Elections in three months not difficult but impossible with electronic voting machine

Elections in three months not difficult but impossible with electronic voting machine According to former Secretary Election Commission Kanwar Dilshad: "There is no problem in holding elections but the election will be held by the old method because neither the machines have been prepared nor five trillion will be available for it."  In this March 30, 2013 photo, a Pakistan Election Commission official packs documents for polling stations for the general election in Lahore. The Election Commission has said that the recent elections will also be held under the old procedure. (File photo: AFP / Arif Ali)  The political situation in Pakistan is one of constant turmoil. On the one hand, Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced to hold elections in three months, while on the other hand, the opposition is adamant on voting on the no-confidence motion and electing a Chief Minister in Punjab.  In this situation, holding elections in three months will be a challenge, but the Election Commission says that if elections have to be held in three months, the preparation is not difficult, but the decision of the Supreme Court will determine when the election is to take place.  According to the former Secretary Election Commission: "There is no problem in holding elections. The Election Commission has complete machinery but this election will be held according to the old procedure. It is not possible to use electronic voting machines because the machines are not ready and five trillion will not be available for it.  Opposition parties have stated they will not run in the by-elections, but say the government will not allow them to run in the by-elections.  On the other hand, the government believes that Prime Minister Imran Khan has increased his popularity by exposing the opposition and now he will return to power with a two-thirds majority.  How long can election preparations take?  A statement issued by the spokesperson of the Election Commission on Tuesday (April 5) said that the Election Commission has the capacity to hold elections in 90 days (three months). Arrangements will be made whenever elections are called for, for which there is complete machinery.  He also denied a report in a British newspaper, quoting an Election Commission official as saying, "It is not possible to hold elections in three months. There are many problems that cannot be solved so quickly. PTI workers also reacted strongly to the news on social media.  Former Secretary Election Commission Kanwar Dilshad while talking to Independent Urdu said: 'Election Commission has the capacity to hold elections in three to six months because the machinery of federal and provincial governments is also subordinate to Election Commission and Election Commission Has its own network, so whenever elections have to be held, arrangements can be made.  However, he added that this time, the ECP would need time to train staff, including delimitation and preparation of lists, after FATA integration in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which could take four to six months.  He said that permission could be sought from the Supreme Court for extending the election period, but it was not necessary to extend the time.  According to Kanwar Dilshad: "It is easy to say that elections should be held but there is a lot to be seen in holding them. First of all, considering the current inflation, this time I think Rs 50 billion will be needed.  He added: "As far as conducting elections through electronic voting machines is concerned, it is absolutely impossible as the Election Commission had already rejected the proposal to use EVMs. No order has been given yet for making machines as five trillion rupees will be required to make one million machines.  The former secretary of the Election Commission said, "Anyway, the use of electronic voting machines is undesirable all over the world, so the election will be held in the old way."  On the other hand, former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had told reporters that the prime minister had directed to dissolve the assemblies and hold elections within three months under the constitutional authority.  He further said that difficulties are being expressed by the Election Commission in the arrangements, which is unjustified, therefore the Election Commission will have to hold the elections within the stipulated period i.e. 90 days.  Similarly, according to former Minister of State Farrukh Habib, regular preparations have been started by the PTI and a parliamentary board has been constituted in a meeting chaired by the Prime Minister to receive the applications of the candidates and make a list of names. Tickets can be issued with approval.  Are opposition parties also ready for elections?  In response to this question, PML-N leader Kamran Michael told The Independent Urdu: Since then, Imran Khan has dissolved the assemblies unconstitutionally and announced elections in three months.  According to Kamran Michael: 'The matter is now in the Supreme Court. If the Assembly is restored by declaring it unconstitutional in the Speaker Rolling case, then elections will not be held in three months, but even if elections are held in five or six months, we are fully prepared.  He further said that the current situation has made the election easier for the opposition parties because Imran Khan himself has turned the people against him. Earlier people were frustrated with inflation, unemployment and their performance, now this issue has also exposed them.  Kamran Michael said that there is a line of PTI members for PML-N ticket. It is becoming difficult for us to choose a candidate. The teams are ready, even if the elections are held a month later.  On the other hand, Pakistan Peoples Party leader Chaudhry Manzoor Ahmed while talking to Independent Urdu said, First, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari held rallies across the country, rallied against inflation and successfully marched from Karachi to Islamabad, leaving our workers in full charge. Whenever there is an election, the PPP will compete hard and win as many seats as possible.  He said that the opposition parties would formulate election strategy from the platform of united opposition, when and how elections are to be held, electoral reforms are to take place, procedures for transparent elections have to be worked out, caretaker governments have to be formed. It will be completed after deliberation.  According to Manzoor Wattoo: "Our first objective is to increase the constitutional value of the parliament, to abide by the constitution and to make arrangements to prevent any act of violating the constitution." As soon as we resolve the parliamentary issues in a better way, then we will participate fully in the elections.

According to former Secretary Election Commission Kanwar Dilshad: "There is no problem in holding elections but the election will be held by the old method because neither the machines have been prepared nor five trillion will be available for it."

The political situation in Pakistan is one of constant turmoil. On the one hand, Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced to hold elections in three months, while on the other hand, the opposition is adamant on voting on the no-confidence motion and electing a Chief Minister in Punjab.

In this situation, holding elections in three months will be a challenge, but the Election Commission says that if elections have to be held in three months, the preparation is not difficult, but the decision of the Supreme Court will determine when the election is to take place.

According to the former Secretary Election Commission: "There is no problem in holding elections. The Election Commission has complete machinery but this election will be held according to the old procedure. It is not possible to use electronic voting machines because the machines are not ready and five trillion will not be available for it.

Opposition parties have stated they will not run in the by-elections, but say the government will not allow them to run in the by-elections.

On the other hand, the government believes that Prime Minister Imran Khan has increased his popularity by exposing the opposition and now he will return to power with a two-thirds majority.

How long can election preparations take?
A statement issued by the spokesperson of the Election Commission on Tuesday (April 5) said that the Election Commission has the capacity to hold elections in 90 days (three months). Arrangements will be made whenever elections are called for, for which there is complete machinery.

He also denied a report in a British newspaper, quoting an Election Commission official as saying, "It is not possible to hold elections in three months. There are many problems that cannot be solved so quickly. PTI workers also reacted strongly to the news on social media.

Former Secretary Election Commission Kanwar Dilshad while talking to Independent Urdu said: 'Election Commission has the capacity to hold elections in three to six months because the machinery of federal and provincial governments is also subordinate to Election Commission and Election Commission Has its own network, so whenever elections have to be held, arrangements can be made.

However, he added that this time, the ECP would need time to train staff, including delimitation and preparation of lists, after FATA integration in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which could take four to six months.

He said that permission could be sought from the Supreme Court for extending the election period, but it was not necessary to extend the time.

According to Kanwar Dilshad: "It is easy to say that elections should be held but there is a lot to be seen in holding them. First of all, considering the current inflation, this time I think Rs 50 billion will be needed.

He added: "As far as conducting elections through electronic voting machines is concerned, it is absolutely impossible as the Election Commission had already rejected the proposal to use EVMs. No order has been given yet for making machines as five trillion rupees will be required to make one million machines.

The former secretary of the Election Commission said, "Anyway, the use of electronic voting machines is undesirable all over the world, so the election will be held in the old way."

On the other hand, former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had told reporters that the prime minister had directed to dissolve the assemblies and hold elections within three months under the constitutional authority.

He further said that difficulties are being expressed by the Election Commission in the arrangements, which is unjustified, therefore the Election Commission will have to hold the elections within the stipulated period i.e. 90 days.

Similarly, according to former Minister of State Farrukh Habib, regular preparations have been started by the PTI and a parliamentary board has been constituted in a meeting chaired by the Prime Minister to receive the applications of the candidates and make a list of names. Tickets can be issued with approval.

Are opposition parties also ready for elections?
In response to this question, PML-N leader Kamran Michael told The Independent Urdu: Since then, Imran Khan has dissolved the assemblies unconstitutionally and announced elections in three months.

According to Kamran Michael: 'The matter is now in the Supreme Court. If the Assembly is restored by declaring it unconstitutional in the Speaker Rolling case, then elections will not be held in three months, but even if elections are held in five or six months, we are fully prepared.

He further said that the current situation has made the election easier for the opposition parties because Imran Khan himself has turned the people against him. Earlier people were frustrated with inflation, unemployment and their performance, now this issue has also exposed them.

Kamran Michael said that there is a line of PTI members for PML-N ticket. It is becoming difficult for us to choose a candidate. The teams are ready, even if the elections are held a month later.

On the other hand, Pakistan Peoples Party leader Chaudhry Manzoor Ahmed while talking to Independent Urdu said, First, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari held rallies across the country, rallied against inflation and successfully marched from Karachi to Islamabad, leaving our workers in full charge. Whenever there is an election, the PPP will compete hard and win as many seats as possible.

He said that the opposition parties would formulate election strategy from the platform of united opposition, when and how elections are to be held, electoral reforms are to take place, procedures for transparent elections have to be worked out, caretaker governments have to be formed. It will be completed after deliberation.

According to Manzoor Wattoo: "Our first objective is to increase the constitutional value of the parliament, to abide by the constitution and to make arrangements to prevent any act of violating the constitution." As soon as we resolve the parliamentary issues in a better way, then we will participate fully in the elections.
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