ISLAMABAD: A day after news media went berserk over the Post Election Review Report, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) disowned it, claiming that it was a mere summary of recommendations from various stakeholders.
Without naming any organisation, the ECP in an official handout, criticised different ‘quarters’ for what it called creating a furor on daily basis to mislead and confuse the nation.
“The ECP clarifies that the Post-Election Review Report 2013 being commented upon is not the Election Commission’s Report on General Election 2013, but it is a summary of the recommendations received from various stakeholders including international observers, domestic observers and feedback provided by district returning officers, returning officers, presiding officers, polling officials, security officials, general public including male, female, youth, persons with disabilities and minorities.
“The purpose behind preparation of this report is to identify areas requiring further improvement based on lessons learnt during 2013 general elections,” the ECP said in its clarification note.
Compiled by a committee headed by Additional Director General ECP as chairman Syed Sher Afgan, the panel comprised a total of 16 members. Among the committee were eight ECP officials, three UNDP representatives and five IFES officials whose names and portfolios have been clearly mentioned in the report.
The contents of the draft report contradict the poll body’s claim. It contains the committee’s findings, comments and recommendations. This comprehensive report contains a total of 10 chapters and two separate annexures. Most of the chapters are apparently based on committee’s own findings and recommendations with no citation given anywhere.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 24th, 2014.