Fawad slams ECP for delaying meeting on Punjab elections

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) senior leader Fawad Chaudhry slammed the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for not holding a meeting on Punjab general elections yesterday (Sunday) despite court orders.
Fawad, in a tweet, said: “The Election Commission should have held a meeting today for the polls, don’t make a joke of the Constitution and court orders.”
Further criticising the commission, Fawad claimed that the “general impression” is that since the ECP is made up of “Munshis” (clerks or personal assistants), it will not hold provincial elections like it did in Islamabad. “This fiddling with the Constitution will cost the country dearly,” warned the former information minister.

Fawad told the ECP that the Constitution is the only agreed document, and if that is also “trampled, then the state of Pakistan will be in serious dan-ger”.

“Enough is enough, our movement for the supremacy of the Constitution is ready. This movement will start with Jail Bharo [movement] and will continue till the restoration of the Constitution,” said the PTI leader.
It should be noted that PTI Chairman Imran Khan on February 6 announced the “Jail Bharo” (fill up the prisons) movement over the delay in the an-nouncement of the election schedule in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).

“If the elections are not held within 90 days, we will start the Jail Bharo movement,” Khan had warned.
Meanwhile, the ECP has summoned a special meeting on Monday to discuss the Lahore High Court’s (LHC) decision of holding elections in Pun-jab in 90 days.

A special meeting has been called at its secretariat in light of the LHC decision to hold elections in Punjab, according to a brief statement issued by the commission.

The future course of action and implementation would be discussed in view of the court verdict, the statement read. –Agencies