Fawad Chaudhry hopes that the ECP choose a “better name rather than picking someone who is Sharif and Zardari’s spokesman.”
As the government and opposition were unable to agree on candidates for caretaker chief minister of Punjab, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikander Sultan Raja called a meeting for January 22 (Sunday) to make that decision. According to sources, Geo News reported on Saturday.
After the Punjab Assembly was dissolved last week, the topic of the caretaker CM’s nomination encountered an unusual delay because of the ongoing back-and-forth between the state government and the opposition on the nominees.
The ECP decided to investigate the situation and make a decision in accordance with the constitution because the two sides were still at odds.
The ECP has received the names of four nominees, two from the government and one each from the opposition, according to information made available to Geo News. In the meeting, which the CEC and other commission members would also attend, the electoral body would assess the names.
“I hope ECP chooses a better candidate,”
Fawad Chaudhry, senior vice president of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), stated that the ECP would choose one of the four candidates under Article 244A of the Pakistani Constitution within two days.
Fawad stated on his Twitter account that the ECP was unable to nominate a candidate for the position of province chief executive in accordance with its preferences.
The PTI leader remarked, “I hope the ECP chooses a better name than of picking someone who is Sharif and Zardari’s spokesman.”
It should be noted that former Punjab Chief Minister Parvez Elahi, a supporter of the PTI, has already said he will appeal the matter to the Supreme Court if the ECP retains the authority to make decisions.
Government and opposition are at odds.
The government and the opposition could not agree on a caretaker chief minister for Punjab during a meeting of the parliamentary committee on Friday. The committee was formed on Thursday and consists of three representatives from each party.
Speaking to reporters following the meeting, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Malik said: “This was an opportunity to settle matters politically, but that could not be done here.”
“There can never be agreement when there are so many polarised viewpoints.”
According to the leader of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), “when the house was modest, the people were big; today the house has grown, while the people have shrunk.””
Sadly, we were unable to decide on a name, therefore we will not be going with fond memories “he said.