ECP seeks evidence of vote buying from PTI MPA

By: News Desk      Published: 03:31 PM, 7 Mar, 2021
ECP seeks evidence of vote buying from PTI MPA
PTI MPA Abdus Salam Afridi.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) while taking notice of the allegations regarding buying and selling of votes in the recently-held Senate elections, has contacted PTI MPA from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Abdus Salam Afridi and sought evidence from him, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Sunday.

Abdu Salam Afridi said during the Senate elections he had been contacted by a rival party for buying his vote and that he could also submit proof in this regard.

The KP lawmaker said the ECP had asked him, through WhatsApp, to immediately hand over the evidence he has regarding the buying of votes. "I have a record of the WhatsApp chat, and will provide evidence to the Election Commission," Afridi said.

The ECP in its notice said that the MPA has been asked to provide evidence of the offer being made to him for selling out his vote. “Abdus Salam Afridi should appear before the vigilance committee along with the evidence,” it said

Afridi confirmed that he had received the ECP notice on WhatsApp and its hard copy will arrive on Monday. He vowed to provide all evidence to the ECP. “I have record of WhatsApp chat and audio messages which I will hand over to the ECP,” he added.

Afridi said he will forward the evidence to the Election Commission and taking action against those involved in it is the duty of the ECP.

Video scandal hearing

The Election Commission of Pakistan will conduct on Thursday a hearing of the issue of the leaked video of former prime minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani’s son Ali Gilani about Senate elections.

The application to this effect was filed by PTI lawmakers Kanwal Shauzab and Farrukh Habib.

According to the ECP spokesperson, the Commission will also listen to the matter pointed out by PPP leader Nayyar Bukhari in his application submitted with the ECP regarding the alleged corrupt practices during recently-held Senate elections.