Azad Jammu and Kashmir Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majeed on Sunday laid to rest speculation that polls in the territory will be delayed, insisting that the exercise will be held on time without even an hour’s lapse.
“People making a hue and cry that the present government is not ready to hold elections on time should keep quiet,” he told a news conference at the PM House.
The AJK PM said that his government was determined to hold the Legislative Assembly elections by July 26.
He said the AJK government was consulting NADRA for preparing computerised voters’ lists to ensure free, fair and transparent polls. Updated electoral lists will give voting rights to thousands of youth, he said.
To a question, Majeed, who also heads the ruling PPP AJK chapter, said that they have closed all the doors to steal the mandate of the people of Azad Kashmir, claiming that PPP will win the general elections on the basis of performance and progress.
Regarding the death of PPP worker Chaudhry Munshi in a clash between PPP and PML-N workers, Majeed said that the culprits will be brought to justice.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 22nd, 2016.
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