No need to dissolve ECP: Fakhruddin G Ebrahim

Published: February 7, 2013

CEC chairing a meeting of the commission. PHOTO: INP

ISLAMABAD: Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Fakhruddin G Ebrahim on Thursday rejected the demand made by few political parties for dissolution of the election commission.

CEC Fakhruddin G Ebrahim stated, “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. Also, 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.”

He further said,”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.”

Earlier, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and Minhajul Quran International (MQI) chief Tahirul Qadri had come together and expressed their lack of confidence on the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). Qadri had reservations regarding the legality of the commission and filed a petition in the Supreme Court for its reconstitution.

Pakistan Muslim League – Quaid (PML-Q) had expressed full confidence on the CEC but had reservations regarding other members of the ECP.

A press statement by the ECP emphasised on transparency and openness of the present commission. It stated that the ECP has met leaders from all parties, NGOs, government officials, members from the bureaucracy and foreign dignitaries to continuously learn and address their concerns. It took 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.

The ECP has prepared an electoral roll in collaboration with Nadra for the first time, which will eradicate duplicate voting, the statement added. It further addressed the issues of women voters as well: “Legislative proposals have been made to increase women voter participation, ensure the secrecy of the ballot paper and enhance nomination scrutiny measures.”

The CEC concluded the matter by saying, “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. Therefore, there is no need to dissolve it.”

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Reader Comments (16)

  • Khan of Cape Town
    Feb 7, 2013 - 2:49PM

    Can PTI read this statement and refrain from Mr. Qadri?

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  • Majid
    Feb 7, 2013 - 3:43PM

    Geo Fakhro Bhai. May Allah keep you safe.

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  • MAD
    Feb 7, 2013 - 4:00PM

    QUite worrying when the staff responsible for verifying votes all belong to a certain political party in karachi and they come to your homes without any visible police/ army escort, ask all sorts of questions and demand your NIC’s

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  • Waseem Sarwar
    Feb 7, 2013 - 4:31PM

    we all saw in by-elections that how “strong” and “independent” this EC is. All unfair means were used by PML N in Punjab and PPP in Sindh to win their seats few months back.

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  • Something Clever
    Feb 7, 2013 - 4:34PM

    ”ECP has no political affiliation and this is a conspiracy to defame it. Political parties should refrain from doing so and should come forward and help ECP.”
    Why? Why do they always have to go from sounding intelligent to completely making you feel like a fool for thinking so when the word “conspiracy” comes out of their mouths?

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  • Kaleem
    Feb 7, 2013 - 4:38PM

    Fakhru bhai, Actually this nation is waiting for angels to come down and conduct elections, We do not deserve you :(

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  • Human
    Feb 7, 2013 - 4:43PM

    How old id this Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Fakhruddin G Ebrahim.?
    when will he retire ?

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  • Faisal
    Feb 7, 2013 - 5:20PM

    @Khan of Cape Town: Why should PTI refrain? What’s wrong in talking with Qadri? And what’s wrong in highlighting EC’s wrong doings? They have been handed over with documentary evidence against the rigging in by polls, what actions have they taken? Isn’t Fakhru Bahi’s criminal silence and his staff’s competence in voter list verification in Karachi a point of concern and suspicision? Whether they’ve failed due to their incompetence or they haven’t done it because of political affiliations, in either case, fingers being pointed out at EC is a justified act. Attack PTI as much as you may like but talking against EC is no sin and I consider PTI justified in their protest against EC.

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  • Atif
    Feb 7, 2013 - 6:09PM

    We with you Fakhro bahi as well as your team..we can not afford to lose u at this point…

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Feb 7, 2013 - 6:33PM

    Appoint few cricket umpires in ECP to satisfy Imran. This so called fake Tsunami wants umpires, weather, audiance, pitch, ball and commentator of his choice.

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  • asim
    Feb 7, 2013 - 6:51PM

    what is the purpose of ECP

    1) When 35m fake votes casted in last election elected

    2) Fake degree holders got

    3) criminals , tax evaders got elected

    4) articles of the constitution not followed/complied

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  • leave it
    Feb 7, 2013 - 7:30PM

    I live in Gulistan-e-Johar Karachi. and my family’s votes are registered in New Challi Saddar Area. No election commission staff showed at my home for verification as yet. Can ECP explain this…..???. When elections comes close bhai log will show up and will be told to hand over family’s NICs and once again we will have a free and fair elections….this country and city has no place for conscience and respectful people.

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  • malik59
    Feb 7, 2013 - 7:48PM

    @leave it

    I have voted trice in Karachi , only Once I did really vote , …on the other two occasions I was told I have already voted , and my vote is now part of the historical grand vote count from my constituency ….. Once I objected …and the polling agent said ,….. so you really want to vote….?..and then gave me someone elses …. card …and said , OK now go and vote … we keep an eye on you…!!

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  • Dr K.Khan
    Feb 7, 2013 - 7:59PM

    The truth is that these reactionary, establishment forces like Qadri, PTI have absolutely no chance in winning whatsoever in the elections. Therefore these unrepresentative and anti democratic people are colliding with the political, power-hungry , corrupt judiciary to grab power unconstitutionally through the back door. Every Pakistani should thwart their nefarious designs.

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  • A2Z
    Feb 7, 2013 - 8:01PM

    I am not a supporter of but TuQ his challenge of legality of EC is valid. According to a tweet from Fawad Hussain, Law ministry never sent the names of EC members to Parliamentary Commission as required by Art 213 & 218. EC would be dissolved………….Buuuuuuuuuuhhhhhhaaaaaaaaa

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  • Feb 8, 2013 - 5:53AM

    Enough pats on the back and encouragement to our esteemed CEC has been doled out. Not its time to walk the walk and show some real action. Stop seeking explanations and giving warnings, take some action!

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