Election Commission failed in free and fair election of LG polls
Chitral Times Report
PESHAWAR: The Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pervez
Khattak said Friday that the conduction of free, fair and peaceful
local government elections in the province on May 30 was the
responsibility of the Election Commission of Pakistan but it failed
in performing this responsibility.
Replying to a cut motion moved by MPA Anisa Zeb Tahirkheli against
the poor performance of the Home and Tribal Affairs Department in
the Provincial Assembly, the Chief Minister said that Election
Commission was responsible for all the mess witnessed on the
polling day as our written request for the deployment of army to
maintain law and order at the polling stations was not honored. “I
am generally satisfied with the performance of the police force.
However, during the local government elections if it has not been
up to the mark, then it was due to the fact that these elections
were being held on a large scale wherein a large number of
candidates were contesting and thousands of voters were casting
their votes, which were beyond the control of the police and that
was why we requested in advance for holding these elections under
the supervision of the army”, observed the Chief Minister.
A high level committee, he said, has already been formed under the
Chief Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to conduct probe into the
mismanagement on the polling day and fix responsibility against the
persons involved. “I can’t tolerate injustice or any sort of
cruelty against the common man and will take action against the
perpetrators”, he remarked.
He said there were reports that in certain polling stations the
staff were either absent or not properly trained, stamps were not
available, elections symbols of the contesting candidates were
missing. To ensure all this, it was not the responsibility of the
Chief Minister rather it was the responsibility of the election
commission that failed in performing it, he further said. He said
the reports of certain DROs by itself are an FIR against them. He
said blaming Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government for the mayhem during
the elections is illogical as all the resources were placed at the
disposal of the election commission and in return false propaganda
was carried out against us to defame government.
Pervez Khattak assured the house that all the suggestions aimed at
bringing further improvement in the performance of the police force
would be welcomed.