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Autonomy of constitutional institutions vital for strengthening democratic norms: NA deputy speaker

ISLAMABAD – Deputy Speaker National Assembly Qasim Khan Suri said that autonomy of constitutional institutions is vital for strengthening democratic norms in the society. 

“Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is the most vital institution to ensure free and fair election and both opposition and government should work in consensus to make ECP more autonomous,” said deputy speaker while interacting with newly appointed under-training election officers who called on him at Parliament House.

He said that making laws for free and fair election requires consensus of both opposition and government. 

Deputy Speaker National Assembly Qasim Khan Suri said that Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan has time and again invited opposition to have consensus over legislating on election amendment bill. He said that taking support of new technologies is vital for making election procedure fairer. He said that electronic voting machines were exhibited in Parliament House so that public representatives can have its exposure and soon this will be exhibited for masses to get their valuable feedback.  

He said that newly appointed election officers have a lot of potential to serve in the best interest of the ECP. Additional Secretary Legislation Muhammad Mushtaq briefed participants about formation of National Assembly, its standing committee and about legislative process in detail.

Later, the delegation of newly appointed election officers visited the Hall of National Assembly and thanked the Deputy Speaker National Assembly for encouraging them and giving opportunity to Parliament House.

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