ECP rejects Punjab interim govt’s proposed uplift schemes

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has rejected a list comprising 875 development schemes proposed by the Punjab caretaker government.

The electoral watchdog informed the provincial government on Wednesday about its decision, citing concerns over the potential for these schemes to influence the upcoming general elections.

Out of the 876 new schemes submitted for approval, only one scheme related to the construction of a new cemetery was given the green-light. The ECP approved the Rs10 million scheme, deeming it essential for public service provision.

The ECP’s decision stems from its commitment to ensuring a fair and impartial electoral process. The commission expressed concern that the approval of these schemes could be perceived as an attempt to gain political favor, thereby undermining the integrity of the elections.

The caretaker government of Punjab has expressed disappointment with the ECP’s decision, arguing that these schemes are crucial for the development of the province. However, the ECP has maintained its stance, emphasizing the need to uphold electoral neutrality.

The ECP’s decision has sparked a debate on the balance between development and electoral integrity. While development projects are essential for public welfare, it is equally important to safeguard the integrity of the electoral process. The ECP’s decision highlights the delicate balance that needs to be struck between these two competing interests.



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