Fakhruddin congratulates Pakistan

Published: May 12, 2013

Chief Election Commissioner praised the media for spreading awareness among the masses about the significance of voting. PHOTO: SANA

ISLAMABAD: 

A visibly content chief election commissioner (CEC) expressed his gratitude and paid tribute to the voters who thronged polling stations across the country, achieving a record 60% voter turnout in the historic 2013 general elections.

Addressing a press conference at 2am Sunday morning, Justice (retd) Fakharuddin G Ebrahim congratulated the nation and said, “People have manifested their power. Today, I am a happy man.”

The CEC made the first official polling result announcement in which Jamaat-e-Islami’s Sirajul Haq won the provincial assembly seat PK-95 of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P).

He praised the media for spreading awareness among the masses about the significance of voting, and also lauded the ECP staff for their “tireless efforts” in making arrangements for the 2013 general elections.

“It was a difficult task but officials have worked really hard,” he added.

Commenting on the results of the elections, he said good governance was the duty of the elected government. “They [elected government] must give us good governance.”

“The ball is in your [elected government] court now,” he said. The CEC also appreciated the arrangements made by the provincial governments, law enforcement agencies and the military for providing security on election day. “I had said on day one that if you give us law and order, we will give you free and fair elections. Free and fair elections would not have been possible in the absence of these arrangements.”

“If the journey [to holding fair elections] continues, the train will gain speed.”

He also announced that the commission would investigate and take action against those responsible for disrupting polling at several stations of NA-250, Karachi. It is the only constituency in which polling at around 40 polling stations was stopped. Re-polling will take place at these stations.

“Polling staff [in NA-250] was hijacked and we had to recover the staff,” the CEC said while announcing that the commission would examine the matter thoroughly. He did not however say who had hijacked the polling staff.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 12th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (28)

  • Asad
    May 12, 2013 - 5:42AM

    …Good job overall but disappointing outcome in Karachi… as someone said …Recommend

  • Hasan Hasni
    May 12, 2013 - 6:02AM

    you have done wonderful work to fulfil your promise of keeping corrupt in parliament

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  • Maria
    May 12, 2013 - 6:44AM

    Congratulations Pakistan – You have shown the world that a Muslim nation can transition to real democracy- rule of law triumphed over cowards who wanted to derail democracy by causing mayhem and violence.

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  • Ambreen
    May 12, 2013 - 6:54AM

    Seriously…..you are happy about this, Mr. fakhruddin because this has proved to be the most corrupt elections ever and people have shown you proof of it by making all these videos showing rigging! But if you still plan on closing your eyes and saying that you are a happy man today and if a judge cando this then God save Pakistan!

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  • Salman Ahmed
    May 12, 2013 - 7:07AM

    Serious failure. Problems in:

    Baluchistan
    Punjab
    Karachi

    And you are congratulating yourself!!

    Sad

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  • Romm
    May 12, 2013 - 7:34AM

    Now I genuinely hate democracy.

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  • concerned citizen
    May 12, 2013 - 8:40AM

    Actually the arrangements were really poor. A lot better could have been done with technology given how they had 5 years to come to this point. This election was massively rigged.

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  • Saman
    May 12, 2013 - 9:03AM

    Happy man?! Have u not seen the blind rigging everywhere?? U think this election was credible? U need to wake up and see what you have done to the spirits of genuine voters who stood in lines for 9 hrs to vote, only to ind out that its all rigged.Recommend

  • Syed Aslam
    May 12, 2013 - 9:34AM

    Nation has trusted the young PTI to take the leading role for KPK revamp. Now its PTI to prove organized repairs of KPK and Pakistan as well.

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  • Hafiz Shah Ali
    May 12, 2013 - 9:38AM

    After the mess in Karachi especially NA 250, please fire the District Returning officer and arrest all polling staff who did not turn up for duty.They deprived the citizens of their most important fundamental right. If CEC cannot do it, he should resign. How can he justify polling starting in nA 250 at 2;30 PM

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  • shahid
    May 12, 2013 - 9:46AM

    There is no end to self delusion and demagogy in Pakistan. If this is job well done God only knows what would be a disaster like. It starts right at the top and filters downwards. The poor performance of the ECP – start with the nomination process and 62/63 saga and continue onward till the disaster in Karachi today- is really beyond any description. And here we have the head of the ECP congratulating himself publically!!!! LOL – LOL – LOL

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  • Ovais
    May 12, 2013 - 9:50AM

    Congrats on what…. I have seen so much rigging around in Lahore, just imagine what it would have been in small cities and rural areas… That’s how you hold elections and waste tax payers money…. A lot of friends all across the country (mainly Punjab) have shared video proofs of rigging… Shame on ecp and shame on all Pakistan institutions who claim to protect Pakistan’s interest… You just did not care about public mandate.Recommend

  • Saleem
    May 12, 2013 - 10:19AM

    Sir, if you want to be the jury and the judge then keep congratulating yourself for the best elections. However I believe you failed miserably in getting the overseas Pakistanis their right to vote. Overseas Pakistanis are big contributors to national exchequer by sending remittances back home and various other indirect taxes. There is a big population and you can not call it irrelevant , they could have moved election result in any direction. Generally the lot out of Pakistan has more awareness and you failed miserably in getting its rightful opinion through ballot. So , keep patting yourself on the back , you and yourself are the best.

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  • Ammad
    May 12, 2013 - 10:31AM

    @Asad. Right man. Very disappointed in Punjab province.

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  • Tahir Khan
    May 12, 2013 - 10:33AM

    What about the massive rigging in Karachi especially NA 250. Please have re-polling in entire Karachi.Nearly all political parties have boycott elections in Karachi

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  • Zeeshan Khan
    May 12, 2013 - 10:33AM

    ha ha ha haaahaaa…

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  • Tim
    May 12, 2013 - 10:37AM

    I feel highly disappointed after what happened in Karachi.

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  • Asif
    May 12, 2013 - 10:50AM

    Why is Mr Fakharuddin G Ebrahim so afraid of naming the party who hijacked/kidnapped the polling staff at NA-250?

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  • Secularist
    May 12, 2013 - 11:17AM

    Congratulations for running a Facade. You should be proud of holding true to your real nature. I am deeply ashamed and angry at you and even the Army who did not allow a free and fair election to take place. Shame on you Mr Kayani, I really respected you but its clear you dont want the democratic process to flourish else you would have at least tried to ensure voting happens without intimidation and ballot stuffing. At least give it an honest try, thats all pakistani’s ask for. This is why we love Imran, not because he delivered an outstanding mandate, but he makes an honest effort to “Try” to.

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  • fz
    May 12, 2013 - 11:20AM

    See you in the hereafter on the Day of Judgment in front of LORD OF THE WORLDS, waiting anxiously

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  • ZIA
    May 12, 2013 - 11:20AM

    Bravo. Shukria Janab.Recommend

  • ab
    May 12, 2013 - 11:25AM

    you must have resigned when the things was this bad!!.

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  • Mohammed Saad Fayyaz
    May 12, 2013 - 11:38AM

    Why congratulate the people of Pakistan when YOUR election staff was beaten up, YOUR ballot boxes have been pictured roads, YOUR voting papers have been torn apart (I am sure there is a Pakistani or at least an international law against that), YOUR OWN STAFF WAS INVOLVED IN RIGGING!
    Why lie to the people of Pakistan? Grow a pair and bring real democracy, move from the 19th century method of elections to the 21st century way of voting.

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  • Parvez
    May 12, 2013 - 12:34PM

    The ECP’s job was adminstrative and they did a poor job of it. The credit for a 60% turn out must be given fully to the people and not the ECP, as the people wanted change.
    What has happened in Karacih NA-250 was a disgrace.

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  • Usman786
    May 12, 2013 - 12:53PM

    @Hafiz Shah Ali: these polling officers (mostly teachers) love their families and want to live alive. Time for him and head of security to resign

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  • FarmerDr
    May 12, 2013 - 1:25PM

    Mediocre performance by EC. Definite low level dhandli and mediocre arrangements. The vote rigging in Lahore was definite if low intensity and it did probably change the outcome in NA125 and NA122 where I observed matters.
    To me the evidence of eye witnesses is overwhelming whether acceptable to a court of Law.
    Polling staff were partisan to PMLN. It is high time influential politicians discourage such attitudes which reduce their own credibility and damage democracy.

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  • FarmerDr
    May 12, 2013 - 2:26PM

    Fakhru bhai, if you have not done so please issue a Standard Operating Protocol to ROs, Home Secretaries and IGPs to streamline investigation, prosecution and disqualification of vote riggers.

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  • Saad Ullah
    May 12, 2013 - 4:54PM

    ECP and Fakhru should be really ashamed of the way elections were carried out in Karachi, with clear proofs of rigging in the strongholds of PTI i.e 250,252 and 253! i myself witnessed very open rigging in my polling station

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