Commission determined to hold free and fair polls

January 18, 2013 - 3:23:16 am

ISLAMABAD: The Chief Election Commissioner (CEC), Fakharuddin G Ebrahim, and all members of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) are determined to hold free and fair general elections and feel strengthened and enthusiastic after the support of all the political forces of the country, it was learnt yesterday.

The ECP was being criticised in the recent days for its inaction to proceed against fake-degree holders, tax-evading parliamentarians, those breaching sanctity and secrecy of ballot in a recent vote of no-confidence in Balochistan Assembly and in implementation of the Supreme Court judgment on delimitation of constituencies and verification of voters lists in Karachi.

The demands made by Muhammad Tahirul Qadri, who is leading a sit-in in Islamabad, include dissolution of the ECP too. However, all the political forces yesterday expressed their full trust in the impartiality and neutrality of the CEC and all of its members.

Ebrahim couldn’t be approached but senior officials of the ECP confirmed that not only he but all the members of the ECP were in high spirits and feel no pressure because of the demands of the participants of a long march as they all are retired judges, do not have any affiliation with any political party and were appointed under the Constitution. 

Sources say that overwhelming support by all the political parties has boosted the spirit of all the members of ECP.  Internews