PML-N, PTI criticise ECP’s decision to give empty slot in ballot papers

Print Friendly and PDF

Islamabad: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) have criticized the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) decision to include an empty slot in the list of candidates on ballot papers for the coming elections.

Criticizing the ECP‘s decision on Wednesday, PML-N Chief Nawaz Sharif said that giving an empty slot in the ballot paper was not in favour of democracy.

“Why a person who doesn’t want to cast his vote would turn up to a polling station,” he said adding that the ECP should reconsider its decision before the printing of ballot papers.

He further urged people to come out in large numbers during the elections in order to elect their representatives who had the mission to serve the nation.

“Abstention in voting is a crime in civilized societies,” he added.

Meanwhile, the PTI spokesman termed the ECP’s decision to give an empty slot in the ballot papers as meaningless and said that the commission should reconsider its decision.

Nawaz urges govt to expedite relief efforts for flood victims
Pakistan won’t allow CIA, US military operations: report
SC adjourns campaign expenditure case till April 9
Suicide blast in Peshawar, 3 killed, 18 injured
Kaira sees Punjab's conspiracy in Islamabad protest
Quetta sit-in: MWM’s Amin Shaheedi hits back at MQM’s Altaf Hussain
PTI Imran Khan demands end on drone attack in meeting with John Kerry
Saudi Crown Prince to visit Pakistan; expats eyeing relief announcements

Leave a comment