Imran Khan announces ‘peaceful protest’ outside ECP on Thursday

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ISLAMABAD: PTI Chairperson and former prime minister Imran Khan Monday announced to hold a peaceful protest outside of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday, demanding Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja’s resignation. Addressing the members at the PTI’s national council meeting in the federal capital, the former prime minister demanded that the election commission refrains from conducting the next general elections under any circumstances. The party chairperson said that he will hold elections within his party after the general elections to ensure meritocracy.  Khan said that he will work on the party’s ideology as members are still not familiar with it.  “I realised in these four months that our party members do not know about its ideology,” he said. Khan went on to say that the PTI chose its leaders through the Insaf Students Federation (ISF) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by holding elections within the federation. “We are going to follow the same electoral process as that of ISF to choose leaders based on merit,” said the former PM.  Comparing his party with the PML-N and PPP, Khan said that there was no concept of merit within these parties and this is why these parties have reduced in size instead of growing.  The former prime minister said that he wanted electronic voting machines (EVMs) for free and fair elections but the chief election commissioner (CEC) tried every way possible to sabotage it.  “The ruling parties disagreed with holding elections through EVMs because they wanted to rig the elections. Before the by-elections in Punjab, our party was the only one preparing to stop the polls from getting rigged,”

 

 

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