Measures to ensure free and fair elections constantly being considered and implemented: Chief Election Commissioner

Measures to ensure free and fair elections constantly being considered and implemented: Chief Election Commissioner

 

Islamabad, February 07, 2013 (PPI-OT): Some political parties have recently expressed reservations against the Members and CEC of the ECP and demanded its dissolution. This criticism is most unfortunate as we are only six weeks away from the expiry of the term of present Government and on the verge of a smooth transition from one democratic government to the next for the very first time.

The appointments of all the Members of the ECP and myself were made in complete compliance with all constitutional provisions. We are all retired judges of our respective Superior Courts and have absolutely no political affiliation.

It is pertinent to note that none of the attacks against us give any details about our so-called political affiliations and only make vague, unsubstantiated and baseless allegations. This appears to be a deliberate attempt to malign the ECP for political gain. I appreciate this is the nature of politics, but personal attacks on our integrity and independence without any basis whatsoever is unacceptable and will only serve to dent public confidence on the electoral process.

Stakeholders are obviously entitled to criticize the work of the ECP and we have welcomed all suggestions by concerned quarters. Never has the ECP been so open and transparent as it is presently. We have met leaders from all parties, NGOs, government officials, members from the bureaucracy and foreign dignitaries to continuously learn and address their concerns.

It may be noted that we have taken notice of allegations of pre-poll rigging and imposed unprecedented bans on advertisements using public money, doling out jobs for votes and diversion of funds by the Provincial and Federal Governments to please constituents on the eve of elections.

We have prepared an electoral roll in collaboration with NADRA for the first time, which will eradicate duplicate voting. Legislative proposals have been made to increase women voter participation, ensure the secrecy of the ballot paper and enhance nomination scrutiny measures.

Penal action has been taken against sitting Parliamentarians for holding dual nationality and fake degrees. The number and security at polling stations has been increased. Other measures and proposals to ensure free and fair elections are constantly being considered and implemented.

I have full faith in the integrity, independence and competence of all the Members as well as the staff of the ECP. We have only one objective – free, fair and transparent elections. I only request that all parties and leaders assist us in achieving this dream instead of making false and baseless allegations.

Mr. Justice (R) Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim,

Hon’ble Chief Election Commissioner of Pakistan

For more information, contact:
Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP)
Election Commission of Pakistan Secretariat
Election House, Constitution Avenue G-5/2,
Islamabad
Tel: +9251 920 1975, +9251 920 6062
Fax: +9251 920 5402, +9251 920 5300

 
 
 

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