- Mirpur RO confiscates Rs390,000 given by Ali Amin Gandapur to PTI’s Chaudhry Rasib.
- Rasib admits to taking the cash; stresses that PTI candidate Azhar Sadiq had nothing to do with the episode.
- AJK PM Raja Farooq Haider calls for PTI candidate be disqualified for violation of code of conduct by Gandapur and Gandapur be banned from campaigning.
PTI member Chaudhry Rasib on Saturday admitted to receiving cash from Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Ali Amin Gandapur through the celebration’s marketing campaign for the Azad Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Meeting election, prompting the returning officer for Mirpur to grab the money.
Returning Officer Mirpur Dadyal Raja Shamriz presided over a listening to within the matter of the distribution of cash by Gandapur, a video of which was circulated on social media.
Rasib admitted that he had obtained Rs390,000 from the federal minister however mentioned that PTI candidate Azhar Sadiq, who’s contesting the elections. had nothing to do with the incident.
The RO confiscated the cash, declared the Meeting candidate harmless and despatched an in depth report on the matter to the AJK Chief Election Commissioner (CEC), retired Justice Abdul Rashid Sulehria.
However, AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider mentioned that the Gandapur video proves a violation of the code of conduct, so Sadiq needs to be disqualified.
He additionally demanded that Gandapur be banned from collaborating within the election marketing campaign.
PPP Azad Kashmir President Chaudhry Latif Akbar additionally mentioned that the incident is a check case for the Election Fee, and that Sadiq needs to be disqualified and Gandapur banned from the election marketing campaign.
AJK CEC writes to PM after Ali Amin Gandapur seen donating money
A day earlier, the AJK CEC had written a letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan, requesting him to make sure that ministers observe the code of conduct set for the July 25 elections.
Sulehria requested PM Khan to problem directives are issued in writing to the federal authorities ministers who’re collaborating within the election, in addition to to the provincial authorities, to make sure that no particular person violates the code of conduct specified by the AJK authorities.
“It is important to mention that violation of any provision of Code of Conduct by any person during election campaign of a candidate may end up [in] disqualification of the candidate concerned,” learn the letter.
CEC apprises PM of code of conduct
Sulehria additionally wrote a separate letter to the premier to apprise him of the code of conduct itself.
“Let me take this opportunity to appraise your good self that AJK Election Commission has promulgated a Code of Conduct 2021 for strict observance by all political parties, candidates and polling staff who are deputed for administration of election process in order to ensure that elections are conducted fairly, justly and in most transparent manner in all respects without causing any intimidation or coercion upon the free exercise of right of franchise by the electors,” the letter begins by saying.
The letter goes on to state that the code “strongly prohibits any kind of pronouncement in terms of financial or development package or any kind of attraction by political parties, contesting candidates and their sympathisers to secure favour from electors for any contesting candidate except their party manifesto”.
Sulehria mentioned that the request is made “to ensure that the AJK General Elections […] be conducted in a transparent and independent manner without causing any blame for the misuse of state resources by holders of public office”.
Gandapur donates money
A video started circulating on social media this week exhibiting Gandapur handing over a thick bundle of money to some supporters in AJK’s LA-1 Mirpur 1 constituency the place he had gone to marketing campaign.
Some folks had gathered round Gandapur to complain to him of a badly broken highway. They instructed him that they need to restore it with no matter meagre funds they’ll scrounge up on their very own. At this, the minister instantly handed them a donation, which was recorded on video.
Gandapur additionally mentioned that he’s prepared to offer additional monetary help and promised the those that the following time he visits the realm, the highway would have been repaired.
There have been additionally experiences of different ministers making guarantees of varied schemes in different constituencies throughout their respective campaigns.