ECP asks KP CM to ‘de-notify’ cabinet member ‘indulged in politics’

The Election Commission of Pakistans headquarters. — Facebook//File
The Election Fee of Pakistan’s headquarters. — Fb//File

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Caretaker Chief Minister Azam Khan on Monday was requested by the Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP) to right away “de-notify” members of his cupboard “concerned in politics”.

The directives have been issued in a letter despatched by Secretary Omar Hamid Khan on behalf of the election organising authority to the interim chief minister.

Within the letter, the ECP briefed the interim CM on Article 218(3) and the function the caretaker setup performs within the conduct of the elections.

“The caretaker authorities together with cupboard members, advisers, particular assistants and different related functionaries can solely present an goal atmosphere if they don’t contain themselves in politics and election campaigns in violation of provisions of Part 230 (1)(d) and a pair of(g) of the Elections Act, 2017,” the secretary stated within the letter.

The ECP regretted that it had observed that some cupboard members have been “appointed on the premise of political affiliations”. It additionally cited the instance of Shahid Khattak, the previous interim transport minister, who resigned after he was discovered indulging in “political actions”.

The electoral physique regretted that the “perspective” of some cupboard members was “towards the very spirit” of the caretaker authorities that has been envisioned within the Structure and the Elections Act 2017.

“In view of the foregoing, the Election Fee has desired to request you whereas conserving the interim cupboard members at a minimal, to evaluate the above stated appointments (in gentle of the factors as laid down within the above-said provisions of the Election Legal guidelines) and to de-notify such Ministers, Advisers and Particular Assistants that are concerned in politics instantly, in order that free, honest and clear elections are ensured for future,” the ECP added.

A number of events have complained in regards to the interim setup in KP. Based on The Information, the vast majority of the caretaker cupboard members are both affiliated with the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) or their appointees.

Final week, Shahid Khan Khattak, KP caretaker minister for transport, needed to tender his resignation after he confronted criticism when he addressed a public assembly within the Nowshera district just lately.

The ECP again then had additionally referred to as the interim KP CM to take away Khattak from his submit.