ECP to bring forward truth of what happened in Karachi

ECP secretary says election commission fulfilled responsibility of holding free, fair, transparent elections.

Ppi May 11, 2013
ECP Secretary Ishtiaq Ahmed addressed the media about elections on Saturday. PHOTO: EXPRESS/ FILE

ISLAMABAD: Secretary Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Ishtiaq Ahmed while conceding things had gone wrong in Karachi, said on Saturday that the commission had largely fulfilled its responsibility of holding elections in a fair and transparent manner with a good voter turnout.

Addressing a news conference in Islamabad he said that polling in Punjab remained largely peaceful. He said that people in KPK and FATA also exercised their right of vote in a satisfactory manner.

Ahmed said that there has been no untoward incident in Balochistan except for the one at Qila Abdullah where an exchange of fire took place between two groups.

The ECP official said a meeting of the Commission under the chairmanship of Chief Election Commissioner would be held to discuss rigging complaints in Karachi and that the true picture of what happened in Karachi would be brought before the nation.

"The election commission of Pakistan was successful in conducting the elections. We have a huge turnout in Punjab," Ahmed said. He was hopeful of a high voter turnout. He added that there were reports of rigging by political parties in Karachi.

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ali | 7 years ago | Reply

Important that the ECP and Supreme Court ban political parties on the basis of hate, ethnicity or religion. Only way to move forward instead of staying in a time warp. Implementation is the key.

Ali S | 7 years ago | Reply

The party responsible for rigging most elections in Karachi can not be named by the media because most media outlets are based in Karachi, and said party has a stronghold over pretty much the entire city - their goons aren't afraid to kill those who resist. They control people by fear, not too different from the 'extremists' that the entire mainstream media was up in arms about (and rightfully so).

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