collusion with the ECP, delay the LG elections, while on the other, the party fomenting conspiracies to influence the electoral process.
He also claimed that the PPP government is responsible for looting billions of rupees allocated for cleanliness. “The PPP will have to tell people what it has done for people affected by the floods. It is shameful of the PPP government to ask for funds from the people instead of taking action at the government level.
Rehman said the provincial government had bankrupted Karachi despite the city providing 95% of the province’s revenue.
Later in the day, the head of JI announced a sit-in in front of the Sindh Election Commission on Friday (tomorrow). He said the delay is also a violation of the Supreme Court ruling.
He also said that after consultation with their legal team, the JI will file a contempt of court suit against the ECP and the PPP provincial government. He added that all anti-Karachi forces should know that the Karachi rights movement will gain popularity with the ECP decision and over time. “JI’s popularity among the masses has increased a lot compared to a month ago.”
The PTI Warning
Khurrum Sher Zaman, leader of the PTI parliamentary party in the provincial assembly, condemned the ECP’s decision at a press conference. He claimed that the decision clearly favors the PPP and the MQM-P, so the PTI will go to court against him.
He said it is disconcerting that the ECP announced the postponement of the elections only in Hyderabad a day earlier, but now it has taken the same decision for Karachi without giving a future date, which is very worrying.
He said the MQM-P and PPP were still licking their wounds after the massive defeat at the hands of the PTI in Sunday’s NA-245 by-election, adding that since then they have been trying to get the ECP to postpone the polls. LG in Karachi.
Zaman pointed out that the people of Karachi are eagerly waiting to vote for the PTI in the LG elections in the hope that the PTI will solve their problems such as dilapidated infrastructure, transport, traffic, street crime, food supply. water, sewer overflows, encroachments and the environment. Unfortunately, he lamented, this hope of the people was dashed thanks to the ECP and its “reckless” decision to postpone the elections without giving another date.
Addressing a press conference at the MQM-P headquarters in Bahadurabad, MP Khawaja Izharul Hassan said the ECP should correct the “unfair” delineations of trade union committees (UCs) ahead of LG elections.
“If the ECP made errors in making the boundaries of the CUs, these errors must be corrected. The constitution also allows for such amendments. If it is not done, it would be considered a forgery and a rigging of the ballot,” he said, adding that no other party, except the MQM-P, fought for a transparent LG system.
“A North Nazimabad UC presidential candidate has spent billions of rupees on his election campaign using social media and other platforms. The ECP should consider its huge expenses.
Hassan said if LGs had been empowered in the country, there would not have been so many disasters and every possible effort would have been made to control them. He said people should understand that the MQM-P does not demand power for itself but for them.
He added that the party’s Khidmat-e-Khalq Foundation has actively participated in relief activities in the past, and this time the foundation, together with the MQM-P volunteers, will participate in the relief of rain victims. He also said that the Sindh government should implement the agreement reached between MQM-P and PPP as soon as possible. The provincial government should also deploy people to focus on helping those affected by the rain, he added.
fear of defeat
PSP Chairman Mustafa Kamal also opposed the postponement of elections in Karachi and Hyderabad. He said in a statement that the PPP and MQM-P want to postpone the polls because they clearly see their defeat.
“The PPP has ruled Sindh for 14 years, but the party cannot bring relief to the people of the province. He said the Met Office had issued warnings for heavy rain in Sindh but the government had ignored all those warnings and as a result people had lost their lives, homes and crops. “From Karachi to Kashmore, people have suffered hardship due to rainfall, but PPP leaders are busy convening meetings in their air-conditioned halls.” He demanded that the Sindh government provide immediate aid to the victims of the rain. He also demanded that the government cancel electricity bills in areas affected by the rain.