Islamabad Politics Report / Moazzam Raza Tabassam: Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah on Wednesday demanded that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) appoint provincial election commissioners and postpone its ban on the recruitment of public servants until a date for the elections is announced.
“The election commissioner has been misguided,” PPP’s Shah said while talking to the media. He said that the ECP has gained greater autonomy after the 18th Amendment, leaving no reason for its failure.
“The coming general elections will be a test for the ECP,” he said, demanding that senior officers be appointed as provincial elections commissioners. “Otherwise, doubts and suspicions will arise,” he said.
He then criticised the ECP for imposing a temporary ban on the recruitment of public servants and the allocation of funds for development schemes until elections are held, saying that this was an unprecedented decision.