Employees of the Elections Commission (EC) were summoned to the Independent Bodies Committee of the parliament last night and the meeting kept classified following a letter sent by the employees to the Parliament claiming that the members of the commission are violating the rules and regulations.
Most of the employees of the EC turned up for the committee meeting, while 43 employees out of a total 46 employees at the EC signed the letter which was sent to the Parliament on Monday. This is the first time this many employees had been summoned to a parliament committee.
Several violations of the rules and regulations by the members of the EC were noted in the letter sent to the parliament amongst which are: changing the regulations of the commission in conflict with the Elections Commission Act, spending in violation of the Finance Act. The letter also raised doubt about the integrity of some members detailing that employees are often handled in a biased manner.
Detailing violations of the Finance Act the letter read that members have entitled themselves to a phone allowance in violation of the Act, changed the ownership of their private numbers to under the name of the commission, buying phones and sim cards using the commission’s authority and making international calls to family and friends living abroad from the commission’s phone lines.
This is the second time the employees of the EC submitted the problem to the Independent Bodies Commission of the Parliament.